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 Mon, 10/24/2016 - 12:09pm

There’s nothing I enjoy more than a good story with ironic, funny, and wise-crack’n characters. There are lots of examples in fiction, both male and female, but here are a few that I have recently come across.  These characters and their wise-crack’n ways make me laugh out loud!

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
Andrew Yancy is a wise-crack’n ex-cop and former sheriff’s investigator who has been demoted to kitchen inspector and happens to have a human arm in his freezer. As Yancy tries to solve the “frozen arm” mystery he runs into an obstacle course of unpredictable situations and even more unpredictable characters.

Sudden Death by David Rosenfelt
Andy Carpenter is a wise-crack’n attorney caught up in the murder of a football player. Railroaded into defending the star running back accused of the crime, Andy finds himself entangled in more than a murder trial.

The Hemingway Thief by Shaun Harris
Henry “Coop” Cooper is a wise-crack’n writer trying to write a serious book … which is hard to do while drinking copious amounts of rum and lounging on a Baja beach. When a stranger stumbles into town claiming to possess the legendary lost manuscripts of Ernest Hemingway, Coop thinks that he has found the story for his book … if he lives long enough.

Celebrate Speculative Fiction!

Written by on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 2:27pm

In February, libraries, classrooms, and communities across the country celebrate Black histories. But what about Black futures?...>>

Gardens Galore!

Written by on Mon, 01/18/2016 - 10:13am

Gardeners will be the first to say it’s never too early to think (or dream) about getting back into their gardens. One favorite winter...>>


Adult Recommendations

Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution: One Test Kitchen. 40 Slow Cookers. 200 Fresh Recipes. by America’s Test Kitchen

Slow cookers are the way to go for many people who have little inclination or time to spend in the kitchen but want to eat a healthful meal at home. America’s Test Kitchen has come to the rescue; these folks are geniuses at understanding kitchen chemistry and prove themselves by tinkering with recipes until they get high quality results. This latest cookbook provides recipes from soups and stews to meats, casseroles to pasta, and vegetable main and side dishes to desserts. A section on cooking for two offers a range of scaled-down recipes. A welcome addition is the nutrition information provided for each recipe. If you’re looking for tasty and healthful slow cooker offerings, this book will serve you well.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Alexander Hamilton is back! 

Ron Chernow's excellent biography, “Alexander Hamilton” has been adapted into an award-winning Broadway play titled “Hamilton.” When Alexander was born, his mother tried to find a stable living arrangement for them as a struggling single mother in the British West Indies. These early experiences influenced Hamilton, leading him to become determined, headstrong, and hard-working. Hear how General George Washington argues strategy with top aide Hamilton during the Revolution, and later how Hamilton, as the first U.S. Secretary of Treasury, insists on a centralized banking system, and how the duel with long-time nemesis Aaron Burr develops. Prepare to sit back and enjoy this fascinating life story narrated by the masterful Scott Brick, whose inflections and cadence engage and encourgage listeners.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

In 1791, seven-year-old Lavinia, orphaned at sea while emigrating from Ireland with her family, becomes an indentured servant at the ship captain’s Virginia plantation, Tall Oaks. Placed under the care of Belle, the captain’s illegitimate, black daughter, and welcomed into Belle’s slave family, Lavinia starts in the kitchen house learning to cook and clean and then eventually to serve in the big house. Alternately told by Belle and Lavinia, their intertwined stories capture and reflect the hardships of slave life and Lavinia’s struggle to straddle the white and black worlds where her color sets her apart from her slave family and her social class separates her from the big house family. Filled with hardship and resolve, heartbreak and loyalty, and love and sacrifice, Grissom’s debut novel is captivating.


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.