Streaming video–now available in OverDrive!

December 3, 2014

Streaming VideoOverDrive is not just for eBooks and audiobooks anymore. The Minuteman Library Network has added streaming video! Our initial collection of nearly 100 feature films, documentaries, and instructional videos is now available, with more to come soon.

A few details:

  • Video formats are marked by the Inline image 1 icon in the Overdrive catalog.
  • Videos are streaming, not downloadable, so you will need a constant WiFi/internet connection.
  • The lending period for Videos is 3 days. However: Videos automatically “return” themselves if you watch through the end of the credits, and STARZ videos automatically “return” themselves 48 hours after you start watching.
  • Videos count toward total OverDrive account checkouts (10) & holds (7).
  • Individual video title records are in the main catalog, but unlike ebooks and e-audiobooks, videos can ONLY be checked out in OverDrive ( or the app).

Do you like movie soundtracks?

October 1, 2014

Frozen, Boyhood, The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, Jersey Boys, and Hunger Games–these are just a few of the many soundtracks available in our hoopla database! Or revisit the music from older favorites like Rent, Mamma Mia, or Cinema Paradiso. Don’t like soundtracks? Browse new releases, alternative, children’s, comedy, classical, folk and much more. Movies and audiobooks are available, too.

Just find something you like in hoopla (or download the free app for Apple or Android), click “Borrow,” then follow the on-screen instructions to sign up for an account. You’ll need to be a Newton resident and have your Minuteman card number (some other towns also subscribe–check your local library).

No waiting lists, no fines, no need to return, and you can choose up to 10 items per month. Read more here.


Learn a language on the go!

January 24, 2014

original_F_mango_eLearn on the go with Mango Mobile apps!

Go to Mango Languages (you’ll need your library card number or username to log in), create an account, then download the free “Mango Languages Library Edition” app for your iPhone/iPad, Android device, Kindle Fire, or Nook. Find these in your app store.

Mango is available from your computer, too.  Dozens of languages, plus placement tests, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and cultural notes. Log in to keep track of your progress, or just explore!

Always Available Travel eBooks

July 15, 2013

Going on a trip?  Skip the heavy guidebooks and download one of these “Always Available” (i.e., no waiting lists) eBook guides from OverDrive to your iPad, smartphone, or other mobile device. Titles include guidebooks from Lonely Planet for California, the Grand Canyon, New York City, the Caribbean, Italy, France, and Great Britain.

If you haven’t used OverDrive before, see our Help pages, or the help pages from OverDrive for more information. And search the Travel category in the OverDrive catalog for even more eBooks, and some downloadable audiobooks, too!

Search the stacks from within the stacks!

February 20, 2012

Mobile MLN is here!  Find the Minuteman catalog on your phone or mobile device and you’ll automatically be connected to the mobile version.  Place a hold from a classroom, check due dates and renew items during a long commute, or search the catalog while running errands to find the closest library branch where a desired title is held.

Walk through the library stacks with the catalog in the palm of your hand, and retrieve call numbers and real-time data about status and availability.

Learn a language on the go!

July 27, 2011

With the new Mango Mobile  free app for the iPhone® and iPod touch® (it also runs on the iPad®),  you can learn languages everywhere you go!  Just access Mango from the Library’s website, create a profile, then download the app to your device and log in to take your language study with you.  Once lessons are downloaded, they can also be used offline for seven days without an internet connection.  All languages and ESL courses are available.

Have an Android phone, or an Android or BlackBerry tablet?  You can still use Mango on the go through your internet browser.  Call or text the Reference desk if you have questions.