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Portsmouth Public Library card holders are now able to download up to six times per month, movies, TV shows, full music albums, e-books, e-audiobooks and comic books at and on mobile apps. All the offerings from Hoopla are simultaneous access, so no holds. Multiple people can use the same items at the same time.

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Libby, by Overdrive

Borrow eBooks and audiobooks to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app by Overdrive. You can even send and read your borrowed eBooks to your Kindle eReader! It's easy to get started-- just download the Libby app or use it in your web browser at

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World-class music instruction from master musicians! From introductory to advanced lessons, you can learn: 

  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Percussion
  • Singing
  • And more!

Available in the Libby app under Extras, or just click here!

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Digital Public Library of America - Open eBooks

Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for kids. Readers can immediately download some of the most popular works of the past and present, with no costs, no holds, and no late fees. For more information, view the website here

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EBSCO Classic eBooks

These world-class narratives include the works of famous authors such as Dickens, London, Wells, and Melville and offer readers some of the most famous stories in history to enjoy in the classroom, at home, or on-the-go. To log in click here.

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Freading is an eBook service for Portsmouth Patrons. Download books to your  phone or computer. Freading supports Apple, Android, and Windows operating systems. Visit the website here.

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The Freegal® Music service

Freegal allows patrons to access a collection spanning over 15 million songs, music videos, and audiobooks from more than 40,000 music labels worldwide including Sony Music, Epic, RCA, and Columbia!  

Click to access the online website, or download the free app from either the Apple App or the Google Play store. All you need are your library card number and PIN to sign in!

There is a 3 weekly download limit, and you can stream 3 items a day.



Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema. American classic films include “His Girl Friday” starring Cary Grant, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” starring Audrey Hepburn, “Love with the Proper Stranger” featuring Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen, and “Stalag 17” starring William Holden. Silent films and other classics are also available.

To get started go to Create an account and enter your library card number. You can view up to 6 credits per month. Once started, you’ll have 3 days to watch each film. Play credits reset the first of the month.