We put together a list of online resources that patrons can access while libraries are physically closed, for libraries who don't already have something like this available. This is a Word document, so that libraries can rearrange, add, or remove items that aren't relevant.
Flyer of Online Resources for Public Library Patrons
VSLA has also compiled a long list of Learning at Home Resources for Teachers, compiled by VSLA
Resources Provided to All Public Libraries
Universal Class - More than 500 online classes ranging in topics from writing skills, software programs (including Adobe and Microsoft programs), to science, html, and graphic design. There's something for everyone! Though classes are not for college credit, they are led by a real instructor with whom you can communicate by e-mail. Courses allow you to proceed at your own pace, working on assignments anytime, day or night.
Access – Go to http://bit.ly/vtlib_uc and use your library card number to login and create an account.
Learning Express - Learning Express library is a deep and broad tool that has something for everyone! It covers elementary school homework help, prep for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) exam, nursing and medical testing prep, job interview and resume writing, computer skills, SAT, LSAT, and GRE test prep, to interactive tools to help someone choose a career. It can help someone choose a pathway in life or provide the tools to get a better job.
Access – Use the link on your library’s website and create an account.
Vermont Online Library - Covering everything from newspaper articles to DIY car repair, the Vermont Online Library (VOL) can help with any topic. Available for free to all Vermonters, VOL has options for all ages from elementary school through adult. You can even use it to read current articles from the NY Times, Washington Post, the Economist, and more.
Access – Use the link on your library’s website. It will ask if you share your location; if not, login with your library card number or a password (ask library staff).
Internet Archive - Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 418 billion archived web pages. Access – Go to https://archive.org/
Project Gutenberg - The site offers thousands of public domain ebooks for free use on any device. Because they are public domain, they are typically limited to items published before 1924, but that still includes a wide range of classics.
Access – Go to https://www.gutenberg.org/ and download ebooks in a variety of formats
LibriVox - This site offers public domain audiobooks recorded by volunteers for free use on any relevant device. Like Gutenberg, they tend to be items published before 1924.
Access – Go to https://librivox.org/ and download audiobooks.
TumbleBooks - This site offers is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games. They recently announced its online products would be available for free to all public libraries until at least August 31.
Access – Libraries need to email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line Free TumbleBooks in order to receive links for use by their patrons.
FamilySearch - This free genealogy site allows users to search for information, create a family tree, and pull records from their extensive database.
Access - Go to https://www.familysearch.org/
Audible Stories - Audible has made a limited selection of audiobooks for kids and teens free.
Access - Go to https://stories.audible.com/discovery and stream the stories on any device with a web browser.
Audiofile Sync - Sync is a free summer audiobook program for teens.
Access - Go to for information, and use the app Sora by Overdrive to download two books a week.
Available through some Public Libraries (Please contact your local library for availability):
RB Digital RB Digital allows you to check out ebooks and digital audiobooks to your phone, tablet, or other drive. Just like print books, there’s a checkout period, and only one person can have a book at a time.
Access – Install the RB Digital app, or go to https://vermontstate.rbdigital.com/ . You’ll need your library card number, and will create a username and password.
LUV/Overdrive - Overdrive allows you to check out ebooks and digital audiobooks to your phone, tablet, or other device. Just like print books, there’s a checkout period, and only one person can have a book at a time.
Access – Install the Libby app, or go to http://gmlc.overdrive.com . You’ll need your library card number and possibly your password to get logged in.
Hoopla - Hoopla offers ebooks, comics, audiobooks, music, movies and TV shows. Items can be streamed to computers or mobile devices. Items are always available, though patrons are limited to how many they can view in a month.
Access – Go to http://www.hoopladigital.com/ and enter your library card number to create an account.
Kanopy - Kanopy offers users the chance to stream a wide range of films. Items can be viewed on mobile and other devices. Items are always available, though patrons are limited to how many they can view in a month.
Access – Follow the link on your library’s website and use your library card number to create an account.
Acorn TV - Acorn TV offers British television for streaming on a range of devices. Access is unlimited.
Access – Follow the link on your library’s website and use your library card number to register.