Online Resources News

BPL is continuously responding to the increased demand for online services. As our online collections grow and change, we'll share our news here.

We need your help to keep our digital collections in motion. If you finish reading an eBook before its due date, please return it, so that others may enjoy it, too. Thank you.

NEW in 2022

BBC Landmark Video Collection

The BBC Landmark Video Collection, powered by Alexander Street, offers a groundbreaking and exclusive HD view into our natural world. Watch cutting-edge series like Planet Earth, Blue Planet, Big Cats, and Dynasties to experience breathtaking natural events like never before.

To login: To open the BBC site, click/tap the BBC Landmark Video Collection link and then:

  1. On the BBC site, at the top of the general login page, click on "Sign in through your library to access more features."
  2. When prompted to "Find your institution by name" type in and then select "Burlington Public Library."
  3. Enter your 14-digit library card number to open and start watching BBC Landmark.

IMPORTANT! As a BPL member, always access the BBC Landmark video collection through the library via our website or you will be prompted to become a paid subscriber to gain access to their videos. You don't need to create an account to use this resource; however, you do need to sign up for a free account if you want to create and share a video clip.

EBSCO eBooks

EBSCO eBooks gives you access over 30,000 high-quality, popular, and informative eBooks covering a wide range of topics. This general reference eBook collection features bestselling and recommended titles for both adults and children, including Big Nate and Mermaid School. To login: Click/tap the EBSCO eBooks link and enter your 14-digit library card number.


Mazaam is a musical awakening app for children aged 4-6 using classical music as an educational tool. Mazaam’s musical education is based on a scientific approach focusing on pitch, tempo, intensity, timbre, and harmony. Each topic offers 15 games ranging from 15 to 30 minutes each. Mazaam is easy to use and understand, with high quality music recordings and colourful graphics. To login: Click/tap the Mazaam link and enter your 14-digit library card number and 4-digit PIN.

Retired Online Resources

As of January 1, 2022: Gale Virtual Reference Library, Literature Criticism Online, Teen CyberSmarts

Online Resource Enhancements

In effect until further notice—enjoy!

  • More OverDrive/Libby eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines: Visit the page often to view what’s new. With your BPL card number, you can now borrow from the OverDrive digital collections of our partner public libraries in Hamilton, Mississauga, Londan, and Ottawa.
  • More Hoopla movies, music & eAudiobook streaming: Check out 10 titles every month
  • More Kanopy movie streaming: Play credits increased to 10 per month

Ancestry Library Edition At-Home Access Ended

Ancestry Library Edition usually is only accessible at library branches, but in March 2020, access to Ancestry Library Edition was temporarily expanded during COVID-19 shutdowns. After nearly two years of temporary remote access, Ancestry made the difficult decision to end remote access as of December 31, 2021.


Since May 2021, Acorn TV has been in the process of moving to its new home on OverDrive/Libby from RB Digital. We understand the transition is stalled at present and access to Acorn TV remains unavailable. Right now, we are waiting to learn more from OverDrive and Acorn TV regarding how access to Acorn TV will work. We'll provide updates as soon as this information is confirmed. We greatly appreciate your patience during this unexpectedly lengthy transition period. In the meantime, you can stream some Acorn TV series through Hoopla, a free digital streaming service available through the library. You can check out 10 titles each month.


ArtistWorks is now available through Libby (powered by OverDrive). To access ArtistWorks through the Libby app:

  1. Open Libby and tap on the library card icon to get to BPL's OverDrive collection.
  2. Scroll down the menu and tap on "Extras."
  3. Tap on the ArtistWorks image.
  4. Select "Open!"

To access ArtistWorks on your desktop computer:

  1. Select the Libby app link to get to BPL's Libby Shelf:
  2. Scroll down the menu and click on "Extras."
  3. Click on the ArtistWorks image.
  4. Select "Enter Library Account Details" and type in your 14-digit BPL library card number.
  5. Once you are signed in, click "Next" and then "Open!"

You will have full access to content from ArtistWorks for 30 days. When your pass expires, you can gain access again by repeating the above steps.

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