Normal hours are back at all locations! Curbside Pickup service is also still available. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 page.
As a reminder, library hours are: Monday–Thursday 11 AM–7 PM @Nichols, 9 AM–8 PM @All Other Locations | Friday & Saturday 9 AM–5 PM @All Locations | Sunday 1–5 PM @Ridgway Memorial Only
TUESDAY, JULY 26th | Our monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees is moving off of Zoom and back to Ridgway Memorial Library until further notice! The meeting will begin at 5:00 PM and is open to the public.
Use the menu to the right to learn about all available resources for a particular format (like e-books!), or click on a specific resource icon (like Hoopla!) to begin exploring available titles. With just a few simple clicks, you can access thousands of free e-books, audiobooks, music albums, videos, and more.
LinkedIn Learning is a premier online learning resource featuring tutorials from recognized experts in their fields covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, career development, and more. Learning is self-paced and courses and tutorials are broken up into short videos, so it’s easy to squeeze in just a few minutes of learning a day if that’s all the time you have.
Please note: LinkedIn Learning requires that users be at least 16 years old, but a public LinkedIn profile is not required for access. You just need your library card and PIN!
Indie movies. Critically-acclaimed documentaries. Classic films. Celebrated educational series like NOVA, Ken Burns America, and The Great Courses. BCPL’s newest streaming service offers all of this and more.
Kanopy provides easy access—free with your Bullitt County Public Library card!—to a cinephile’s dream library of more than 26,000 films, many of which cannot be found on popular streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video. While the Kanopy collection includes some blockbuster films and shows, such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Call the Midwife, Kanopy’s biggest claim to fame is their unique and extensive collection of independent, international, and classic films.
Of particular interest, 420 Janus Films—art house and classic films from the Criterion Collection—are included, allowing you to stream cinematic masterpieces like 8 ½, City Lights, Eraserhead, A Hard Day’s Night, Seven Samurai, Stagecoach, A Woman Under the Influence, and more on your smartphone, tablet, PC, or smart TV. The documentary selection—featuring titles like I Am Not Your Negro, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, Super Size Me, The Red Pill, Don’t Look Back, and Hoop Dreams—is equally impressive.
Another highlight is the wide variety of educational and training videos from suppliers like The Great Courses and PBS. You can browse and explore videos covering Business Skills, Dance, Engineering, History, Photography, Religion & Philosophy, Sports & Fitness, and more. Plus, find instructional videos on topics ranging from refrigeration and air conditioning to first aid and therapeutic massage. There are even curated collections for educators and students that provide lessons in mathematics, languages (including ESL), and science. Teachers can use these in their classrooms with no concerns about licensing—group viewing rights are free!
So next time you have Netflix fatigue and think there are no good movies left to watch, reconsider. Even if indie films and documentaries aren’t usually your go-to for movie night, you could give it a shot. You never know what great entertainment you can find if you step outside your comfort zone.
Our intention with this list is to provide a guide to some of the best and most enduring literature written for teens, as well as highlight adult and classic titles with special teen appeal. Plus we couldn’t resist sneaking in a few of our own personal favorites just for fun! This is by no means a complete list and will be updated on an annual basis. In fact, we encourage you to share with us favorite titles you feel would improve the list (see back page). While the materials on this list have been selected for ages 12–18, the books span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We have tried to give a general indication of the appropriateness of each title for different age levels, but these are entirely subjective labels and may vary from individual to individual.
Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that lets users browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines for free, courtesy of the library. Flipster offers convenient access and a user-friendly reading experience. Magazines can be read online with your computer, smartphone, or tablet or downloaded to your mobile device for offline access. Browse our Flipster e-magazines now »
Kentucky Libraries Unbound powered by OverDrive allows you to download or stream audiobooks, e-books, digital magazines, and video to your PC, Mac®, or one of many mobile devices. You can check out up to 10 items at a time with your library card and PIN. Certain software downloads are required for some PC used (OverDrive® Media Console™ for audiobooks; Adobe® Digital Editions for e-books).
IMPORTANT NEWS…Lynda.com has been upgraded to LinkedIn Learning!
LinkedIn Learning still offers all of the same great content from Lynda.com, and your course history will migrate to the new platform. LinkedIn Learning requires that users be at least 16 years old, but a public LinkedIn profile is not required for access. You just need your library card and PIN!
Lynda.com is a premier online learning resource featuring tutorials from recognized experts in their fields covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, career development, and more. Learning is self-paced and courses and tutorials are broken up into short videos, so it’s easy to squeeze in just a few minutes of learning a day if that’s all the time you have. To get started, you just need your BCPL card number and PIN.
FirstSearch is a collection of databases that includes access to magazine articles.
World Cat lists books and materials kept in other libraries around the world. If you are looking for material that is not available in Bullitt County and have a Bullitt County Library card, you may request that an item be “Interlibrary Loaned” using the online request form from World Cat.
This database provides information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames. Students, professors, and researchers can use this comprehensive database for their research needs, including full texts of classic works alongside synopses, critical essays, author biographies, study guides, lesson plans, and more. Plus access a variety of literary journals, reference books, and even video lessons and drama productions.
Use the EBSCOhost—Home Access portal for remote access; a valid library card is required for use outside a BCPL library location.
Find authoritative, full-text reference materials online with a simple keyword search or browse available materials by category (biography, business, literature, science, etc.). Some materials include MP3 audio files and translation tools. Explore Gale Virtual Reference Library»
Look up authors or specific books. Discover readalikes, recommendations, book discussion guides, book reviews, and more for fiction, narrative nonfiction, and audiobooks. Use the EBSCOhost—Home Access portal for remote access; a valid library card is required for use outside a BCPL library location.
Access FULL-TEXT magazine and journal articles with EBSCOhost Web, or choose from a selection of special-topic databases such as Business Source Premier, Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center, and Literary Reference Center.
Hoopla is a streaming video, music, e-book, and audiobook service bringing thousands of movies, TV shows, full music albums, and audiobooks directly to your computer or mobile device. Plus, Hoopla offers a dedicated Kids’ catalog and digital access to the popular children’s magazine Highlights. Get instant, simultaneous access and NO WAITLISTS or late fines, ever! You can also download titles to your mobile device with the Hoopla Digital app for offline access when you’re on the go. Set up your account now!