My jaw literally dropped the first time I downloaded our library’s app. Popular new audiobooks, endless e-books, a treasure trove of kids’ titles — amazing. And not just books! Music, movies, comics. As everyone scrambles for online resources, you will DEFINITELY want to check your library first.
Many libraries hold subscriptions to sites like Lynda.com (for career training), Kanopy Kids (animated storybooks and TV), Mango Languages (language-learning), Creativebug (online arts and crafts classes) and much, much more. Some even have subscriptions for live online tutoring!
In addition, libraries are getting better and better at making their digital collections easy to access. In general, our local libraries work through eMediaLibrary and its partner apps, OverDrive and Libby (Libby’s my favorite), as well as Hoopla and Axis360. Alternatively, services like TumbleBooks interactive children’s books and Kanopy (and Kanopy Kids) streaming movies have their own collections, which you can access through your library’s subscription.
Find your local library in our list, then stroll down for some great recommendations from a local librarian to make the most of your library’s digital collection.
Digital Resources from Your Local Library: eBooks, Streaming Movies, Online Classes, and More
Digital Resource Definitions
- OverDrive, Libby, Axis360: borrow digital content, like ebooks and audiobooks
- Hoopla: stream audiobooks, music, video & ebooks and Axis360.
- TumbleBooks: interactive children’s books
- Kanopy (and Kanopy Kids): movie streaming
Cook County Libraries
- Bellwood: the Bellwood Public Library has put together a list of free resources that don’t require a library card. Their online resources page lets you log into resources from Kanopy Kids, ABCMouse, GCF Global Classroom, and more.
- Berwyn: the Berwyn Public Library offers free live online tutoring, kids services like Hoopla and Tumble Books, streaming services, and online classes.
- Brookfield: the Brookfield Public Library’s online resources include live online tutoring from Tutor.com, online classes at Lynda.com, Creativebug classes, and more. Their books & downloads page includes Hoopla, TumbleBooks, and more.
- Forest Park: to find the Forest Park library’s resources, hover over the “eLibrary” tab on their homepage. They offer services like Kanopy, Overdrive, Hoopla, and Libby, plus other online resources.
- Hillside: the Hillside Public Library’s digital media selection includes Media on Demand, Freegal Music, and RBdigital for magazines. Their kids section includes True Flix and BookFlix.
- Hodgkins: the Hodgkins Public Library District has an online resources page with OverDrive and other resources.
- La Grange: the La Grange Public Library has doubled Hoopla and Kanopy limits for their E-library program, which also includes OverDrive, TumbleBooks, Lynda.com, The Great Courses, and more.
- La Grange Park: the La Grange Park Public Library’s downloads page includes Media on Demand, Kanopy, and Flipster. Find Creativebug and more on the research page. They also put together some ideas to keep our kids busy at home.
- Lyons: the Lyons Public Library has resources including Hoopla and Media on Demand.
- Maywood: the Maywood Public Library District’s E-library page features Hoopla and links to free online services.
- Melrose Park: the Melrose Park Lublic Library has an online resource database for resources like Mango Languages and Explora Primary Schools. The “Online Services” tab offers Freegal Music, Mango Languages, and Media on Demand.
- North Riverside: the North Riverside Public Library’s research databases includes Hoopla, Mango Languages, Media on Demand, and RBDigital.
- Oak Park: the Oak Park Public Library has a digital library page with streaming services like Hoopla, Kanopy, Flipster, and Media on Demand. They also offer a large variety of subscription-based research services.
- River Forest: the River Forest Public Library’s digital library includes Libby, Hoopla, Flipster, Mango Languages, and more.
- Riverside: the Riverside Public Library has a digital library with Axis 360 and Hoopla.
- Summit: the Summit Public Library is referring members to SWAN for information on eBooks, audio, and online resources.
- Westchester: the Westchester Public Library’s E-Content includes Axis 360, RBdigital magazines, and Hoopla. See all their online tools.
- Western Springs: the Thomas Ford Memorial Library offers Hoopla, Mango Languages, Flipster, TumbleBooks, and more on their eBooks and Digital Media Page.
DuPage County Libraries
- Addison: the Addison Public Library website includes links to Hoopla, RBdigital, and Hoopla. Their “Need an Activity” page showcases the library’s subscriptions to Creativebug, TumbleMath, Scienceflix, and more.
- Bensenville: the Bensenville Public Library’s downloads page will direct you to the Libby, Axis360 and Freegal music apps.
- Bloomingdale: the Bloomingdale Public Library has put together a home access flyer with links to Libby, Flipster, Hoopla, and live online tutors through HelpNow.
- Bolingbrook: the Fountaindale Public Library District’s digital collection includes Axis360, Hoopla, Overdrive, Kanopy, Freegal, and more. Click “Just For Kids” to see resources like TumbleBook and BookFlix.
- Carol Stream: Digital resources include BookFlix, TumbleBooks, and Hoopla.
- Clarendon Hills: Use the library’s digital collection to navigate to media in Hoopla, RBdigital, Media on Demand and more.
- Darien: the Indian Prairie Public Library’s eBooks collection includes Libby, Hoopla, and TumbleBooks. Their Homework Help section links you to the library’s HelpNow subscription for live homework help.
