FREE Perks that Come With Your LA Public Library Card!

Updated: Aug 24, 2020

Did you know that your library card has so many benefits other than checking out books at your public library? I bet you had no idea that you can get so many free stuff with your library card at comfort of your own home! Well, you can, and we have listed all these freebies that can help you, and your kids with their education and even entertainment.  

Free Ebooks & Audio Books - Download free ebooks and Audio Books for children and adults using different providers such as OverDrive, Hoopla, RBDigital,, and more.

Free Movies, TV & Videos - Watch over 30,000 feature films and documentaries and featuring over 1,000 producers and distributors, including Criterion Collection, Great Courses, Kino Lorber, BBC, and more using different providers such as Kanopy, Hoopla, Digital Film and more.

Free Music & Music Videos - Borrow music and music videos to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later using providers such as Hoopla, Freegal, Biblioboard, and more.

Free Podcasts - Listen to podcasts that are recorded live in Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium using Aloud.

Free Newspapers & Magazines - Get access to New York Times, and more than 2000 plus newspapers, articles, images, photographs, maps, pamphlets, and documents on a wide variety of topics including Literature, History, Philosophy, Religion, Science, Nature, Native American Studies, Sports, Drama, Games, Crafts, Cooking, Music and Children's Literature. Use NY Time Digital, Overdrive, Biblioboard, Pressreader, RbDigital, and other providers to access the newspapers and magazines.  

Free ECourses & Instructional Videos - Take a wide range of highly interactive online educational courses. All of the courses are free, and led by expert instructors. Cooking, Crafts, Hobbies, and Psychology are a few of the subjects covered by these courses.  The Ecourses have been mostly designed for learners over 13 years of age.  Some providers are Gale Courses, Universal Class, ScienceFlix, VIP Learning.

Free Language Learning - Learn a new language such as Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, Greek, Latin and more. Learn on the go with the Mango Mobile app for iPhone and Android. Other providers are Tumblebook Library, Powerspeak Language, iLeamos, and more.

Free Research Databases & Images - Do all your research for free using extensive collection of newspaper and magazine archives, professional and trade associations and certifications, science and technology resources, cultural and genealogical exploration tools, visual art repositories, legal and business reference databases and substantially more. Some of the providers are LAPL Databases, Biblioboard, Digitalia Public Library.

Free Tutoring & Homework Help - Get one-on-one online homework help from expert tutors from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. every day. Get assistance in English & Spanish for students in grades K-12, college intro and adult learners covering Math, Science, English, Social Studies, and Proof Point. 

You can also get access to over 300 practice tests and courses, information on over 4,000 accredited schools, e-books containing study materials and practice tests.  Some of the providers are, ScienceFlix, Testing & Education Reference Center.

For more information about all the free stuff and services you can access using your library card, visit Los Angeles Public Library's Website. If you don't have a library card, you can get an e-card to instantly enjoy all the digital content!