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We provide best selling audio and print books you can checkout and download to a wide range of devices.

Kids and Teens can find best selling audio and print books in two new collections: the TEENScollection and the KIDScollection. Try them, and don't forget that you can always go to the main collection for more.

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Get started with eBooks: iPad/iPhone, Android, Kindle/Kindle Fire

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Zinio Digital Newstand Platform offers you access to full digital copies of some of your favorite magazines. You can download and view these titles on your computer or mobile device. Learn more about using Zinio

Reading magazines just got easier! Download the new Zinio for Libraries app [iTunes Store | Google Play].

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Hoopla is a free audio and video streaming service available to all Upper Arlington Public Library cardholders. Through Hoopla you have access to thousands of titles in e-book, video, music, audiobook and comic book formats for streaming or temporary download. Check our support page, or download a copy of our Hoopla Instructions sheet.

Stream Music

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Download your favorite music from Freegal Music Downloads, a new FREE digital download for music. Learn more about using Freegal

Download Music

 
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Hoopla is a free audio and video streaming service available to all Upper Arlington Public Library cardholders. Through Hoopla patrons now have access to thousands of titles in e-book, video, music, audiobook and comic book formats for streaming or temporary download. Content can be enjoyed on smartphones, tablets or computers. Check our support page, or download a copy of our Hoopla Instructions sheet.

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Schedule a 1-on-1 training with staff in our Media Services department. We can help you get started with UAPL's free eBooks and Magazines. Each session is up to one hour.

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Complimentary Access: read as many articles as you like. More Info

Connect with Your Librarians

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Join our Adult Department's Goodreads Group: connect with your librarians and other Goodreads Group members to discuss and share book recommendations.

Books Librarians Love

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LibraryReads is a monthly Top 10 list of books chosen by librarians all over the country. You can see the current and past lists at LibraryReads.org
In addition, our librarian Bonnie stocks a Goodreads shelf with those titles for your convenience.

Adult Guides

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Our downloadable guides range from new release lists to “how to” instructions designed to help you with our collection.

Events for Adults

Older Adult Help Desk

Local experts from the UA Commission on Aging, Syntero and Stay UA will be available... more

When?
Tue, 09/27/2016 - 4:00pm
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library
Let's Speak English

This is a great opportunity for adults to practice English with ESOL trained volunteers. The class begins... more

When?
Wed, 09/28/2016 - 1:00pm
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library
Getting Started on Your Family History

Jayne Davis from the Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society returns to the Lane Road Library to... more

When?
Thu, 09/29/2016 - 7:00pm
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library
Opera on Film

Join Dr. Christopher Purdy, Classical 101 Host and Producer, as he presents Verdi’s Aida. 136 min.

When?
Sun, 10/02/2016 - 1:30pm
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library

Check our lists of   ►​ New Books        ►​ New Audiobooks

The Adult Readers' Blog

Written by on Wed, 09/14/2016 - 5:18pm

Birthdays can be occasions to reflect on accomplishments, mark achievements, and generally celebrate life. They can also offer the opportunity to set goals or start fresh. Then again, birthdays can also bring out the darker emotions: jealousy, envy, and resentment. Here are a selection of the good, the bad, and the unforgettable in fictional birthdays, from young to old:

  • Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan: On his 18th birthday, Jonah Williams escapes the plantation where he was held as a slave since birth.
  • You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell: On the morning of her 25th birthday, a woman opens the last letter written to her by her deceased mother and discovers a secret that will change her life.
  • Ever After by Rachel Lacey: On her 29th birthday, Olivia Bennett goes to jail and meets the man of her dreams.
  • Young Once by Patrick Modiano: On her 35th birthday, a woman and her husband reflect on their early years in Paris.
  • Heirs and Assigns by Marjorie Eccles: When a wealthy retired businessman dies suspiciously on his 60th birthday, a detective must find the real killer among the many guests who would benefit from his death.

Music Makers’ Memoirs

Written by on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 1:35pm

From heavy metal to rock and funk, Latin jazz to pop and punk, and R&B to soul and folk, trailblazing...>>

Play Ball !!

