Digital Resources and Materials Available at the Free Library of the 21st Century

By Michelle S. Tue, July 26, 2011

The Free Library is proud to offer an extensive and continuously growing array of digital resources for the casual curiosity seeker to the serious scholar. From ebooks to language lessons to free music and more, check out the vast array of the Library’s digital offerings below. All you need is your Free Library card and PIN to get started!

Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks – Compatible with a multitude of digital devices, you can check out electronic and audio versions of thousands of popular and acclaimed titles, from The Help to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Free Author Podcasts – Recorded over the past decade from the Free Library’s renowned Author Events Series, our extensive database of Author Podcasts features inspiring and thought-provoking lectures from Nobel Laureates, bestselling writers, and world-shaping activists and politicians.

Digital Collections – Many of the Free Library’s special collections are digitized online for all to enjoy, including historic photographs, medieval manuscripts, and vintage postcards.

Freegal – Music fans can now build their personal collections at no cost with Freegal, which allows users to download three DRM-free Sony tracks per week—and keep those songs forever!

Mango Languages – Forget expensive software and outdated textbooks: Our Mango Languages learning system provides in-depth, user-friendly instruction in nearly three dozen languages, from French to Tagalog. Become fluent in another tongue or simply brush up on common phrases for your next trip overseas!

Extensive Databases – Our diverse array of databases feature genealogy research tools, streaming classical music, small business resources, news archives, and more.

Mobile Web Pages – Checking your Library account or browsing upcoming events has never been easier thanks to our mobile web pages. Using your smart phone, you can also access staff book recommendations, author podcasts, and more.

Text a Librarian Service – Have a burning question that you need a short answer for straightaway? Text us your question! While our service is free, standard messaging rates do apply based on your personal cell phone plan.

Email a Librarian Service – For questions that require a little bit of research or a longer answer than can be contained in a text, you can always email our librarians and receive an answer within a few days.

Online Homework Help – Available for a variety of subjects in all grades from elementary to high school, the Free Library’s online homework help service will give you the guidance you need to make the grade.

Social Networking – To keep up with the latest literary happenings and fun facts from the world of information, be sure to like the Free Library of Philadelphia on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @freelibrary!


These digital resources seem like a huge asset for the library member. I definitely could have used the online homework help when I was a kid. Frank - Philadelphia Mon, August 01, 2011
I Think,it's a very good ideal for the people who has no excess at home'
Anna - Phila,Olney Tue, August 09, 2011
What a great addition to an already bread library!
Louise Bennett - Center City Tue, August 09, 2011
I don't have an e-book reader, but I think it's great that you are offering e-books now! Way to go!
Jenny - Rittenhouse Tue, August 09, 2011
Several links seem to be pointing to (e.g. Mango) instead of to a more specific resource. Thank you so much for posting this! Very proud to be a Philadelphian.
Conor - Philadelphia Tue, August 09, 2011

Bettie Davis - West Oak lane Tue, August 09, 2011
How wonderful for the citizens of Philadelphia to have this opportunity. I am sure this will be a real benefit to the students this year.
Alexis Leeks - Olney Wed, August 10, 2011
I recently purchased a Kindle from Amazon in order to make books large print. (I am seriously vision impaired.) I'm excited to learn that I might be able to borrow books to read on Kindle. Thank you.
Alicemary Meehan - Merion Station Thu, August 11, 2011
Thank you for sending this information. Love it all! A whole lot of work has obviously been done to bring the Free Library into the 21st Century and it is much appreciated.
Le Anne Lindsay - Philadelphia Thu, August 18, 2011

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