How To Use The Library From Home

By on March 19, 2020

As you know, it is an unsettling time as we face a public health crisis and monitor the spread of the coronavirus. While the Verona Public Library has closed to the public and canceled all programs, it offers a collection of digital materials that you can access from the comfort of your own home, free with a library card.

The library offers a curated collection of eBooks and Audiobooks that can be borrowed just like physical books and audiobooks through OverDrive. OverDrive has created a mobile app called Libby which makes searching and borrowing from the e-collection easier on mobile devices. These eBooks and Audiobooks are downloaded onto your device and are borrowed for either 14 or 21 days, depending on which you choose at the time of checkout.

Hoopla is a streaming service that offers eBooks, Audiobooks, TV series, movies, comics and music. Because it is a streaming service, there are no holds and no waits. You can have instant access to what you borrow. Eight titles can be borrowed per month per library card.

If you’re interested in independent, international, classic, or documentary films, you’re in luck. Get out your library card and sign up for Kanopy, our newest on-demand video streaming service. You can stream films from hundreds of popular producers such as The Criterion Collection, and PBS, as well as thousands of independent filmmakers—on every topic imaginable. Kanopy also offers The Great Courses and a special Kanopy Kids page. You may watch up to 15 films per month, and each film is yours to watch for 72 hours once you hit “play.” Enjoy unlimited access to Kanopy Kids!

 

Click on the “Books and More” tab and then choose “Digital Collections”.

RB Digital offers unlimited digital access to your favorite magazines. RBdigital for Libraries, the world’s largest digital library newsstand, offers full-color, interactive digital magazines. Browse our collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download to your computer or mobile device.

Additionally, the library is happy to offer Tumble Book Library, a collection of animated eBooks for kids.

The easiest way to get started is by visiting the library’s website and clicking on “Digital Collections” under the “Books and More” tab. Click on the service you are interested in and you’ll be redirected to that website. You will need to create an account with each service using your library card number. (If the sign up requires a PIN instead of a password, the library assigns the last four digits of the phone number you used when registering for a library card as your library PIN.)

Another way to access the digital materials is to download each service’s app onto a mobile device and log in using the account you’ve created with your library card number.

We encourage anyone who has questions to call the library for assistance: 973-857-4848. Stay well!

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  1. Claudine Pascale

    March 20, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Due to limited staffing in the building please email us questions or message us on Facebook!

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