Safe-At-Home Resources


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As concerts are postponed, sporting events canceled, schools and offices closed, and restaurants shuttered, the experts recommend we all stay home if possible during this pandemic. 

Although staying inside is a good way to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus,  let’s be honest, it can get a little boring. Let the library help you stay entertained, and maybe even productive, from home. Below you will find a collection of online resources and links you can access from anywhere with an Internet connection. Whether you want to take a virtual tour of the Guggenheim, watch a children’s storytime, or research your first novel, there’s always something waiting for you from the library.

Resources to Save Your Sanity

  • Wisconsin’s Digital Library connects you to thousands of free library ebooks and e-audiobooks. Download the Libby app to make reading online even easier. Available with your library card.
  • Flipster magazines can be read on a computer or you can download the free app. There are over 90 magazines to choose from. Available with your library card.
  • Hoopla (coming April 1st): Hoopla will allow you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Hoopla has hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. 
  • National Emergency Library: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, over 1.4 million digital books have been made available in the brand new National Emergency Library created by the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites and more. The archive is suspending waitlists through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later. 
  • The Youth Services blog of the Wisconsin Library Association has collected links to Author Readings and other helpful learning tools, as well as online library programming options.
  • There are a lot of brand new at-home teachers now that the schools have closed. PBS Wisconsin and the Department of Public Instruction have created a handy webpage chock-full of learning resources devoted to at-home learning. Check it out here.  
  • EBSCO, a the leading provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, and e-books to libraries, has provided a wonderful set of information and free resources supporting distance learning including study packets, STEM activities, teacher guides, and more!  Take a look here.
  • Kids Activities Blog has a list of education companies offering free subscriptions right now.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home lessons includes daily projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
  • Explora offers online access to magazines, journals, newspapers, and more covering education, health, business, science, history and general areas of interest. This is one of many online resources available through BadgerLink and available with your library card.
  • Gale Courses offer over 350 free, online classes in a variety of subjects, from ACT prep to Photoshop basics to medical coding.
  • Do genealogy research at home with AncestryLibrary (available remotely until April 30)
  • With Learning Express, you will find practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, and information needed to achieve results—at school, at work, or in life. 

Want to just jump right in? Take a look at MCL’s new Virtual Tours page!