Learning from Home? The Free Library Can Help!

By Jamie B. RSS Mon, March 16, 2020

If your school or college is affected by COVID-19, resources from the Free Library are available to help students continue their learning from home. You can find all of these digital tools at freelibrary.org/ehomework. You’ll need your Free Library card number and PIN to log on.

Elementary School

Kids InfoBits

Access child-friendly content for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Find news biographies, books, magazines, pictures, and videos on a range of topics.


Middle School

Gale in Context | Middle School

Information and support for middle school students working on papers and projects. Access magazines, newspapers, multimedia, biographies, and primary sources on a multitude of topics.

High School

Gale OneFile | High School Edition

Explore high-quality content for high school students. Access magazines, journals, newspapers, images, audio, and videos on a diversity of topics.


Academic OneFile

Find peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals in the areas of the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, literature, and more.


Adult Learners

LearningExpress Library

Access practice tests, skills-building exercises, interactive tutorials, and ebooks for GED®/HiSET®, entrance, occupation, citizenship, and college admission exams.


All Ages

Homework Help Online

Get support for K-12, college, and adult learners. Live chat with a qualified tutor every day in English or Spanish. Upload your writing assignments and get feedback within 12 hours.

Stay tuned to our blog for more online learning resources, as well as latest updates and information on the Free Library`s response to COVID-19.

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As a Philadelphia resident, can I use Interlibrary Loan Services to get actual BOOKS during the current crisis? thanks very much.
Timothy P. Martin - Mt Airy
Friday, March 20, 2020

Hi Timothy. Unfortunately, physical books are not available via ILL during this public health crisis. Details about what services are prohibited and permitted can be found here on this FAQ page from the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Commonwealth Libraries: https://www.statelibrary.pa.gov/Covid-19/Pages/FAQ.aspx
Jamie B. - Free Library of Philadelphia
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

I learning to read some books and relax
Stephen E. Bynum III - Overbrook Park Library
Saturday, March 28, 2020

I am really new at this app and other apps as well I am interested in learning all subjects for the back to college learning and learning how to navigate through the apps I am interested in learning about addiction and mental health counseling or Psychiatry also philosophy every down again I would like interesting read for adults in romance biography autobiography section nonfiction and whatever else I can read to educate and read to not be bored through this virus I would appreciate help thank you very much and please don't bully or make fun of me LOL
Kate - Philadelphia
Saturday, April 11, 2020

Hi Kate! Using the Libby app, you can browse ebooks "Available Now" titles in the various genres of your choosing; Romance, Biography & Autobiography, etc. You can also place a "Hold" on ebooks that are not currently available and you will be notified when they become available. Using the Hoopla app, you can browse ebooks and audiobooks that are immediately available for download under your "Categories" of interest, such a Philosophy and Medical. Using the RBDigital app, you can browse magazines on topics, such as, Health and Science by selecting to "Filter" the Genre. Download these three great apps and create an account with each of them using your library card and library pin number.
Molly - Andorra Library
Tuesday, April 21, 2020