COVID-19

Library Updates & Information

While Buildings are Closed, Visit Us Virtually

Here at LPCPL, we believe that libraries are centers of community life with a focus on reading, lifelong learning, and public involvement. We welcome and invite all into the library, and at this time, we hope you will all visit us online.

We are doing everything we can to continue to be of service during this time.  LPCPL’s library online provides access to materials you can enjoy, from eBooks, digital magazines, downloadable audiobooks, and streaming movies to online research and learning tools. If you don’t have a Library card you can get immediate access by signing up for an Online Borrowing Card (OBR) on our catalog home page. During this time, many are extending access to their resources. Please check out the additional availability provide to customers below.

If you still have questions, check Frequently Asked Questions or contact us directly.

Overdrive

Browse, check out, download, and stream thousands of eBooks and audiobooks with your library card through OverDrive. Use its Libby app to enjoy additional features, such as linking cards from multiple libraries, and syncing positions, bookmarks, and notes across your devices. OverDrive also offers large collections for Kids and Teens.

What’s Different?

  • About 4,200 eBook editions of classic literary works have been added since the Library closed.  These titles are also available via the Library Catalog.
  • The Library is working to add more copies of titles to more quickly fulfill holds.
  • Accessible for temporary (Online Borrower Registration) card holders.

► Library card required  / Need to create user account  / Certain items instantly available; popular items may require holds  / Can check out 10 titles at a time

Overdrive

With coronavirus updates changing our communities every day, Scholastic is prepared to help your students learn from home. To support the forward movement of education during these challenging times, we want to extend our line of Scholastic resources to support distance learning.

What’s Different?

  • Scholastic Learn from Home is an online site live with 5 days of learning to support off site education.
  • All other content from BookFlix and ScienceFlix is still available using your library card
  • Accessible for temporary (Online Borrower Registration) card holders.

► Library card required 

Overdrive

While Gale Virtual Reference and Gale LegalForms are restricted to in-library use only, Gale is opening access to a COVID-19 Resource Center which includes:

  • Interdisciplinary, curriculum aligned resources to support online learning from pre-K through undergraduate.
  • Live and on-demand training materials to help you optimize your existing resources.
  • Professional development eBooks to help transition to and strengthen virtual learning.
  • Authoritative Gale resources on health-related topics and global issues.

What’s Different?

  • Check for these free resources here.

► Library card required 

Overdrive

Follett is delivering free at-home e-learning materials during the outbreak.

What’s Different?

  • Free access through June 30, 2020 for Lightbox and AV2 World Languages interactive books. Register here for easy access.

► Library card required 

Overdrive

Rosen Publishing Group is offering free access to 2,000 fiction and nonfiction eBooks for independent reading and instruction while schools are closed.

What’s Different?

  • To access these free resources, go to com and enter the username and password associated with the grade levels noted below.

K-2
Username:  keeplearning_k-2
Password:   read

 3-5
Username:  keeplearning_3-5
Password:   read

6-8
Username:  keeplearning_6-8
Password:  read

 9-12
Username:  keeplearning_9-12
Password:   read

► Library card required 

Overdrive

To help libraries continue meeting the needs of students, teachers and patrons during these unprecedented times, EBSCO is providing free and expanded access to EBSCO and partner content. 

What’s Different?

  • Check for these free resources here.

► Library card required 

Overdrive

Access your favorite magazines digitally at any time. Get the newest copy or browse back issues. Everything is available right when you want it.

What’s Different?

  • Accessible for temporary (Online Borrower Registration) card holders.

► Library card required / Need to create user account

Overdrive

Ancestry delivers billions of records in censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and many other countries.

What’s Different?

  • Ancestry is available temporarily while the library is closed during the pandemic. Library customers need to log into their account to see the link and access the site.

► Library card required

Overdrive

Instantly access hundreds of movies on your computer or mobile device. Kanopy has a strong collection of independent, international, documentary, and early films from providers like Criterion, PBS, and Kino Lorber.

Kanopy Kids highlights films and TV series that help children develop empathy, mindfulness, and self-esteem through entertaining and educational videos. The platform includes developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common Sense Media, as well as additional parental controls.

What’s Different?

  • Kanopy has made selected films credit-free for the moment, which means they don’t count against your monthly checkouts. When customers log into their account, the first scrolling marquis lists the credit-free titles.
  • Kanopy Kids videos don’t count against your monthly checkouts for the time being.
  • The Great Courses videos can currently be watched without counting against monthly checkouts. 
  • Accessible for temporary (Online Borrower Registration) card holders.

► Library card required  / Need to create user account  / Items available instantly, anytime / Many items still fall under our 10 plays per month user cap

MackinVIA

They are providing free access to all of its Mackin Classic ebooks for all schools until the end of 2020.

Wattpad

Intended for readers and writers to publish new user-generated stories in different genres.

Fanfiction

Fanfiction archive and forum where fanfic writers and readers gather to share their passion.

Archive of Our Own

Make profiles, create works, post comments, give Kudos, participate in Challenges, and more.

Serial Box

Digital audio and reading platform and publisher that delivers ongoing stories on SmartPhone.

The Internet Archive

Intended for readers and writers to publish new user-generated stories in different genres.

Fanfiction

Fanfiction archive and forum where fanfic writers and readers gather to share their passion.

Archive of Our Own

Make profiles, create works, post comments, give Kudos, participate in Challenges, and more.

La Porte County Public Library
Phone: (219) 362-6156
Email: help@laportelibrary.org

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