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 fill out this application for a temporary digital membership. 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 library's most-used eBook and Audiobook service. You can read or listen to books through the OverDrive website or Libby App

cloudLibrary is the second most-popular eBook and Audiobook platform available to Library members. cloudLibrary is unique as it is linked to more than a dozen other libraries. This means residents in Brantford have access to a much wider selection. cloudLibrary also has apps for all major devices.

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.


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.

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


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.

Freegal allows library members to stream up to three-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.

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.

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.

Proquest is a database that provides access to scholarly journals, books, historical newspapers and more.

Grant Connect is the best online database for not-for-profits seeking funding.
Contact the library to get the log in information to view this service outside of the library.

It is also available using the Library's WiFi connection or a computer connected to the Library's network at either the Main or St. Paul Branch when those branches are open.


Children's Resources

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

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. 


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

You can get free access to Ancestry.com at home. Just log in to your library account using your library card number and four digit PIN. Then, click on your name and the little envelope symbol under your user menu.  From there, you will see a link to Ancestry.com. This is usually only available from within the Library. Watch a video with instructions on how to log in and start using Ancestry.com with your Library card. 

When in the Library, use this Ancestry link to access Ancestry.com. 

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.