Stream & Download

After June 30, magazines will no longer be available in our OverDrive collection. You will still be able to borrow digital magazines in Flipster and PressReader.

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

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

Flip to popular digital magazines from any location! Image of Forbes magazine cover that says "The New IPO Playbook" with a middle-aged Caucasian male on the cover. To the right of that, the center image is of Time magazine. The cover is of a light brown skilled family, with an adult woman, and an adult male, with three children on the couch. The cover says "Women and the pandemic. The fight for working mothers." To the right of that image, is a cover of People magazine. It features a photo of Vanessa Bryant, with a quote on the cover "My Girls give me strength." on the bottom right it includes the logo for the company, Flipster.

Flipster Digital Magazines

Explore, download, and read current magazine issues on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

OverDrive eBooks and Audiobooks

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

PressReader

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

Need Help?

OverDrive

  • 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.

Hoopla

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

  • Hoopla can be used in a web browser at hoopladigital.com 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.

Kanopy

  • 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.

Flipster

  • You can download the Flipster app from your device's app store. If you have a Kindle Fire, you can download it directly.

    Search for Boston Public Library in the app and enter your library card number and PIN to get started.

    The app is not required to access Flipster. You may also use your device's web browser to access it.

  • Flipster magazines don't have traditional loan periods like eBooks.

    Some select titles will expire and will need to be deleted from your device after a set time, however. These titles display an expired icon and appear grayed out when no longer available to read. Select weekly titles may expire in 2 days while select monthly or seasonal titles may expire in 7 days. After they expire, these titles may be redownloaded if they are still available.

  • Yes! On your computer, open the most recent issue of a magazine and select the All Issues menu item in the right column to see all available issues. In the app, the back issues appear on the latest issue screen below the title's description.

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