- Downers Grove: the Downers Grove Public Library’s eLibrary showcases their Libby, Cloud Library, Hoopla, Flipster, and other subscriptions. Scroll to the middle of their Kids Page for Book Flix and TumbleBooks.
- Elmhurst: Elmhurst Library offers online homework help through Tutor.com. Their kids’ databases page includes TumbleBook and Trueflix.
- Glen Ellyn: the Glen Ellyn Public Library’s Digital Library lets you search their catalog for resources. They also have digital resources for kids, including Kanopy and TumbleBook, and more.
- Glendale Heights: the Glenside Public Library District’s eLibrary organizes its eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming music, and streaming movies.
- Hinsdale: the Hinsdale Public Library has digital resources including Lynda, Mango Languages, and more. See the downloadables page for eBooks, Flipster magazines, Kanopy Kids and Hoopla movies, and more.
- Lisle: the Lisle Library District lends eBooks, audiobooks, and more through eMediaLibrary and Hoopla. See their kids section for animated books from TumbleBooks and Book Flix.
- Lombard: the Helen Plum Library offers apps like Libby, Overdrive, Axis360, and Hoopla for eBooks, audiobooks, and more — as well as Sync audiobooks for teens and TeenBookCloud. You’ll also find TumbleBooks.
- Naperville: click “Just for Kids” on the Naperville Public Library’s download and stream page for quick links to Kanopy Kids, Hoopla, Tumble Books, and more. They also have extensive online resources and live homework help from HelpNow.
- Oak Brook: Search the SWAN catalog to find digital titles available from the Oak Brook Public Library.
- Villa Park: the Villa Park Public Library offers tons of digital references, including Creativebug. The eLibrary works through Libby, BookFlix, and more.
- Warrenville: the Warrenville Public Library District’s online resources include live homework help from Tutor.com, as well as Mango Languages, Lynda.com, and more. See the eMedia page to get set up with Hoopla, OverDrive, and RBdigital.
- West Chicago: the West Chicago Public Library District has an extensive digital library with TumbleBooks, TumbleMath, OverDrive, and more.
- Westmont: the Westmont Public Library has tons of digital resources for kids, including TumbleBooks and live online tutoring through HelpNow. Check their digital branch page for Hoopla, Media on Demand, and more.
- Wheaton: the Wheaton Public Library’s eContent page directs you to apps like Axis360, Libby, TumbleBooks, Flipster, Lynda.com, and more.
- Winfield: the Winfield Public Library offers subscriptions for Creativebug, Mango Languages, and more. Search the eMedia Library catalog for eBooks and audiobooks, or see the Kids Page.
- Wood Dale: the Wood Dale Public Library has eResources including TumbleBooks, Scholastic go!, Access Video on Demand for Kids, Hoopla, and more.
- Woodridge: the Woodridge Public Library’s E-Book and Audiobook page directs you towards apps including Hoopla and Libby, plus subscriptions to Book Flix and TumbleBooks.
Kane County Libraries
- Aurora: the Aurora Public Library’s homepage has quick links to digital music, databases, e-books, magazines, and movies. Scroll down to “Homework Help” on their Kids Page to find access to HelpNow live online tutoring.
- Batavia: the Batavia Public Library’s kids page includes easy navigation to apps including Hoopla, Kanopy Kids, TumbleBooks, Little Pim (for languages), and Book Flix.
- Geneva: the Geneva Public Library District’s digital library has quick links to things to read, watch, and listen to, as well as research. They offer service through Hoopla, OverDrive, RBdigital, and more. Their database section includes lots of kids’ learning options.
- Montgomery: the Oswego Public Library District’s ELibrary offers Hoopla, Kanopy, Book Flix, Overdrive, and RBdigital.
- North Aurora: the Messenger Public Library offers Axis360, Kanopy, and Overdrive online resources. Find online resources for teens and a kids database with BookFlix, Mango, and more.
- St. Charles: the St. Charles Public Library has a downloads page to help you access digital resources, including Hoopla and Kanopy. They also have live homework help through both Tutor.com and HelpNow.
Book Recommendations from a Local Librarian
Annie reached out to Uma Nori of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library for some fresh book recommendations. She recommended:
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
- The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
- Unstoppable by Tim Green
- Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer, especially on audiobook
- White Bird by R. J. Palacio
- Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
- Giver by Lois Lowry
- Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
- Guts by Raina Telgemeier
- It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Macclear
- Art Workshops for Children by Herve Tullet
- Everything I Need to Know I learned from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood by Melissa Wagner
- How Full Is Your Bucket? for Kids by Tom Rath
- A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The poetry of Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers
- Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
- Islandborn by Junot Diaz
- The Good Egg by Jory John
- Bird, Balloon, Bear by Il Sung Na
- Encounter by Brittany Luby
- Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together by Andrea Tsurumi
- We’ve Got the Whole World In Our Hands by Rafael Lopez
- Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
- Circle by Mac Barnett
- Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
- The Velveteen Rabbit adapted by Komako Sakai
- Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
- Journey by Aaron Becker
- Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
- Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin
- Where’s Spot by Eric Hill
- Dear Zoo: A Lift the Flap Book by Rod Campbell
- Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boyton
- Llama Llama Hoppity Hop by Anna Dewdney
Let us know what books, movies, and audiobooks your family is enjoying in the comments! We’re keeping our ideas for activities at home fresh right now, with an at-home bucket list, kids’ videos from local businesses, and more.