The Library is More than Just Books

Do you have a library card? When’s the last time you went to the library? A lot of them are coming into the digital age and ready to partake of your business. The library has brought to you some awesome services that require you have a library card (and sometimes a PIN number) for you to live free. Here are three services that the libraries offer that you might not know about:

Freegal – Free music and music video downloads

Freegal Music gives you access to over 9 million songs from over 28,000 labels including the Sony Music catalogue of your country.

How Freegal Music Works:

  • Library users have a weekly download limit, and may have a streaming limit as well. You will be able to keep track of your downloads in the upper right corner of the site. Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before you download. You must be logged in to enjoy the sample clips.
  • The downloads on this site are all in the MP3 format with no DRM, and videos are in the MP4 format with no DRM. This service will work on almost any computer, player, tablet or smartphone. The Freegal Music mobile app is free in the Apple® App Store and in Google® Play
  • Music videos will cost you 2 of your allotted downloads. If you do not have 2 downloads available you will not be able to download a music video.
  • The search engine is both a simple and advanced search, and will return results primarily by the album that the song is from.

Tip: As a mother of three, I use each of our cards to collect 5 songs per week, which means I can collect a minimum of 20 songs per week (my card, plus each of my kids cards). 

See if your library uses Freegal. Enjoy the site!

Flipster – Magazines at Your Fingertips

Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. From Cosmopolitan to Sports Illustrated to Amateur Photographer, Flipster lets you flip through magazines in your free time.

With flexible magazine subscription options and seamless user authentication, Flipster is the best choice for libraries looking for top magazines covering business, leisure, fashion, product reviews, current events, and more.


Hoopla Digital – Streaming Movies

Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, and more, 24/7 with your library card.

Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by your local library.

From Hollywood blockbusters to best selling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche and hard-to-find as well – you’ll soon discover that hoopla provides you the freedom you’ve been searching for to experience, explore and enjoy what you want, when you want, and where you want.

Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started. The freedom you want is here, now. Sign up today!


Overdrive – Books and Audiobooks

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more from your local public library – anywhere, anytime. All you need is a library card. OverDrive libraries add to their collections from a catalog of over 2 million eBooks, audiobooks, and videos. Start exploring to see what’s out there. With more than 30,000 libraries in 40+ countries, chances are there’s a library near you. The OverDrive app is one of the top-rated eBook apps available for iOS, Android, Chromebook, Mac OS, Windows, and Windows Phone.

Have you used any of these digital apps? Does your library offer more? Let me know!

3M Cloud

You can browse the shelves that your library set up by category or you can use the filter button to filter by genre. The newest digital reference for libraries, I look forward to providing a review.


36 thoughts on “The Library is More than Just Books”

  1. Yes! I’m so amazed by our libraries! We have a whole system in all the local towns and you can get nearly anything. You can check out video games and movies and of course, books and magazines. And museum passes!

  2. I do have a library card. It’s hard enough to find some of the books I want, and I’d never heard of these apps! I’ll be checking them out for sure.

  3. A friend of ours just told us that we could get audio books at the library in our town. We may give that a try later. Right now we have a lot of them we are listening to that we bought.

  4. I’m so jealous! We don’t actually have a local public library, so we don’t get all of the benefits of having one. I love this concept, and hope that wherever we move next has a library that uses this!

    1. Have you checked out your closest library? They may have the resources and the benefit is that it’s all digital! You don’t have to go back and forth to the library!

  5. I SO love our library and only recently realized how many resources they have. I didn’t even know about the movies until this post but that makes so much sense. Thank you!!!

  6. We love our libraries and try to take advantage of all of their resources. My husband has always been an avid user of their services. Thanks for this info!

  7. This is spectacular – I’ve saved your info for my hubby – I think he’ll have a lot of fun with these sites – I haven’t been to the library in a long while – but when my son was little – we took advantage of movies and music that we brought home to enjoy – thanks!

  8. Ann Bacciaglia

    We love our local Library. There are so many great things to do there. Our library has free wifi and had tons of Dvds you can borrow.

  9. This info is really amazing. Little did I know that they have something like those already. Thanks to the digital age.

  10. Reading is my passion and I love this post. I am having library card as well and its a great resource for accessing more different books. I love the easy and convenient service for getting what we want quickly. Thanks for the information.

  11. You are so right, the library is so much more than just books. Many students also feel safe there in the afternoons when their parents are still working and they spend time there completing their homework with friends.

  12. We absolutely LOVE our library! That is where I can always give the kiddies a day of fun, learning and play and most times they don’t even notive that I’m getting a bit of Me Time as well… 🙂

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