The Library’s online programs and resources are available wherever you are! Borrow eBooks and audiobooks, attend a virtual storytime, get resume help, research a school project and much more.
Borrow eBooks & Audiobooks
Use your library card to access BPL’s collection of eBooks, audiobooks and magazines that you can read on your phone, tablet or computer. The Library subscribes to several eReader apps, including SimplyE and Libby. Don’t have a library card? New York residents can apply online for an eCard.
Resources For Kids & Families
Programming: Read stories and sing songs with our Virtual Storytimes, with new events every day featuring librarians all over Brooklyn. Our staff are hosting fun, virtual activities for school-age kids and teens every day, too.
Homeschooling: Caregivers and children can access Homeschool Resources for students K-12, including live tutoring in afternoons and evenings and personalized academic assistance through Brainfuse HelpNow. Older students can practice for the SAT, AP, ACT or TASC (high school equivalency exam) or simply improve their reading or math skills with Learning Express Library.
DIY activities: For hands-on arts and science activities for little kids, check out our librarian-led play recipes, plus follow the BKLYN Kids blog for a librarian-curated list of books and activities for families.
Resources for Job Seekers & Small Business Owners
Resume and job search assistance: If you need help on your resume or job search, BPL’s Business and Career Services has launched a personalized email service to help. If you have questions about your resume, cover letter, resources that could help you in your job search, or other job search-related questions, please email [email protected].
For professional development: Get ahead with a self-paced high quality online class from Lynda.com in business, software, technology, and creative skills like video and audio editing, as well as other excellent online learning platforms.
Find trustworthy information: If you're starting a business, looking for work, or do you want to take control of your finances, our business librarians created Resources to Help you Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis.
Resources for Adult Learners
Register for BPL’s online Adult Learning classes to improve at reading, writing and math, prepare for HSE and TASC tests, and increase your English language skills. Spring classes are fully online with live virtual class meetings each week using Zoom—schedule a virtual screening to get started. You can also connect with case managers who can help you achieve educational goals by overcoming barriers.
Resources for Older Adults
Older adults can take creative programs at the Library, from workshops on crafting a memory book from stories and photos to creative writing or memoir writing workshops, as well as Virtual movement classes to keep active while staying at home. See all our virtual programs for older adults here.
More from BPL
Access high-quality databases and digital platforms
The Library’s free databases and digital resources can help you learn a new language, research your family history, develop career skills and more. Explore them all here.
Find great virtual programming for everyone
While in-person events are on hold, BPL is offering virtual programming for all ages, including virtual book clubs, support groups, video game tournaments and poetry workshops, as well as recorded author talks and concerts and an ongoing series of virtual town halls about the 28th Amendment.
Get personalized reading recommendations
Looking for your next favorite book? Try BPL’s free service, BookMatch. Complete a quick online form, and a BPL librarian will create a customized reading list of five titles just for you.
Read BPL’s Blogs
The Library’s blogs offer information for every reader. Bklyn Kids has children’s books and activities; Brooklynology shares stories from our local history archivists; and Off the Shelf is your destination for all things books.
Listen to the Library’s podcast
Catch up on episodes of Borrowed, BPL’s flagship podcast about superhero librarians, neighborhood stories and what it means to be a free, democratic place in today’s changing world.
Call us for bedtime stories
Free stories and poems are now just a phone call away! Seven days a week, BPL librarians from across the borough are recording both a poem and a bedtime story for you to enjoy. Call 718.230.2283.
Discover Brooklyn history
Explore the Brooklyn Collection, BPL’s Brooklyn history archive, including digitized photographs, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, music and ephemera. Plus, go back in history with our virtual newsstand!
Learn about the 2020 Census
Join a virtual census event at BPL! Starting late-April, chat with a Census Navigator online for one-on-one support or attend a Census Tele-Town Halls in partnership with neighborhood organizations.