​WHAT'S A BPL E-CARD?
A Boston Public Library (BPL) E-card is a virtual library card that grants the holder access to all of the BPL's digital resources.
 
WHO CAN GET AN E-CARD?
Anyone who currently lives in Massachusetts as a full time resident or part-time as a student attending school can get a BPL e-card.
 
WHY SHOULD YOU GET AN E-CARD?
A BPL e-card will grant you access to over 150 digital resources! You'll be able to watch instructional videos on Lynda, stream movies on Hoopla, research dozens of databases, take a practice Massachusetts driving test, and so much more! With so much to choose from, there's something for every interest.


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PowerSearch makes it possible to find subjects from A-Z in one or several of the Gale’s periodical databases in a single search. This is especially good for subjects that may be covered more than one database, such as diets, careers, etc.


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Massachusetts Real Estate Atlas Digitization Project

The State Library's collection of Massachusetts real estate atlases is one of the most heavily-used resources in the Library. The volumes, most of which date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, document the development of neighborhoods over time. For example, the slide show above shows the development of the Fenway area in Boston between 1874, prior to when the filling of the Back Bay was completed, and 1938. They provide information about property boundaries, plot sizes, ownership, building shapes, and materials. The atlases are used by genealogists, environmental consultants, architectural historians, and the general public researching the history of their home.