• See six short films bring together Indigenous and visible minority artists to explore the value of personal archives. View all the films in one screening and attend our
    Home Made Visible Screening
  • A Reader is Born!
    A Reader is Born!

    Do you have a book that you remember reading together with your parents when you were young?

    Long before I could read on my own, I could recite Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon from memory. I still can. I found the mouse on every page, and counted the mittens - anything to prolong the story, and the special time spent reading together with my parents. In my current role as Manager of Children & Youth Services, I’m regularly transported back to childhood when I come across a familiar title or author on a book cart, or overhear a familiar rhyme during a library branch storytime program.

    Goodnight Moon board book

    It’s these warm and fuzzy moments that remind me why I love my job so much. I hope that our newest initiative will create similar happy moments and special memories for all the babies born in Brampton this year.

    Our A Reader is Born initiative provides newborns with their very first book, a gift to keep that is given out by nurses to new parents. Along with the book, we’ve included an invitation for all babies born in Brampton to receive their first library card, giving them (and their parents!) access to thousands of stories, free programming, and resources.

    Bookmark with "A Reader is Born" text and image of baby reading.

    As librarians, we know that early literacy is an important factor in academic success. We also know that early learning doesn’t have to be complicated. What could be easier than reading to your baby every day?

    As a public library, we are committed to supporting parents on their early learning journey and celebrating a love of reading with all residents of Brampton. We’re thrilled to be working closely with our local hospital team and thank them for being our on-site advocates with new parents at Brampton Civic Hospital.

    I am happy to hear your feedback, please drop me a line anytime at KAlatsas@bramptonlibrary.ca

    I hope to see you soon at the Library!

  • Brampton Library's Local Authors Showcase 2019-20 Recognizes books by authors currently living in Peel Region. Submit your application online. Click here for details.
    Local Authors Showcase 2019/2020

    Local Authors, we want you!

    Brampton Library is pleased to feature local authors in branch and online for 12 months, as part of our annual Local Authors Showcase. Join us to connect your literary work(s) to our community.
    Print and eBooks are welcome and all of the details are shared in Local Authors Showcase Submission Guidelines.

    Applications for the next Local Authors Showcase will be accepted from March 1 -- July 31, 2019. Complete a digital submission form by clicking here.

    Local Authors Showcase 2019 - 2020
  • 3 Communities 1 Story book reveal: Spork!
    3 Communities 1 Story
  • Female student holding a stack of books for After Hours Study Hall.
    After Hours Study Hall

Why is this change happening?

Brampton Library is always on the lookout for new & exciting opportunities to provide a great service experience. The executive decision to transition over to cloudLibrary™ as Brampton Library’s go-to platform for eBooks & eAudiobooks is data-driven and informed. We acknowledge that the landscape for digital content consumption is rapidly changing as are consumer needs and expectations. Based on valuable feedback from our membership, we also know that there is an increasing demand for more: more titles, more copies, and more content overall.

You asked, we listened, and cloudLibrary is our best answer. Thanks to a continuously expanding cloudLinking consortium, Brampton Library members can benefit from a rapidly growing collection with greater selection and more ‘available now’ titles to choose from. With the goal of developing a larger digital collection alongside other participating cloudLinked libraries, we will strive to provide our valued members with more digital content and an improved service experience with cloudLibrary™.

How long will OverDrive®/Libby be available? When is the last possible day I can use OverDrive® before it is shut down?

OverDrive®/Libby will be available from now until March 19, 2019. During this time, OverDrive®/Libby users will still be able to access content, however several features will be turned off and impact the user experience leading up to the service shut-down date. cloudLibrary is currently available and we encourage you to try it out.

Will the current OverDrive®/Libby collection migrate over to cloudLibrary?

Yes. Most content hosted on OverDrive®/Libby  will migrate over to cloudLibrary™. This change will benefit members by offering one go-to place to access all eBooks and eAudiobooks provided by Brampton Library.

What happens to my account after OverDrive®/Libby is shut down?

Once OverDrive®/Libby is shut-down and no longer available to Brampton Library members on March 18, 2019, existing information associated with the OverDrive®/Libby  account you made using your Brampton Library card (i.e., email, reading history, holds, etc.) will be eliminated.

When is the last day I can borrow titles in OverDrive®/Libby?

February 18, 2019 is the last day you can borrow titles in OverDrive®/Libby. You will still be able to read or listen to borrowed titles in OverDrive®/Libby after this date until the borrowing period expires.  

When is the last day I can place holds on titles in OverDrive®/Libby?

February 11, 2019 is the last day you can place holds on titles in OverDrive®/Libby. However, keep in mind that borrowing features will be unavailable shortly after this date. We encourage you to switch over to cloudLibrary™ to start placing holds on titles.  

Will my holds be automatically transferred from OverDrive®/Libby to cloudLibrary?

No. Your holds from OverDrive®/Libby are unable to be automatically transferred to cloudLibrary™. We encourage you to switch over to cloudLibrary™ to start placing holds on titles. If the title you’re looking for isn’t in our collection, you can let us know by suggesting a title for purchase. See ‘How do I suggest a title for purchase in cloudLibrary™?’ for more details.

Will my reading history be automatically transferred from OverDrive®/Libby to cloudLibrary?

