If you’ve got a card to the Brooklyn Public Library, you can get free music, movies, ebooks and more! Don’t miss out on these great discounts available to BPL cardholders!
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Once you have 3,500 checkouts, you can become a Power User. You’ll get a silver library card and free stuff for being a frequent patron of the library!
There are no Brooklyn Public Library museum passes at this time. However, New York City residents can also sign up for a FREE municipal ID that provides a FREE membership to over 30 cultural institutions and discounts to other places as well!
Get free downloads.
Download free eBooks, audio books and videos. You don’t even have to leave home to get books from the Brooklyn Public Library. With your library card, you can download over 1 million free e-Books, audiobooks and video from services like Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library, Flipster, e-Books on EbscoHost, Gale Virtual Reference Library, The Open Library and Project Gutenberg.
Stream free music. You can also stream classic, jazz, opera, blues, folk and international music from Alexander Street Press through the Music Online service.
Stream 3,000 FREE courses from Lynda.com! There are over 130,000 videos designed to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.
Check out these special programs for kids & teens!
Get free homework help. Students have many choices for free homework help! You can get help from volunteers at the Brooklyn Public Library or trained tutors at the Williamsburgh Library. You can also get one-on-one help from a professional reference librarian at the Central Library or call (212) 777-3380 on weekdays to get help from teachers.
Encourage early reading with free access to helpful programs like Scholastic BookFlix and TumbleBooks. You can also use ABCMouse.com for free on a Brooklyn Public Library computer and sign up for Beanstack, a service that will send you free book recommendations, apps and activities to help your child learn to love reading. Sensory story time, art projects and more are also available at the library.
Kids with an incarcerated parent can also receive special library services. Twelve Brooklyn Public Library branches offer TeleStory, which allows an incarcerated parent to read with their child through a live video feed. A monthly early literacy program also invites incarcerated parents to record a favorite story to be given to their family, along with a copy of the book they’ve read.
Teens can earn money and get published through the annual Teen Writing Contest. The contest opens April 1, 2017 and awards will be given in both Middle School and High School categories. Other fun teen programs include a six-week summer film-making internship and a program that allows teens to earn badges for their accomplishments.
The library also offers many adult education programs!
Continue your education with free classes on various topics, including digital photography, digital camera basics, logo design, social media marketing, self-publishing, basic work skills, computer skills, GED prep and more.
Get help finding a job with the library’s career and resume services. They’ll review your resume, give you helpful interview tips and help you find the job you need. You can get a free one-on-one session at many different locations.
Find free business services to help you develop a business plan, start a new venture or do something else entirely. Get the details at the Business and Career Center on the second floor.
English classes are available to various groups. A basic English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class is available for adults who are at least 17 years old. Immigrants who are business owners, university graduates or otherwise business-focused can benefit from the 12-week advanced English for business class. The library offers other immigrant services, as well.
Adult literacy services help adults learn to read, write and use computers at five separate Learning Centers and the Central Library. If you’re 18 years old or older and reading below a High School level, you can participate in this part-time program.
With your Brooklyn Public Library card, you can also save money on Zipcar! Check out the discounts (including $20 off the first year’s annual fee and a $25 driving credit).