Digital Services

Below is a complete list of all the digital services available to Library members 24/7. All of these services are free with your Brantford Public Library membership. 

Do you need a membership?
Visit one of our library branches to complete an application in person. 

You can also become a digital member instantly by completing an online digital membership form. After completing the form, you will get instant access to all of our digital services. More information on memberships can be found on our memberships page

Using our Digital Services

Watch short tutorial videos on how to use and get the most out of our most-popular online services. 

eBooks, Audiobooks

OverDrive is the our most popular eBook and Audiobook service. You can read or listen to books through the OverDrive website or Libby App

Watch an OverDrive/Libby tutorial video

Hoopla has a limited selection of eBooks and Audiobooks and a great selection of graphic novels/comic books. It also offers movie, television show and music streaming. Usually, users can only enjoy six titles per month through Hoopla. However, Hoopla has opened up a catalogue of more than 1,000 eBooks, Audiobooks and more to be enjoyed without limitations.

Watch a Hoopla tutorial video.


Digital Magazines and Newspapers

PressReader allows you to read the latest editions of more than 6,000 newspapers and magazines for free with your Library membership. Just visit the PressReader website or app, choose "Sign In' and then the "Library or Group" option to sign up with your library card. Note, you will need to re-sign in every 30-days to maintain the free access.

Watch a PressReader tutorial video.

OverDrive and its Libby app has more than 2,500 magazines that you can download on demand. 

Watch an OverDrive/Libby tutorial video.


Movie, Television and Music Streaming

Hoopla has several North American and International movies and television shows available to stream on your computer or on a tablet or phone. It also offers music streaming. Usually, users can only enjoy six titles per month through Hoopla. However, Hoopla has opened up a catalogue of more than 1,000 eBooks, Audiobooks and more to be enjoyed without limitations.

Watch a Hoopla tutorial video.

Freegal allows library members to stream up to six hours of music a day and download up to five songs a week. 


Online Learning

LinkedIn Learning has replaced Lynda.com with all your prior learning transferred to the new platform.

LinkedIn Learning offers more than 16,000 on-demand video tutorials in seven different languages. These videos can be accessed on a computer or through the LinkedIn Learning app on your smartphone or tablet. You will log in to the service using your library card number and four-digit PIN. 

If you want to use the LinkedIn Learning app, it's best to log in first on a desktop or laptop.
Then, when using the app for the first time, you will be required to enter the Library ID. This Library ID is brantfordlibrary (all one word and all lower case). So, the entire Library ID will appear as "www.linkedin.com/learning-login/go/brantfordlibrary." Then, log in with your library card number and PIN.

Universal Class offers more than 500 online continuing education training courses for those interested in professional or personal growth.

Watch a Universal Class tutorial video.

Transparent Language offers the most comprehensive language-learning solution for individuals. With this flexible program, you can quickly and easily learn new languages using a wide variety of courses and activities.

Watch a Transparent Language tutorial video.

G1.ca is a free driver education program where you can access G1 practice tests for cars, M1 practice tests for motorcycles as well as car and motorcycle test simulators. Also get access to a FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 MTO related questions.


Home-Based Activities

Library staff are creating some great activities for people of all ages to do in the comfort of their own home. 
New video storytimes, weekly challenges and adult activities will be posted all of the time. 
Visit our Home Based Activities page


Research Databases

EBSCOhost offers several databases on a range of topics beyond traditional research databases. Sign in with your Library card number.

Watch an EBSCOhost tutorial video.

Proquest is a database that provides access to scholarly journals, books, historical newspapers - including the full text of the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail - and more.

Watch a Proquest tutorial video.

Grant Connect is a robust online database for not-for-profits seeking funding.

To access Grant Connect, you must be using the Library's WiFi or a public computer terminal at either the Main or St. Paul Branch. Once you click the link to go to Grant Connect, simply click "log in" to begin using the database. 


Children's Resources

Tumblebook Library has several eBooks and read-alongs for children.

Along with the public, teachers and educators in both the Grand Erie and Brant Haldimand Catholic school boards can also access this service for free with the links below.

Use TumbleBook Library on an app: app for Apple devices and the TumbleBook Library app for Android devices

Watch a TumbleBook Library tutorial video.

TumbleBook BiblioEnfants has a large number of French eBooks, read-alongs and games for children.

Hoopla has a Kids mode that allows you to browse and stream kid-friendly movies, television shows and music. Usually,  users can only enjoy six titles per month through Hoopla. However, Hoopla has opened up a catalogue of more than 1,000 eBooks, Audiobooks and more to be enjoyed without limitations. 

Watch a Hoopla tutorial video.


Teen Resources

G1.ca is a free driver education program where you can access G1 practice tests for cars, M1 practice tests for motorcycles as well as car and motorcycle test simulators. Also get access to a FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 MTO related questions.

Teen BookCloud has several eBooks and Audiobooks geared specifically to teens.


Local History and Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Library Edition is only available while using a library computer or WiFi. 
Use this Ancestry link to access Ancestry.com. 

Watch an Ancestry tutorial video.

The Your History section of the Library's website features several databases and tools, including: 

  • A Birth, Marriage, Death Index
  • A local Digital Archive 
  • Links to Genealogy resources
  • Several maps with information on historically significant local events and monuments
  • An online War Memorial Search featuring everyone listed in the Album of Honour 

 Use your library membership to access all of the services listed on this page. 
Memberships are free for all residents in Brantford, Brant and Six Nations.