Bangor Public Library

The Bangor Public Library: Digital Downloads – Books and Magazines in the 21st Century

by Hannah Young

Director of Development and Marketing, Bangor Public Library

Libraries as a rule evolve. Did you know that you can use the Bangor Public Library from your couch? It’s true! With a valid library card you can check out e-books, audio books, and read magazines without stepping foot in the Library.

While we would love for you to visit us, we understand that convenience is king! We love the convenience of e-books and audio books as much as the next person. If you have a Kindle, iPad, Nook, or even smart phone, you can download books and magazines.

The statewide digital download program has been in use for many years and carries a wide range of authors – new and classic fiction, non-fiction, children and teen books are all available, there really is something for every taste, with new books added on a regular basis.

Our catalog and instructions can be accessed by visiting the Bangor Public Library website at and clicking on e-books. You can also download the overdrive app directly to your device, and input your library card information.

Magazines are viewed by using the “Flipster” app. Click on the Flipster link to easily access a site where you can browse available magazines. You can then click on a magazine to view it within your browser. This means you can access Flipster from any computer, laptop, or mobile device, as long as you are connected to the Internet. Use the Flipster app, available through the iTunes store for the iPad and iPad Mini, and on the Google Play store for Android tablets, to download magazines for offline reading. Simply browse and view magazines through the Flipster link on the Library’s website, and select the “Open in App” option to download magazines to the app, where they can be read and managed offline.  

Reading a magazine on line can be a wonderful experience. The pictures are sharp and often there are links to even more photos or information. The Library receives 80 subscriptions which includes titles for children such as Ranger Rick, Cricket and Sports Illustrated Kids and adult titles stretching across many interests including Backpacker, Good Housekeeping, The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Mental Floss. And the best part is, as many people as want to read the magazine at one time, can. No waiting until your neighbor returns the hard copy issue, as many people as want can use the magazine at the same time!

Check out the new ways of using the Library. We still have books and magazines, but now we have new ways of using them, too.

Upcoming events and programming for November and early December include:

“Songs from the Logging Camps” an evening of Celtic music with Sara Grey and Brian Miller, a wide range of programming for children and youth aged 0-18, and new artists on display in four galleries.

Also: “Online Shopping and Privacy” computer class – 2-4 p.m., November 15.

International Best Selling Author – Tess Gerritson’s Author Talk – 6:00 p.m., December 8.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: closed
Friday, November 11, 2016: closed for Veteran’s Day
Thursday, November 24, 2016: closed for Thanksgiving Day.

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