The Library's online catalogue allows you to search physical materials, like books and DVDs, and our collection of eBooks and Audiobooks, which can be downloaded to your device through Libby or cloudLibrary.
Through the catalogue, you can do the following 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Search for library materials by author, book title, subject or keyword
- Browse books, DVDs, CDs that are currently in the collection or have been ordered
- Place and cancel holds on materials
- Check your account to track the items you've borrowed and their due dates and any related fines
- Renew materials online
- Write reviews for books and other materials
- Create lists of your favourite titles
Login to the catalogue using your library card and the personal identification number (PIN) that was created when you got your library card.
The first time you log in to the catalogue, you must perform a quick one-time registration and create a unique username (click here for Q&A’s on BiblioCommons registration).
My BPL tab on the catalogue's toolbar. My BPL allows you to personally control your account and perform many of the tasks listed above.
The Library is proud to offer the community several options for borrowing and downloading eBooks and Audiobooks to your computer or smart device.
Both Libby and cloudLibrary offer easy-to-use apps, which can be found in the links above.
Browse below for an alphabetical listing of all of our online books, audiobooks, music and magazine collections. Instructions for each are included in the descriptions.
cloudLibrary is an eBook and audiobook provider that allows you to search through lists of audiobooks and eBooks that are "featured" by the Brantford Public Library. Additionally, you can search and borrow titles that don't appear in the "featured" and "browse" lists. cloudLibrary has an app for Google, Apple and Microsoft devices.
EBSCOhost provides access to Audio Books and eBooks which can be read/listened to online or downloaded.
In addition to EBSCOhost, check out our Overdrive service (listed below), which provides access to thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks.
You will need a library card to login to these resources. Help on downloading and transferring them to your digital device is available at: Audiobook help, eBook help.
Free music streaming and downloading!
Freegal allows library card holders to stream three hours of music per day and download up to five songs a week.
Freegal offers access to more than 8 million songs. Users must login using their library card number and PIN.
Stream movies, television shows and music, plus get digital access to the biggest names in comic books.
Cardholders can borrow up to four titles per month and download them directly to their device. Materials automatically return themselves. Limited eBooks and Audiobooks are also available through Hoopla. Visit the Hoopla Help page for more information and FAQs.
Overdrive provides free access to thousands of electronic books and downloadable audiobooks for library members. If you are a first-time user, go to the OverDrive help page for eBook and audiobook basics, information on device compatibility, and step by step instructions on how to get set up for downloading. Instructional videos are included. an app for that! Just search for "OverDrive" in your apps store -- it's free.
Go Mobile: If you are reading on a smartphone or tablet, use the Libby app, which is available free through the Apple and Android app store links listed below.
Please note that at this time it is not possible to download ebooks to a Kindle device.
Tumblebooks contains hundreds of animated stories that have music, sound and narration. Users can choose to read the text or have the stories read to them.
- AudioBookCloud: Listen online to audio books in many different categories: fiction, non-fiction, classics and even Spanish language audio books!
- Tumblebooks Library: Calling all Kids! Enjoy storybooks, read-alongs and language learning with full animation. For iPad users, checkout the new iPad Books collection under story books. The french version (BiblioEnfants) is also available here.
- TumbleBookCloud: is an online collection of read-along titles for elementary, middle school, and high school students which features adjustable online text and complete audio narration. The collection features chapter books, early readers, YA/Teen Novels.
- TumbleBookCloud JR: contains early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audiobooks and new National Geographic videos for elementary school aged readers.
RBdigital Digital Magazines (formerly Zinio)
The RBDigital magazine service lets you read full digital copies of selected magazines for free from your computer, smartphone or tablet.
The Brantford Public Library, in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University, provides you with access to the Primo catalogue. This unique resource features the combined catalogues of the universities of Wilfrid Laurier, Guelph, and Waterloo. Brantford Public Library cardholders can request a Wilfrid Laurier University Courtesy Card at the Circulation Desk.
To request a book from the WLU collection:
- In the library, click on the Primo-WLU Catalogue link listed under the Catalogues heading. From home, click on the Catalogues tab at the top of the Brantford Public Library webpage and click on the Primo catalogue link to search.
- Select the field you want from the Search In: box. Type what you are looking for in the Search For: box. You can do a basic search, combined keyword search or browse for new books. Remember that you may only borrow printed books from WLU.
- Once you have selected a book, simply click on the Location link to request it. You will be prompted to sign into your e-shelf Account in Primo, by typing your last name in lower case letters and adding your barcode in the appropriate box. Then choose Wilfrid Laurier University and click Login. After you have logged in, you will be able to choose either hold or recall. After you make the selection using the drop down menu at the top, the request form will pop up and you must choose WLU Brantford Circulation as your pickup location. Click Submit Request to complete your request.
- The books you requested will be delivered to the Brantford Public Library for you to pick up. You will be notified by email when the books have arrived. The books must be returned to BPL so that they can be sent back to the Wilfrid Laurier University Library.
Our online Interlibrary Loan system, INFOntario, allows customers to place their own requests. This will reduce the amount of time it takes to request and receive an item. Customers will be able to:
- Search for titles
- Place requests
- View request status
- Cancel requests
- Manage account details
Something to remember when ordering multiple items at once is that they may all come in at the same time but the borrowing period would still be 3 weeks with no renewals. Please consider spacing out requests to avoid getting multiple items at one time.
For more information on what can be borrowed, click here.
Note: Material can no longer be borrowed from Library and Archives Canada (LAC).
Once you have checked that Brantford Public Library does not have the item you're looking for, you can request an interlibrary loan.
Before signing in to the INFO system for the first time, users must register with the BPL Interlibrary Loan department at email@example.com or 519-756-2220 ext. 358 to obtain a user account. Once you are registered:
- Click on the link to the INFO system and sign in with your User ID, which is your 14-digit BPL library card barcode, and password provided with your registration.
- Select Sign In and enter your User ID (your BPL 14 digit library card number, no spaces) and password. The password assigned to you is temporary, so log-in to "Account Details" to change it.
- Choose Brantford Public Library as your library location from the Authentication Service menu.
- Select Standard or Advanced Search.
- ALWAYS select SOLS Niagara Peninsula (Shared) as your initial search profile.
- Enter keywords from the title, and/or author. No matches from the first profile? Select another profile and repeat the search in each available profile, moving through all the profiles if necessary.
- Select Details to verify this is the item you want.
- Select Get It! to place a request. Item details are automatically entered in the interlibrary loan form. Select your pickup location: the Main Library or St. Paul branch.
- Click Submit to send your request.
For more information please contact the library's Reference or Information Desk at 519-756-2220.