The Nahant Public Library has access to many digital resources for research and entertainment. This includes downloadable books, audio, magazines, movies and more through various services. The services and instruction sheets are available in the menu to the right. The Commonwealth eBook Collection has partnered with OverDrive to provide eBooks and eAudiobooks through the SAILS Library Network.

Libby by OverDrive

OverDrive is a popular company that provides digital content to libraries and Libby by OverDrive is an app that streamlines the borrowing experience on phones and tablets. This is the place to go for the latest bestsellers and other recent books, but there may be waiting lists for popular items.


Hoopla is a streaming service that lets you instantly borrow eBooks, audiobooks, comics, music, movies & TV anytime for FREE with your library card. While Hoopla does not have the newest bestsellers, it does have a well-curated collection and items are always available, so there’s no waiting. Items can be streamed or downloaded on a computer, Android, Apple, Roku, Amazon Fire or Chromecast device.


Kanopy is a video streaming service that offers quality, thoughtful entertainment. Find movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films and educational videos that inspire, enrich and entertain. They can be enjoyed on your TV, mobile phone, tablets and online.

Universal Class

Universal Class has over 500 course options, many offering continuing education credit. The classes have assignments and tests (as an option) and you receive real feedback regarding your work and progress. All the programs are self-paced so you can log in and work whenever and wherever you want.


Every Massachusetts resident has immediate access to a vast array of general and scholarly periodical articles, encyclopedias, reference materials, as well as the full text of The Boston Globe.

Digital Commonwealth Collection

Nahant Public Library has two collections uploaded to Digital Commonwealth, a repository of electronic images from across Massachusetts. One is the Library’s Florence Johnson Herbarium, a pressed plant collection from the late 1890s. The other is a cross-section of artifacts and mementos collected at Nahant’s Mass. Memories Road Show in 2017 by the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston.