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eBooks & Audiobooks

OverDrive eBooks and Audiobooks

Thousands of digital titles available for download directly to your computer or mobile device.

Hoopla Streaming Media

Movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, and comics for online streaming or download to mobile devices, with no waiting lists.

Movies & Music


Kanopy includes acclaimed movies and documentaries on-demand from award-winning filmmakers.

Hoopla Streaming Media

Movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, and comics for online streaming or download to mobile devices, with no waiting lists.

Magazines & Newspapers


Full-color popular magazines available for online reading or download to mobile devices. Audiobooks have moved to our OverDrive collection.


Color full-page and article reproductions of thousands of U.S. and international newspapers and magazines from the last three months.

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Access Library Services From Home

While our locations remain closed, we still have many library services available to you from home.

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  • You can borrow up to ten titles from OverDrive at a single time. These do not count toward the limit of seventy-five physical loans at a time on your library card.

  • OverDrive lends ebooks and audiobooks for up to fourteen days. If you prefer, you can select shorter loan periods for each format individually in your account.

    In some cases, the loan period is set by the publisher and will vary from the above. When this happens, the loan period will be displayed at checkout.

  • You can have up to ten titles on hold in OverDrive.


  • Yes, so long as you have a physical BPL card or an eCard.

  • Hoopla can be used in a web browser at or with its app on iOS, Android, and Amazon devices. You will need your library card number and an email address to get started.

  • You can check out ten items from Hoopla per calendar month.


  • We won’t be able to transfer RBDigital holds to OverDrive, unfortunately. Please place new holds in OverDrive after the titles have transferred. If you have difficulty with your new hold requests, please email for help.

  • Any titles you have checked out on August 25th will still be available in your account until the end of their loan period.

  • Not at this time. You will still be able to check out magazines using RBDigital for several months, but these titles will eventually move to OverDrive as well. Check our website for news about this move in late 2020.


  • No. At this time, Kanopy videos can only be streamed online, with an active internet connection. You cannot watch videos with mobile data.

  • Play credits reset on the 1st of the month.  Once you have used your 4 credits, you will not be able to play any films until the new month starts. On the 1st, you will have 4 new play credits. Unused play credits do not carry over to the next month.

  • Because Kanopy provides all of the titles, please contact Kanopy directly to suggest titles. The BPL cannot accommodate these requests.

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