Written by on Tue, 03/01/2016 - 12:32pm

After 113 years, Major League Baseball is still the national pastime and continues to set attendance records. With its long and rich...>>

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Adult Recommendations

The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R.S. Belcher

Lurking in a forgotten town in the middle of America, an ancient evil is preparing a new attack on humanity. Our only hope of survival rests in the hands of an unlikely trio: long-haul trucker Jimmy Aussapile; Heck Sinclair, the heir-apparent of a bounty-hunting biker gang; and rogue Louisiana cop Lovina Hewitt. With the help of an ancient order of knights and a certain back-from-the-dead rockstar nicknamed “Helvis” (but don’t call him that to his face), our heroes will fight urban legends brought to fanged-and-clawed life, pagan gods gone bad, and a club of serial killers.

The Brotherhood of the Wheel is an exciting new urban fantasy that breathes diesel fumes and fresh life into the genre.

The Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon

Commissario Guido Brunetti is back solving crime.  The Venetian inspector has been called on to investigate an attempted murder.  The case is over a decade old and has been filed as an accident.  If this isn’t enough of an obstacle, let’s throw in office politics, inept superiors, and the beautiful but overly touristic and corrupt city of Venice as the setting.  Leon delivers a tight, elegant mystery devoid of car chases, most weapons, and limited cell phone use.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

“Miracle on Water”… it could be said that this story is a precursor to the 1980 Winter Olympic U.S. Hockey team’s “Miracle on Ice”.  Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown is a fascinating story of eight University of Washington students coming together in the ultimate team sport, rowing.  With the Great Depression as the backdrop, the story of this true amateur team is an excellent and inspirational story.  Many of these young college men faced and overcame many obstacles including family strife, abandonment, financial difficulties, and even global politics in their quest to win locally and nationally. Read how this team overcame long odds to compete on the world’s biggest stage, the 1936 Olympics, and find out how they did against the hometown favorites, Germany. 

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Recommended E-Books

The miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history. For fourteen months, Alvarenga survived constant shark attacks. He learned to catch fish with his bare hands. He built a fish net from a pair of empty plastic bottles. Taking apart the outboard motor, he fashioned a huge fishhook. Using fish vertebrae as needles, he stitched together his own clothes. Based on dozens of hours of interviews with Alvarenga and interviews with his colleagues, search and rescue officials, the medical team that saved his life and the remote islanders who nursed him back to health, this is an epic tale of survival.

Reader Zone

How About A Great Read?

We offer lots of ways to connect our readers with just the right books.

Our collections in this section make it easy for readers to not only identify books that fit their reading interest, but to also download titles at no charge to a media of their choice. So in addition to finding great books, you can read or listen to them whenever you choose.

The resources below will help you find bestseller lists, book discussion guides, reviews, and literary criticisms. You can also download eBooks and eAudiobooks, chat with a librarian for book recommendations, or join an online book club!

Reader's Resources


Resource Description
Book News Page Browse books by genre, including new releases and bestsellers—or look up book reviews, lists of past and present award winners, and author interviews and biographies.
Online Book Clubs Experience a new book every Monday! Each week you can read 2–3 chapters of a new book, which will be e-mailed in 5-minute daily segments. If you like the book, you can check it out at the library.
eBooks & eAudiobooks Download eBooks and eAudiobooks from Digital Downloads - A Library Collaboration and NetLibrary/Recorded Books. Then read or listen to these books on your computer, MP3 player, or SmartPhone.
Playaway Audiobooks Playaway is the newest format of audiobook. It combines an entire book and player in one small unit, which weighs only 2 oz. and fits in your pocket. To view our selection of Playaway titles, go to our catalog, browse by Call Number, type “Play” and hit the Search button or click here.
Online Databases NoveList Plus, Literary Reference Center, and American & English Literature Collection help readers find new books or learn more about authors and their works. Access reviews, annotations, book discussion guides, author read-a-likes, and literary criticisms.
Recommended Internet Sites Our reference librarians have assembled a list of reliable Internet sites. Browse the links under Language / Literature for book discussions, reviews, and bestseller lists.