For Readers

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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
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

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:00pm
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

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:00pm
Lane Road Branch Library
The Ohio State University in the Sixties: The Unraveling of the Old Order

In the spring of 1970 growing student protests forced the Ohio State University to close entirely for two weeks - an event unprecedented... more

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 7:00pm
Tremont Road - Main Library
A Few Notes on Streaming Music

Streaming services have changed the way we listen to music by making (almost) all of the songs available all of the time. We’ll talk... more

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 7:00pm
Tremont Road - Main Library

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

The Adult Readers' Blog

Written by on Fri, 10/07/2016 - 8:00am

Halloween is creeping up fast—time to get festive and enjoy all things ghoulish!  Check out a few fun books and create a fab Halloween party, paint yourself into a zombie, or decorate for Halloween better than Martha!

The Vegetarian Season

Written by on Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:54pm

Every fall there are three “awareness” observations for vegetarians: September 27th is “Hug a Vegetarian Day”; October 1st is “World...>>

Harry Potter and the Adult Reader

Written by on Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:03am

Less than a month ago, the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child—the stage script written by Jack Thorne and based on an...>>


Adult Recommendations

Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud

After a particularly frustrating day, writer Elizabeth Greenwood sat down with a friend and griped about her life, her job, and her six-figure student loan debt. After spinning several increasingly unlikely scenarios for paying back her loans, her friend offered, “Or you could fake your own death.”

The conversation moved on, but the idea stuck, leading Greenwood to investigate the who, how, and—especially—why of “pseudocide.” Her search leads her to a gruff skip-tracer, a jet-setting insurance investigator, a middle-aged lothario who managed to disappear in plain sight, and family members left behind. She learns the worst way to fake your death (drowning), the most common reason to fake your death (money), and the quickest way to get caught (keeping your car).

From New York’s Bear Mountain Bridge to Manila’s black-market bodies, Greenwood leads the reader on a wild tour of the world of death fraud, introducing us to death fakers, the people who help them, and the authorities who hunt them. 

The Great Reckoning

Fans of Louise Penny be happy, we are back to Three Pines, Gamache, and everything you love about Penny's novels.

I liked this book and if you have not read a Louise Penny I would highly recommend you start at the beginning with Still Life. You could read this book as a stand alone, but it will unfold better if you are familiar with her characters’ history.

Former Chief Inspector of Homicide at the Surete' of Quebec Armande Ganache doesn’t retire but takes a job at their police academy to root out those who have created a culture of fear and dishonesty. But soon someone at the academy is found dead, killed by a single gunshot to the head. Is it murder or suicide?  And a mysterious map plays into the story line adding another layer of mystification.

Louise Penny is a gifted story teller who makes the setting so real you want to pack up and move there!

Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell

To meet one’s Waterloo” has become a phrase in popular culture meaning a decisive defeat. It's fitting this term has endured because The Battle of Waterloo is considered a history-changing battle. In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the island of Elba, where he had been exiled. He immediately headed to France to reunite the French army, which was always fiercely loyal to him, and to expand the French Empire. Although considered one of the greatest military minds in history, the author indicates Napoleon made some questionable moves and interesting assumptions at Waterloo.

Bernard Cornwell artfully sets the stage for this epic battle and details the events as they unfold. The author’s use of primary sources (letters from the soldiers) gives the reader a vivid account of the brutality of the battle that cost the lives of over 65,000 people. This is an exceptional account that will satisfy anybody with an interest in the Battle of Waterloo.



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.