Digital Media Help
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The Arizona State Library has a FREE Tech Help phone line. They are here to help you from Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–8:00 pm. In your message, please indicate a time that is best to reach you. Your options for making an appointment:
- Call or text the phoneline at (602) 529-1519.
Leave a message and they will call you back as soon as they are able, or at the time that you request.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete this form to make an appointment and share some background information about your question/need/issue.
Library staff around the state will help you with:
- computer basics
- help with computers
- help with devices, like smartphones and tablets
- finding internet service offers in your area
- getting things done online such as where to go for unemployment forms, online banking, distance learning, creating an online shop
- using your smartphone as a hotspot wireless network
- using the internet to stay connected to family and friends
- accessing library online resources and digital media
- ...and more!
Get Support with Specific Digital Media Services
The Library subscribes to these services, which are supported by the companies that offer them. The companies offer tech support beyond what library staff can help you with. Since every device is a bit different and works differently with each service, library staff and our Infoline can only offer limited technical assistance by phone, email, and in person.
The best way to get help is by contacting the experts listed below.
The companies below are the only ones who can help you with:
- Account problems
- Login issues, especially if you have logged in and used the service before
- Missing or missed holds
- Missing titles
- Due date issues
- Technical problems of any sort including:
- Problems with the app
- Titles that don't download
- Titles that don't work properly on your device
- Titles that have content errors, such as missing chapters
OverDrive / Libby App
eBooks, eAudiobooks, Comics, Graphic Novels, Magazines, Streaming Video, IndieFlix, Qello Concerts
New to OverDrive or the Libby app?
Go to Getting Started and select the device you want to use.
Get Help or Tech Support
Digital Media FAQs
In some cases, you'll need software to get started. The services also have apps you can use.
OverDrive - eBooks, audiobooks, movies, magazines, comics, graphic novels, IndieFlix, Qello Concerts
- Listen, read, or watch in browser on a computer or mobile device
- Get the Libby app
- Use the Libby app in your browser (for laptops and desktops)
- Read how to access IndieFlix and Qello
- Software and app downloads
- Download and stream songs in browser on a computer or mobile device
- Stream or download using the app: App downloads
OverDrive allows early returns for most items.
See OverDrive's Help pages:
You can return titles using the app or software that you used to download them. Here are specific steps for:
- Amazon (for Kindle Books)
- OverDrive for iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch)
- OverDrive for Android
- OverDrive for Chromebook
- OverDrive for Windows 8/10
- OverDrive for Windows (desktop)
Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)
Note: Open EPUB ebooks are an exception; they can't be returned from ADE.
In the Libby app:
- Go to your Shelf.
- Click Manage Loan next to the book cover.
- Click Return Early.
If you haven't yet downloaded your item:
- Go to OverDrive: http://pima.overdrive.com/, opens a new window.
- Log in to your account.
- Go to Loans.
- Click on Return beneath the title.
Option 1: Get a Library Card online
You can get a card without coming in to the Library. Apply for an eCard online!
Option 2: Get access to OverDrive by signing up for OverDrive Instant Access
If you want to use OverDrive for eBooks and digital audiobooks, you can do so by signing up for OverDrive Instant Access using your mobile phone number.
If you have a regular library card or an eCard, you do not need to sign up for OverDrive Instant Access. You already have access to OverDrive.
- Go to the Overdrive page: pima.overdrive.com
- Where it says "Log In," you will get the prompt to either enter your card information or enter your mobile number to gain instant access to OverDrive materials.
- The billing address of the mobile phone needs to be within Pima County.
You will also be prompted with the same message the first time you log into the Libby app.
If you'd rather not get a card, here are some options for eBooks you can read online without a library card.
Option 3: Free eBooks online
- RomanceBookCloud: Free romance eBooks
- TeenBookCloud: Free teen eBooks
- Free eBooks from University of Arizona Press
- Reading Arizona Digital Library
- Gutenberg Project: Classics
What is an OverDrive Instant Digital Card?
An OverDrive Instant 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.
