Using the Digital Library

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#Digital Library, Open 24/7

In a hurry? Can't get to the library? Jacksonville Public Library has e-books, audiobooks, movies, magazines and a variety of other digital content, all accessible from the comfort of your home through a computer, television or smart device. The best part: It's 100% FREE!

If you have a library card, you already have access! 

Don't have a library card? It takes just two minutes to apply for a library card online and to receive your library card number by email. You can start downloading and streaming almost instantly! You'll use your card number and the PIN you created to sign in to our digital library apps.


#Top 5 Things You Can Stream (for FREE)

Last year, Jacksonville Public Library cardholders checked out 1,910,594 digital items! That's a lot of content! If you aren't using our Digital Library, what are you waiting for? Keep up with bestselling books and save on streaming subscription fees with your Jacksonville Public Library card!

#1. E-books 

Do you prefer reading on a tablet, smartphone, or computer? Your library has tens of thousands of e-books you can download. In addition to popular novels and nonfiction offerings, you'll find cookbooks, comics and more! There are even collections made just for kids and teens! Use your library card to create a free account on Libby by OverDrive and hoopla to unlock thousands of popular e-books.

If you have children, check out Tumblebook Library for over 1100 titles for grades K-6.

#2. Movies and TV Shows 

If you’ve exhausted all your options on Netflix, Hulu, and other popular streaming services, be sure to check out streaming apps from your library. Whether you’re looking for a documentary, comedy, or a series to keep the kids busy, we have thousands of free options available! Use your library card to create free accounts on Kanopy and hoopla to watch our collection of movies and television shows. 

Have children? Be sure to check out their Kanopy Kids or hoopla Kids collections!

#3. Audiobooks 

Do you (or your kids) need a break from starting screens all day? Audiobooks are perfect because you can do other activities while listening (like driving, exercising or taking a walk). Plus, they allow kids to listen to books that might otherwise be too hard for them to read on their own. Use your library card to create free accounts on Libby and hoopla to access tons of popular audiobooks.

#4. On-Demand Tutorials and Courses 

Make your resume stand out! Learn relevant, professional skills from industry experts with real-world experience. You can even learn a new language! Use your library card to create free accounts on LinkedIn Learning and Transparent Language Online to level up your skills at home. And if you're prepping for college or a new career, check out Gale Presents: Peterson's Test and Career Prep. It even has a free online resume builder!

#5. Magazines and Newspapers

Feel like flipping through a magazine or newspaper? With your library card you have access to our digital magazine services that offer access to hundreds of popular titles, such as The Economist, Consumer ReportsThe New Yorker, Newsweek and more! Sign in to Flipster or get the Libby App for Overdrive to view newspapers and magazines now. You can even get daily newspapers like the Florida Times-Union.


#Want More Electronic Resources?

Click here to view our entire Digital Library.

You might also want to check out our free online Research Databases for small business resources, academic research or even homework help and educational games for kids.

If you have questions, stop by your local library. We're happy to help! Or call us at (904) 255-2665.

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