Plymouth Digital Library

Inside of Plymouth’s Center for Spiritual Growth is our Library and some cozy chairs. While Plymouth was closed last year, the Board of Spiritual Growth prepared competitive grant to create a digital library offering of digital books, materials, and documentaries using OverDrive. Click here to visit our digital library!

On this page, you’ll find our Frequently Asked Questions about the digital library and how you can check out what we have to offer and sign up!

Our library is a collection designed for digital reading, listening and viewing. You can check out materials on your computer, smart phone, tablet, Kindle or Nook reader. Items in our library are carefully selected for our Plymouth community. The library is sponsored by the Plymouth Board of Spiritual Growth and funded by the Plymouth Foundation.

You might already have a card. If you do, you can sign on with your email address and the password (aka PIN) is plymouth. If you do not have a card, you can sign up for a card using your mobile phone number (remember to select United States for your phone location) and the special code: puccwinter20. If you have trouble, email the library committee for help at overdrive@plymouthchurch.com.

Click on a title’s cover. If the title is available, click “Borrow.” If you are using the Libby app, your title may load immediately. If you are using the OverDrive app, go to your “Loans” page and select a download format. Your title will now start loading. Go to your “Bookshelf” to access your title or transfer the title to your kindle through Amazon.

You may check out one item at a time for 14 days. Videos are lent for 3 days. Items are automatically returned at the end of the loan period, or you may return them early so you can check out something else or to make it available for someone else to borrow.

You may place a hold if the book you want is on loan to someone else. You will receive an email notice when you can check it out. If you have another item borrowed you must return that item to check out your hold.

We have carefully selected books, audio and video for the Plymouth community. Each title is recommended by Plymouth staff or members. You can stream documentary videos as well as read or listen to books. The library is divided into collections which reflect topics of study in our programs.

You may access the library and read on your computer or mobile internet browser, or you can download a special application. The Overdrive and Libby applications are recommended. You can also use a Kindle or Nook application in conjunction with the Libby and Overdrive applications.

Libby is a new app released by OverDrive. It has the same collection of titles as the OverDrive app, it’s just a different way to access the same digital library collection. Libby is a fast and attractive digital browsing experience. Libby is compatible with Android and iOS devices. Libby is great if you just want to download a book to your Android or iOS phone or tablet.

OverDrive is the “classic” app, and is compatible with more devices, including Kindle Fire, Macs, PCs, and Windows mobile devices. It also allows for transfer to MP3 players from computers. (MP3 download is not compatible with the Mac Catalina operating system.)

Libby is new, and doesn’t yet have all of the features that the OverDrive app does, such as the ability to recommend titles for purchase or robust accessibility features. These may be added to Libby over time.

Yes! Both applications make it easy to switch between library cards or between different libraries. Plymouth users may already have a card for Des Moines Public Library or a local suburban library using Bridges. Open the menu, then tap on Switch Library or Library Cards. You will need a Plymouth card to check out Plymouth items. The best part is that all your digital checkouts from different cards and libraries are on the same shelf, so there is no need to switch between libraries or cards to read your books.

Give it a try! The Libby app is a different browsing experience than the OverDrive app, and you may prefer it. You can let Libby know that you read e-books on your Kindle by tapping on the menu, and then on Download Settings. When you check out a Kindle format e-book, it will send it to your Kindle, rather than downloading the book to Libby. Some illustrated book including children’s picture books, are not very compatible with the Kindle and are best viewed with another application.

This is the model publishers negotiated with OverDrive so that libraries could provide access to digital titles. As a result, borrowing digital titles is similar to checking out physical books, one copy at a time per user. If reader has already checked out a digital title, you may put a hold on it. There are a few titles that allow simultaneous users.

The option to renew a title becomes available three days before the title is set to expire. Renewing puts you in line to borrow a title again once your first checkout expires.

You may make a list of items you would like to borrow in the future by clicking the + on the item display in Overdrive browser or Overdrive application. The wish list is not currently available in the Libby application.

Yes, you may. We will consider that title for purchase. If a digital loan license is not available we may ask the publisher to consider providing one for purchase. This process takes time.

Don’t see your question?

Overdrive has extensive online help, but you may also get personalized help from the Plymouth library committee: email overdrive@plymouthchurch.com. If you want to change your password, email the library committee.