Digital Media Guide

Borrowing ebooks and audiobooks, downloading podcasts, and streaming media such as movies, music, and even comic books, from Free Library has never been easier. In this guide, we'll offer tips and information to get you started or troubleshoot any issues you may be having access downloadable and streaming media and digital titles from our catalog.

Digital Media Guide

Links

  • Google Play

    Enjoy millions of the latest Android apps, games, music, movies, TV, books, magazines & more, including the Overdrive Media Console and Hoopla apps.
  • iTunes App Store

    Browse and download apps to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch from the App Store, including the Overdrive Media Console and Hoopla apps.
  • Kindle App Store

    Instant access to thousands of the most popular free and best-selling apps and games, including the Overdrive Media Console and Hoopla apps.
  • NOOK Store

    Your one-stop-shop for all things NOOK.

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Step Aside Netflix, BookFlix Rules!

While many will be embracing their Netflix accounts for the foreseeable future, this is a great time to check out its intellectual counterpart for kids from Scholastic called BookFlix ! Bookflix is a digital resource available through…

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Learn and Practice English at Home with Your Library Card

The Free Library of Philadelphia is a great place to learn and practice English . If your English classes have been affected by closures related to COVID-19 , there are library resources available online to help you continue your…

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Check Out Online Magazines for some Home Cooking Inspiration!

While you’re checking out the library’s amazing collection of ebooks, movies and music , don’t forget about one of our most vibrant options- magazines! With RBdigital Magazine , you can browse over 100 popular…

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Keeping You and the Kids Busy While Social Distancing

While we all practice social distancing with schools and libraries closed for at least two weeks to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 , what exactly are you (and your kids!) going to do with yourself? A lot of us have to-be-read piles…

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Audiobooks 101

Audiobooks offer a great way to escape while you’re working, cooking, or cleaning. They have also been proven to help struggling readers access literature . But a battle still rages: audiobooks vs. reading . Which side are you on?…

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Join the Free Library for Online Storytimes and Virtual Activities!

**Upated to reflect new virtual programs on March 26 at 3:23 p.m.** While we’re sad that our buildings are closed for now , our Free Library librarians and staff members are taking some of your favorite programs online…

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ebooks 101

New to ebooks? Here’s a short guide to getting started with ebooks at the Free Library. Finding ebooks Search our library catalog by title, author, subject, or another term. In your search results, ebooks will be labeled with a…

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In the Kitchen with Children and Youth

Involving youth of all ages in the kitchen is a great way to help open up young minds to new foods. Check out our ideas that don’t need a knife or other sharp tools. And remember, before chopping it up in the kitchen, check…

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Spotlight on Digital Media | The Return of 13 Scary Movies to Watch on Friday the 13th

Today, March 13, is the first of two Friday the 13ths occurring in 2020. I've penned posts in the past of full of screamingly scary streaming selections and now I've returned to shock and surprise you with 13 more from our…

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Digital Media Spotlight: Black History Month

For this month's Digital Media Spotlight , we are celebrating Black History Month and the lives and achievements of African Americans in film, music, literature, and other multimedia, all available through our Digital Media Portal.…

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Digital Media Spotlight | New Year, New ebooks!

For this month's Digital Media Spotlight , we turn our attention towards ebooks and the news that in 2019, the Free Library reached the 1 million+ ebook checkout mark ! And it would seem public libraries, in general, were having a…

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Newest Additions to the National Film Registry

For Hollywood, the time spanning November through March is known as "film awards season" . Between the  People's Choice Awards ,  Golden Globe Awards , the Oscars , the Golden Raspberry Awards , as well as…

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Spring 2020 Author Events Preview

As we head into the roaring '20s, let’s look forward to the Spring 2020 Free Library Author Events schedule , highlight a few of our guests, and offer up some other important details... Tickets go on sale to the public today,…

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Meet Your Library Staff: Brandon Waddington – Kensington Library Digital Resource Specialist

As part of our ongoing series of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Brandon Waddington, a Digital Resource Specialist at the Kensington Library .…

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Digital Media Spotlight | Season's Streamings with These Unique Holiday Television Specials and Movies

The holidays are in full swing, and that means your television, web browser, and anywhere else you can watch video on is currently inundated with holiday programming. And as comforting as A Charlie Brown Christmas or a Rankin/Bass…

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The Free Library's New Center for Digitization | Sharing Treasures Through Technology

" If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday" Pearl S. Buck   Putting the contents of libraries and museums on the web makes wonderful, hidden art accessible. The Free Library of Philadelphia has…

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Digital Media Spotlight | New Audiobooks for Holiday Travels

It's getting close to being "the most wonderful time of the year", or, if you have to travel far and wide—over the river and through the woods even—you may need some help getting to where you need to be for…

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Introducing the Free Library’s Author Events YouTube Channel!

We know that not everyone is lucky enough to live in Philadelphia. For those who aren’t able to make it to our diverse line-up of author talks in person—no worries! You can now watch them streamed live on our new Author…

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Digital Media Highlights October 2019 | Streaming Screams Just in Time for Halloween!

At the beginning of each month, we highlight all the great new titles —books, ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and music—that have been added to our catalog and will be available to check out at your neighborhood library .…

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