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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

 
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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

Older Adult Help Desk

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

When?
Tue, 03/28/2017 - 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, 03/29/2017 - 1:00pm
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library
Community Book Discussion: How to Raise an Adult

Join counselors from Jones Middle School and Hastings Middle school to discuss “How to Raise and Adult” by Julie Lythcott-Haims. In... more

When?
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 7:00pm
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library
Community Book Discussion: How to Raise an Adult

Join counselors from Jones Middle School and Hastings Middle school to discuss “How to Raise and Adult” by Julie Lythcott-Haims. In... more

When?
Thu, 03/30/2017 - 10:30am
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library

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

The Adult Readers' Blog

Written by on Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:10pm

Mysteries and history, two enjoyable stand-alone genres, can be unbeatable when combined. In the Charles Todd series, set shortly after “The Great War,” the main character, Ian Rutledge, was an officer during the war and has returned to his position as an inspector for Scotland Yard. This engrossing mystery is filled with interesting characters and the author’s vivid descriptions of the era transport readers effortlessly to another time. Enjoy the Charles Todd books and other mysteries set during World War I.

A Test of Wills by Charles Todd (series #1)

Wings of Fire by Charles Todd (series #2)

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (series #1)

Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear (series #2)

A $20 Bill Makeover

Written by on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 1:04pm

Throughout its history, the U.S. Treasury has changed the look of...>>

Ohioana Stories: History, Horror, and Buckeyes Behaving Badly

Written by on Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:30pm

The Ohioana Book Festival is coming to Columbus this Saturday,...>>

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Adult Recommendations

Dollbaby: A Novel by Laura Lane McNeal

 

In the summer of 1964 Ibby Bell’s father dies. Her mother dumps Ibby and her father’s urn at grandmother Fannie’s New Orleans house. Fannie, Fannie’s cook, Queenie, and her daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South. Soon hidden secrets, closed rooms, and southern family quirks begin to unlock their mysteries to Ibby.
 
For fans of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help, Dollbaby brings to life the charm and unrest of 1960s New Orleans.
  

In The Garden of Beasts

No one wanted to be the first US Ambassador to Hitler’s Germany.  It was 1933; Hitler and his Nazi party had risen to power promising a renewed and powerful Germany but stories of the beatings and hatred of Jews and other minorities were beginning to leak out of Berlin.  Newly-elected President Franklin Roosevelt had to personally call William Dodd, an easy-going history professor at the University of Chicago, to convince him to fill the vacancy. Reluctantly, Dodd accepted the job with the caveat that his wife, son and flamboyant daughter accompany him.  Dodd’s daughter, Martha, began to get noticed at Nazi Party functions leading her father to believe she was in over her head.  As the author succinctly stated, “These were complicated people moving through a complicated time, before the monsters declared their true nature.”  This well-written glimpse into the lives and machinations of the Nazi inner circle is an excellent read. 

The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris

Thousands of miles and nearly two decades separate the lives of Tommy Capello, a convicted bank robber doing time in Alcatraz prison, and Shanley Keegan, an 11-year old orphan living in Dublin, Ireland. Tommy’s story launches readers into Alcatraz prison in 1937, where he watches and listens from inside the warden’s greenhouse as prison guards search for the missing daughter of a fellow guard. Acutely aware of what’s at stake, Tommy can only hope they don’t find the girl. In Dublin, Ireland in 1919, Shanley Keegan, aspires to be a vaudevillian. He performs in local pubs to often bellicose or indifferent customers and turns his earnings over to his abusive, alcoholic uncle. Shan wants more out of life than this and jumps at the opportunity to travel by ship to America with his uncle. Fate has other plans for Shan. Easily moving between time and characters, this intricately-plotted story of loyalty and sacrifice is captivating and satisfying.

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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.