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 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

Board of Trustees Meeting

Monthly meeting of the Library’s Board of Trustees.

When?
Tue, 12/06/2016 - 5:00pm
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library
Saving for the Holidays!

Holidays can be expensive with all of the parties to prepare for, food to make, and gifts to give. Mary Hoover from Mission: to Save... more

When?
Tue, 12/06/2016 - 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, 12/07/2016 - 1:00pm
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library
The Free-Form No-Homework Book Club

No assignments, no deconstruction, just a group of book lovers talking about their latest reads and discovering their next ones, trading... more

When?
Wed, 12/07/2016 - 7:00pm
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library

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

The Adult Readers' Blog

Written by on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 12:12pm

Have you avoided reading fantasy because it’s “just not your thing”? Ever picked up an interesting book, only to put it down again when you saw the science fiction sticker on the spine? You might be missing out on great stories! Whether your usual read is a classic spy novel, a contemporary work of literature, or a historical adventure, the titles below will have you rethinking your to-be-read pile.

For readers of John LeCarre, Chris Pavone, and other international spy stories:

  • City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

For readers of Raymond Chandler, Dennis LeHane, and other gritty, noir and noir-inspired mysteries:

  • Storm Front by Jim Butcher

For readers of Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, and other complex novels of humanity and spirituality:

  • The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell

For readers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith, and other sharp observers of the role of race:

  • Kindred, Octavia Butler

For readers of Patrick O’Brien, Alexander Kent, and other adventures from the golden age of sail:

  • His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik

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...>>

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Adult Recommendations

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.

Carter & Lovecraft, by Jonathan Howard

After a disturbing encounter with a serial killer, police detective Daniel Carter is ready for the (relatively) quiet life of a private investigator. When he unexpectedly inherits a bookstore from a relative he’s never heard of, though, he finds himself in the middle of an investigation that gets stranger by the minute. People dying in impossible ways, a disturbing community of dead-eyed men and terrifying women, and a rift in reality that a madman calls The Twist … if Carter can’t find some answers soon, it may be the end of the world we know, and the beginning of something horrifying.

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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


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.