We're Celebrating 135 Years!

On May 1 1884, the Brantford Public Library officially opened as the Brantford Free Library.
This marked the first time residents of Brantford could freely access information and books. 
Today, Brantford residents and business owners can still get a library card for free.
The range of resources and services offered has changed a lot in 135-years, however. 
Here is just a sample of services, resources and programs available for free with your Brantford Public Library card that go beyond the books most people associate with the Library.
If you have questions about any of the below, book a one-on-one session with a Library staff member with the link in the sidebar.
 

eBooks, Audiobooks, Streaming and more!

Ebooks and Audiobooks: 

Customers can borrow thousands of eBooks and Audiobooks and download them to their phone or computer through the cloudLibrary service. 
The Library has partnered with 13 other libraries in Ontario to offer a wide selection of ebooks and Audiobooks. Use the magnifying glass (search feature) to search for specific ebooks and audiobooks.
This service is also available as an app! Log in and start browsing today.
 

Digital Magazines
Enjoy digital copies of your favourite magazine using the Library’s RBdigital magazine service. RBdigital can be used on your computer, smartphone or tablet.  It allows you to download magazines directly to your phone to enjoy anywhere and anytime. You can also get alerts for when the latest issues are out, which means you will never miss the latest magazines. Start reading today. 

Movie and Television Show Streaming
Stream movies and television shows with Hoopla. You can borrow four items per month. New titles, including content for children, are being added all of the time. Hoopla also has an app, so you can watch content on the go! Log in and start watching today.
 
Digital Comics and Graphic Novels
Along with offering movies and television shows, Hoopla also has an extensive comic book and graphic novel collection. Up to four titles can be borrowed a month. These items can be downloaded directly to your phone or smart device. Log in and start reading today.

Music Streaming
Library card holders can stream up to three hours of music a day or download five songs a week using the Freegal service. The Freegal catalogue has more than 8-million songs and can be accessed from a computer or a smart device using the Freegal app. Start listening today.

eBooks and read-alongs for kids
Kids will have fun and practice their reading skills using the Sesame Street eBook service and the TumbleBook service. These can be found in the “eBooks and Audio” section of the Library’s website. 

MakerSpace

The Brantford Public Library now offers opportunities to explore digital literacy. Through our MakerSpace at the Main Branch, customers can use items like VHS to DVD converters, computers with the full Adobe Creative Suite, 3D printers, and more. Plus, customers can take items home, like Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits and chlid-based learning items, like small robots and simple circuit kits. 
Visit the MakerSpace page for more information.
 

Adult, Teen and Children's Programs

The Library offers nearly 30 programs each week for people of all ages. Whether you are looking for storytimes for your toddler or programs designed specifically for older adults, the Library has something for you. 
View our online events calendar for a full list of programs.

Online Learning and Databases

Grant Connect
Grant Connect is an all-in-one solution for fundraising research. It includes searchable details on thousands of funders along, with relationship management tools to track your data.
Note: Only available using Library’s WiFi network or in-library computer. Can be accessed through the Database page of the Library's website. 
 
Lynda.com (LinkedIn Learning) Online Tutorials
Lynda.com offers thousands of on-demand training tutorials that can be accessed anywhere and anytime, using your library card. These tutorials range from beginner to advanced and take as little as a few minutes a day to complete. Start learning today.
 
Transparent Language
Transparent Language is one of the world's leading language programs with more than 100 languages and clear learning paths. The program is also available as an app, so you can learn on the go.Learn more.
 
Universal Class
Universal Class offers over 500 online continuing education video training courses for those interested in professional or personal growth. These videos can be watched online anytime and anywhere! Start learning today.
                                                                          
Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource - including historical records, photos, stories, family trees and a collaborative community of millions. Note: Only available using Library’s WiFi network or in-library computer. Accessed through the Database Page of the Library's website.
Brantford Expositor Newspaper Archives
Access the full text of the Brantford Expositor online starting with 1999. Note: Only available using Library’s WiFi network or in-library computer. Service is available through the Database Page of the Library's website.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Search historic newspaper articles from the Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator, Kitchener Record and more! Start your research today.