Library @ Home

Library @ Home

The mission of Bossier Parish Libraries is to open doors to ideas and information by providing access to an array of materials, programs, and technologies that inform, educate, and entertain.  We may have had to close our doors for the time being, but our mission remains the same.  With your library card and internet access you can download eBooks, listen to audiobooks, stream movies, read the latest magazines, learn a new language, listen to music, brush up on your photography skills, work on craft projects, learn hand lettering, and much more free and from the comfort of your own home! We even have online tutorials to teach you how to use these online resources!

First things first, do you have a library card with us?  If so, awesome!  Your library card already offers you access to our full array on online resources.  If you're having trouble, it could be that your library card is expired or that you've forgotten your PIN.  If that's the case, you can request a library card renewal online.  If you don't have a library card, what are you waiting for??  Anyone who lives, works, goes to school, or owns property in Bossier Parish is eligible to receive a library card.  During our closure, we are offering e-cards for those folks school-aged and above that meet the requirements listed above.  Apply for and e-card here.  

Now that we've got that out of the way, let's get to the good stuff.

eBooks & eAudiobooks (Libby by OverDrive)

With Libby for OverDrive you can borrow and enjoy free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more from your library's digital collection directly to your mobile device or tablet.  All you need to get started is an intranet connection and a library card.  You get to keep items you've borrowed for two weeks and the items simply expire from your device at the end of your borrowing period.  Not finished with it yet?  No problem!  You can immediately borrow it again as long as there is no waiting list.

Movies, TV Shows, & Music (Hoopla)

Instantly borrow free digital movies, television shows, eAudiobooks, graphic novels, and music 24/7.  From Hollywood blockbusters to best-selling artists you'll soon discover that Hoopla provides you the freedom to explore and enjoy what you want, when you want it.  While downloading is possible, it is not required.  Simple to access and easy to use, without the hassle of having to return the items you've borrowed, all you need to get started is your library card, internet access, and a smart phone, tablet, or compatible streaming device such as Apple TV, Amazon Firestick, Chromecast, Roku, and more.

Movies (Kanopy)

Stream thousands of films. Your library and Kanopy make it easy for you to enjoy incredible films for free every month. Start watching today and discover your new favorite films. Enjoy Kanopy films on your computer, TV, or mobile device with our apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung TV, and Amazon Fire Tablet.

Magazines (Flipster)

Love magazines but hate them cluttering your recycling bin when you're done?  Go digital!  Flipster is a digital magazine newsstand that provides free access to popular magazines on your computer, mobile device, or tablet.  New issues are available to access the same day they hit newsstands.  All you need is internet access and your library card.

Learn a New Language (Pronunciator)

Habla español?  Parlez-vous français?  Deutsch sprechen?  The world's largest language learning service, Pronunciator, is a fun and free way to learn any of over 100 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more.  Learn online with your library card!

Animated Books (Tumblebooks)

Who of us hasn't imagined our favorite books coming to life?  With Tumblebooks they do just that!  An online collection of animated picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.  Tumblebooks are created by taking existing picture books and adding animation, sound, music, and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.  All you need is a library card and internet access!

Online Instructor-Led Courses (Gale Courses)

Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.   As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

Craft & Hobby Tutorials (CreativeBug)

Enjoy unlimited access to over 1000 online art and craft classes. Watch our classes anytime, anywhere. Since our classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace. No pressure, just possibilities!  Free with your library card.

Homework Help/Tutoring (Homework Louisiana)

Homework Louisiana offers live one-on-one tutoring in subjects K-College, free with your library card.  During the COVID-19 crisis, Homework Louisiana has expanded their tutoring hours to offer you even more access. 

Cooking & Food (A to Z World Food)

Bump up that quarantine cuisine with thousands of international recipes, hundreds of fascinating culture and ingredient articles, and essential culinary resources, AtoZ World Food brings international cuisines to you, from Albanian byrek to Zimbabwean matemba!

Vehicle Maintenance & Repairs (Chilton Library)

Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Some of Chilton Library's more popular features include: Maintenance and specification tables that provide the unique data you need for each specific vehicle ; Step-by-step service and repair procedures, and labor estimating tool to help you confidently determine your next move.

History & Genealogy

Whether you're just getting started or looking to expand your research, our History & Genealogy resources are here to help everyone from novice to expert!

Genealogy (Ancestry.com Library Edition)

Now available from home with your library card!  Log in to your BPL MY ACCOUNT from the homepage (to the right of the search bar) and you'll see an link appear at the top of your summary page that says Ancestry.com Access..  Ancestry Library Edition brings the world's most popular consumer online genealogy resource to you.

Professional Development (KnowledgeCity)

Why not take this time to bump up your professional skills?  KnowledgeCity is a state-of-the-art professional development platform with more than 13,000 online video tutorials in critical business skills, including topics like leadership, communication, computer programs, marketing, sales, and more. All courses are taught by industry experts and university professors. New content is added every month.

Professional Development (Learning Express)

LearningExpress Library offers instantly scored licensing, certification, and aptitude practice tests, online career preparation, and vital information for a wide variety of occupations. 

Educational (World Book Online)

World Book Online publishes authoritative, age-appropriate, and reliable educational materials for children and adults. 

Databases

Find databases for in-depth research in subjects such as:  Business & Personal Finance; Health & Medicine; History & Genealogy; Literature; and General Interest.

Home Resources from the State Library of Louisiana

Find news & information related to the COVID-19 crisis as well as many free online resources for you at home including online storytimes, author sites, books, and other information.

Tutorials

With our free online tutorials, we'll walk you through how to use these awesome online databases and resources listed above!