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.

Black Life in America

Explore and gain a deeper understanding of the African American experience as recorded by the news media, with our new resource. Remote access is available 24/7 on any device with your library barcode.

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. Try OverDrive’s Libby app, either through your web browser or download the Libby App on the App Store or Google Play.

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.

Gale Legal Forms

Log in to Gale Legal Forms using your Blackstone Library barcode. Gale offers a wide selection of state-specific and multi-state legal forms; examples include real estate contracts, wills, premarital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant, and many others. There are also Legal Definitions, a Law Digest and Legal Q&A.

Heritage Hub

Search for obituaries and death notices from 1704 – today, including hard-to-find obituary content from the mid 1900’s, coverage from all 50 states, and original obituary images from historical newspapers. Access is available 24/7.

Hoopla

Blackstone Library cardholders can download ebooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, TV series and music to their computers and mobile devices. Sign up at hoopladigital.com 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

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 OverDrive

Our magazine collection has migrated from RBDigital to OverDrive. Browse magazines here and try the Libby app now for accessing your OverDrive ebooks, audiobooks and magazines or go to libbyapp.com to read in your browser.

Newspapers

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.

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index

Our newest database provides an index to millions of people who immigrated to the United States and Canada. Access from inside the library, or log in using your Blackstone Library from home. First published by Gale Research Co. in 1981 in print-only format, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index covered 500,000 persons. The 2020 digital edition provides access to more than 5 million people who immigrated to the United States and Canada between the late 1500s to mid-1900s, departing from more than 100 ports in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and the South Pacific and arriving at more than 200 ports in North and South America.

Petersons Test Prep

Log in to Petersons Test Prep using your Blackstone Library barcode and create your account. Petersons provides standardized test preparation, tools for researching and selecting college and graduate schools, and information on tuition assistance. There are resources for jobs and careers,  practice tests, online books, advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing and networking and much more

Pronunciator

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 at https://www.pronunciator.com/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

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.