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» Read more
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.
Irish-American Heritage Month — March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day and March is Irish-American Heritage Month. Here are some fiction and nonfiction ebooks and e-audiobooks about Ireland and the Irish from our OverDrive collection, which you can download or stream to you smartphone, tablet, Kindle or other device!
- Newbery Medal — The John Newbery Award is given annually for the greatest contribution to children’s literature
- Caldecott Award — The Randolph Caldecott Award is given annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
- Michael L. Printz Award — The Michael L. Printz Award is given annually to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas, school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association
- Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal — The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. and is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, American Library Association.
- Sydney Taylor Book Awards — The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature.
Libby App — Did you know you have free access to thousands of ebooks, audiobooks and magazines from the NOBLE OverDrive collection? You can borrow them instantly to read on your phone, tablet or other device. You can even use your NOBLE library card to “visit” the collections and borrow ebooks and audiobooks from other systems around the state!
NOBLE Book Awards 2018 — Who better to give tips on great books than your local librarians? Library staff voted for their favorite books of 2018 for different age groups and categories. Here’s a list of the winners and runners up, linked to the library catalog to make it easy to find and request them!
Looking for a good book? Try NoveList Plus, an online service helps you find the next book in a series, fiction or nonfiction titles based on subject, genre or mood, read-alikes for your favorite authors or books, reading group guides and more. You’ll need your library card to use this from home.
NoveList Plus — “Find your next great read”
Explora — Try this easy-to-use database of articles from hundreds of different academic journals, popular magazines, reference works, primary source documents, and news videos, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Foreign Affairs, Time, People, Consumer Reports and so much more! It’s a great place to start whether you’re a student working on a research paper, a reader looking for more information about your favorite author, a parent looking for more information on children’s health, or someone who wants to get a level and depth of information beyond what you can find via Google.
Explora Special Editions
In addition to the basic Explora site, there are special editions with content appropriate for teachers and for students in elementary, middle and high school students.
- Explora Educator’s Edition — Perfect for teachers and students of education.
- Explora for Primary Schools — A simple interface to articles and other resources appropriate for elementary school students
- Explora for Middle Schools — An interface to articles and other resources suitable for middle school students
- Explora for High Schools — An interface to articles and other resources suitable for high school students
This is a licensed resource which you can use in a NOBLE library or from home using your library card information to log in.
Interested in local history? Visit this site to see images and other resources documenting the rich social and cultural history of our member communities: NOBLE Digital Heritage
You can also go directly to the collection of one of the participating libraries:
- Beverly Public Library
- Everett Public Libraries
- Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield
- Lynn Public Library
- Lynnfield Public Library
- Melrose Public Library
- Peabody Institute Library of Danvers
- Peabody Institute Library, Peabody
- Phillips Academy, Andover
- Reading Public Library
- Salem Public Library
- Saugus Public Library
- Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester
- Stoneham Public Library
- Swampscott Public Library
- Winthrop Public Library