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Explore New Audio-Enabled Books at the Free Library!

Nine Free Library of Philadelphia locations are testing out a fun new take on an old classic! These new audio-enabled books from Vox Books are picture books combined with an audio recording of someone reading the story. But, wait!…

Updates to OverDrive Mobile Apps

OverDrive , one of our most popular Digital Media platforms for accessing ebooks and digital audiobooks, recently made some changes to their mobile apps. These changes should make your digital reading experience go more smoothly. In…

WiFi Upgrades: Better, Stronger, Faster

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s IT department has just completed a wireless upgrade throughout all our 53 neighborhood libraries! To paraphrase an old sci-fi show , "We have the technology. We can make it better than it…

Click, Engage, and Involve at Technology Learning Collaborative's Conference

The Technology Learning Collaborative (TLC) , an association of service organizations from throughout Philadelphia committed to leveraging technology resources to reduce poverty, improve public health, decrease homelessness,…

New Updates and Features in Our Locations Section!

The Free Library of Philadelphia IT Digital Development team has updated the “Find a Location” section of our website today with a new responsive design layout and many new features. This new section, now named Locations ,…

Celebrate International Literacy Day with the Free Library

Happy International Literacy Day ! While everyone knows libraries are literacy hubs, many might not know the different types of literacy the Free Library of Philadelphia helps to promote! Not sure what we're talking about? Here…

Browse Our Redesigned and Updated Digital Collections!

The Free Library has been hard at work upgrading our website again to make it more user-friendly, encourage exploration, and offer better customer service. Today, we are launching our newly redesigned and updated Digital Collections…

E-Gadget Help Desk

Looking to discover all the hidden features of your new iPad, e-reader, smart phone, or tablet? Can’t figure out how to turn the darn thing on? Don’t fret: The Free Library of Philadelphia’s gadget gurus can help you…

Philly Tech Week Is Back at the Hot Spots!

We are excited to announce that each of our three Hot Spot locations will offer digital-literacy workshops during Philly Tech Week (PTW) , April 29 – May 7. These workshops will delve into storing your data in the cloud…

Top 10 ebooks Downloaded in February 2016

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in February 2016. More than 86,290 ebooks were checked out and downloaded for the month! Only one new entry to this month's Top 10, the…

Website Updates: Calendar, Databases, Blog, and Explore!

The Free Library has been hard at work upgrading our website to make it more user-friendly, encourage exploration, and offer better customer service. Our most recent updates include a revamped design and added features and functionality…

Top 10 ebooks Downloaded in January 2016

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in January 2016. More than 93,000 ebooks were checked out and downloaded for the month! New entries to this month's Top 10 include the 2016…

Top 10 ebooks Downloaded in December 2015

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in December 2015 to close out last year. More than 85,000 ebooks were checked out and downloaded for the month! New entries to this month's…

Science Leadership Student 'Maps it Out.'

Beginning in September 2015, several Science Leadership Academy high school students studying film and photography worked on their Independent Learning Project at our Parkway Central Branch. The teens took on various tasks…

Have a Happy Holidaze with Free Library's Spotify Channel

Well, it's that time of year again: The Holidays—or as I like to refer to them—The Holidaze. Whether you celebrate Christmas , Hanukkah , Kwanzaa , Winter Solstice , Festivus , or nothing at all, life in general around…

Holiday eGadget Help Desk Returns to Parkway Central Library

Want to learn how to download some of nearly 120,000 ebooks to your new Kindle or Nook? Looking to discover all the hidden features of your new iPad, e-reader, smart phone, or tablet? Can’t figure out how to turn the darn thing…

Top 10 ebooks Downloaded in November 2015

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in November 2015. More than 82,4000 ebooks were checked out and downloaded for the month! Mystery and Suspense Thriller genre titles from the…

Top 10 ebooks Downloaded in October 2015

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in October 2015. More than 84,400 ebooks were checked out and downloaded for the month! Children's Fantasy and YA Fiction jumped to the top…

Read (and Listen) Between The Lines: A Halloween Playlist from Free Library's Spotify Channel

Howl-lo F(r)iends, Welcome back once again to the Free Library of Frightadelphia's bloodcurdling blog! It would seem that you have survived previous playlists and have come back for more maddening music for your aural amusement?…

Top 10 ebooks Downloaded in September 2015

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in September 2015. More than 85,300 ebooks were checked out and downloaded for the month! For the third straight month, the most downloaded…