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eBooks, eAudio, eMags & Streaming: Tech Help

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eMagazines in Libby


The library offers free eMagazines through the Libby, by OverDrive app and the web app eMagazine checkouts are unlimited. While items can be returned early, they are returned automatically when the checkout period expires. Libby, by OverDrive and the browser site can be used interchangeably.

Libby is not available in Amazon’s app store, but Kindle users can visit to read eMagazines while connected to the internet. 


  • Libby, by OverDrive app or 
  • Valid Fairfax County Library Card and password (PIN)
    • Be sure to use the library card's barcode, not your username
  • Internet Connection

iOs 10+, Android 5.0+ and Fire 5.0+ are required.
For, use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Edge.


  1. Download Libby, by OverDrive from your app store and open the app or open from any browser.
  2. Do you have a library card? Select Yes.
  3. Select Search For a Library; enter your zip code. Select Fairfax County Public Library.
  4. Select Sign In With My Card and then enter your library card number and password.
  5. Select Sign In to use the Libby app.

SEARCH - Navigate Libby From Its Footer

Libby Footer Icons

  •  Select the magnifying glass to search.
  • Type a title in the search box or
  • Select magazines from the list of options under Explore with Filters to browse. You can then choose to Refine by subject.


  1. Select the cover of a magazine and select Borrow. Select Borrow! to confirm.
  2. To see a list of all back issues (where available), select the cover of the current issue and then scroll down past the text to see the issues. Select the cover of your desired issue. Select Borrow and then Borrow! to confirm.
  3. Select the Shelf icon in the footer of the app to open and view the content of a magazine.
  4. Select or tap the middle of the screen to view a page of the magazine. Tap the left or right of the page to navigate through the pages. Tap the middle of the screen to return to the view with numbered pages of the magazine toward the bottom of the screen. 
  5. To open a screen-friendly layout of a page or article, select or tap the middle of the screen to hide the numbered pages. Tap the icon of a page at the bottom of the screen Libby page icon. If there are multiple articles on a page, select the one you want from the list to view it. Select Done to return to the eMagazine.
  6. You can view the magazine as many times as you want before it is returned.


  • Items will be returned automatically at the end of their checkout period.
  • Items can be returned early from the Shelf icon screen. Select Manage Loan, select Return Early, then Return.


  • The option to renew becomes available three days before a title is set to expire.
  • From the Shelf icon screen, select Expiring soon. Renew? above the magazine cover or select Manage Loan. Select Renew Loan, then Renew.
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