Your library card is more than just a ticket to borrow books. It's a passport to a world of digital resources, all accessible from the comfort of your home. Whether you're a student, a lifelong learner, or just looking for entertainment, your LA Public Library card has got you covered. Here's a comprehensive list of the freebies and services you can access!
1. Ebooks & Audio Books Dive into a vast collection of ebooks and audiobooks for both children and adults. Platforms include OverDrive, Hoopla, RBDigital, ABCMouse.com, and more.
2. Movies, TV & Videos Stream over 30,000 feature films, documentaries, and TV shows from renowned producers and distributors like Criterion Collection, Great Courses, Kino Lorber, BBC, and more. Access them via Kanopy, Hoopla, Digital Film, and other platforms.
3. Music & Music Videos Jam to your favorite tunes or discover new ones. Stream or download music and music videos using Hoopla, Freegal, Biblioboard, and more.
4. Podcasts Tune into podcasts recorded live at the Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium through Aloud.
5. Newspapers & Magazines Stay updated with current events or delve into the past with access to the New York Times and over 2,000 other publications. Platforms include NY Time Digital, Overdrive, Biblioboard, PressReader, RbDigital, and more.
6. ECourses & Instructional Videos Enhance your skills with a variety of online courses, from cooking to psychology. These courses, suitable for learners aged 13 and above, are available through Gale Courses, Universal Class, ScienceFlix, VIP Learning, and others.
7. Language Learning Become multilingual with courses in Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, and many more. Use the Mango Mobile app or platforms like Tumblebook Library, Powerspeak Language, and iLeamos.
8. Research Databases & Images Access a treasure trove of research materials, from newspaper archives to visual art repositories. Some of the key providers are LAPL Databases, Biblioboard, and Digitalia Public Library.
9. Tutoring & Homework Help Receive personalized tutoring sessions online, available in both English & Spanish for various subjects. Additionally, access over 300 practice tests, e-books, and more. Key platforms include Tutor.com, ScienceFlix, and Testing & Education Reference Center.
Local Discounts: Some libraries offer cardholders discounts at local businesses or free entry to local attractions. Check with your library for any such partnerships.
Museum Passes: Many libraries offer free or discounted passes to local museums and cultural institutions.
Digital Creativity Tools: Access tools and software for graphic design, video editing, and more.
Virtual Events: Participate in online workshops, author talks, and other virtual events hosted by the library.
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!