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Free Library Resources You Can Enjoy from Home

Free Library Resources You Can Enjoy from Home

Staying indoors and enjoying some time at home? These free Library resources are your new best friends. There’s so much you can do with your Library card without ever having to leave your couch. Let’s get you set up! 

Books 

Libby by OverDrive can turn any mobile device (not just eReaders) into a virtual Library. To satisfy your book cravings immediately, we recommend filtering your search to only see eBooks and audiobooks that are currently available for checkout. You should also check out the “Skip the Line” feature, which lets you immediately take out popular and in-demand titles for a week at a time. 

Get help downloading Libby. 

Film and Movies 

With Kanopy, you'll never run out of binge-worthy TV again. Once you sign up online with your Library account information, you can download the free app on Apple TV, Roku, or other television devices and log in to start streaming popular films, award-winning documentaries, and kids shows like Franklin, Little Bear, and Max & Ruby. 

Get help downloading Kanopy. 

Music 

Build your ultimate playlist on Freegal Music, or listen to tunes recommended by staff.  You can stream music for three hours each day on this app, and download up to five free songs per week. Popular Top 40 artists like Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran can be found here, but so can relaxing instrumental tracks, and storytimes and songs for little learners. 

Get help using Freegal. 

News 

Stay in-the-know at home with domestic and international newspapers on PressReader. Newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries are available in multiple languages. You can even save and print articles at home with this app. Is New York Times your preferred paper? Access it for free using your Library card. 

Get help using PressReader. 

Learning 

Take some time for you and learn something new from home. You can access tons of online learning courses for free through the Library, including some that offer certificates of completion. Check out Lynda.com and Gale Courses for free instruction from experts in everything from Photoshop and Microsoft, to project management, design, and culture. Want to learn a new language? You have free access to Rosetta Stone and Pronunciator with your Library card. 

 

Want to explore more of our free Digital Library offerings? Check out everything that’s available with your free Library card. 

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