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TumbleBook Library No Longer Available

November 30, 2016 | Joanne | Comments (0)

TumbleBook Library is no longer available. Please see OverDrive's read-along format for children. This growing collection currently has over 1,400 titles which include all the popular Robert Munsch works.

Robert Munsch Read alongs

OverDrive eBooks & eAudiobooks for Kids also includes picture books, Sesame Street and Disney titles, beginning readers and chapter books.


Introducing Flipster: Maclean's, People, Chatelaine, and InStyle Now Available

June 22, 2016 | Kelli | Comments (0)

The Toronto Public Library recently added a new digital magazine service called FlipsterFlipster gives access to over 30 magazines, including many popular Canadian and International titles. All you need is a valid library card and a computer, tablet or smartphone. The magazines are always available, you can borrow as many as you like and there are never any fines.

Here are some of the magazines available through Flipster:

Maclean's People EW Chatelaine Instyle
Maclean's People Entertainment
Chatelaine InStyle


Bloomberg Businessweek Canada's history Canadian Business Ebony Fortune
Ebony Fortune


Flare MoneySense Scientific american Sports illustrated The Walrus
Flare MoneySense Scientific
The Walrus

The magazines can be streamed in an internet browser (such as Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari). A Flipster app is available for free for Android and Apple devices. Magazines can be downloaded to the Flipster app and will stay in the app for 2 days, 7 days or an unlimited amount of time, depending on the magazine. There is full list (PDF) of available magazines, with the borrowing period for each title listed.  

For more information on using Flipster, have a look at our Getting Started with Flipster webpage. 

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"The Great Courses" Now on Hoopla

May 16, 2016 | Kelli | Comments (12)

The very popular The Great Courses lecture series is now available on Hoopla!    

The Great Courses are a video series presented by award-winning experts from respected institutions who are selected for their ability to teach. Lectures are available on a wide variety of topics, including history, photography, mindfulness, physics and much more. The Great Courses take the best of university -- interesting and comprehensive lectures on fascinating topics -- but without the time-consuming homework and stressful examinations.

Here are just a few of the many lecture series available through Hoopla, including The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe by the University of Toronto's own Professor Ken Bartlett


The Great Tours Experiencing Medieval Europe Food A cultural culinary History Being Human LIfe Lessons from the Frontiers of Science Fundamentals of Photography HOw to stay fit as you age

The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe. Travel through time to the golden ages of Europe's most beautiful medieval cities and discover the sights and sounds of daily medieval life.

Food: A Cultural Culinary History. Travel the world discovering fascinating food lore and culture from many regions. An enthralling journey into the human relationship with food.  

Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science. Understanding our humanity is one of the deepest mysteries in science. Many fields including biology, neuroscience, anthropology, psychology and sociology are starting to reveal more about the mechanisms of human behaviour.

Fundamentals of Photography. Twelve National Geographic photographers teach two lessons each, offering rich insights into how to approach photography. 

How to Stay Fit as You Age. Certified fitness and wellness consultant Dr. Bonura helps viewers create and practice a balanced, adaptable fitness program.  

Practicing Mindfulness An Introduction to Meditation The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works The Inexplicable Universe The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles Thinking About Cybersecurity

Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation. Gain a clear understanding of the essence of meditation and how best to practice it in 24 lessons filled with guided exercises, principles and techniques.

The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works. In addition to learning about these 23 masterworks, watch as three dynamic concert pianists perform live. 

The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGasse Tyson. A journey to the frontiers of the known (and unknown) universe and an introduction to the tantalizing questions being addressed by the world's top scientists.

The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku. Using nothing more than a simple grasp of math, you can discover optimal ways to win games and solve puzzles with the speed and accuracy of professional players. 

Thinking About Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare. An intriguing look at the structure of the Internet, the unique dangers it breeds, and the ways we're learning how to understand, manage and reduce these dangers.


New to Hoopla?  Have a look at our Getting Started with Hoopla webpage and download the Hoopla User Guide. Hoopla videos (television and movies), music and graphic books can are available for streaming or downloading (mobile devices only). Hoopla is compatible with Apple TV and Chromecast.  


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Android, BBC Good Food, Paris Match and Many More Magazines Added to Zinio

April 19, 2016 | Kelli | Comments (4)

Our Zinio eMagazines Collection has grown again with many new magazines for you to download and enjoy. Zinio eMagazines do not need to be returned and there are never any library fines. 

