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Would you prefer personal help getting set up? Please don't hesitate to call, email, or bring your mobile devices to Reference or Electronic Services. We love to help! 

Downloadable e-books and e-audio

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The library uses two different services for e-content: OverDrive  and RBdigital.  If this is your first time using these services, click below to open up more info and get started. Once you're set up, you will go directly to Overdrive or RBdigital via your electronic reading/ listening device (tablet, smart phone, etc.)

FAQs about downloadable books

Are OverDrive and RBdigital library services, and what's the difference? Should I use both?

These are third-party services that the library uses to provide e-content for its patrons. The OverDrive books come through ListenUp! Vermont, a project of the Green Mountain Library Consortium, which includes many Vermont libraries. RBdigital is funded through 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 is coming from outside vendors, (Overdrive and/or RB Digital). 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.

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.

Why do I see "Buy It Now" buttons? 

It's part of the deal between publishers and libraries: publishers seek the opportunity to sell extra copies of popular items to library patrons who want to skip over the waiting list. If you don't mind waiting a bit, go ahead and place a hold, and you will magically receive an email when it's available for you to check out and download. If you must read the next installment of your favorite series right now and decide you want to buy a personal e-copy, this link is a convenient way to do that.

 

Get started with OverDrive

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1. Download the OverDrive app.

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Click the logo for Apple devices, such as iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

 

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If you plan to read/listen on a computer, go to the bottom of the Overdrive app page and choose the appropriate icon for yourcomputer.

2. Find titles, check out, download, and read/listen

Once you have OverDrive installed, you can check out and download e-books and e-audio through the mobile app or on your computer via Listen Up! Vermont (Green Mountain Library Consortium, "GMLC"). In Overdrive, instead of establishing a separate user name and password, you will log in using the same user name and password as your Brooks Memorial Library account.

Need more help?

Please don't hesitate to call, email, or stop by, and bring your mobile device(s) and/or laptop. We're happy to help you get set up and troubleshoot if you run into difficulties. The Reference Librarian (Jeanne Walsh) and the Electronic Services Support Specialist (Matt Wojcik) both offer in-depth assistance on our digital content, and many other library staffers are also familiar with digital services and will be happy to assist.

 

Get started with RBdigital

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1. Create an account on the RBdigital website.

Visit the Brooks Memorial Library RBdigital page, using a web browser on your computer or mobile device. Enter your library card number and email address, and set up a password. If you're not sure what to choose for preferences, just keep the defaults; you can always change them later.

2. Download the RBdigital app.

apple  Click the logo for Apple devices, such as iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

play  Click the logo for Android devices, such as Android tablets and smart phones

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.

3. Find titles, check out, download, and read/listen

Now that you've established your RBdigital account, you're ready to check out and download e-books and e-audio. That process is fairly straightforward through the app, but read on for contact information if we can offer any help or suggestions.

Need more help?

Please don't hesitate to call, email, or stop by, and bring your mobile device(s) and/or laptop. We're happy to help you get set up and troubleshoot if you run into difficulties. The Reference Librarian (Jeanne Walsh) and the Electronic Services Support Specialist (Matt Wojcik) both offer in-depth assistance on our digital content, and many other library staffers are also familiar with digital services and will be happy to assist.

 

 

E-reference books

Search authoritative, published reference books quickly and easily. Also see our full list of Databases for additional research material.

gvrl The GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library) is our primary collection of online reference books in many subject areas. It's easily searched through a single search box, or you can set up an advanced search to get more specific.

 

 

ebsco e Our EBSCO eBooks collection features many of the popular "Dummies" guides, which can be used online or checked out and downloaded.

 

 

oxford Our collection at Oxford Reference is strong in the arts and humanities. If you don't find enough, try the GVRL as well. The Oxford English Dictionary is a separate database that's also accessible with your library card.

 

 

Independent movies and more

bctvroundlogo indieflix serviceStream independent movies free through Indieflix with your library card, and don't miss the wonderful free programming at Brattleboro's own BCTV, including many library programs. Click below for more info.

 

Get started with Instantflix


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  • Browse over 1600 independent films to watch on your computer, phone, iPad, or other device.
  • Search for films by genre, intended audience, festival, or country. Filter by length of film.

To use:

First, create an account with your library card at InstantFlix.

  1. You will need first to validate your library card, which will begin 27191 or 21792, with a total of 14 digits. See back of your card.
  2. Once validated, the system will then ask you for your name and email address. You will be sent an email and link to complete the process.
  3. Click on the link in the email to activate your account.  Continue on to the login screen and log in with your email and password.
  4. Once you are logged in, you must enter your first name, last name, and password one final time.  Your first name will then appear at the top "YOUR NAME" with a link to "DASHBOARD." Your dashboard will have a profile (optional), your queue of movies that you want to watch, and a viewing history that lists the films you have viewed.

If you want to watch movies on your iPad or iPhone, look for the Indieflix app at the iTunes store.

If you have a Roku streaming player, you can add Instantflix to your selections.

Once you have done the initial setup for your account, you can simply log in whenever you want to browse and watch movies.

 

Featured library videos

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Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Kevin Cullen on Whitey Bulger

Professor Cynthia D. Bittinger explores the shadows of Vermont history

An evening with beloved author and illustrator David Macaulay

 

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Circulating E-Readers

Want to test drive an e-reader?  We have some Kindles available for checkout at the circulation desk.  They are pre-loaded with a variety of titles.  To find out what's on each e-reader, simply search the term KINDLE in the catalog search box. If the one you want is checked out, you can place a hold and be notified when it is available.

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