Free Downloadable Magazines With Your Library Card!

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Zinio for libraries offers full digital copies — identical to the print edition — of your favorite magazines to view on your computer or mobile device. We have subscriptions to 20+ popular and specialty magazines, including high-demand titles like Weight Watchers and Martha Stewart Living. Best of all, there no due dates or overdues, so you will never have to wait for a magazine to be returned by another reader!

To get started, click on the Zinio button on our site, bristollib.com, or go directly to rbdigital.com/bristolct. You MUST have a valid Bristol library card to access Zinio.

The libraries’ subscription to Zinio also includes access to Recorded Books’ OneClickdigital Classics Collection! Download a terrific collection of eBooks and eAudio for free with your valid Bristol library card.
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  • Simple ‘One Click’ download process
  • Mobile apps available for iPad, iPhone, Android, & Kindle Fire
  • Available 24/7
  • No waiting lists — unlimited availability of titles
  • Register and use the service from home

Want to get started with OneClickdigital? All you need to get started is your valid Bristol library card number! Register at our OneClickdigital download page @ bristollibraryct.oneclickdigital.com. OneClickdigital mobile and desktop apps are available for most devices.

☆ We Built A TARDIS ☆

“The librarians have the phone box!” Wait. WHAT? Yes, we have a TARDIS in our lobby! Our TARDIS isn’t just a refurbished “dimensionally transcendental” filing cabinet, it’s also an Awesome Box. The Awesome Box is a way for you to anonymously share books, CDs, and DVDs that you enjoyed with other patrons. Just put your awesome item in our TARDIS-shaped Awesome Box when you are ready to return it.

If your awesome item is overdue, please have a librarian check the book in before you place it in our TARDIS so you do not continue to accrue fines. Please return less awesome items to the regular book drops.

You can see what’s “Recently Awesome” by visiting the Bristol Public Library System’s Awesome page at bristollibct.awesomebox.io, clicking on the Awesome Box tab on bristollib.com, or following @BristolLibCT on Twitter. If you see something awesome that you want to borrow, click on the item and you will be taken to its record in the catalog. From there you can read more about the item or place it on hold.

Bristol Public Library System’s Awesome Box is inspired by, and presented in collaboration with, the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. For more about the Awesome Box program, visit awesomebox.io.

It’s going to be an AWESOME summer.

(As for WHY our Awesome Box looks like a TARDIS … well, the librarians who decide these things really like Doctor Who!)

tardis outside

2/18 CT AARP Tax-Aide CANCELLED

Today’s Connecticut AARP Tax-Aide session is CANCELLED due to snow. Please join us next Tuesday, 2/25, from 12-4.

AARP Tax-Aide is available at Bristol Public Library on Tuesdays from 12-4 PM, February 11 through April 15.  The service starts at 12 PM, but please come EARLY to sign-in and reserve your spot as appointments are first-come-first-served, and spots are limited.

AARP Tax-Aide provides free tax assistance for senior citizens, disabled citizens and low-income citizens.  More information on eligibility requirements may be found at: www.aarp.org or 1-888-227-7669.

DVD Holds Now Possible

Exciting news! Keep calm!It’s a red letter day! We know some of you have been waiting for this — ALL DVDs can now be placed on hold from our catalog at bristollib.com.

As we are a reciprocating library, this means you can also now place holds on DVDs at other libraries in our consortium and they will be shipped to Bristol — just as if they were a book, magazine, or CD! (Admittedly, some libraries may still refuse to send newer or in-demand items).

The check out period for DVDs remains 7 days for entertainment films and 14 days for documentary-type films. You may only have 6 DVDs checked out at a time (including 2 “new” DVDs).

As with all other library materials, you will not be able to renew a DVD checked out to you if someone has placed it on hold.

If you have questions about hold policies, please contact the Circulation Desk at 860-584-7787 x2023.