Stream & Download
OverDrive (Libby app)
The OverDrive app was discontinued on May 1, 2023. This was our vendor OverDrive's decision, not the Boston Public Library's decision.
We encourage you to make the switch to OverDrive's Libby app, opens a new window.
Here is OverDrive's Libby Help guide for OverDrive app users, opens a new window.
Access to our OverDrive site, opens a new window will remain available.
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 check out ten items from Hoopla per calendar month.
You can watch a maximum of 4 videos per month.* You will receive 4 play credits every month. Once you press play on a video, you will automatically use 1 play credit.
Once you press play on a video, you will have 72 hours to view it as many times as you like without using another play credit. If you would like to watch the same video after the 72 hours have passed, you will use up another play credit.
* Please note that some video series, such as Great Courses, may be limited to fewer checkouts per month.
Visit the New and Novel Desk at the Central Library, check our calendar for computer instruction classes, or use Kanopy’s support site.
You can watch videos on a computer or mobile device using a web browser.
You will need an internet connection to watch videos on Kanopy. Films cannot be downloaded to a computer or device; they only stream through the internet.
You can download the Flipster app from your device's app store. If you have a Kindle Fire, you can download it directly.
- iOS, opens a new window (Apple App Store)
- Android, opens a new window (Google Play)
- Fire, opens a new window (3rd & 4th generation tablets)
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.