Learn More About CPL Online Resources

Did you know that you can access library content and services on your phone, tablet, or even your smart TV?

Some of our resources require you to login with your library card number and PIN, others require you to register and set up an account, and a few resources have their own apps that you can download and link to your account. It can get a little confusing, so this post is always here if you just can't remember. 

What can I access from anywhere?

Most online resources are available anywhere with your Canton Public Library card number and PIN.

There are two exceptions: ABCmouse.com and Ancestry Library Edition. These resources are only accessible from CPL desktop computers, or while connected to the library’s Wi-Fi network.

What can I access with just my library card?

Databases and online resources can be found on the Research & Learn page. The dark grey section partway down the page has a link to an A-Z listing of all databases and online resources available to you through CPL, as well as links to groups of resources for particular areas of interest.

Your library card gets you free access the Wall Street Journal Online and the New York Times Online. You can also play New York Times Games.

In addition, with just your card you can listen to music through Alexander Street Press.

Which resources require me to register?

Most online resources are accessible with your library card number and PIN.

There are some exceptions: hoopla, Gale Courses, Kanopy, and HelpNow by Brainfuse. These require you to connect and register your card number to a username and password for that resource. Once you register, in the future you will only need your username and password to access that resource.

How about apps?

The following resources all have apps available for Android and iOS if you prefer one click access.

OverDrive (Libby)Check out the best and newest e-books, e-audiobooks, and magazines onto your tablet or smart phone. Use the Libby app to read anywhere or take your audiobook with you wherever you go. Yes, this means you can get library books on your Kindle too.

Hoopla – Enjoy movies, music, e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines and even comics on your tablet or smart phone. Thousands of titles, instantly available to read, watch, or listen to on the go. Also available for Roku TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Fire TV.

Kanopy – Stream acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, as well as educational entertainment for kids and the best in classic Hollywood, independent film, and world cinema on your tablet, smart phone or smart TV. Also available for Roku TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Samsung and Telstra smart TVs. 

Mango Languages – Take your language learning on the road. Learn real-life conversation skills with native-speaker audio and cultural context so that you can speak like a local the next time you travel (and even if you don’t).

Brainfuse HelpNow – A powerful suite of academic tools and resources designed for K-12 students and lifelong learners is right at your fingertips. Submit questions to Brainfuse tutors, get writing lab assistance, take class notes, track your homework assignments, access your flashcards, and more from your smart phone or device.

Creativebug – Get project ideas, expert guidance and a healthy dose of creative inspiration from the world’s top artists in drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, jewelry-making, and much more. From quick classes to in-depth projects, these tutorials are the perfect mix of imagination and straightforward DIY instruction.

You can also make the CPL website act like an app. How cool is that?

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