We have over 2000 audiobooks available to download straight to your device. The books disappear after their loan period so you can’t get fines! Visit the Overdrive website now, or scroll down to find out more.

How to borrow

On a tablet or mobile

With an Apple, Android or Windows phone or tablet, you can download the audiobooks straight to your device by installing the free ‘Libby’ app from your app store. When you use the app for the first time it’ll take you through a process to pick York Libraries from an international list. Then you’ll be ready to start downloading audiobooks to listen to on the app. You’ll need your ordinary library card number and PIN.

Drivers – if you use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in your car, Libby is compatible with these, so you can safely control the audiobooks from your dashboard.

Alternatively, you could use the ‘Overdrive’ app. The ‘Overdrive’ app and the ‘Libby’ app both do the same job and have all the same books, it’s just personal preference which one you prefer to use. Libby is more modern in its appearance, but customers who have been using the e-library for a long time may prefer to stick with the ‘Overdrive’ app which has been around longer.

On your PC or laptop

Got to the Overdrive website and log in with your ordinary library card number and PIN.

The simplest audiobooks to use are the ‘Overdrive Listen’ format which come up in your internet browser without any software downloads required. These books can be used on the public PCs in our libraries, as well as at home.

For the MP3 format audiobooks, you’ll need to download some free software, Overdrive, before you start downloading. This software is available in the ‘help’ section of the Overdrive website.

On MP3 players

Follow the instructions for PCs above, then transfer the books onto your device by dragging & dropping from the Overdrive software.

Who can borrow?

Any York Libraries member. Please use your ordinary library card number and PIN (there is no need to join the library again specifically for e-books).  If you are not yet a member see how to join.

Do get in touch if you have any problems.  Also see the Overdrive help website, which has lots of helpful tips.  If you get stuck you can contact any library for help.