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Audiobooks and eBooks 

 

Books come in non-traditional formats which are particularly useful for people on the go. Digital content, including downloadable audio and eBooks require a valid BCPL library card for use. Visit our Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks page for more details.  These formats include:

Audiobooks:

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Audiobooks on CD
Listen to books on your stereo or computer's CD player.  You can stay on top of new CD audiobooks by visiting our Hot Titles pages.

 

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Downloadable Audio eBooks
Listen to books on your computer or smart device.

 

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Playaways 
Audio books preloaded onto MP3 players for your convenience.

 

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Read-Along Kits
Each kit contains a CD and a print copy of the book. Designed for the child just learning to read.

 


Books:

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Downloadable eBooks

eBooks in a variety of formats and which can be read on your computers, smart devices, or ebook readers

 

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Web-based Virtual Reference eBooks
eBook reference books which are always available and can be read on your computer's web browser.

 

Braille Books for Children

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BCPL has a small collection of Braille board and picture books suitable for children from birth to five years and 6 to 8 years. These can be used by a sighted child learning to read assisted by a parent who is blind or a child who is blind learning Braille. To find Braille books in the BCPL catalog, type "Braille Books" in the catalog search box or click here.

 

Databases and Reference eBooks

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BCPL provides free access a variety of premium online databases, including magazines, journals, newspapers, automotive and engine repair, biographies, test and exam practice tests, health, business, encyclopedias and more. Databases are very useful for research and school assignments. Databases are available at Baltimore County Public Library branches and most are available from home, work or school through the Baltimore County Public Library home page. All you need is a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library.

 

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Web books or Virtual Reference eBooks are similar to databases in that the content can be searched online and printed. These books do not have to be checked out or downloaded, and are always available for use either at a branch or from home. Topics covered in these electronic books include world religions, law, nations, clothing and fashion, multicultural America, literature, and more. You can access Virtual Reference eBooks online at any branch or from home with a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library.

 

DVDs

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Check out current releases of for both adult and children's titles available on DVD. Please see DVD policies and fees for more information about this collection since they have lending policies that are different than those established for the book collection.  Check out new DVD releases on the library's Hot Titles pages.

 

Engravers

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BCPL does its part to help secure the community.  The library has engravers available to be borrowed. Use these to engrave your belongings such as bikes or other valuables.  These devices can be placed on hold and checked out just like our books.  Check to see if your branch has an engraver available or to place a request for an engraver at the branch of your choice.

 

Kits

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Baby Booster Kits
Baltimore County Public Library’s Baby Boosters Kits are collections of books and resources for use by parents and child  care providers.

 

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Book Club Kits
The library has created a number of 8 copy (small) and 12 copy (large) book club kits that include multiple copies of a title and a discussion guide for the convenience of your book club.  Kits circulate for six weeks and qualify for renewal.  Book club kits are created on an ongoing basis.  Learn more about the policies regarding these kits or browse our collection.

 

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Read-Along Kits
Each kit contains a CD and a print copy of the book. Designed for the child just learning to read.

 

Large Type Books

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All branches have a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction large type books.  These materials are listed in the library's online catalog and can be identified by the prefix of "Large Type" as a part of the call number. You can also review new large type fiction and non-fiction titles that have been purchased by the library by visiting our Hot Titles pages. 

 

Legacy Web Historic Photo Collection

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Search or browse Legacy Web, a digital collection of images selected from BCPL’s historic photograph collection. Themes include the changing landscape and architecture of Baltimore County as depicted in images of buildings and street scenes.  Learn more about the scope of this collection.

 

Local History Room Collections

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Arbutus, Catonsville, Reisterstown and Towson branches have historical materials about the local communities they serve. The local community history information consists of rare and out-of-print books, newspaper clippings, and historical prints of local sites. These materials are non-circulating and in some cases are accessible by appointment only. Please call the branch to determine whether you need an appointment to view their historical collection.

