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Broward County Library WOW

BCL WOW [Without Walls] People accessing library services with different mobile devices without being in a library.
BCL WOW is your library without walls: a library that can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

 Mobile Services

Apps

BCL WoW app iconBCL WoW
The new mobile app from Broward County Library that allows you to access your library account, search the catalog, place holds, find your nearest library and more.

****New Feature Added****
The BCL WoW app can now be used as a virtual library card! Just sign in to your account in the "My Account" section and click on "Library Card". Then show your virtual library card to the librarian at the circulation desk to check out your items.

Download formats: Android | Apple® | Other Smart Phones


Freegal musicFreegal Music
Free music on the go! With the Freegal app, you can use your mobile device to download 5 free songs a week and keep them forever.

Want to download the same songs to your desktop computer? Music downloaded to your mobile device stays within the Freegal app. You can re-download the same song to your computer if you visit the Freegal site within 2 weeks of downloading a song. To re-download, sign in to Freegal and click the "Recent Downloads" link.

To begin using the Fregal Music app:

  1. Download the app to your mobile device.
  2. Once installed, find the Broward County Library by ZIP code or city name.
  3. Enter your library card number and PIN (the last 4 digits of your phone number).
  4. Browse, search, and download music directly to your mobile device.
  5. You can download up to 6 songs per week.

Download formats: Apple® | Android


OverDrive Media Console app iconOverDrive Media Console
Browse, download and read eBooks from Broward County Library directly to your mobile device.
 

Download formats:
Apple® | Android | BlackBerry® | Windows® Mobile
NOOK® (NOOK Color, NOOK Tablet, NOOK HD; NOOK HD+) 


Byki app iconByki Mobile (Community Edition)
Byki is the fun and addictive way to learn a language. It locks words and phrases into your memory so you can recall them perfectly and remember them forever. It also tracks your learning progress with statistics on the number of items you have learned and lets you test your knowledge with quizzes.

Before you can use Byki Community Edition (for mobile devices), you need to activate the app with a special code. Simply follow the instructions below to complete the installation of Byki Community Edition on your iOS or Android device:

  1. From your computer, log into Transparent Language Online for Libraries with your user name and password.
    (First-time users will have to click on the “Sign Up Now” button to create an account.) 
  2. Click the "Get Activation Code" button to obtain your unique Byki Mobile Authorization Code.
  3. Launch the Byki Community Edition app on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android device. When prompted, enter the Byki Mobile Authorization Code. Your device will then download the appropriate Byki lists and languages corresponding to your Byki Online account.

Download formats: Apple® | Android


Wireless HotspotWiFi Access

Broward County Library has more than 2,000 public-use computers at locations countywide that you can use for free - just come in and make a reservation at a library near you.

Prefer to use your own laptop or tablet computer? Broward County Library offers free wireless internet access at all libraries throughout the county.


QR CodeQR Codes

Broward County Library now includes QR codes in many of our printed flyers and posters. These virtual shortcuts are a fast way to point your smart phone to a helpful website.

Learn how Broward County Library is using QR codes at the Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale International Airport.

QR codes can be used by anyone with a smart phone (such as an iPhone, Android or Blackberry). To scan a QR code, you'll need a scanner application (app) such as QR Scanner or NeoReader, which is available from your particular smart phone's online app store, and many of these apps are free. Simply open the QR scanner app and scan the code using the camera on your phone and it will direct you to a website, photo, video, product, or services.

 Download Music, Magazines, Videos & Books
 
Need help with your eReader or tablet? Want assistance downloading music or magazines? Several of our libraries host free classes to get you started. View Live Calendar

Download Music

Young lady listening with her headphones and dancing to music while holding her music player.

Free Digital Music Downloads
- (Freegal Music) offers free access to songs from Sony Music’s catalog of current and classic artists. Download up to 6 songs per week. Once downloaded, they never expire, time-out or disappear! Just log on to the service with your library card number and PIN (the last 4 digits of your phone number).
Download a few tunes today and take them with you on your phone or portable music player.

Freegal Website | Freegal Mobile App - Apple® | Android


Zinio Digital Magazine Newsstand

O, Oprah Magazine shown on an iPad.Read hundreds of popular magazines complete with full photos and illustrations. Subscribe to current digital magazines that can be viewed on any computer or mobile device/tablet for free. A free Library Magazine Account and a Zinio Account are required to select and view the magazines. 
 

IndieFlix Videos

IndieFlix videosThousands of independent movies from around the world streamed instantly over the Internet - shorts, documentaries and feature films from worldwide film festivals. Watch on your Xbox, PC, Mac, Smartphone, Tablet and Roku. Requires Internet Explorer 10 or above, Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser for optimal results. IndieFlix uses the same login as Zinio Magazines - if you already have an RBGateway account, you are ready to watch streaming videos!
Note: Customers who already have IndieFlix (or Zinio) accounts need to go directly to the IndieFlix site to gain access to the service. 

eBookseBooks and Audio Books

New Arrivals and Hot Titles
Find the latest bestsellers and hottest titles from OverDrive, and browse new arrivals of eBooks and audio books.

Over 34,000 Additional Free Book Titles
These book titles never expire and don’t count against your library checkout limit. *No library card required.

eBook Help - Guides & Tutorials

Quick Start Guides

Device Specific How-to Guides (PDFs)*

Video Tutorials

More Help

Visit Overdrive Help for additional eBook assistance.
Technical Support for eBook and audio books.

 Live Help

Ask a LibrarianAsk a Librarian

Have questions? Need help? Ask a librarian from the convenience of your computer or phone.

  • Chat - Talk to live virtual reference librarians from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday (EST), and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday (EST).
     
  • E-mail - An e-mail form is available to patrons 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
     
  • Text - You can also Text us at 321-285-6959 bcl for quick answers from an expert - a Florida Librarian. Type bcl as the first three characters of the text, then type your question. You should receive a reply within minutes! Text Assistance is available Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m. - Midnight, Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST).


brainfuse

Tutoring

Get free, live online tutoring in a range of subjects; for young and adult learners.

  • HelpNow from BrainFuse - Live, free tutoring/skills-building for K-12, college and adult learners in SAT/ACT/GED, English/language arts, math, writing, foreign language, science, social studies and U.S. citizenship tests. Available daily: 2 to 11 p.m.


Job Coaching

Access live coaches for interview, résumé and job search help.

  • JobNow from BrainFuse - On-demand access to live, expert coaches for every stage of our job search. Live interview coaching and interview toolbox, personality and career assessments, résumé and cover letter writing assistance. Available daily: 2 to 11 p.m.


  * Required plug-ins: PDF icon  Adobe® Reader®