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Searching in the Libby App

by Reference Librarian 2 | July 15, 2020 at 06:07 PM

Did you know you can search for a particular title, author, or series in the Libby by OverDrive app?

 

Before you start searching in Libby, the first step is to set your app Preferences so that your search results only include content you might actually be interested in.

To set your Libby app preferences:

  1. Tap Library at the bottom of the screen to go to the catalog section of the app.

  2. Tap Preferences in the top right corner of the screen, below the library network's logo.

  3. Tap the word next to each filter and sorting option to make your selections.

  4. Tap Apply Preferences.

  5. The number of options you changed from their default setting will appear next to the word Preferences in the app's library catalog.

Your preferences will apply across the Libby app, to all of the networks you have saved in the app and to all of the searches you run. While you can temporarily override these settings for a particular search by using the Refine feature in your search results, your default settings will still apply to future searches unless you make changes in the Preferences section of the app.

 

To search for ebooks and audiobooks in Libby:

  1. Tap Library at the bottom of the screen to go to the catalog section of the app.

  2. Tap the magnifying glass at the top of the screen to open the search bar.

  3. Enter the title, author, and/or series name that you would like to search.

  4. To run an advanced search, tap More Options, and make selections next to the relevant options.

  5. Tap Search.

 

Once you run a search in Libby, you can narrow your results in the following ways:

  • Tap books, audiobooks or magazines at the top of the results to only show titles in that format.

  • Tap one of the genres (like Historical Fiction or Biography) at the top of the results to only show titles in that genre. Tap more for additional genres to choose from.

  • Tap Refine to temporarily override your default filter and sorting preferences for only these search results. For instance, if your default Availability setting is Available Now, you can select Everything to also see titles for which you could place a hold.

  • Tap Refine, then Search Within Results, and enter a term to search with.

 

Happy searching!


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