Instructions for using Overdrive

Getting Started

To download digital materials you must have a Powhatan County Public Library card in good standing. For questions about the status of your library card please contact the library at 804-598-5670 or 

You will also need a working internet connection. If you are using a mobile device you will need WiFi or a data connection for that device.

If you do not find the help you need below, please see Libby’s Help page.

Accessing Overdrive

PCPL is partnered with twelve other Virginia libraries in the Blue Ridge Download Consortium. Materials can be reached through the consortium website or the Overdrive or Libby App. The library recommends starting with the Libby app. 

To use an app download, install and open the app.

Apple App Store
Google Play Store
Libby by Overdrive
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Note: If you cannot find the Libby app in your app store, please see use the Overdrive app instead.

  1. Libby: Getting Started 
  2. Using the Libby App
  3. Libby: Checking Out & Placing Holds
  4. Libby: Reading Your Books
  5. Libby: Returning & Renewing Books

Getting Started with the Libby App

The Libby app will walk you through the set up process. Below are notes about the various options the app will give you.

  • Copy From my Other Device
    If you have Libby on another device this will copy all of your information to the current device for a quick and easy set up. If this is your first time using Libby please ignore this option.
  • I’ll Search for a Library
    You can search using the library name, city or zip code. Simply searching "Powhatan" or "23139" will work. Your first result with be the Blue Ridge Download Consortium (see below). Just click the magenta box to proceed.Search result showing the Blue Ridge Download Consortium
  • Yes, Guess my Library
    The Libby app will use the location services on your device to find the libraries nearest to your current location. If you are not near Powhatan County then you will need to use "No, keep looking" and search again. Then move around the map for the green dot indicating our location. Clicking the dot will allow you to select PCPL as your library.
  • Your library card number
    It is located on the back of your library card. It is 14 digits long and starts with 20438. Be sure to type the number in without spaces.