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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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Listen Columbus provides public streaming access to the music of talented artists in Central Ohio.
We also have a growing number of CDs by local musicians in our collection for your borrowing pleasure.

Stream Music

Tips on how to backup Freegal Music songs

 
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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

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

Practical Parenting: Leaving the Nest, Letting them Fall, and Watching Them Soar

“Let it go”. Easier said than done sometimes. Nurturing, protecting, trying to stop them from falling can become a habit. However, it... more

When?
Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:00am
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library
UAPL Book Circle

Join us for an informal discussion of Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

When?
Tue, 02/21/2017 - 7:00pm
Where?
Lane Road Branch 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, 02/22/2017 - 1:00pm
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library
Seniors Ask The Expert: The Financial Advisor

If you have questions about financial planning, money management, saving for your future, planning for medical costs and more, join Fred... more

When?
Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:00pm
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library

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

The Adult Readers' Blog

Written by on Thu, 02/09/2017 - 2:34pm

As Valentine’s Day marketing ramps up and tantalizing tokens of affection fill merchants’ shelves, books offer opportunities to step back and reflect on the multidimensional nature of love. Compassion, a component of love, moves beyond feeling to doing for the good and welfare of others. So, in the spirit of doing, below are some books that inspire and affirm the power of compassion to make a difference.

Painting a Picture of Women Artists

Written by on Wed, 01/04/2017 - 11:47am

In 1971, ARTnews magazine published an article by Linda Nochlin entitled, Why Have There Been No Great...>>

Judging Books by Their Covers

Written by on Tue, 12/06/2016 - 3:25pm

We all do it to varying degrees. Whether we’re walking past a book display or browsing, we reach for books to which we’re drawn. Book...>>

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Adult Recommendations

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Juliana “Jules” Fortis, a.k.a. the Chemist, is the premier chemical interrogation researcher/specialist at a government agency so secret it has no name. Somewhere along the line the agency decided her boss, Dr. Barnaby, and she had become liabilities. While they succeeded in killing Barnaby, Jules escaped and went on the run. After several unsuccessful run-ins with agents sent to eliminate her, her former handler offers her a quid pro quo deal—if she takes one last job for her ex-employers, they’ll leave her alone. If she knew something before that made her a target, the information she acquires with this job puts her in even more danger. Fast-paced and thoroughly engrossing, this tautly plotted novel with a fierce and fascinating new heroine delivers.

The Good Goodbye by Carla Buckley

The first thing you should know is that everyone lies.
The second thing is that it matters.” 

Before the first chapter even begins, this statement establishes the premise for a tragic story of how secrets, lies, and misunderstandings, mixed with bad decisions, can alter lives in a split second.

The author uses the three main characters, Natalie Falcone, her daughter, Arden, and Arden's cousin and best friend, Rory, to tell the story. The narrative bounces back and forth from one to the other as more and more is revealed about Arden and Rory and their relationship with each other and their families. The happy facade of two cousins who are closer than sisters crumbles and like a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces begin to fall into place with a more complicated family picture emerging.

There can be no perfect ending to the story of the Falcones. It's a heartwrenching journey where not everyone can be saved and there are lessons to be learned by those who are. Lies are destructive and no matter how you justify them, in the end, they can destroy lives. This book is difficult to put down.

Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel W. Drezner

With tongue firmly in cheek, Drezner, a professor of international studies at Tufts University, uses the popular interest in zombies to illuminate four major theories in international political science. Referencing writers from Max Brooks to Jared Diamond and Francis Fukuyama, and films from Dead Snow to Dead Alive, this brief, entertaining book will interest zombie enthusiasts and political newbies alike. If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between a neocon and a constructivist, or tried to figure out what “realpolitik” actually means, you owe it to yourself to give this light-hearted introduction a try.

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Recommended E-Books

Paris in 1918 is a city wracked with grief and shadowed with fear. For Opaline Duplessi, though, it is a refuge from her mother’s dark legacy of magic and her own guilty conscience. Working as a jeweler in the heart of Paris, she meets few people who are unaffected by the war, from her employer’s wounded son to the grieving mothers who seek her out for a last chance at closure. For these mothers, Opaline will use her gifts in lithomancy—the magic of gemstones—to communicate one last message from their sons. Then Opaline meets a ghost who won’t disappear after communicating his last message—a ghost with an uncanny connection to Opaline herself.

As Opaline searches for the man behind the spirit, she is drawn into a conspiracy of White Russians in contact with the exiled Dowager Empress of Russia. But there is a traitor among the conspirators—and if Opaline wants to avoid becoming a ghost herself, she will have to call upon her deepest reserves of strength and her most powerful magics, finally embracing the deadly legacy of La Lune.

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


ResourceDescription
Book News PageBrowse 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 ClubsExperience 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 & eAudiobooksDownload 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 AudiobooksPlayaway 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 DatabasesNoveList 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 SitesOur reference librarians have assembled a list of reliable Internet sites. Browse the links under Language / Literature for book discussions, reviews, and bestseller lists.