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. 
  • 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!