Online Resources for Learners of All Ages

By Emily S. RSS Fri, September 8, 2023

Looking for learning resources to help you and your family prepare for kindergarten, conquer the back-to-school routine, or explore a new adult learning path? The Free Library has plenty to offer, and we’re excited to share them with you.

Tip: Some of these require a library card to log in. Sign up for your Free Library card today!

For Little Learners

Back to School for Kids and Teens

  • Visit for information from the Philadelphia School District regarding registration, Chromebook maintenance, immunizations, schedule updates, and more. 
  • LEAP provides drop-in homework help and literacy enrichment activities after school. Check with your neighborhood library to learn more. 
  • Learning Express Library offers online test prep and career skills to anyone with a library card.
  • Homework Help Online from provides online sessions with a live tutor for help with homework, essays, and test prep for grades K-12. A library card is required. 
  • Gale Research Databases offer kid-friendly research content for elementary, middle, and high school students. If you’re looking for articles, images, or videos, this is the place to begin. 
  • World Book Online is a popular encyclopedia with content for different age ranges and Spanish speakers.
  • Try Overdrive Kids to find ebooks and audiobooks just for young readers.
  • Kanopy is back! Need some time to unwind when the homework is done? Find acclaimed movies, documentaries, and kids’ films here for free.

Adult Learners

  • If you’re ready to learn or considering heading back to school, the Languages and Learning Center is a great place to start. Adult learners can access basic literacy workshops, language learning opportunities, job search assistance, test prep, and more right here at the Free Library. 
  • Explore our Digital Media Portal, where you’ll find free online portals to music, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, podcasts, and more. We also feature OverDrive en español
  • Check our events calendar regularly to keep up to date on programming for all ages. 

Fall Into Reading Online (All Ages)

  •  Did you know that our Online Reading Challenge is year-round? Fall Into Reading has just begun! Log books or minutes read, write book reviews, and compete to earn badges as you go. Sign up online to join in the all-ages fun. 
  • Join our Back to School Activity Adventure, running through September 14. 
  • Stay tuned for an activity adventure to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, beginning September 15!

Wishing you a wonderful start to the school year from all of us at Youth Services.

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Hello Free Library of Philadelphia, Grace with Mighty Writers here! We have a handful of virtual class offerings for students this fall & would love to have them listed among your programs. Please let us know who we need to contact to have the programs added. All classes would be for students ages 7 - 18. Thank you!
Grace Bernicker - Philadelphia
Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Hello Grace! Thank you for reaching out. I would be happy to share Mighty Writers programs on the blog. You can connect with us by emailing
Emily S. - Youth Services
Thursday, September 21, 2023