eBook & Audio


Cresco Public Library has online options for those who prefer ebooks, eaudiobooks and emagazines.

The library uses Bridges to access all of these. There are multiple ways to access the titles on Bridges , including

through the Overdrive app, the Libby app (both of which have to be downloaded onto your device) or online at the websites of Overdrive, Libby  and Bridges

To be able to use the materials, patrons have to log in with the patron number from their library account and their phone number (including area code) from the patron files. If you change your phone number, don't know your patron number or have any other issues, please contact the library.

(Advantage) denotes an ebook or eaudiobook that Cresco Public Library has purchased and is available through Bridges. Patrons who select Advantage items will be allowed to use them before patrons of other libraries.


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                       Libby                            Overdrive                       Bridges


What is the difference between the Libby app and Overdrive app?


Libby is a newer app released by OverDrive. It has the same collection of titles as the OverDrive app but it's just a different way to access the same digital library collection (Bridges), Libby is a fast and attractive digital browsing experience.

Libby is compatible with Android and iOS devices, and OverDrive is working an app for Kindle Fire/HD devices. Libby is great if you just want to download a book to your Android or iOS device.

Overdrive is the "classic" app. It is compatible with more devices including Kindle Fire, Macs, PCs and Windows mobile devices. It allows for transfer to MP2 players from computers.

Libby is new, and doesn't yet have all of the features that the OverDrive app does, such as the ability to recommend titles for purchase or robust accessibility features. These will be added to Libby over time.

Which app should I use?

If you use one iOS or Android device to browse, download and read or listen to digital books, we recommend trying Libby. It's a great one-device experience.

If you like to read books on many devices, or prefer to browse for new titles on your computer, stick to OverDrive for now. Also, if you make use of accessibility features in the OverDrive app, you'll need to stick with that until more accessibility features get added to Libby.

If you're concerned about excluding mature content in your digital reading app, stick with the OverDrive app. If you want the kids in your life to be able to browse only for kids' books, and not see other titles, you'll want to stay with the OverDrive app as well.


What format are the digital books in Libby?

Unless you tell it otherwise (see the Kindle FAQ below), Libby downloads digital books in the Read or Listen formats. By default, all digital books under 20 mb (basically e-books only) will download to Libby automatically for offline reading. To download audiobooks, which are much bigger files, you’ll need to tell Libby to start downloading. You can adjust these settings by opening the menu and tapping on Download Settings.


I like to read on a Kindle e-reader. Should I use the Libby app to discover books?

Give it a try! The Libby app is a different browsing experience than the OverDrive app, and you may prefer it. You can let Libby know that you read e-books on your Kindle by tapping on the menu, and choose  "I Read on Another Device" in Download Settings. When you check out a Kindle format e-book, it will prompt you to send it to your Kindle or Kindle eReader app, rather than downloading the book to Libby.


I checked out a book using the OverDrive app, or using the OverDrive website on my computer, and now I can’t return it early in Libby.

Books added to the Libby app are in the Read or Listen formats. If you downloaded a book in EPUB format or an audiobook in MP3 format to the OverDrive app, it cannot be returned early from the Libby app. With the exception of Read or Listen formats, titles you download need to be returned early from the device they were downloaded to. All titles expire automatically after the loan period.


Can I use more than one library card or cards from different libraries in Libby?

Yes! Libby makes it easy to switch between library cards or between different libraries. Open the menu, then tap on Switch Library or Library Cards. The best part is that all your digital checkouts from different cards and libraries are on the same shelf, so there is no need to switch between libraries or cards to read your books. However, we strongly suggest that you use your local library's digital resources ONLY.

I have more questions about Libby. Check out their Help Section.


        With great thanks to the Atlantic County Library System for the use of their text.