Libby and Partner Libraries

Libby and Partner Libraries

Access eBooks and Audiobooks through Libby

Libby and Borrowing from other Library Networks (Partner Libraries)

To find and switch between collections, tap Libby menu icon in the top right corner. Select Add A Library.

Screenshot of Libby App: Tap Menu icon and Add a Library
Search for a Partner Library (Boston Public Library, CLAMS, CW MARS, MVLC, NOBLE, OCLN, or SAILS).
Click on the library network name to visit their digital library. Scroll down until you find this:

Libby screenshot: Sign in with I'm visiting from another library

Sign in to borrow a title. To sign in, select I’m Visiting From Another Library and choose Minuteman Library Network. Enter your Minuteman library card number and password (PIN).

How do I see all my digital loans and holds from all partner libraries?

In the Libby app, all of your digital loans, holds, and tags are accessible on your Shelf.

The lending library network of each hold or loan is marked by a square with their brand colors.

Libby screenshot: holds on shelf

Note: You need to sign-in and save a library card in the Libby app at each library network for your loans & holds from that network to display.
If you borrowed an item from a library’s digital collection website (OverDrive) and it is not appearing on your shelf, confirm that you have added that library in Libby.

I’m trying to borrow an item from a partner library, but I get an error message when I try to sign in.

To borrow from other Massachusetts partner libraries with your home (Minuteman) library card, be sure to choose “Minuteman Library Patrons” from the drop-down menu whenever you sign in. (In the Libby App, first choose “I’m Visiting From Another Library”).

If you try to sign in as another library’s patron, you will receive an error message such as “Library Server Message-Invalid Library Card” or “Library Server Message-Request Record Not Found.”

Do my checkout settings (loan period, auto-checkout, etc) apply to all loans in Libby?

Different libraries have different default loan settings, so you will need to set your preferences for each partner library network. Also, preferences need to be set separately in the Libby app.

To change your settings for loans and holds:

  • In each partner library’s OverDrive collection: Sign in with your Minuteman library card and password. Go to My Account and select Settings.
  • In the Libby App: See these instructions to change default loan period and holds settings.

What are the lending policies for Libby titles?

MINUTEMAN digital titles can be checked out for 7, 14, or 21 days, with 7 as the default lending period.

The only exceptions are picture books, and streaming video titles, which have 3, 5, or 7 day loan periods, with 5 as the default.

There can be 10 titles checked out at a time, and 10 titles on hold.

Thank you to the SAILS Library Network for their work with Minuteman on creating this help document!