Winter in Berkeley

Cragmont Rock, 1921 Snow storm
Cragmont Rock, 1921, Snow storm

It's not likely to snow in our hometown, but cozy winter reads are always in the forecast. Indulge in some of our winter reading, viewing and listening options. Or, get out of the house and head to the Library for our special weekday programs for kids and families.

Check out ebooks and audiobooks from wherever you are.

 

Hoopla

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Enjoy thousands of titles –books, music, audiobooks, and films - available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to tablets, computers and Android and IOS smartphones.

To begin, go to hoopladigital.com and:

1. Follow the fast and easy sign-up process using your library card.

2. If you want hoopla on the go, install the free mobile app on your iOS or Android device.

That's it! No holds, no waiting! You can borrow up to 10 items per month. Borrowing times are 21 days for audiobook, eBook and comics, 7 days for music, and 3 days for videos.

Questions? Check out hoopladigital.com/support

 

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If you're interested in independent, international, classic and documentary films, sign up for Kanopy, the Library's newest on-demand video streaming service.

Includes films from The Criterion Collection, Great Courses and PBS as well as thousands of independent filmmakers.

Here’s how to get started:

1. Go to cityofberkeley.kanopystreaming.com and create an account by clicking on the Sign Up button.

2. Go to your email account to verify your email address.

3. Add your library card number.

4. Start watching videos! You have 10 film play credits available per calendar month.

Each video will use 1 play credit regardless of length, unless you are accessing videos from Kanopy Kids or the Great Courses, which do not require any play credits to view. 

 

Still images of animated favorites such as Babar and Badoo on Kanopy Kids

Check out Kanopy Kids for hundreds of educational and entertaining videos for children. Enjoy unlimited streaming views of movies, TV series, and animated storybooks from the Kanopy Kids collection.

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More than 670,000 tracks from all genres of music are available to stream! 

Music Online is divided into 5 collections for easier browsing: 
American Song
Classical Music Library
Contemporary World Music
Jazz Music Library, and 
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries.

Naxos Music Library

Streaming access to 2.2 million tracks of classical music, Jazz, Access to a large music library.  Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 100,000 CDs with more than 1,500,000 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.

Naxos Jazz Music Library here and Naxos World Music Library here.

(NOTE: BPL does not have an access code for the NAXOS app.)

Libby

Overdrive provides a large and ever-growing collection of ebooks and digital audiobooks. Download the free Libby app, or visit the website libbyapp.com  then listen or read on your device. Please see this page for support. 

SimplyE can be used for Overdrive eBooks.

BPL card holders can now check out up to ten Overdrive items simultaneously!

Note: Mac users can read about how to use Overdrive on MacOs Catalina here.

 

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Overdrive offers instant access to the latest issues of your favorite magazines. All Overdrive magazines are always available with no wait lists or holds to manage. 
More than 3,000 magazines available, including top titles like:

  • US Weekly
  • The New Yorker
  • National Geographic
  • The Economist
  • Vanity Fair
  • Rolling Stone

There is also a large selection of magazines in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, German, French and more.

Magazines will check out for 21 days. You will have the option to renew a magazine within 3 days of the end of the lending period or you can borrow it again with no waiting.  Magazine use does not count against Overdrive checkout limits.

Download the free Libby app to read on your device. Please see OverDrive Magazine support.

BPL card holders can check out up to ten Overdrive ebooks and eaudiobooks simultaneously. SimplyE can be used for Overdrive ebooks and eaudiobooks.