Barrington Area Library app

The new Barrington Area Library app is ready and available for you to download!

Use the new app to:
• Access a digital version of your BALibrary card
• Manage multiple accounts
• Search the catalog for books, movies, and more
• Browse and register for events
• Contact us with your questions, find us on social media

Get the app: Android | iOS

OverDrive: Download e-books or audiobooks to your computer or mobile device. We're adding new OverDrive titles all the time for kids, teens and adults. Limit: 10 e-books or audiobooks at one time. Three week checkout period, unless Grab & Go which checkout for 1 week.

Kids & teens now have their own digital collection. Browse and checkout e-books and audiobooks suggested for grades Pre-K - 12. Visit the Kids and Teens OverDrive collection

Instructions: Getting started with OverDrive

Get the app: Android | iOS

Libby is a new app developed by OverDrive to enhance your e-book and audiobook experience. The current version of the OverDrive app can run alongside Libby and it will continue to be supported into the future. Limit: 10 e-books or audiobooks at one time. Three week checkout period, unless Grab & Go which checkout for 1 week.

Instructions: Getting started with OverDrive

Get the app: AndroidiOS 


hoopla: Instantly stream movies, TV shows, or audiobooks on your computer or mobile device. Borrowed titles can be downloaded only on mobile devices. Limit: 10 items per month, per card. 3 week checkout period for audiobooks and 72 hours for TV and movies.

Instructions: Computer | Mobile device

Get the app: AndroidiOS  

Freegal: Download and keep music from a huge selection of pop, rock, classical, jazz, world, and many other genres. New and classic music videos are also available. Limit: Five songs per week. Week begins Sunday at 12:01 CST.

Get the app: Android | iOS

Kanopy: Never wait in line for your movies! Stream thousands of documentaries, independent productions, and foreign and short films instantly from your Roku, mobile device or computer. Hundreds of movie suppliers, including the Criterion Collection, PBS, and The Great Courses, are always available. Limit: 5 movies per month*, per card. 72 hour checkout period.
*The Great Courses lets you watch unlimited episodes within one series, using only a single checkout. 

Get the app: Android | iOS

Mango Languages: Learn a new language: French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese, Greek, Brazilian Portuguese; as well as English for Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish speakers and dozens of other choices.

Get the app: Android | iOS

Naxos Music Library: Naxos Music Library is the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 86,420 albums with more than 1,259,200 tracks, including standard and rare repertoire.

Get the app: Android | iOS

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Download current copies of Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, as well as hundreds of other US and international newspapers and magazines. Instructions: Library Card Sign In

Get the app: Android | iOS


loan periods for downloads

If the service is not listed below, there are no limitations and items do not need to be returned to the Library. See the full loan table.

Platform Limitations Loan Period Renewal Period
OverDrive/Libby 10 items continuously* 3 weeks** 3 weeks
Hoopla (Audiobooks) 10 items - monthly 3 weeks 3 weeks
Hoopla (TV/Movies) 10 items - monthly 3 days 3 days
Kanopy 5 items - monthly 3 days*** 3 days
Freegal 5 items - weekly n/a n/a

*If you reach your limit at any time, you can check a title in so you can check another title out. To return your titles early visit:
**Grab & Go titles check out for 7 days
***The Great Courses publisher allows unlimited plays per series for 30 days

Need help getting started with these resources? Make an appointment with our Digital Services Specialist or view our calendar for upcoming programs.