A guide to borrowing eMagazines from Libby

A guide to borrowing eMagazines from Libby

A Newcastle Libraries membership gives you 24-hour access to hundreds of digital magazines from the comfort of your home or on the move. 

We use OverDrive's Libby for eMagazines - it has the latest issues of your favourite magazines. You can borrow an unlimited number of eMagazines and read them on your home computer or mobile device.

Here's a guide on how to download and get started with the Libby app. To use Libby on your home computer instead, simply go to the Libby website.
You can also use the Libby Help pages if you need more details.


  1. Download the Libby app from your smartphone’s or tablet’s app store (called Play Store on Android devices). 

Libby app in in app store
  1. Once the Libby app is on your device, open it. When you are using it for the first time, it will ask you a few questions to complete its set-up.
    Tap Yes when asked whether you have a library card.

First step in Libby
  1. Next you'll need to choose your library service. We recommend using the I'll search for a library option: tap on these words then type "Newcastle" in the search box. Tap on the Newcastle Libraries result with an address in Newcastle upon Tyne (we're not the only "Newcastle Library" in the world!)

Choose your library service
  1. Next, add your library card: tap Enter library account details.

Enter library account details
  1.  Enter your library membership number and PIN then tap Sign in.

Sign in to Libby
  1. You are now logged in! Tap Next to see all the magazines and comics.

Libby library card
  1. When you login for the first time, we would recommend you configure your notification settings.
    Simply tap on the Libby logo at the bottom of the screen to open the settings then tap Manage notifications to set your preferences.
    At the bottom of the screen, there is also a clock icon: this is your Libby timeline. To disable the recording by Overdrive of your activity in Libby, tap Actions then Disable activity recording. You can delete all activity from your timeline at any time by selecting Remove all activities in the same menu.

Libby notifications settings
  1. You are ready to borrow! This is your Libby home screen. Scroll down to explore the featured collections or tap on the magnifying glass at the bottom of the screen to search for a title.

Libby home screen
  1. If you use the search, you can open filtering options by tapping the three dots on the line marked "Newcastle Libraries". For example, you could search for newly added titles for children.

Libby search
  1. Once you have found your next read, tap Borrow underneath the image of the cover.

Minecraft World magazine on Libby
  1. Confirm your loan by tapping Borrow!
    If you like a magazine, you can set up an alert to be notified when the next issue is available.

Confirming loan on Libby
  1. To see all your loans and your holds, go to your shelf: tap on the books icon next to the Libby logo at the bottom of the screen.
    To return a title you have finished reading, tap on Manage loan next to its cover.

    To go back to exploring the Libby catalogue, tap on the library card icon on the left of the Libby logo at the bottom of the screen.

Libby shelf




Did you know?

We have thousands of magazine titles available to download direct to your device. 




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