No. Your reading history in OverDrive®/Libby will not be automatically transferred to cloudLibrary™. If you want to keep your OverDrive® reading history, you will need to copy this information and save it elsewhere before the OverDrive® platform is shut-down. We encourage you to switch over to cloudLibrary™ to discover your next great read or listen to start building a new reading history.

Will my OverDrive®/Libby account from another public library (i.e., Mississauga, Caledon, Vaughan, Toronto, etc.) be impacted by the OverDrive®/Libby shut-down happening at Brampton Library?

No. Brampton Library will be discontinuing subscription to the OverDrive®/Libby platform, however users can still access OverDrive®/Libby using their library card from other participating municipalities. To discover a participating public library near you, please visit https://www.overdrive.com/libraries.

If I already have an account with OverDrive®/Libby, do I need to sign up for an account with cloudLibrary to use the platform?

Yes. You will need to sign up for an account to get started with cloudLibrary™, but it is incredibly easy to do. Download the cloudLibrary™ app on your desktop or mobile device and simply follow the prompts to find your library and sign in using your Brampton Library card. Visit our Getting Started with cloudLibrary™  page for helpful instructions and tutorials.

What devices are compatible with cloudLibrary™?

cloudLibrary™ has downloadable apps available for desktop and mobile devices. For more information on device compatibility and how to get started, please visit our Getting Started with cloudLibrary™ page for helpful instructions and tutorials.

I own a new Kobo® eReader with OverDrive® as a built-in feature. Can I get cloudLibrary built in for my Kobo® eReader?

No. cloudLibrary™ integration is not available for Kobo eReader products (both Kobo® and OverDrive®  are owned by Rakuten, Inc.) However, cloudLibrary™ eBooks (epub, pdf) can be transferred over to all Kobo® eReaders, including those with built-in OverDrive® compatibility using the cloudLibrary desktop app (Windows OS/Mac OS). Kobo® eReaders with built-in OverDrive® compatibility currently include the Aura ONE, Aura H2O Ed. 2, Aura Ed. 2, Clara HD, & Forma. For more information on how to download and transfer eBooks to your Kobo®, please consult the ‘Transferring to an eReader’ section (p. 13) in the cloudLibrary PC/Mac App User Guide.

Can I download and transfer eBooks through cloudLibrary™ to my eReader? How does this work?

Yes, once you have checked out a book using cloudLibrary desktop app (Windows OS/Mac OS), you can transfer a copy to your eReader. To learn how this works, please consult the instructions outlined on the How To Transfer eBooks to Your eReader with cloudLibrary™ page.

Note: When you first use the cloudLibrary desktop app, you will be prompted to activate your cloudLibraryaccount with an Adobe ID after you log in. It is important that the PC and the eReader have both been activated with the same encrypting account – either an Adobe ID account or a cloudLibrary vendor ID Adobe account.

If you will only be using cloudLibrary (without OverDrive): When you log in to the cloudLibrary™ desktop app, choose the recommended option to “automatically generate an ID.” Note that if you have used OverDrive® in the past, Adobe Digital Editions must be uninstalled from your computer before installing the cloudLibrary app in order for it to function properly.

If you will be using both cloudLibrary and OverDrive®: You must have both the cloudLibrary desktop app and Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer. Any eBooks you download in cloudLibrary will redirect to Adobe Digital Editions. When you authorize the cloudLibrary app, do not use the recommended instructions to “automatically generate an ID.” Instead, choose “explicitly provide an Adobe ID”, and enter the same ID that you have used for Adobe Digital Editions. Some computers may recognize your ID automatically, and you can simply click to activate the detected ID.

How many items can I check out in cloudLibrary at one time?

Up to 20 items.

How many holds can I place in cloudLibrary at one time?

Up to 20 items.

How long can I borrow an item for in cloudLibrary™?

Up to 21 days. After this time period, your item will automatically expire.

How do I suggest a title for purchase in cloudLibrary?

Can’t find what you’re searching for? Let us know! 
In the cloudLibrary™ desktop app (Windows OS/Mac OS), select the ‘Suggestions for Library’ view under ‘Filters’, search for your title, and click on the ‘Suggest to Library’ button. 
In the cloudLibrary™ mobile app (Android/iOS), go to the 'Browse' menu, select the ‘Suggestions for Library’ view under ‘Filters’, search for your title or browse under 'All', and click on the ‘Suggest to Library’ button.   
All requests are evaluated according the Library's Collection Management Policy, including demand, quality, and budget. Brampton Library values your feedback and encourages you to suggest titles for purchase, however we regret that we are unable to purchase every item suggested.   

Why do some titles ‘disappear’ in cloudLibrary?

Brampton Library has partnered with public libraries across Ontario to form a cloudLinking consortium. Basically, cloudLinking allows participating libraries to pool eBook & eAudiobook collections together on cloudLibrary™, providing a greater selection of titles and more ‘available now’ copies to library cardholders. The reason why some titles may seem to ‘disappear’ in cloudLibrary™ is because they belong to another library within the consortium and have been borrowed. These titles will reappear once they are returned and available to borrow again. All Brampton Library owned titles remain visible, borrowable, and holdable on cloudLibrary™ regardless of their availability status.

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