Digital Library

Expand your library experience by using these digital services!

All digital services and mobile apps will require that you enter your library card number and PIN. If you don’t know your PIN, please contact the Reference desk via email or by phone at 617-623-5000 x2955 to request a new PIN. Be sure to include your library card number in the email—this is an absolute must—and a staff member will create and send a new PIN to you.

Image of a Libby Girl with a book.Libby by Overdrive
Download ebooks and audiobooks instantly to your device -- whether it is a desktop or laptop computer, mobile phone or tablet, or Kindle device!

  • Overdrive digital collections are available from any browser
  • Libby allows you to search the digital collections, read ebooks, and play audiobooks, all within the app
  • Libby is available from the iOS App Store and the Google Play store
  • Download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space
  • Send ebooks to your Kindle
  • All your loans and holds are consolidated on a single shelf
  • Keep track of your reading history in the Activity tab

Stream videos to your TV, mobile phone, tablet, and computer!

  • Generous ten films per month allowance
  • Wide collection of indie, documentary, and foreign films
  • Kanopy Kids portal offers family-friendly films, animated picture books, children's TV series, and language-learning videos
  • Available for web or mobile -- apps available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Amazon Fire

logo for hoopla serviceHoopla
Instantly borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone!

For a limited time, Hoopla is offering free access to a subset of their collection. With more than 1,000 top titles and fan favorites, the Bonus Borrows Collection will not count against your five checkouts per month limit.

  • No waiting--titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline use
  • Five checkouts per month from the Somerville Public Library
  • Available for web or mobile -- apps available from the iOS App Store, the Google Play store and the Amazon Appstore

creative bug logoCreativeBug
Access thousands of art and craft videos for free, with your library card! Topics include: Knitting, Crochet, Art + Design, Sewing, Quilting, Food + Home, and more...

Boston Public Library LogoWant more digital content? Get a Boston Public Library eCard for access to BPL's extensive list of downloadable content (including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, downloadable music and movies) as well as their online databases. Anyone who lives, works, attends school, or owns property in Massachusetts is eligible.