If you are new to Zinio eMagazines, have a look at our Getting Started with Zinio eMagazines webpage and download our Zinio User Guide.

Here are a few of the new English-language magazines:

Android Magazine BBC Good Food BBC History Entrepreneur Magazine Skynews

We also added a number of terrific French language magazines from France including:

Geo france GQ France Paris Match Vanity fair france Vogue Paris

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'Great Courses' Lectures Now Available on OneClickdigital Audiobooks

January 26, 2016 | Kelli | Comments (4)

Do you enjoy attending lectures, but do not have the time or money to go back to school? The Great Courses are for you! The Great Courses is a lecture series by award-winning experts and professors who are from respected institutions and are selected for their ability to teach. It's the best of university - interesting and comprehensive lectures on fascinating topics, but without all the annoying homework and stressful examinations.

The Great Courses have been available in video format for over 25 years. They are now available through our OneClickdigital audiobook collection. These audiobooks can be checked out for 21 days and downloaded or streamed on a computer, smartphone or tablet. If you are new to OneClickdigital, have a look at the library's Oneclickdigital User Guide or the help section of the OneClickdigital website.

Check the library's catalogue see the wide range of courses. Here are just a few:

Great minds of the western intellectual tradition Higgs Boson and Beyond Influence Practicing Mindfulness Rise and Fall of the British Empire

Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition (3rd edition) taught by multiple professors
Crucial questions about our existence have been pondered by thoughtful men and women since civilization began. This course is a comprehensive survey of the history of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the present.


The Higgs Boson and Beyond by Sean Carroll, California Institute of Technology
The search and discovery of the Higgs boson was a triumph of modern physics and was justly celebrated around the world. In this lecture series, Professor Carroll will teach you everything you need to know to fully grasp the significance of this scientific discovery.


Influence: Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill by Kenneth G. Brown of the University of Iowa
With scientific and sociological experiments, case studies from fields including business and politics, and practical exercises to test your skills, this course will show you how to harness the power of influence at home, at work, at the store, in your social life, and anywhere else you may need it.


Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation by Mark M. Muesse of Rhodes College
In addition to the principles and techniques of meditation, you will learn how to use the skills of meditation to work with thoughts and emotional states and to become deeply attentive to the operation of your mind.


The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Patrick Allitt of Emory University
Covering four centuries of British power, innovation and influence, the course will provide fresh insights into world history and provide the background of current events in countries that were once part of Britain's empire, from Ireland to China, and in Africa and the Caribbean.


The Great Courses to DVD

Of course, the Toronto Public Library still carries the  The Great Courses to DVD. These DVD sets are checked out for three weeks. As with the audiobooks, the full list of The Great Courses DVD sets are available through our catalogue.  

Here are just a few of the most recent lectures available to borrow with your Toronto Public Library card:

Fundamentals of sustainable living Living History Experiencing the Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds Mind-Bending Math Music and the Brain Robotics

Fundamentals of Sustainable Living by Lonnie Gamble from the Maharishi University of Management
Learn specific techniques to work more efficiently with the energy, water, and food you consume, so that you can live a more balanced and sustainable lifestyle.


Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds by Robert Garland from Colgate University 
By examining two dozen historical events from ancient Egypt through to medieval Europe and Asia, this course investigates a variety of first-hand accounts and secondary sources to experience what it was like to live these events as they occurred. 


Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes by David T. Kung from St. Mary's College of Maryland
Explore the ageless riddles that have plagued our greatest philosophical, mathematical, and scientific minds throughout history. Learn how to break down, examine, and solve these famous quandaries.


Music and the Brain by Aniruddh D. Patel from Tufts University
This interdisciplinary course combines music and cognitive science to explore music as an integral part of humanity. 


Robotics by John Long from Vassar College
Using robot demonstrations, 3-D animations, and other amazing visual aids, Professor Long demystifies the world of robots. This comprehensive course covers both the hard science of how robots work as well as the implications of robots for society.

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Let Us Download! Get Started with eBooks, Magazines, Music and Movies

December 23, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (2)

Toronto Public Library has a fantastic selection of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, music and television shows available which can be downloaded or streamed on smartphones, tablets and computers.  

