A Look Inside The Virtual Austin Public Library

Tuesday, April 14th 2020

The Austin Public Library may be closed due to Covid-19, but its online collection is always open. The virtual library offers a robust collection of more than 800,000 items. Whether it’s learning a new language or researching your family tree, Austin’s virtual public library is sure to keep you busy for weeks to come. Here’s a guide to some of the resources offered You can get access to all for free with your library card. Don’t have a library card? Click here to get an e-card now.

E-books, Audiobooks & Movies The Austin Public Library has a large collection of e-books, movies and audiobooks. You can checkout out e-books and audiobooks using Libby or Hoopla. Hoopla also offers movies, music and TV shows and because of Covid-19 you can now check out 6 items per month.

Magazines and Newspapers Stay up to date with the latest news with subscriptions to the Austin American Statesman, Austin Monitor and The New York Times. All newspapers are included in the Austin Public Library database, not to mention more than 200 magazines you can gain access to through RB Digital Magazines.

Genealogy When’s a better time than now to research your family tree? Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest Online and the Dictionary of American Family Names are just a few of the resources the library offers to help with genealogy research.

Homework Help The library offers live online tutoring through Brainfuse, and adult learners can access its writing lab or practice a new language in the language lab. Brainfuse also offers online meeting rooms for older students who might need a place online to study or work on group projects. In addition to Brainfuse, the library also offers online reference material including encyclopedias, journal articles and more. Plus, Learning Express Library has test prep to help with college entrance exams.

Language Learning Try learning a new language with Mango Languages. Mango offers more than 70 languages to choose from. And if you’re looking for books in Spanish, Make Make offers more than 300 e-books in Spanish. The books are for children, but a new language learner might also find these helpful.

Computer Training Sharpen those computer skills with online video tutorials from hoonuit. (https://library.austintexas.gov/database/hoonuit) Hoonuit offers more than 150 software applications as well as career training.

Boredom Busters The Austin Public Library’s trusted librarians have banded together to provide this handy guide of things to do to beat boredom. Perfect for busy parents trying to keep their kids entertained, this page features lessons on topics like dinosaurs, narwhals or spiders.

Book a Librarian While the libraries are closed right now, librarians are still available. You can call, text or chat with a librarian online from 10 to 6 p.m. If you want extra help, you can reserve a free 30-minute session with a librarian using the book a librarian feature online.

These are just a few of the online resources offered by the Austin Public Library. To see the full collection, please visit the Austin Public Library website.

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