Maryland Collection

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Whether planning an excursion, delving into history, locating government information, answering school assignment questions, or just browsing for photographs, sports, and more, this collection includes abroad spectrum of material. All branches have a wide variety of materials about Maryland and Baltimore County.

Microfilm

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Towson and Catonsville Branches have microfilm readers and microfilm of older and current newspapers and magazines.  You can find a full list of BCPL's microfilm holdings in our online catalog.  In addition, BCPL carries the ProQuest Virtual Microfilm: Baltimore Sun: Jan 2008-Current which is digital microfilm that is accessable via our website with a BCPL library card and PIN.

 

Both branches have microfilm viewers but the equipment at the Towson Branch is also capable of viewing microfiche as well as printing from both formats.

 

Music CDs

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BCPL carries a wide variety of music on CD. These CDs can be checked out for 21 days, can be renewed, and be requested for you.  Be sure to check out the new and on order CDs at the Baltimore County Public Library's Hot Titles pages.

 

Newspapers and Magazines

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All branches have current subscriptions to newspapers and a variety of magazines in print. Library and branch holdings for magazines and newspapers can be found in the library's online catalog.

 

BCPL also provides free access to a variety of online databases of magazines, journals and newspapers. They are available at Baltimore County Public Library branches and most are available from home, work or school through the Baltimore County Public Library home page. All you need is a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library.

 

The library offers downloadable digital magazines through our Zinio service.

 

Playaways and Playaway Views

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BCPL provides self contained devices called Playaways and Playaway Views for your listening and viewing convenience.

 

Playaways are battery operated listening devices that come conveniently pre-loaded with an audio book.  Playaways are owned at all branches. Please note that the library does not provide earbuds or batteries with Playaways but those supplies are available for purchase in our branches.  Customers can place holds on Playaways and they can be returned to any branch.  Playaways can be renewed, twice. 

 

Be sure to check out the new and on order Playaways at the Baltimore County Public Library's Hot Titles pages.

 

Playaway Views are re-chargeable video devices that come conveniently pre-loaded with a movie. The videos appeal to young children, and include Sesame Street, and classic stories such as Caps for Sale and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.  Playaway Views circulate for seven days and are available at all BCPL branches.  Customers can place holds on Playaway Views and they can be returned to any branch. Playaway Views can be renewed, twice.  Replacement costs for lost or damaged items are clearly labeled on the packaging.

 

You should familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures for borrowing these devices. 

 

Sign Language Instruction

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The Robert Joseph Wortman American Sign Language Collection of adult and children's DVDs is housed at the North Point Branch. This collection covers many issues of interest to the deaf community, including teaching or learning Sign Language as well as information for the hearing parents of a deaf child.

 

The DVDs from this special collection can be checked out, renewed, and requested. A request can be place and the DVD can be sent to your local branch.

 

 

Video Games

The Library has a large and free selection of videogames for your enjoyment.  However, they are not located in our branches. Customers may borrow up to three games, free of charge, for twenty-one days.

 

To have a video game sent to your branch for you to borrow, just click on the box below for your preferred gaming system, find and click on the title/s you want, click the place request button for that title/s.  If the game is available and on the shelf, it will usually be sent and waiting for you in the branch of your choice within one to two business days. If not available, you wll be notified when the item is available for you to pick-up. Click here to read more about the borrowing policies for video games or for more information on requesting a video game.

 

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World Language Collections

 

The library has a small collection of titles in three non-English languages.  Titles can be sent to any of our branches, just make a request (place a hold) at any Baltimore County Public Library branch either in-person or by phone or by placing the request online using the BCPL catalog. The library's online catalog is available with a Korean, Russian, or Spanish search interface.

 

 

Also try Mango, an online language-learning system that teaches conversation skills for twelve different languages including English as a Second Language. Mango is available at Baltimore County Public Library branches and from home, work or school. All you need is a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library.

 

 

 


Last revised: November 2, 2014