Free Streaming Services to Try Over Your Holiday Break in Oakville

Between baking cookies, visiting relatives, and sharing your holiday moments on social media, Oakville Public Library (OPL) is reminding you to take time for yourself by reading a book, watching a movie, or learning new skills using its free digital resources.

OPL cardholders are able to access a list of numerous streaming, downloading, and self-learning services through the library's website. At the click of a button, a customer is able to browse through thousands of digital media collections and instantly download or stream titles.

Among its wide selection of digital resources, the library currently has two prominent video streaming services - similar to Netflix - that are available to all individuals with an Oakville Public Library card.

Hoopla - one of the library's most popular resources - allows customers to borrow from a selection of movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, and audiobooks. Users can choose to either stream directly from the app, or download and borrow it for the title's specific lending period.

Similarly, the library's newest digital resource, called Kanopy, offers documentaries, series, and indie titles. Kanopy offers many educational films and carries a collection of over 30,000 titles.

For individuals who love reading eBooks or listening to audiobooks, OPL also has a handful of apps and online services that source thousands of titles.

Libby - or Libraries on the Go - is one of OPL's most-used applications, which offers a large selection of audio books and eBooks. Previously known as OverDrive, the new app was recently updated with a groundbreaking eBook reader, audiobook player, and with the capability to save your history, positions, bookmarks, and notes, all of which will automatically sync across your devices.

Another popular app that was recently updated is RBDigital - formerly known as Zinio. RBDigital offers dozens of magazines that users can access on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. This app also allows you to browse, borrow, and read all in one place, rather than moving you into a web browser to view your selected publication.

Individuals looking to expand their job skillsets or learn a new language over the holiday break can use the library's Lynda.com or Mango Languages resources. These resources require paid memberships for access, but customers with an Oakville Public Library card have the benefit of using them for free.

OPL carries many other resources for customers, including Ancestry Library Edition, Naxos Music Library, and Canadian Business Online.

To browse through the library's full collection of digital resources, visit www.opl.ca/research/databases.

To sign up for a library card and gain access to all library services and resources, please visit your local branch.

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