How do I get one?
On a desktop computer or device browser:
- Go to pima.overdrive.com
- Click where it says "Log In" in the top right corner
- Click the link under "Welcome" where it says "Need a library card? Get a free one instantly using your mobile number."
- Enter your phone number
- If your number is accepted, you're all set!
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 up your Instant Digital Card, you 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 accepted. Also, numbers from some cell providers (especially those whose numbers are registered as VOiP) may have trouble authenticating.
Has your Instant Digital Card expired? See what to do.
You may have signed up on OverDrive for an Instant Digital Card using your cell phone number. These Instant Digital Cards expire after one year and cannot be renewed.
You will not lose your holds and checkouts if you follow these steps.
Step 1: Apply for a library card
Step 2: Activate your new card in OverDrive or the Libby app
Once you have your new library card number, go to OverDrive or the Libby app, and either place a hold OR checkout a title. This activates your new card in the OverDrive system.
Step 3: Request a merge
Our staff can merge your checkouts and holds from your Instant Digital Card to your new library card number. Simply fill out this form, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
Once the merge is complete, you'll be able to log in to OverDrive or the Libby app with your new library card number and PIN to see all of your checkouts and holds together in one place.
If you have an OverDrive Instant Digital Card, you will be asked to verify your mobile number with an access code when you have signed out of Libby on your mobile phone. This acts as a PIN to verify that the person using the phone number is the person with the phone.
The screen will look like this:
IndieFlix and Qello are available in the Libby app!
Watch quality documentaries and quirky independent films with unlimited access on IndieFlix. Watch on your computer or device, or on your Apple TV or Roku.
Qello gives you access to the largest library of full-length concerts, music documentaries, and live streaming events, available to watch on supported devices including Roku, AppleTV, and more. Qello works on phones, tablets, media players, game consoles, and smart TVs. See all compatible devices.
To access IndieFlix or Qello
Install the Libby app from OverDrive on your device
- Use Libbyapp.com in your browser (for laptops and desktops)
Once you've installed the Libby app or opened Libby in your browser:
- Scroll on the homepage of Libby to Extras and click on the image
- If you aren't already logged in, log in by choosing Pima County Public Library and entering your library card number and PIN
- Click on the Open! button
- On your tablet or phone, your browser will open the IndieFlix or Qello webpage
- Click on Get a 7-day pass and read the information
- Click on Continue
- Activate your 7-day pass by entering your email - this will be the email address you use every time you access IndieFlix or Qello
- Set up a password - please choose one you can remember, so you can use it next time you use IndieFlix or Qello
- Install the Libby app from OverDrive on your device
OverDrive / Libby doesn't have parental controls, but you can limit your browsing and searching to content intended for specific audiences.
In the OverDrive website in your browser:
To set your content preferences, open OverDrive in a browser, not the Libby app.
- Go to the Library's OverDrive page at pima.overdrive.com
- Log in with your library card number and PIN
- Go to My Account, then Settings
- Scroll down to Content Preferences and select the types of content you want to see when browsing or searching the collection.
In the Libby app:
To set an audience preference for searching/browsing:
- Open the Libby app
- Tap Preferences at the top of any search or browse screen (not in your Shelf).
- Choose one or more Audience filters.
- Tap Apply Preferences.
You can also visit your library's kids section in Libby:
- Open the Libby app
- Tap Explore on your library's home screen in Libby
- Then select Guide: Kids
Media Do eBooks are available in OverDrive's Libby app. Media Do is simply a different format for eBooks.
You can browse and borrow them alongside the rest of your digital collection directly in the Libby app. Once borrowed, these titles appear on your Shelf in Libby. When you go to read them, they will open in a browser window using Media Do's browser-based eBook reader.
A few additional details:
- You can filter lists and search results down to just Media Do titles by setting a Preference or using the Refine option in Libby.
- Media Do’s browser-based eBook reader is specifically designed to display content with special formatting, like graphic novels and books that read right-to-left.
- Media Do eBooks require an internet connection and can’t be downloaded for offline use.