Open Library

We’ve expanded our e-collection to bring you more!

What does this mean for me?

We have partnered with Internet Archive, using their Open Library service to significantly expand our e-collection, providing you with access to a worldwide collection of digitised materials linked right from our catalogue!

Open Library provides access to digitised versions of unique and rare books from libraries, museums, and historical institutions. The collection includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as the Wayback Machine for archived web pages. The resources are all available in accessible formats.

How to Use Open Library

Create an Account

  1. Navigate to the Open Library home page: www.openlibrary.org
  2. Select “Sign Up” in the upper right corner.
  3. Enter the required information on the sign-up page and complete the CAPTCHA.
  4.  Agree to the terms and conditions and click “sign up”.
  5. You will be redirected to the success page.
  6. Check your email for further instructions on how to get started!

Borrow Items from Open Library

  1. Log in to Open Library using the login page: https://openlibrary.org/account/login.
  2. Search for an item or select one from the home page.
  3. Once you’ve found a book you want to read, click “Borrow”.
    Please note: Borrowing rules change per book and publication, some may have more extended loan periods, and some may have a waitlist.
  4. Once you have successfully borrowed an item, the “Borrow” button will now display as “Read.” Click to begin reading.
  5. Use the interactive reader buttons to navigate, download, share, search, etc.
  6. Select the “Read Online” option to use the online reader.

Note: For more information on reading books through Open Library, visit: https://openlibrary.org/help/faq/reading

  • Internet Archive Scholar

    The full-text search index includes over 25 million research articles and other scholarly documents preserved in the Internet Archive. The collection spans from digitised copies of eighteenth-century journals through the latest Open Access conference proceedings and pre-prints crawled from the World Wide Web.

    Internet Archive Scholar

  • Library Futures Partnership

    Milton Public Library recently joined hands with Library Futures in order to be a stronger advocate for our patrons’ digital rights.

    Library Futures advocates for equitable access to knowledge and helps build a technology-forward future for libraries that ensures readers, learners, and the general public can continue discovering and accessing books in the digital age. 

    Learn more here: https://www.libraryfutures.net/

  • Controlled Digital Lending

    Milton Public Library will soon be participating in the Controlled Digital Lending initiative to provide equitable access to knowledge. MPL will accomplish the following goals with this initiative:

    1. Making print materials more easily discoverable, thereby leveling the playing field across physical holdings
    2. Providing more convenient and efficient delivery of library resources;
      Creating digital formats that are more accessible to those with print and physical disabilities
    3. Preserving and protecting library collections, providing access to materials during natural disasters, severe weather, and health emergencies.