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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, audiobooks, and magazines 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. No limit on magazines. 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: e-books | audiobooks

Get the app: Android | iOS

Libby is a new app developed by OverDrive to enhance your e-book, audiobook, and magazine* experience. The current version of the OverDrive app will run alongside Libby and it will continue to be supported into the future. Limit: 10 e-books or audiobooks at one time. Magazines do not count against your checkout totals. Three week checkout period, unless Grab & Go which checkout for 1 week.

*Beginning Tuesday, February 2, 2021, the magazines you enjoy on RBDigital will become part of our OverDrive collection. What does this service enhancement mean to you?

  • Read digital magazines in the popular (and free) Libby app, or in a web browser.
  • Enjoy over 3,000 magazines, including top titles like Us Weekly, The New Yorker, Bon Appetit, The Economist, and many more.
  • Borrow with no waiting and no limit! Magazines do not count toward e-book and audiobook loan limits and are always available.
  • Borrow titles for 7, 14, or 21 days, then they will be automatically returned - no need to delete!
  • Want to re-read an old issue? Back issues will be available for up to three years.
  • Access the RBDigital app and collection until March 31, 2021.

To set up a virtual appointment about digital magazines or any of our digital platforms, please e-mail: digitalservices@balibrary.org​

Instructions: e-books | audiobooks | magazines Getting started with Libby | Libby [VIDEO]

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. Lending: Audiobooks - 3 weeks | Movies & TV - 3 days.

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.

Instructions: Computer Mobile device

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. 

Kanopy Kids: Enjoy an unlimited amount of television and movies for kids without using your play credits! To get started go to Kanopy Kids, click log in if you are not already signed in, and click 'Go to Kanopy Kids' to enjoy family favorites like Sesame Street, PBS, and language learning platforms such as Little Pim and Muzzy.

Instructions: Sign-up | Watch on Roku | Kanopy Kids

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.

Instructions: Computer | Mobile device

Get the app: Android | iOS

New York Times (Current Issue): Read the day's news on your computer, tablet or phone, in a browser or through The New York Times app. From Home: Click the link, click 'Redeem' and create or sign-in or create a New York Times account for access for 72 hours. In-Library access: go directly to The New York Times website and create a free account or log-in.

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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 | Video Instructions

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: https://help.overdrive.com/en-us/2065.html#thundercontent
**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? View our calendar for upcoming programs.