For most items, the downloaded computer file will either disappear or just stop working after the borrowing period has ended.  The borrowed book, music or movie does not need to be returned and there are never any fines.   If you are new to these digital collections, please get started with our eBooks & Digital Content: Start Here webpage.


eBooks and Audiobooks from OverDrive

OverDrive eBook and eAudiobooks can be borrowed for 21 days.   Fiction and non-fiction books and audiobooks are available for children, teens and adults.  The maximum number of checkouts at any one time is 30.  The maximum number of holds is also 30.  OverDrive eBooks and audiobooks can not be renewed. 

Smartphones and tablets from major electronics manufacturers (Apple, Samsung, Windows etc.) are compatible with OverDrive. Kobo eReaders are also compatible.  Of the Amazon Kindles, only the Kindle Fire will work with OverDrive in Canada.  Also, there have been some compatibility problems with the new Nook Glowlight Plus.   Adobe has a full list of eReaders that are compatible with the Adobe Digital Editions desktop software needed to transfer an eBook to an eReader.

Here are a few of the many popular books available through OverDrive:

All the light we cannot see Life-changing magic of tidying up Make Me Martian Why not me

If you are new to OverDrive, please read through our Getting Started with Library eBooks webpage and have a look at the guide for your specific device.


Audiobooks from OneClickdigital

OneClickdigital is another source of audiobooks available with your Toronto Public Library card.  Like the audiobooks from OverDrive, the borrowing period is 21 days. You can checkout 10 audiobooks and have 15 on hold at any one time.  There are no renewals.

Here are a few of the popular audiobooks found through OneClickdigital:

Dear Life Orenda Outlander Steve Jobs Yes Please

OneClickdigital audiobooks require a separate account and different software from OverDrive audiobooks.  If you have not used this service before, please download our OneClickdigital User Guide (PDF), and/or have a look at the help section of the OneClickdigital website.  


Magazines from Zinio eMagazines

Zinio eMagazines offers more than 500 different magazines to checkout and enjoy.  In addition to many popular English-language magazines, there are magazines in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese.  There are also English-language magazines from India and the Philippines.  You can borrow as many magazines as you would like and you can keep them for as long as you want.  Awesome, eh? 

Here are a few of the popular magazines available through Zinio:

Canadian Living Economist National Geographic Rolling Stone Vanity Fair

 Are you new to Zinio eMagazines?  If so, please have a look at our Getting Started with Zinio eMagazines webpage. 


Movies, Music, Television and Comics from Hoopla

Hoopla has a great collection of movies, television shows, music, graphic books and comics.  They can be streamed on your computer's web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc.) or enjoyed offline by downloading to your smartphone or tablet.

With a valid library card, customers can checkout 8 Hoopla items per calendar month.  Television shows and movies are borrowed for 3 days, music for 7 days and graphic books and comics for 21 days.  There are no holds needed in Hoopla.  The items in this collection are always available to borrow.

Here are some of the popular items available through Hoopla:


Amy Back in Time Bridget Jones' Diary Ex Machina Muppet Christmas


Eloise Inspector Lewis Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred Small Island Walking the Bible


Beauty Behind the Madness The Weeknd Christmas Frank Sinatra Reloaded Blake Shelton Star Wars Force Awakens We Love Disney

Comics and Graphic Books:

Garfield's Cheesey Holiday Special Justice League Vol 1 Origin Mecha-Nation Androidology Issue 1 Minions issue 1 Saga Vol 1

Are you new to Hoopla?  If so, please read through our Getting Started with Hoopla webpage 


Still have questions or need help using these service? Attend an eBook or Online Movies and Magazines program at one of our branches or ask at your local branch about the Book-A-Librarian service for one-on-one help.

Hoopla: Digital Comics and Graphic Novels Now Available

November 18, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (2)

In addition to all the great music, movies and television shows, we now have over 4,000 comics and graphic books available for streaming or downloading through Toronto Public Library's Hoopla digital service.  

There are comics and graphic novels available for children, teens and adults. The content is always available, it is borrowed for 21 days and there are no waiting lists. All you need to use Hoopla is an email address and a valid library card. Customers can borrow eight items from Hoopla per month, with the limit reset on the first of each month. To use Hoopla on a smartphone or tablet, simply download the free Hoopla app from the App Store or Google Play.

Find Hoopla through the Downloads & eBooks page, or simply search for the word "Hoopla" on our website.

