Massachusetts Residents and Workers are in Luck with a BPL card.

Did you know that as a Massachusetts resident you are entitled to a Boston Public Library eCard?

And with the eCard you can borrow books and audios from Boston’s OverDrive collection as well as other services they offer. These can all be found under their Our Collections tab or Electronic Resources. Here are two I’ve tried recently.

Hoopla is a subscription service that Boston provides that allows you to borrow streaming movies, television episodes, music, and audio books. Popular titles are always available so you can borrow what you like, when you like. Here is just a sample of titles I got when I searched for Celtic Music.

celtic through hooplamagazine from Zinio

Another great service through BPL is Zinio which is a magazine service that allows you to read magazines on your computer or device. It doesn’t offer all magazines, but there is something for everyone.

To get a BPL eCard, go to  Click on Get a Library Card. Then click on the words eCard in the yellow line in the middle of the page:

Tip: Get a jump start by registering for an eCard now. You can use it to access many things online and it will be easier to upgrade to a full card later!

Then click on the blue words registration form on that page to go to the actual registration form. The card number is distinctive (mine has a hyphen in it) so write it down somewhere safe so you can find it again.

I found a Mandy Patinkin record on Hoopla to download and Evening Primrose (a Stephen Sondheim musical) from the Theater in Video under Electronic Resources.

Tell us about your finds!