Even though the physical library is currently closed, our digital library is available 24/7!
We are committed to providing our patrons improved access to digital content during this unprecedented closure. We are working to broaden limits on digital checkouts, channel more of our materials budget to digital content, and offer additional resources with the help of our wonderful vendors.
Here are just some of the many resources you can access from home, including some newly added special resources you can access for a limited time only. Scroll to the bottom for FAQs about SPL closure.
Find access to all of your usual favorite digital resources by clicking HERE including:
- Overdrive: E-books and e-audiobooks. Download the Libby by Overdrive app for the easiest user experience.
- RBdigital: E-audiobooks that are immediately accessible with no wait. Mobile app available.
- Hoopla: A vast collection of e-books, e-audiobooks, movies, music, and more to borrow and enjoy with no wait! Mobile app available. Bonus Borrows: Now through April 30, 2020. Over a thousand select titlest to discover without using your monthly borrows.
- Flipster: Instant access to dozens of popular magazines spanning subjects from cooking, DIY, entertainment, science, news, and more.
- TumbleBooks: Animated talking picture books for children featuring animation, sound, music and narration.
Explore business, DIY, research and independent learning tools
On our homepage, make sure to check out the RESOURCES and STUDENT RESOURCES sections for business, DIY, research, and independent learning resources. (If you are on a mobile device, click on the menu icon—the black square with three horizontal lines—to access the Resources sections.)
You'll find popular resources including:
- Creativebug: Featuring over 1000 online art and craft classes.
- Lynda.com: Featuring thousands of video courses taught by experts to develop business, software, technology, and creative skills.
- Transparent Language: Featuring lessons to learn over 100 languages.
Enjoy these NEW resources available for a limited time only!
SPL is able to provide these new digital resources for a limited time through the generosity of many of our vendors. Enjoy!
Audio Book Cloud: Features e-audiobooks for all ages. Username: tumble2020 | Password: A3b5c6
Romance Book Cloud: A large collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd. Username: tumble2020 | Password: A3b5c6
Teen Book Cloud: Features e-books for grades 7-12. Username: tumble2020 | Password: A3b5c6
Hoopla Bonus Borrows: Now through April 30, 2020. Over a thousand select titlest to discover without using your monthly borrows i.e. they do not count against your monthly borrow limits. Find Hoopla here or download the mobile app.
Ancestry Library Edition: Now available to patrons remotely through April! This resource is usually available for in-library use only.
Health Reference Series ONLINE: Provides remote access to health and wellness information and publications in the Health Reference Series and Teen Health Series collections. Includes access to Global Pandemics and Epidemics and How They Relate to You, which includes a section dedicated to COVID-19. Available through April 30, 2020.
Choose the "Remote Password" option. Password: SPL2020
TumbleMATH: Features math e-books for grades K-6 math. Username: tumble2020 | Password: A3b5c6
Other Helpful Resources
Please note these resources are not provided by the library. Please follow the links for more information.
- Audible Stories: For as long as schools are closed, kids can instantly stream a collection of Audible stories to listen to, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. Free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
- Junior Library Guild: During this time, JGL is offering free, unlimited access to their online reading platform. Access Gold Standard e-books for Elementary, Middle School and High school students. JLG is the collection-development partner for school and public libraries across the nation.
- Storyline Online: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator.
Learning and Enrichment:
- COSI Connects: COSI's Digital Doorway for at-home science discovery and learning. Every day, COSI will deliver fresh, exciting and engaging science through COSI videos and hands-on activities you can try at home. Visit for your daily science activity.
- Free Spectrum Internet for Students: Beginning March 16, 2020 Spectrum will offer two free months of internet and WiFi services to new customers in households with Pre-K to 12 or college students who need remote education. Discount will be applied as a credit for your first two months of internet services, and any installation or pre-payment fees will be waived to help get you started. Click the link for more info.
- 450 Free Ivy League Courses: These courses are available online for audit.
- NPR's list of live virtual concerts
- Scholastic Learn at Home: Scholastic Learn at Home provides 20 days’ worth of free active learning journeys designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for those students who are unable to attend school.
- Smithsonian Learning Lab: Learning Lab offers teachers and educators access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian's museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more. Educators will find pre-packaged collections that contain lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian museum educators as well as thousands of classroom teachers.
- Smithsonian Open Access Images: Nearly 3 million images to explore, use, and share from across the Smithsonian collections.
Stories, Activities, and Doodles:
- Draw Every Day with JJK: Join children's author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka every weekday on YouTube for some doodles. Live at 2 p.m. EST.
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willem: Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles! New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. EST and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.
- Mouse Circus: Neil Gaiman's Official Website for Younger Readers. Watch Neil read his story The Graveyard Book and a cast of characters read the chapter book Coraline. Play games and download activities based on Neil's books for kids.
- Story Time from Space: Offers videos of stories being read from space.
- Stories with Oliver Jeffers: Author Oliver Jeffers will live stream reading one of his books each weekday at 2 p.m. EST on Instagram Live. Archived videos available on his website here.
Even More Resources
These resources have been suggested or curated by community members, librarian interest groups, and others. The library holds no affiliation with these resources, and the views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views and opinions of SPL. We have included them here believing many may be of interest and encourage patrons to employ their own evaluations and judgments.
- Extensive Calendar of daily livestreaming events. Includes direct links to daily storytimes, concerts, arts and crafts, and much more. Courtesy of Jennifer Foster.
- Huge list of resource links. Endless free resources for children, adults, parents, educators, etc. There's something for everyone. Check it out!
- Science Mom: Livestreamed science lessons each weekday from Science Mom featuring engineering challenges, crafts, games, Q&A, and more.
- Virtual field trips: Links to over 30 virtual tours of parks, museums, zoos, famous attractions and more.
- Virtual tours of 12 famous museums. Includes virtual tours of the British Museum; Musée d’Orsay, Paris; and National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
FAQs About Temporary Closure
- Items Due
Due dates for all items checked out, including those through Interlibrary Loan, SearchOhio or OhioLINK, have been extended to April 13. Due to these unusual circumstances, we will work with anyone with items that were already past due before the closure. Please disregard any overdue notices you may receive.
- Book Drops
Book drops at both locations are closed. Please keep all materials during this time of closure. No fees will be charged to your account.
Holds listed as Ready for Pick-up will be held at your pick-up location for 5 days after SPL reopens. Please disregard the pick-up date listed on your account. You may continue to place holds for items through the library’s catalog. All holds will show as “Suspended” until we reopen.
- New Library Cards
During our unexpected closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still sign up online for a library card. Click here to sign up. On your “successful registration screen”, you will receive a temporary barcode (PACREG#######). You can use this temporary barcode and the pin you assigned to your account to begin immediately using digital library services. Once the library reopens, you have 30 days to come into one of our locations with a valid photo ID and proof of address to receive your full access card. All applicants must be residents of Ohio.
- Existing Library Card Numbers and PINs
Library card PINs are 4 digits long. The PIN defaults to the last 4 numbers of the phone number associated with your account. You may have also opted to reset your PIN to a 4-digit number of your choosing. If you have registered for an account through our website, you can use the “Forgot your PIN?” link to be emailed a link to reset it. Please note: Library staff cannot reset your PIN for you.