8 New Libby Features

Borrowing and Placing Holds at Multiple Libraries

You can now borrow and place holds on the same title at different libraries. When doing so, the icon next to the title (known as a gem) updates its colors to reflect which of your libraries you have borrowed or placed the title on hold from. For titles that you have placed multiple holds on, tapping the gem will give you more detailed information about each hold, including your estimated wait time.


Gems were introduced in a recent Libby update. These gems clean up your shelf while quickly offering helpful information and actions like renewing or returning titles early. These gems feature color patterns specific to the library that the book comes from.

More Options for Tagged Titles

Using tags is a powerful way to track books you loved or want to read in the future. Based on popular request, you can now borrow or place a hold on titles directly from your Tags shelf. Tagged titles also show options to read a sample of that book or learn more about it.

Reading Progress and Current Loan Status

For books that you have started reading, you will now see a progress bar on your loans shelf indicating how far along you are. On this shelf, you will also see how much longer you have that title for.

Shelf Tips

Helpful shelf tips above your loans and holds give you important information about your books, including when titles are ready to renew, how many other users are waiting, and prompts to return items early.

Shelf Summary

The Shelf Summary is a new view that highlights your current book, new and expiring loans, any holds that are ready to borrow, and other helpful information about your books.

Your Place in the Hold Line

Waitlist information has been simplified so that you instantly can see your estimated wait time for a certain title. Tapping the calendar icon also provides information about the total copies available, the number of people waiting, and how you have progressed in the line.

Jump Around a Search

Search results are paginated so you can now jump to any page in the library list by tapping on the page number option.

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