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eBook User Guides

The Commerce Research Library's eBook collection is made up of a variety of sources. The eBook User Guide assists with searching, navigating, and using the various eBook platforms.

Meet Libby, by OverDrive

Libby GraphicBorrow eBooks to read on your phone, tablet, or browser using Libby by OverDrive. You can even send and read your borrowed eBooks to your Kindle ereader! It's easy to get started for new users and a streamlined experience for current OverDrive app users. Learn more at

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the Library's eBooks?
Libby is one of a variety of sources of eBooks. Use eBook Search to comprehensively search all eBooks available to you. If you want to see what is only available from Libby, visit

Who can read the Library's eBooks?
Department of Commerce staff and contractors stationed at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, DC with a Library Account may use Libby.

Is Libby the same as OverDrive?
Libby is built by OverDrive, who also developed the classic OverDrive app. Both apps let you borrow the same digital content. However, Libby was designed to make finding, borrowing, and enjoying eBooks easier than ever.

Can I download Libby to my government phone?
For the most part, yes. If you are having an issue with downloading the app to your government phone, please contact your Bureau's IT help desk.

Getting Started

QR Code to Get the Libby App1. Get a Library Account
2. Download the Libby app:

Download on the App Store

Or, use it in your web browser at

3. Open the Libby App, then:

  • Select Yes: do you have a library card?
  • Then tap on I'll Search For A Library.
  • In the Library name, city or zip search box type in Commerce Research Library.
  • Now select Commerce Research Library.
  • Tap Enter Library Account Details, then tap Next.
  • Finally, login with your Library Account credentials.

4. Start browsing the collections!