Digital Resources

The Blackstone Library provides a variety of free digital resources you can use online from home or in person at the library. Wherever you have an internet connection, you can search our catalog & place holds, download eBooks, audiobooks and magazines. Check out our digital media collections below or explore the quick links on the right. There are also a number of databases available under our “Research” tab or click here.

eBooks & Audiobooks from OverDrive

OverDrive has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks for borrowing. Available to Branford and LION library card holders. Need help downloading to your device? Visit our help page here.

eBooks & Audiobooks from the State of Connecticut, NYPL Classics Collection and OverDrive with the SimplyE app.

Borrow ebooks and audiobooks from the multiple collections, using the SimplyE app.


Blackstone Library cardholders can download ebooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, TV series and music to their computers and mobile devices. Sign up at or through the Hoopla app on your mobile device. You can browse the collection or search for a specific title. Just click on the title you want and then click on Borrow! Read more about Hoopla here.


Kanopy is an on demand streaming service that allows you to stream to your computer or mobile device, to your television by connecting it to your computer with an HDMI cable, or by using Roku, Apple TV or Chromecast. You’ll find independent, classic, international films and documentaries. Included are the Criterion Collection, the Great Courses and PBS. Create an account at Kanopy, using your Blackstone Library card.

Magazines from RBDigital

With RBDigital, you have digital access to many popular magazines. Borrow them online, then read them in your browser or from within the RBDigital app. A new feature allows you to search the magazine content (you must be logged into your account). Just click on “Article Search.”


Blackstone Library cardholders have remote access to the New Haven Register from home. You will find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues from 1988. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.

Anyone can access these databases when using a computer at the library. In addition, anyone with a Connecticut library card can access a wide array of newspapers from researchIT CT.

Pronunciator – COVID-19 terms now available for 90 languages

Pronunciator offers 163 language programs as well as courses to learn English in 120 home languages. All you need is your Blackstone or Willoughby Wallace Library card to get started. Click here to register. (Por favor, haga clic aquí para continuar en Español.)

You can use Pronunciator on your computer as well as your Apple or Android phones and tablets, with the Pronunciator app.

Pronunciator also offers ProCitizen, a citizenship prep course, which you can access here. (Por favor, haga clic aquí para continuar en Español.)

Shoutbomb Text Messaging Service

Keep up-to-date with your library account on your mobile phone using the library’s Shoutbomb text messaging service. Receive text notices about items available to pick up, items due soon, overdue items and fines. PLEASE NOTE: The library does NOT charge a fee for this service, but your cell phone plan’s regular text-messaging rates apply. For additional information and instructions, click here.


SCOLA is a non-profit educational organization. SCOLA receives and re-transmits foreign TV programming from around the world and provides other foreign language resources, language lessons, and learning material on the SCOLA website.