OverDrive is a platform providing access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction e-books. OverDrive works in a slightly different way to our other e-book suppliers, rather than just read books online you can borrow items and read them on the go via an app called Libby.

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What can I borrow?

  • All City staff and students can borrow 5 books at a time from OverDrive – this is on top of your normal library borrowing allowance.OverDrive Screenshot
  • Loans are for two weeks.
  • You will have the opportunity to extend your loan if there are no reservations on the title.

 The Libby app 

  • Download and install the ‘Libby, by OverDrive’ app from the App StoreGoogle Play Store or Windows Store.
  • In Libby, follow the prompts to find City, University of London and sign in with your City username and password.
  • From here you can browse our collection and borrow a title.
  • Borrowed titles appear under Shelf > Loans and download to the app automatically when you’re on Wi-Fi, so you can read them when you’re offline.
  • Tap ‘Manage Loan’ to see options like Renew and Return.


If you have any questions about OverDrive you can contact your Subject Librarian or Fiona Paterson (fiona.paterson.2@city.ac.uk)

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