Library Services Continue During Closures
Ebooks, audiobooks, movies and music that can be used remotely, anywhere, are available online from your NOBLE library. Library buildings may be closed due to the pandemic, but library services continue.
Go to your library’s web page to find out what your library offers.
Available to all are:
OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks – download on a phone, tablet or PC
- Use the Libby App on your mobile device
- Best seller as well as classic titles, fiction and non-fiction, children’s and young adults
- Magazine collection of 75 titles, including news, fitness and home titles, all issues always available
- Funded cooperatively by the libraries of NOBLE plus state funding and additional local library investments
- Also access the collections of the other Massachusetts library networks through the same gateway
Another source of free ebooks, the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners’ “We’re in this Together” page includes ebook collections made available for a limited time by EBSCO.
Boston Public Library collections
As the Library for the Commonwealth, everyone who lives and works in Massachusetts is eligible for a BPL eCard which grants access to all of its online services, including Kanopy films, Hoopla movies, music, ebooks and audiobooks and RBDigital magazines and audiobooks
- NOBLE libraries have EBSCO databases providing business, health and general research; some libraries buy additional subject areas
- The Boston Globe from 1980 and the New York Times from 1985 to the present in full text are provided through state funding
- State funding provides additional research databases
- Access with your library card, you can apply for a library card online on most library websites
Local library purchases – usually limited to residents of that community. May include:
- Hoopla — movies, music, ebooks and audiobooks
- Language learning programs
- Kanopy independent films
- Ancestry.com genealogy is now available from home
Many libraries are conducting online programs via conferencing software or social media, including
- Book discussions
- Story times
- Children’s sing-alongs
- Craft times
- Language practice groups
- Presentations on local history and cooking
- Find on the MBLC’s Virtual Calendar or your library’s website
Reference and Technical Support:
Many libraries are providing telephone and email support while closed. Check your library’s website, as sometimes a special email is used or a telephone number with limited hours.
Due Dates Extended
All due dates of NOBLE libraries” materials have been extended due to the pandemic closure, and will be extended at least until the libraries’ reopening date, and for weeks after to avoid crowding when libraries reopen. Don’t worry about your items going overdue during the closures.