All BPL Locations are open!

Come in for computer time or browsing time! Remember to wear a mask at all times and maintain social distancing. Check out our calendar for our online and in-person events!

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Online Library

A Black Lives Matter Resource Page

A Black Lives Matter Resource Page

The Bridgeport Free Public Library statement denouncing systemic racism, Black Lives Matter Organizations, Books about Race available Online and at the BPL, Statistics and Data, Local and State History

Ancestry

Ancestry

Access billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more for individuals from around the world.

Click here, fill out form, and receive password via email.  Mail is checked several times a day.

 

Biblioboard

Biblioboard

Enjoy digital books, images, videos and more from libraries, artists, authors and others from your community and around the world.

BookFlix (Home Access)

BookFlix (Home Access)

Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

BookFlix (Library Access)

BookFlix (Library Access)

Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports

Provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for cars, electronics, appliances, and more. The database also provides a health section and money guide.

Data Axle Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA)

Data Axle Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA)

Formerly known as ReferenceUSA, Reference Solutions by Data Axle is the leading source for business and residential data in the United States. It helps users of all kinds search for jobs, research U.S. businesses, create marketing and small business plans, locate specific people and more.

Historic Map Works

Historic Map Works

Plat maps with details of lot apportionments and street details for cities across the United States

Hoopla

Hoopla

Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audio-books and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by your local library.

Hoopla digital’s latest app upgrade, LightSpeed – an evolution to empower brighter connectivity for users – is here. With LightSpeed, you’ll be able to experience, explore and enjoy free content from your public library in a new way that’s faster, brighter, mobile, easy-to-use and always available! Brought to you free of charge with your Bridgeport Public Library Card.

Overdrive

Overdrive

Download a wide variety of popular fiction and nonfiction ebooks and eaudiobooks to your computer, eReaders, or mobile device. for Bridgeport Library Card Holders

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Maps with details on buildings prepared for the insurance industry

Testing & Education Reference Center (Gale)

Testing & Education Reference Center (Gale)

This online education resource provides everything a student needs to learn more about further education and assists in making informed decisions on their future from one single, handy database. Testing & Education Reference Center also features interactive online practice tests for preparatory examinations including entrance exams and certification and licensing tests.

Tutor.com

Tutor.com

Provides on demand homework help and tutoring services that connect students to a professional tutor online in math, science, social studies or English.

World Book Online

World Book Online

Access online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video.

Upcoming Programs

Date/Time Program
Tuesday, November 30
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Little Learners Storytime

Little Learners Storytime

Meet us for storytime in the Children’s Dept. of the Main Library. We’ll learn colors, shapes, opposites, the ABCs and always provide literacy tips at the end! With puppets and great music, grownups will have fun too! Ages: 0-5 All attendees have to wear masks when visiting the library.

More info
Tuesday, November 30
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
We are LITT For Beginning Chess!

We are LITT For Beginning Chess!

Middle School and High School students! Come take beginning chess lessons with Coach Shawn from DIG USA. These classes will be offered virtually via zoom. You will need to sign up for a free Chess.com account to play with others.

To register, please email bwilliams@bridgeportpubliclibrary.org or call 203-576-7821.

More info
Wednesday, December 1
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Play n' Tell Returns!

Play n’ Tell Returns!

Drop by Black Rock Library for Play n’ Tell, where we sing songs, play games, dance around with scarves or maracas and giggle a lot!  We will be socially distanced in one of the downstairs meeting rooms–don’t forget your mask!  We also have some mats for seating, but please feel free to bring your own.  Children 0 – 5 must be accompanied by their carers. 

Location: Black Rock Library
More info
Wednesday, December 1
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Bedtime Storytime ~ Bilingual ~ English/Spanish

Bedtime Storytime ~ Bilingual ~ English/Spanish

Join our children’s librarians for bilingual virtual bedtime storytime on Facebook Live! Tiempo de Historia para la Hora de Dormir Bilingue en English y Espanol. We’ll read some fun stories, sing songs, and learn new rhymes! Don’t forget to watch with your favorite stuffed animal! Ages: 0-12. We’ll stream Live on Facebook at @Bridgeport Downtown Library – Kids.

More info

Library News

Free COVID-19 Vaccinations at North Branch Nov 30 1-7 PM

 

Walk-ins welcome, no appointment required.

Booster Shots offered to all who are eligible.

Please bring a health insurance card and photo ID if you have them, but it is not necessary to have
health insurance or ID to receive the vaccine. No one will be turned away for lack of insurance or ID.

The next 10 AM – 4 PM Saturday vaccine clinics will held be on   Dec. 4 & 18.
The next 1PM   –   7 PM Evening vaccine clinics will be held on Nov. 30  and Dec. 7 & 16.

FREE COVID-19 TESTING at the North Branch Library

Are you as concerned as we are about COVID still being around? Would you like to be tested for COVID?

PCR test via nasal swab, and you will receive the results of your test in 1-3 days via text or email.

NOW at the front of the building. Walk-In.

Drive Up and Walk Up (coming soon to the parking area behind the building)

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Online Library Cards

If you are a Bridgeport resident and need a library card: click here.

Download eBooks and Audiobooks

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more – anywhere, anytime through Overdrive  and RBdigital. All you need is a library card.

Download Magazines

RBdigital, the world’s largest newstand. Instantly browse the latest issues of your favorite magazines.

Download Music

Freegal, free downloadable music from Sony. Use your library card to download up to five songs a week and stream up to 3 hours of music a day!

Learn a Language Online

Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 140 languages with Personalized Courses, movies, music, and more.

Learning a language with Duolingo is fun and addictive. Earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up.

New Arrivals

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Online Library Card Application

Just print out an application.  Fill it out and bring it to the library with proper ID’s (ID info is on each application.) and at no cost become a member of the BPL.

Library Card Application: pdf / doc
Aplicación en Español: pdf / doc
Carte D’Application: pdf / doc
Aplikasyon pou Kat: pdf / doc

Print at BPL

BPL Mobile Printing for your laptop, PC, and mobile devices:
Burroughs-Saden Printer
North Branch Printer