5 Digital Library Collections You Can Enjoy from Home

Need something to read, watch, or listen to while you're unable to visit your library? You can use your library card to enjoy these five digital library collections anywhere.

1. Read eBooks and listen to audiobooks from OverDrive.

Stock up on your favorite books without leaving home. Browse our top picks in under-the-radar new eBooks. Skip the wait with eBooks and audiobooks that are available now.

Visit our eBooks or Audiobooks page for more staff picks.

Read or listen on OverDrive now. Use the Libby app from OverDrive.

2. Stream indie films, world cinema, classics, and more on Kanopy.

Tired of scrolling by the same films on your streaming site? Try something new with Kanopy, a streaming service you can use with your library card. Check out Bettina's picks for 5 movies to watch during Women's History Month. Try Britta's Based on Books picks for films that are based on books. Learn something new by watching The Great Courses.

Visit our Movies and TV page for more staff picks.

Stream movies on Kanopy now.

3. Borrow on-demand music, movies and TV, or comics on hoopla.

Enjoy ad-free music, movies and TV, and comics anytime, anywhere. 

Listen to top new albums. Discover emerging artists. Explore popular tv genres like comedy, crime, or drama. Work on your fitness goals with yoga, dance, and fitness videos. Read graphic novels from Seattle alternative comics publisher Fantagraphics

Visit our Music or Movies and TV page for more staff picks.

Borrow music, movies, or comics on hoopla now.

4. Catch up on the latest issues of popular magazines from OverDrive Magazines.

Whatever you're into, there's a magazine for that. Instantly download full issues of your favorite magazines.

Visit our Magazines and Newspapers page for more staff picks.

Read magazines on OverDrive now.

Allure, Saveur, and Yoga digital magazine on Overdrive

5. Enjoy Full Access to The New York Times Online.

Read unlimited articles on The New York Times website or app. Find out how to create your free account and start reading.

Read articles from The New York Times online.

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  • Last year, our Board of Trustees asked staff to analyze the impact of late fines. Over six months, we gathered and reviewed relevant data. On March 29, we presented our analysis to the board.

    Presentation highlights included the following findings:

    • Late fines worsen inequality and discourage library use. Individuals with low-income and limited access to transportation and technology are most impacted.
    • Late fines do not generate a significant source of revenue. In recent years, fines made up less than one percent of our total operating budget.
    • Totals collected continue to decrease over time. This trend correlates with patrons checking out more digital and fewer physical items. Digital titles return automatically and do not accrue late fines.
    • Collecting fines from patrons also has costs. Associated expenses include staff time, payment processing fees, printing notices, and more.
    • A majority of peer libraries have eliminated late fines.

    Based on these findings, we submitted a proposal to eliminate late fines. On April 26, the Board of Trustees voted to approve the proposal.

  • OverDrive is discontinuing the OverDrive app.

    Switch to the Libby app before May 1 to transfer your eBook checkouts, lists, and history.

    Do you use a Kindle Fire? You’ll still be able to use the OverDrive app on Kindle Fire. This is because Amazon has not yet accepted the Libby App on the Amazon app store.

  • Yes.

    All employees get paid time off for:  

    • Vacation  
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    • One “floating” holiday that employees can choose when to use 
    • Holidays

    We recognize 11 holidays each year. All full-time employees get paid time off for all holidays. Part-time employees get paid holiday time off if the holiday is on a day they work.* 

    *Unless covered by a union contract. 

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Updated 3/17/2023