All Bridgeport Public Library closed Fourth of July Weekend

All Bridgeport Public Library locations will be closed Saturday, July 2nd, and Monday, July 4th in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.

Online Library

Ancestry

Ancestry

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

 

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.

Foundation Center

Foundation Center

Directory of private philanthropic and grant making foundations on the Internet.
(In house use only – Burroughs-Saden)

Freegal

Freegal

Stream and download songs or download music videos from hundreds of musical genres and thousands of labels.

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 - In-house

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps – In-house

Maps with details on buildings prepared for the insurance industry

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps - Remote

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps – Remote

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.

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, July 5
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Storytime at Seaside Park

Storytime at Seaside Park

Join us for this special storytime this time at our Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT. Come for stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays! We’ll learn colors, shapes, opposites, the ABCs and always provide literacy tips at the end! We’ll meet under the big tree in a grass area on the right side from the arches. Parents, please bring blankets, chairs, snack, water,… whatever your child needs to enjoy this special morning. Ages: 0-6 but older siblings are always welcome!

Location: Seaside Park
More info
Tuesday, July 5
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
LITT Chess for Beginners ages 11-18.

LITT Chess for Beginners ages 11-18.

Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom

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.

This program is funded by a grant from LITT: Library Initiative for Teens and Tweens. We are grateful for their generosity.

More info
Wednesday, July 6
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Play n' Tell Live! at Black Rock

Play n’ Tell Live! at Black Rock

Play n’ Tell is a weekly story hour for ages 0 to 5 and their carers.  Come on in to listen to stories, sing songs and dance to the music!  It’s a fast and snappy thirty minutes with grins and giggles and noise.  Come for the story hour, stay to look for books and get a library card!

More info
Wednesday, July 6
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Coding For Kids

Coding For Kids

Free coding lessons for children using Scratch and Blockly.  These visual programming languages are easy to learn and great for beginners. No prior coding experience is necessary. For children, ages 8-12 years old.  Coding lessons are available every Wednesday from 4-5 PM in the Children’s Room of the Newfield Branch Library.  For more information, call 203-576-0021. Click here for events @ Newfield Branch!

Location: Newfield Branch Library – Children’s Room
More info

Library News

The Williams Doll and Folk Toys Collection

Courtesy of North Branch Children’s Librarian Bina Williams

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WIFI HOTSPOT INFORMATION

The Library HotSpot Program provides Bridgeport libray card holders access to high speed internet service at home.

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FREE COVID-19 TESTING at the North Branch Library – NOTE DAY AND TIME CHANGES

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.

Drive Up – Bear right at the top of the driveway
Testing is in 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
Aplicación en Español: pdf 
Carte D’Application: pdf 
Aplikasyon pou Kat: pdf 

Print at BPL

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