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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

Red Cross Blood Drive

Blood Drive

When?
Fri, 12/23/2016 - 10:30am
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library
Red Cross Blood Drive

Blood Drive

When?
Fri, 12/23/2016 - 10:30am
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library
Tech Assist Saturday

Want to learn how to borrow eBooks or access our other eResources? Having trouble with your eReader, smart phone, or tablet? Stop into... more

When?
Sat, 12/31/2016 - 11:00am
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library
Seniors Ask The Expert: The Internet Expert (Reference Librarian)

Do you have questions about how to find information? How to tell good information from bad information? Do you wonder what you can do... more

When?
Wed, 01/04/2017 - 1:00pm
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library

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

The Adult Readers' Blog

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 covers are billboards designed to lure in potential readers, offering us a glimpse into the story inside. What specifically is it about a book’s cover though that captures our attention? Is it the graphic? In addition to our brains processing images faster than words, images make us feel something. Is it the author? Well-known authors typically have their names prominently displayed on their covers, making it easy for name recognition to guide a reader’s hand. Is it the title? Since our brains don’t comprehend words at a glance, books with short, pithy titles stand a better chance of breaking through to us. Or, is it a rank-ordered combination of these? It’s different for each of us and can change with mood. Below are some recent books with a variety of cover designs.

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...>>

The Gold Rush

Written by on Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:54pm

There’s GOLD in them thar Hills”!  That was the cry in January 1948 when gold...>>

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Adult Recommendations

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.

Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell

In London, England 1855 social and political upheaval abound.  Local pubs and churches, once thought of as safe havens, are threatened with murder and mayhem. High-ranking officials in the British Government aren't even safe; a handful have been killed in their own homes. There have even been several failed assassination attempts on Queen Victoria.  An anarchist gang or individual is creatively and brutally killing people causing chaos throughout London.  These vivid depictions of Victorian England are in David Morrell’s captivating latest mystery, “Inspector of the Dead.” The opium-eater, Thomas De Quincey, his daughter, and a couple of newly assigned detectives return to solve the mystery in Morrell’s second book in this series. They attempt to protect Queen Victoria from any future assassination attempts and find who is causing chaos throughout London before England’s government completely collapses. As the evidence mounts, try to solve the mystery before the detectives piece together the clues!

Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott

Many books give testament to men’s bravery and sacrifice during the Civil War. In this book, the stories of four courageous women who dared to act upon their beliefs and become spies are detailed. A wealthy abolitionist in Richmond, Virginia, Elizabeth Van Lew, took considerable risks to operate a successful spy ring for the North, penetrating the Confederate White House. Knowing the possible consequences of her actions yet driven to fight for the Union, Emma Edmonds disguised herself as a man and joined the Army of the Potomac. Rose O’Neale Greenhow, a widow living in Washington, used her feminine wiles to seduce Northern politicians into disclosing information she then sent to Southern generals via her young daughter. Brash Belle Boyd, too, used her feminine charms to seduce men on both sides of the war, serving as a courier and spy for the Confederate Army.

Abbott’s extensive research and storytelling ability combine to ensure a captivating glimpse of this little-known part of the Civil War.

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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


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.