Kentucky Libraries Unbound
Kentucky Libraries Unbound is a free service that allows patrons to download eBooks, audiobooks, music, and videos to computers, smartphones, e-readers or tablets.
Libby is a free app from OverDrive. You can borrow eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines instantly.
Getting started is easy—all you need is the Libby app and your library card. Libby features a built-in eBook reader and audiobook player, or books can be set up to be sent to your Kindle automatically.
To get started, install the Libby app from your device’s app store.
Or, visit libbyapp.com in your browser.
Watch the video below to see how to set up Libby on your mobile device.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Kentucky Libraries Unbound?
Do I have to create a special account?
No. Kentucky Libraries Unbound is designed to use the library card you already have.
How do I find items to check out?
Once you’re signed in at http://kyunbound.lib.overdrive.com, you will notice that there is a search box, as well as a page of featured items. You can use the search box by simply entering keywords related to the title or topic you are interested in. You can also click on any of the featured items directly, or use the list of subjects and collections on the left-hand side of the screen. To view information and availability for any specific title, just click on the cover image for the item.
How do I check out items?
After clicking on a specific title, the information screen will show you what devices that title is compatible with, and if it is available for checkout. If it is available, clicking on “Borrow” will direct you to the login page (if you are not already logged in) where you will be asked for the name of your home library and your library card number. After successfully signing in, the items are automatically checked out to you and ready to download.
How do I download my items?
Downloads work in different ways depending on your device. Compatible Android and iOS devices have a free app called Libby for downloading and managing materials. Most Kindle titles can be borrowed by completing the checkout process, then going to your Amazon Kindle account to download your material via Wi-Fi. Some Kindles, and many other eBook readers, require that the materials be downloaded to a desktop or laptop PC, then transferred via a USB cable to the device.
You can find specific information for your device by following this link to the OverDrive help site.
Where can I go for more information?
You can always ask a staff member at the Information Services Desk. If you need additional help, set up a free 1-on-1 tech training session.
There are also some very good resources available on the Kentucky Libraries Unbound website help section.
After using these resources, if you find that you have a question that still isn’t answered; you can contact Kentucky Libraries Unbound digital support at firstname.lastname@example.org
What devices work with the Kentucky Libraries Unbound service?
Digital items are compatible with a wide range of portable devices, such as eReaders, tablets and smartphones.
Please see http://help.overdrive.com/#devices for a full list of compatible devices.
How many titles can I check out simultaneously?
You can have up to 12 items checked out at one time.
How long do digital titles check-out?
Maximum checkout periods are 7 days for most videos, 14 days for music, and 21 days for audiobooks and eBooks. You may choose a shorter checkout period if you desire.
Can I renew digital items?
Yes, if there are no holds on the title, your account will automatically begin displaying a renewal option in the bookshelf area approximately two days prior to the due date.
Can I place a title on hold?
Yes. You can place up to ten titles on hold at a given time.
How will I be notified when a hold is available?
Once the title becomes available for checkout, you will receive an email indicating the title is available. This email will contain instructions on checking the item out. You must check out your item within 48 hours of the email being sent out or the item will return to the library’s collection.
Can I download digital titles to public computers at my library?
No. Licensing issues and computer security will not allow downloads to library computers. In libraries with Wi-Fi access, Kindle users may be able to check out their books on public library computers, then log into their Amazon accounts to download their book via their Kindle’s Wi-Fi. Success will depend on the particular computer security and set-up at individual libraries.
How do I return a borrowed item?
You do not need to return a borrowed item. Once the lending period has elapsed, the title is automatically ‘returned’ to the library. Although the file(s) will remain on your machine, the file(s) will no longer be accessible, and can be deleted.
Can I return a borrowed item early?
All “protected” PDF and EPUB eBooks may be returned early, as can MP3 audiobooks. For other formats, including “open” PDF and EPUB eBooks, you must wait until the checkout period expires. The format of an eBook is displayed when viewing the title on the Kentucky Libraries Unbound website. You can also choose a shorter checkout period during the checkout process if desired. Kindle users may return items early or delete items using the “Manage My Kindle” option in their Amazon.com account.
Campbell County Public Library values your privacy. When downloading e-materials, Kentucky Libraries Unbound relies on technology provided by companies beyond control of the library. Some software or services used to access digital materials may track and record titles checked out, or other information about reading and viewing habits.