The Blackstone Library provides a variety of free digital resources you can use online from home or in person at the library. Wherever you have an internet connection, you can search our catalog & place holds, download eBooks, audiobooks and magazines. Check out our digital media collections below or explore the quick links on the right. There are also a number of databases available under our “Research” tab or click here.
eBooks & Audiobooks from OverDrive
eBooks & Audiobooks from the State of Connecticut’s OneClickdigital
Borrow ebooks and audiobooks from the State’s collection, using your library card.
Blackstone Library cardholders can download ebooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, TV series and music to their computers and mobile devices. Sign up at hoopladigital.com or through the Hoopla app on your mobile device. You can browse the collection or search for a specific title. Just click on the title you want and then click on Borrow! Read more about Hoopla here.
Kanopy is an on demand streaming service that allows you to stream to your computer or mobile device, to your television by connecting it to your computer with an HDMI cable, or by using Roku, Apple TV or Chromecast. You’ll find independent, classic, international films and documentaries. Included are the Criterion Collection, the Great Courses and PBS. Create an account at Kanopy, using your Blackstone Library card.
Magazines from RBDigital
With RBDigital, you have digital access to many popular magazines. Borrow them online, then read them in your browser or from within the RBDigital app. A new feature allows you to search the magazine content (you must be logged into your account). Just click on “Article Search.”
Blackstone Library cardholders have remote access to the New Haven Register and Newsbank from home. For the New Haven Register, you will find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived (from 1988) issues of the New Haven Register. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.
Using Newsbank, you can search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.
Pronunciator – COVID-19 terms now available for 90 languages
Pronunciator offers 80 language programs as well programs to learn English in more than 50 native languages. All you need is your Blackstone or Willoughby Wallace Library card to get started. Click here to register. (Por favor, haga clic aquí para continuar en Español.)
You can use Pronunciator on your computer as well as your Apple or Android phones and tablets, with the Pronunciator app.
Shoutbomb Text Messaging Service
Keep up-to-date with your library account on your mobile phone using the library’s Shoutbomb text messaging service. Receive text notices about items available to pick up, items due soon, overdue items and fines. PLEASE NOTE: The library does NOT charge a fee for this service, but your cell phone plan’s regular text-messaging rates apply. For additional information and instructions, click here.
SCOLA is a non-profit educational organization. SCOLA receives and re-transmits foreign TV programming from around the world and provides other foreign language resources, language lessons, and learning material on the SCOLA website.