Compare Digital Audiobook Services

We have two services that offer audiobooks: OverDrive and hoopla. Many users utilize both to maximize entertainment value, but it may be difficult to differentiate and choose between the two. Here are some comparisons of the two services. 

  • Browse and checkout titles from OverDrive
  • Browse and checkout titles from hoopla

For more information on each service, including instructions and FAQs, please see our Overview pages.

NOTICE: Audiobooks that were previously available through the RBdigital service will be migrated to Overdrive beginning Monday, September 21, 2020. This process may take a couple days. After which, the audiobooks will no longer be available through RBdigital, and may be accessed through Overdrive. Magazines will continue to be available through RBdigital.




Stream titles on computers and mobile devices

 OverDrive: yes

 hoopla: yes

Download titles for offline listening

 OverDrive: Libby app only

 hoopla: mobile devices only

How many items can I check out?

 OverDrive: 10 titles at a time; no limit over time

 hoopla: 12 items a month

How many items can I have on hold?

 OverDrive: 15 items

 hoopla: no holds; all items always available

Can I suggest a title/purchase?

 OverDrive: yes

 hoopla: no

Non-fiction titles

 OverDrive: some

 hoopla: stronger

Collections, in general

 OverDrive: stronger on bestsellers

 hoopla: stronger on niche titles/publishers