Now Showing: Streaming Movies from the Free Library
Two big announcements today:
First, we've added streaming movies and video to the ebook and audiobook selection through our Overdrive platform. You'll find all different genres of movies from drama and comedy to horror and documentary, hit television series from the Starz network, even self help and exercise videos, with more content...
OneClick Digital Audiobook Help and FAQs
OneClick Digital is a popular source for downloadable audiobooks from the Free Library of Philadelphia. While OneClick is fairly straightforward and easy-to-use, we've compiled the following FAQs just in case you get stuck.
You will always find the link for OneClick at out Digital Media page.
For additional help resources and a collection...
Featured Resource: Business Decision
Savvy entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders already know about Business Decision, but did you know this resource can help you create thematic maps and datasets that will guide your business planning, your outreach efforts, and your next marketing campaign?
Want to create a map showing income levels, educational attainment, or age in...
FLP Now Offering Online Technology Education with Treehouse
One newest resource, Treehouse, will help you build websites, create iPhone and Android apps, build web apps with Ruby on Rails and PHP, learn about user experience, how to start a business, and much more!
Through 1000+ video tutorials, quizzes, and code challenges created by expert teachers, you will learn to code...
Introducing Our New Digital Learning Portal and Redesigned Digital Media Page
You'll find some new features at www.freelibrary.org today! We're pleased to introduce our new Digital Learning Portal. We've also redesigned our Download Media page to make it easier to find the ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and streaming music you love.
The Digital Learning Portal is the first stop for those looking to improve their...
Introducing LearningExpress Library 3.0
The latest version of one of our most popular and useful online resources is here. LearningExpress Library 3.0 supports academic and career development as well as lifelong learning through tutorials, test-preparation, and skill building resources in English and Spanish.
The new LearningExpress format will continue to offer skill building in math,...
Take Online Classes Through the Free Library with Universal Class
If you are looking to get ahead at work or at school, interested in learning something new or brushing up on your existing skills, the Free Library is pleased to offer you access to Universal Class.
Universal Class is an online learning platform that allows you to take courses at your own...
Download Digital Magazines with Zinio and the Free Library!
With Zinio the Free Library is pleased to offer you free access to current issues of popular magazines to read on your tablet, smartphone, or computer. Your SEPTA ride to work just got so much better!
Here's what you'll need to get started:
Two accounts created using the same email address
Online Census Data during the Government Shutdown
With luck, the government shutdown will be a thing of the past very soon, but until then, remember that you can rely on the Free Library for many of your information needs. For example, census.gov is currently unavailable, but Business Decision, a great database available from the Free Library, offers complete...
What students (and often their teachers and their principals) don’t know about research and an enriching liberal education
With the fall season upon us, students, their teachers, and their principals have recently returned to school. In the School District of Philadelphia, each of those groups face immense uncertainty about the future. As do students and educators across the United States and Mexico. Despite these myriad challenges, librarians want to offer each group the same support for excellence in local term papers that we always have.
Let us take a tour of the library services, collections, and expertise we have to offer which support students as they take their first steps into the conversations of the global scholarly community:
UPDATE - Changes to Our Electronic Resources and Databases
Over the summer we blogged about a number of changes coming to our electronic resources and databases. The last of those changes has finally gone into effect.
The Free Library will no long provide access to Dun & Bradstreet's Million Dollar Database or Mergent Online, though researchers who had previously relied...
UPDATE - Changes Coming to Our Electronic Resources and Databases
Last month we blogged about changes coming to our electronic resources and databases. A few of those changes will take effect this week.
First of all though, we are happy to report that after further negotiation, we will be able to retain Novelist and Novelist K-8. These excellent resources will guide you to the best in fiction based on the books you already know love. Learn more about how to find great that next great read.
Also this week, we will no longer offer the EBSCOhost Premier editions of the magazine and journal databases listed below. Instead, we will offer the Main edition...
Attention Readers: Your New Favorite Book Is Here
We've all been there: One chapter from the end of a great book, and the pile of on-deck reads atop the bedside table looking awfully slim. The anxiety of not having something to read starts to take hold and tomorrow's Regional Rail commute or worse, a long wait in the...
Tons of New Music Added to FLP's Streaming Music Collections
Our streaming Music Online collections, powered by Alexander Street Press, have recently added tons of great new content. You'll find these collections listed on both our Digital Media and Database pages. If you're new to the service, we have six streaming music collections you can access with your library card number and PIN:
American Song - Hear and feel the music of America's past. Includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys, as well as the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.
Classical Music Library - The...
Now Get Even More from Freading!
Many of our ebook readers have already discovered Freading. It's a great alternative to our Overdrive collection with a wide selection of titles from a growing list of publishers. Freading definitely has something for everyone, but romance fans have discovered that their especially strong collection of steamy titles is not to...
Free Library Google Maps Upgrade and New Features
Google recently announced updates to their Maps API script, with more updates planned this summer for their overall Maps platform.
The Free Library uses this API to display Google Maps in various locations on our website, most notably our Branch Map and Map Mosaic.
In preparation for Google's update, Free Library web development staff worked to upgrade the code and data displayed on the maps, as well as add some new usability features for our customers.
The branch map has been updated to perform like most common “store locators” found on popular retail websites.
You can now quickly view all library branches on...
Changes Coming to Our Electronic Resources and Databases
In our continual effort to better serve you, a team of librarians has recently taken a fresh look at our many electronic resources and databases, and has recommended some changes. Public library services have shifted dramatically over the past few years, with not only greatly reduced budgets but also a growth in the information you can connect to online. Ultimately, we recognize that our electronic databases must be relevant to your needs and provide the excellent library service you deserve.
To that end we will no longer be subscribing to a small selection of our current databases. But don’t worry—we’ve got you...
This is a great time for music lovers. Not so long ago, we had relatively few choices when it came to how we heard our music. We could buy it, which is ideal if you’re sure you’re going to like it once you get it home; listen to the radio or watch MTV, OK as long as you’re content to hear what someone else decides you should hear; or go see it live, again wonderful, but depending on where you live and the kind of music you like, maybe not possible. And those examples only take into account our very recent...
Arts, Culture, and Creativity Mapped Out on CultureBlocks
Another resource and ally in the Open Data movement (as I've written about in previous blog posts) has popped up online as of last week: CultureBlocks.com.
CultureBlocks is a free web-based mapping tool that collects cultural data and assets throughout Philadelphia (i.e. schools, rec centers, public transportation, parks, and libraries) which...
VuFind, the Library's New Online Catalog!
We are excited to present VuFind, the newest version of our online catalog, starting on Wednesday, February 20th!
We've been running VuFind in beta since early last year, so some of you may already be familiar with it. But whether you have used it before or will be using it for the first time, below are some of the new and exciting features of our new online catalog.
Your Library Account
This new online catalog is fully integrated with your library account. Once you log in, you’ll be able to see and manage your Profile Information, Checkouts, Holds, Fines, and Favorites. You’ll...