Music & Movies

Film Screenings
Join the Forbes Film Club for free film screenings
Borrow Musical Instruments
The Forbes Library lends banjos, guitars, ukuleles and a variety of other musical instruments
Music & Movies Staff Picks
Reviews of DVDs and CDs and by Forbes Library staff
Graphic Novels Staff Picks
Reviews of Graphic Novels by Forbes Library staff
Film Lists
Printable film lists by director, actor, award and genre
Music Advisory
Don’t know what to listen to next? The Arts & Music staff can recommend albums, artists and more

Streaming Music & Video

Free With BPL ECard Hoopla Streaming Media

Hoopla is a service that partners with your local public library to bring you thousands of movies, television, music, and audiobook titles for free. There are no costs or hassles. All you need is a library card and a web browser, phone, or tablet.

Provided by the Boston Public Library and available for free with a BPL eCard. Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard.

Free With Forbes Card InstantFlix

Unlimited streaming access to over 7,000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and Web series from 85 countries. Programming includes comedies, dramas, horror, documentaries, animations, classic TV, short films, and over 40 other channels and genres. InstantFlix also delivers films from major festivals all over the world, including Sundance, Cannes, and Tribeca.  InstantFlix works with any Internet-enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet with a Web browser, and movies are also available on Roku, Xbox and Apple TV.

Create your own login and password to get started.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Free Anywhere Internet Archive: Moving Image Archive

This library contains digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.

Free With Forbes Card Kanopy

Watch over over 26,000 films on Kanopy! Just launched at Forbes in April 2017, you can now watch must-see classic film from The Criterion Collection, learn about every subject imaginable from The Great Courses and PBS or indulge in festival indie or world cinema sourced from award-winning filmmakers globally. Kanopy makes it easy to watch any time, to share and discuss films. Create a login, enter your Forbes Library card number, and you can watch 8 movies per month.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Free With BPL ECard Music Online

Music & Performing Arts from Alexander Street Press combines audio and video that spans all time periods, hundreds of thousands of seminal artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles to provide an unparalleled learning environment for the teaching of music. Collections include American Music, Classical Music, Jazz, World Music, Theatre, Dance and Opera in video, and classical music scores.

Provided by the Boston Public Library and available for free with a BPL eCard. Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard.