OverDrive Magazines

Get your favourite magazines online for free  

Love Magazines? With over 5,000 magazines to choose from, you can get your favourite magazines in the ORL's OverDrive collection and the Libby app. No holds, no waiting – check out as many magazines as you like!

Watch Tutorial or follow the steps below to get started. 

Enjoy magazines on your browser

Checkout and read magazines on the internet browser of your computer, laptop, or mobile device. 

A mobile app is also available so that you can enjoy magazines on your smartphone or tablet. Jump down to Enjoying magazines on the Libby App.


Log in to the ORL’s OverDrive collection

Go to https://orl.overdrive.com

Select Sign in at the top right corner.

Enter your library card number (no spaces) and PIN code and select Sign In. You are ready to borrow magazines with just a couple of clicks!

Find Magazines

Click on Subjects and select Magazines to view genres.


Enter the name of the magazine in the search box located at the top of the screen, then select the magnifying glass.


Borrow Magazines

Magazines are always available to borrow!

To read a sample of the magazine, see its description, or to find similar magazines you may like, select the 3-dot icon next to the title, or click on the cover image of the magazine.

To check out older issues of a magazine, click on its cover image then Select Another Issue and choose one from the expanded menu. 

Select Borrow to check-out the magazine. Change the lending period (7, 14, or 21 days) before selecting Borrow again in the pop-up window.

In the SUCCESS! window, click Select Read now in browser. The magazine will open in a new tab in your web browser ready to read.

Bookmark this tab or find the magazine again on your  Loans page under My account on the ORL’s OverDrive site.

Check out as many as you like! Magazines do not count toward the 10 title check out limit for digital books.


Reading option notes

When reading in the browser, article view is not available for magazines. It is only available on the Libby App.

Magazines borrowed on the browser cannot be downloaded for offline reading or transferred to eReaders.



You can renew a magazine within 3 days of the end of its lending period. Since magazines are always available, you can also borrow the magazine again at any time.


Early Returns

Magazines are automatically removed from your library account on its due date. You can return them early, too:

Go to your Loans page found under My account on the ORL’s OverDrive site.

Select Return beneath the Magazine.



Enjoy magazines on the Libby App

Download the Libby App

Don’t already have the Libby App for downloading eBooks and Audiobooks?

Get the Libby App for free from your app store, available for:

  • iPads and iPhones running iOS 10.0 or newer
  • Android tablets and smartphones running Android 5.0 and newer

Note: The Libby app is not available to download for Windows devices. You can use Libby in your web browser at libbyapp.com and enjoy books and magazines online. 


Add your library card to the Libby App

When you first open the Libby App, follow the on screen prompts to add your library name, Okanagan Regional Library, your library card number (no spaces), and your PIN. (Unsure of your PIN? Reset your PIN code online if your email address is associated with your library account).

After your information is entered, the ORL’s OverDrive collection will open in the Libby App. 


Find Magazines

  • Tap the Search icon (Magnifying Glass) at the bottom of the Libby app and enter the title or topic.
  • Tap magazines[number]  at the top of a list or search results to see only magazines. 

Borrow Magazines

Magazines are always available to borrow! 

  • Tap on the cover image of the magazine if you want to see descriptions, samples, or older issues.   
  • Tap Open Magazine to read it right away or tap the blue rectangle, and select Keep Issue for 7 Days to add it to the Magazine Rack on your Shelf screen for that device. 

Note: If you have Libby app installed on other devices, you will need add the Magazine to those devices separately.

Get notified when new magazine issues are available

Tap Subscribe so the app can let your know when new issues of a magazine come out. The Libby App will ask prompt you to Subscribe when you close a magazine or when you borrow it. 

Download your Magazines

To save space, magazines are not automatically downloaded to your device. Download magazines to read them offline. 

  • Tap Shelf.
  • On your Magazine Rack, tap the 3-dot icon below the magazine you want to download.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the panel and tap Download


Reading options

Opening individual articles

You can open individual articles and adjust text size and lighting settings for most magazines (these options may not be available for all magazines).

  • Tap the center of the screen.
  • Select Read The Article (or Articles) near the bottom of the screen.
  • If there are multiple articles on a page, select which one to read from the list.

Adjusting text size and lighting for articles

  • Close the article you are reading.
  • Tap the center of the screen.
  • Select Appearance button and update the appearance settings.
  • Re-open the article to see your changes.

Using the Zooming option

You can pinch in or out to change the zoom levels or tap on the center of the screen, then tap on the Zoom icon (a circle over the word zoom). 

Text to Speech options are currently unavailable 

The Libby App does not currently have text to speech functionality for magazines, though OverDrive is considering this feature for future development.


Borrow a magazine again if you need more time with it.

Need Further Help?

Check out the following help sites provided by OverDrive

Reading Magazines on the Libby App

Reading Magazines on your browser


Get in touch with the ORL

Call us at 1-844-649-8127.

Email help@orl.bc.ca, in your email, please include:

  • any error message you’ve received
  • your ORL library card number
  • the magazine you are trying to view
  • the type of device you are using (e.g. tablet, smartphone, PC or Mac)
  • the type of web browser you are using (e.g., Edge, Chrome, Firefox)
  • indicate you are using OverDrive Magazines

Note: If your ORL card has expired you'll be unable to borrow from this collection. To renew an expired card, call your library branch