eBooks & Digital Media

Our Collections

Borrow from huge collections of ebooks and other digital media with your Boston Public Library card. All cardholders can use these resources, including eCard holders. All you need to get started is your BPL card number PIN and, in some cases, an email address for account creation. If you need help getting things set up, the BPL offers easy, step-by-step guides for most platforms and devices.

  eBooks Audiobooks Video Music Magazines
and Journals
Comics iOS App Android App eReaders Other Apps
Overdrive ( ✓ )     ( ✓ ) Kindle Fire, Nook, Mac, Windows 8/RT/10, Windows Phone, web browsers
Hoopla     Kindle Fire, web browsers
Zinio             web browsers
Research Databases ( ✓ )   ( ✓ ) ( ✓ )   varies varies varies web browsers

✓ = large collection
(✓) = small or specialized collection

Overdrive provides a huge collection of downloadable audio and ebooks, along with a mobile app for enjoying both. Borrow up to 10 items at a time and put unavailable items on hold.

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Hoopla offers a broad selection of streaming and downloadable media in your browser or through the Hoopla app for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire. Borrow up to 10 items per calendar month without needing to put anything on hold.

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  • Temporarily download content onto your iOS or Android device for on-the-go enjoyment.
  • Find Hoopla content in our online catalog, at hoopladigital.com, or on the Hoopla app.

Zinio gives you access to the latest issues of over 5000 popular magazines, plus older issues of certain titles.

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  • Read on your smartphone or tablet with the Zinio App for iOS and Android, or on your computer with your web browser
  • All Zinio titles are always available and you can borrow as many titles as you want, whenever you want

    Get Started

  • Use your Library card number, PIN and email address to create an account in the app for iOS or Android, or on our Zinio page.

Boston Public Library's research databases contain scholarly and specialized periodicals, newspapers, and a varied selection of other specialized media.

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  • Browse hundreds of databases with collections for K-12, language learning, and reference information.
  • Enjoy audio and video collections
  • Find credible and vetted information that goes in-depth

    Get Help

  • Get help using the research databases at ask@bpl.org
  • Please report technical issues with the research databases to webmaster@bpl.org