Get Instant Access to OverDrive EBooks Without a Library Card

While we're in these unprecedented times, we want to support residents of Pima County who have not yet had the chance to come in for a library card. While we do not yet offer online library cards for full access to our materials, we can now provide one step towards utilizing our collection: OverDrive Instant Digital Card.

This digital card will allow someone who does not yet have a library card to enter their mobile phone number and gain access to our OverDrive collection. They can then use the desktop site or download the Libby App to check out and place holds on our entire OverDrive ebook and downloadable audiobook collection. When our libraries are once again open to the public and you can come in for a full-access card, we can merge your accounts so you can start using your library card to check out OverDrive ebooks right away while still mainting your holds and checkouts from your other account. 

What are the steps? Easy:

On a desktop computer or device browser:

On the Libby app:

  • Download and open the Libby app
  • Choose Pima County Public Library or enter your zip code when it asks you to find your library (or let it use your location)
  • Accept the prompt asking if you'd like to get instant access with your phone number
  • Enter your phone number
  • If your number is accepted, you're good to go!

Once you've set your account up this way, you can always log in with your mobile number on the desktop login screen (and Libby will essentially keep you logged in forever). Reminder: this account is only good for OverDrive and its connected Libby app, and cannot be used to access other Pima County Public Library digital services. 

Note: Your mobile phone billing address must be within Pima County to be acceptedAlso, numbers from some cell providers (especially those whose numbers are registered as VOiP) may have trouble authenticating.