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RBdigital is Moving to Overdrive!

Purple background with RBdigital e-books and audiobooks now available in the Libby app! above it is an animated purple head reading a blue book.
07 April 2021

Essex residents can browse, borrow and enjoy even more e-books and e-audiobooks from Essex Library Services through the award-winning Libby reading app. E-books, including e-magazines and e-comics, previously available through the RBdigital app will be moved to the library’s OverDrive service and available through Libby on 12 April. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide and creator of the Libby app, recently acquired RBdigital. 

Readers may browse Essex Libraries digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening free of charge with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™.  All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

Items checked out in the RBdigital app will be available through the remainder of the lending period, so readers can finish the title without disruption. Holds will not be moved, but library customers may export their Transaction History from the RBdigital app then borrow or place holds on those titles again in Libby. You can export your Transaction History from the RBdigital websites by accessing My Account > Profiles. 

To discover more, download the app and access tutorials on Libby, visit the Overdrive website. 

For any other queries. check out Overdrive's FAQs or message us @EssexLibraries