Movies, Tutorials, eBooks, Audiobooks--free!
RBDigital is a platform for downloadable audiobooks/e-books and free streaming video channels:
It's the best source for the Great Courses from The Teaching Company, in both audio and video. For access to all the downloadable and streaming content, follow the instructions below or contact us at the library; we're happy to help. Also try Overdrive/Libby for additional downloadable audiobooks and ebooks.
Get started with RBdigital audiobooks and movies
You'll need to register for a free RBDigital account
You can register through the app, when you download it (see next step). Or to register in advance through a web browser (which can be more convenient), click on the logo above and choose REGISTER. Enter your library card number and email address, and choose a user name and password. The user name can be your email address or something different of your choosing. Note that this is different from the process for Overdrive/Libby, a different service described on this page.
You must also download the RBdigital app
Looking for the Media Manager to use on a computer?
You can click to download a new version of the desktop app. This computer-based app will continue to work but will no longer be supported with updates. Most of the RBdigital activity is migrating toward mobile devices like tablets and phones. As you look to the future, we'd be happy to help you figure out your best options for reading and listening to RBdigital material. Please call or stop by library.
Once you have the RBDigital app, you can check out and download audiobooks and ebooks for a two-week loan period. You can also check out passes for the various video channels for one week at a time. Remember: you log in with your user name and the password you established when you registered.
Feel free to contact us if you have questions. We love to help!
Overdrive/Libby offers a large selection of downloadable e-books and audiobooks from the Green Mountain Library Consortium. To begin, you must obtain an app for your mobile device or computer; see instructions below, or contact us at the library; we're happy to help. And try RBDigital, too!
Get started with OverDrive/Libby e-books and audiobooks
We recommend Overdrive's new app, called Libby
Click the logo below and follow the path for your device:
When prompted for your library card and password, use the same password (PIN) that you use for your Brooks Memorial Library account (often the last four digits of your phone number). Note that this is a different process from RBDigital, a different service also described on this page.
or the legacy Overdrive app is still available
Fans of the original Overdrive app: if you want to install the app/software on any new devices, click to find the app for Apple Devices or Android Devices. If you plan to read/listen on a computer, go to the bottom of the Overdrive app page and choose the appropriate icon for your computer.
Once you've installed the Overdrive or Libby app, find your way to Brooks Memorial Library / Green Mountain Library Consortium. Remember: when prompted for your library card and password, use the same password (PIN) that you use for your Brooks Memorial Library account (typically the last four digits of your phone number)
Questions? Please contact us. We love to help!
Downloadable e-books and audio: FAQs
FAQs about downloadable books
What's the difference between RBDigital and Overdrive? Should I use both?
These are two different digital services provided to Brooks Memorial Library patrons through collaboration with the Green Mountain Library Consortium and the Vermont Department of Libraries. Each service offers a different selections of e-books and e-audio, so sign up with both for the best selection.
Does this include everything on your shelves?
We wish it could! Right now, the collection is still small, with thousands of items rather than the hundreds of thousands on the shelves at Brooks at at our parner libraries in the Catamount Library Network. But it's growing.
Do the titles appear in your online catalog?
No. The content comes directly from Overdrive and RBDigital. Some of our partner libraries in the Catamount Library Network add e-book records to the general catalog, but that's just a notification of what might be available. For current info and access to e-content, go right to OverDrive and RBdigital.
May I suggest that you buy a new title as an e-book or e-audio?
Absolutely. You can make suggestions for purchase for new downloadable titles just as you would for traditional paper titles. Overdrive also includes "recommend" links to suggest titles to the Green Mountain Library Consortium collection development committee.
Why are there waiting lists if it's electronic?
Publishers still sell copies of books one by one; that hasn't changed in the electronic era. So, popular titles will still have waiting lists at libraries. However, just as with paper books, we will often buy extra copies to keep the list moving along. Tip: Always sign in before searching. That will give you access to additional titles and copies that Brooks buys exclusively for its own patrons.
Kanopy is a rich collection of streaming movies, including the Criterion Collection, PBS, Samuel Goldwyn, Kanopy Kids, and more. View up to 5 free films per month with your library borrower card.
Get started with Kanopy movies
To register for Kanopy, click on the logo above and choose SIGN UP. Kanopy will require you to provide an email address to verify your registration and link it to your library card. The process is outlined in this quick overview of Creating a Kanopy Account.
Questions? Please contact us. We love to help!
Brattleboro's award-winning BCTV offers local news, entertainment, and education. Some of the library's public programs are available to stream at BCTV.
Lynda video tutorials help "anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals." This resource will be available for Brooks Memorial Library cardholders through October 16, 2019. For continued access to similar online courses after that time, try Universal Class or Learning Express on the library's Online Learning page.
Get started with Lynda videos
To access Lynda, simply click on the logo above and sign in with your library card number (no spaces) and PIN, which is usually the last four digits of your phone number. If you have any trouble accessing Lynda or need help with your card number or PIN, contact us! We'll be happy to help.
Test drive an e-reader!
The library has some Kindles available for checkout at the circulation desk. They are pre-loaded with a variety of titles, and we will consider adding titles to the Kindles in response to patron requests. A search for the keyword KINDLE in the catalog will find descriptions of the Kindles and most of their contents. For more information, please inquire at the circulation desk or reference desk.