Changes to e-Books, e-Audiobooks, and e-Magazines


Ramsey County Library has moved its e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines to OverDrive and the Libby app.


Access to cloudLibrary ended on February 23, 2021

On February 23, cloudLibrary e-books and e-audiobooks moved to OverDrive. They are available through the OverDrive website and through Libby, a one-tap reading app from OverDrive.

Unfortunately, your checked-out items and holds did not transfer from cloudLibrary to OverDrive. When cloudLibrary service ended on February 23, you lost access to your current checked-out items in the cloudLibrary app. You also lost your holds and will need to reserve your items again in Libby. We apologize for the inconvenience; however, you now have access to more digital content in one place than ever before.


RBdigital e-Magazines & e-Audiobooks moved to Libby

RBdigital e-magazines and e-audiobooks have moved to OverDrive and the Libby app.

There are now over 3,000 magazines available in Libby. Most magazines include three years of back issues.

Magazines do not stay checked out to your account permanently. This is a change from how they worked in RBdigital. Instead, they are borrowed for 21, 14, or 7 day periods, and they can be renewed. All magazines are always available: you never need to wait in line or place a hold to read magazines in Libby.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you making these changes?
To bring you access to even more e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines! There are several reasons why OverDrive/Libby is an improvement over our current collections:

Shared Collection: Discover, request, and borrow e-books and e-audiobooks from other MELSA libraries accessible to all in a shared collection. You'll have access to more content than ever before.
All-In-One App: Instead of needing to check multiple apps, find all the e-books and e-audiobooks the Ramsey County Library owns in one app: Libby.
Kindle Compatibility: Many Kindle users have been frustrated by their inability to borrow e-books from the Ramsey County Library in the past. With OverDrive, Kindle users can join everyone else in borrowing books from RCL.


Do I need to make a new account to use Libby?
No, you do not need to make an account with Libby. You only need your Ramsey County Library card and PIN to sign into the Libby app on your mobile device, or the website libbyapp.com.

Note: If you have not yet finished setting up your user account on the Ramsey County Library website, you will be prompted to do so when trying to sign in to Libby.


What does this mean for my holds in cloudLibrary?
Unfortunately, your holds did not transfer from cloudLibrary to OverDrive. You lost your place in line and need to reserve your items again in Libby. We apologize for the inconvenience; however, you now have access to more digital content in one place than ever before.


I have a Kindle Fire/Amazon Fire. Can I use Libby?
Fire tablets require the installation of the OverDrive app. The OverDrive app is available from the Amazon Appstore, opens a new window. You can also access Libby on a fire tablet through your web browser at libbyapp.com.

Learn more about working with the OverDrive app here, opens a new window.


Are back issues of e-magazines available in Libby?
Yes. Wherever possible, Libby contains three rolling years of back issues. Back issues older than three years are automatically removed from Libby.


Will I still have access to e-magazines I borrowed previously in RBdigital?
Yes. You can access your historical magazine loans by either downloading the free ZINIO app or going to zinio.com. From the ZINIO app or website, you can register a new ZINIO account using the same email address you used to access RBdigital. Once registered, your previously borrowed ZINIO magazine loans will be available in your account.

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