HOOPLA, KANOPY, AND MORE
Get a Free Boston Public Library (BPL) eCard!
Take a virtual trip to the Boston Public Library.
Get a BPL eCard!
What is an BPL eCard & How Do I Get One?An eCard is a Boston Public Library electronic card. You can get a free eCard by registering online. It’s easy!
This means eBooks, audiobooks, movies and more!
Click here for instructions about how to get a card!
Pollard Library, Lowell
Take a Virtual Trip to The Pollard Memorial Library!
Don't have a library card? No problem!
How do I Check Out Materials from the Pollard Library Without a Library Card?
By visiting the Pollard Library online and signing up for an eCard, or electronic library card you can check out materials. It's easy!
I have a library card for the Pollard Library. Do I still need to get an eCard?
NO. Your physical library card is all you need for now to access materials online.
I have a library card from the Pollard but do not know my library card # or PIN. What should I do?
Call the Pollard Library at 978-674-4120 and speak to a library staff member.
Call The Pollard Library at 978-674-4120 and speak to a library staff member. They are busy working inside the library even though the building is closed and they'll be glad to help you.
I have a Boston Public Library eCard. Is that the same as the Pollard Library eCard?
NO. The two cards are not the same. The BPL eCard lets you access materials at the Boston Public Library if you are a MA state resident or own property, attend school or work in the state of Massachusetts. The Pollard Library eCard lets you access materials at the Pollard if you live in the city of Lowell.
How long is the Pollard Library eCard valid?
The eCard is valid for 90 days and can be converted to a physical card when the library reopens.
Books, Music, and More
Try hoopla - available 24/7
You can access hoopla using your Boston Public Library (BPL) eCard.
hoopla allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your phone, computer, tablet, and your TV!
NOTE: You will need your BPL eCard number and the 4 digit PIN you used when you signed up for your eCard.
Poems, and Short Stories
Access free audiobooks, plays, short stories, and poems on Lit2Go. With each audiobook, you receive citation information, play time, and word count. Some audiobooks, such as Shakespeare's Hamlet, have an accompanying PDF that can be used to read along with the text.
3-5 Days for
Pollard Library e-card
Message from the Pollard Library
"Due to an unexpectedly enthusiastic response to this new service, the processing time on Lowell eCards is longer than our original estimate of 48 hours. Please allow 3-5 business days. As we catch up with initial rush of applications, our processing time will go down. All applications will be processed in the order in which they were received. We appreciate your patience and thank you for your continued support."
To contact the staff at the Pollard Library:
Project Guttenberg - eBooks
60,000 free eBooks waiting for you to download and read.
Watch Movies with Kanopy
Using your Boston Public Library (BPL) eCard you can stream and watch movies and documentaries for free using Kanopy. Kanopy offers educational, entertaining, and enriching films.
Watch a video explaining how to use Kanopy.
Anyone in Massachusetts can get a BPL eCard. Once you have your BPL eCard you can click on the Kanopy logo or link below and start streaming movies.
NOTE: You will need your BPL eCard number and 4 digit PIN that you used to create your eCard. Write down the PIN so that you will have it handy.
Open Culture - Audiobooks
Open Culture offers hundreds of audiobooks, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. Titles are compiled on one list to make it easy to find something you are interested in listening to. Authors are many and include Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells, Maya Angelou, and Ray Bradbury to name a few.
Fiction and Literature
Libri-Vox - Audiobooks
"The goal of LibriVox is to make all books in the public domain available, narrated by real people and distributed for free, in audio format on the internet."
According to an article in Wired magazine, the most popular audiobooks on LibriVox are— The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Moby-Dick, and Pride and Prejudice—which have been downloaded or streamed more than 2 million times.
Adamian, John. "The Weird, Obsessive World of Free DIY Audiobooks". Wired. https://www.wired.com/2015/10/weird-wold-of-librivox.