Some popular titles for children include:

Garfield Lumberjanes Minions - kids My little pony Peanuts

Some popular titles for teens include:

Batgirl Batman Superman - teen Green arrow Supergirl Teen Titans


Some popular titles for adults include:

Doctor Who Saga - adult Sandman - adult Suicide Squad - adult Walking Dead

New to Hoopla?

Visit our Getting Started with Hoopla webpage for more information on this digital service and download our Hoopla User Guide

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Place More Holds! Keep Your Checkouts Longer!

September 30, 2015 | Sandra | Comments (77)

Good news: recent changes to the library’s borrowing policy for physical materials* mean you can now place more holds and keep your checked-out items longer.


More holds

The maximum number of items you can have on hold at one time has been increased from 60 to 100Learn more about placing holds.


More renewals for checked-out items

Most books and CDs can now be renewed three times (up from two) as long as no one else is waiting for the item.

(DVDs, magazines, and "Best Bets" books are still limited to two renewals due to high demand, as are some other specialized materials – see Renewing Materials for more information.)


The library regularly reviews its Circulation and Collection Use Policy with the goals of making materials widely available to the community and maximizing the use of collections. We hope these changes will help make it even easier and more enjoyable to use the library.


*Note: these policies apply to physical materials. Ebooks and other digital materials have different limits, depending on the service.

Unfortunately digital content titles cannot be renewed, but you can check them out again if they are available when the checkout period ends.

Bring Zinio eMagazines With You On Vacation

July 31, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (7)

Whether your vacation is spent relaxing at a cottage or a flying away to explore a new city, magazines are great to have along. If you will have your tablet or laptop with you, don't forget to stock up on free eMagazines before you leave. 

Our Zinio eMagazines are free to borrow and download and do not need to returned after a specific period of time. You can keep them for as long as you want. No fines!

If you are new to our Zinio eMagazines collection, please have a look at the Getting Started with Zinio eMagazines for instructions on using this service.

Want to know what is available? Here are a few of the more than 600 magazines that are in the collection:

Canadian Gardening Canadian Living Conde nast Economist Elle Canada
Esquire Food network GQ Harper's Bazaar Hello
Hgtv Lonely planet National Geographic Newsweek Oprah
Reader's Digest Rolling Stone Us Vanity Fair Vogue

We also have magazines in Chinese, French (Quebec and France), Italian, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Spanish (Spain and Mexico) and Vietnamese as well as English language magazines from India and the Philippines.

Chinese - Reader's Digest French - Elle Quebec Italy - Gente Portuguese  - Elle Portugal Brazil - Scientific American
Spanish - Hola Spain Spanish - Caras Mexico Dep - Vietnam India Today - India Philippines - Yes!

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Streaming Audiobooks Now Available

June 25, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (0)

The Toronto Public Library has two collections of electronic audiobooks (eAudiobooks): OverDrive and OneClickdigital. For many years, these eAudiobooks have been available to download and play on personal computers, mp3 players, iPods, smartphones and tablets. Now these eAudiobooks can be streamed on computers and mobile devices as well.  

Streaming audiobooks are played in an Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc.). OverDrive or OneClickdigital software are not needed. However, as the audiobooks have not been downloaded to the computer or device, streaming does require a constant Internet connection.

OverDrive: OverDrive ListenThe streaming feature in OverDrive is called OverDrive Listen. Using the OverDrive Listen formateAudiobooks can now be borrowed and played right in the browser of a library or home computer or mobile device.

After checking out an audiobook, click on the Listen button instead of the Download button. Then click on the Play button. At this time, not all eAudiobooks are available in this new format.

OverDrive Listen player

OneClickdigital: Streaming is available on all eAudiobooks in the OneClickdigital Collection. After clicking on the "Checkout Now!" button, click the play button located below the book cover. Another option is to click on the Chapters tab and click on the first chapter.

Outlander streaming

For customers using mobile devices, using cellular data for streaming or downloading is not recommended as multimedia content can consume a lot of bandwidth. All 100 branches of the Toronto Public Library offer free Wi-Fi.

User Guides are available to download for both these collections. For OverDrive, there is a general Getting Started with Audiobooks guide for those who want to download to their computers and transfer to an mp3 player or an iPod. For mobile device users, there are guides for using OverDrive on Apple and Android devices. There is also a new guide for using the OneClickdigital eAudiobook collection.

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