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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

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
The Art of Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell is one of America’s most well-known and beloved artists. In this program, we will explore Rockwell’s depictions of... more

When?
Fri, 12/09/2016 - 1:00pm
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library
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

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.

2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

Written by on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 7:00am

In 1895, Alfred Nobel specified that upon his death most of his wealth would fund a series of awards,...>>

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors come from Mexico and...>>

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Adult Recommendations

IQ by Joe Ide

Isaiah “IQ” Quintabe is a high school dropout in East Long Beach, one of LA’s roughest neighborhoods; he’s also a brilliant investigator driven to apply his talents to cases the police won’t touch. His grateful clients are more likely to pay him in casseroles than cash, so when a childhood frenemy contacts IQ about a paranoid rapper offering $50,000 to find out who wants him dead, IQ reluctantly takes the case. His investigation leads him to a devious diva, a megalomaniac manager, a pair of braindead bodyguards, and a hired killer whose dog could send Cujo running.

Filled with colorful characters and a switchback plot, IQ is a page-turning mystery that will leave you eagerly awaiting the sequel (to be released in fall 2017).

Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar

Some common phobias humans possess include claustrophobia, fear of being buried alive, fear of no escape/exit, fear of darkness, and fear of death. Imagine being a miner trapped hundreds of feet below the surface faced with uncertain conditions—not knowing if you'll be rescued. In this gripping, true story about 33 Chilean miners trapped in a collapsed mine for 69 days, they experienced all these fears. The relationships among the trapped miners and the interactions of the families and authorities above the surface are an interesting social experiment and experience. The author does an outstanding job of describing the event, the impact on the miners, and the story behind the miraculous rescue. 

Dark Matter: A Novel by Blake Crouch

Jason Dessen made a life-altering decision when he chose to forego his research in a cold, sterile lab to marry Daniela, the woman of his dreams, and have a son with her. He gladly pursued a career as an ordinary college physics professor, reveling in the time spent with his family. Before he’s knocked unconscious by a masked abductor one night while walking home, he’s asked, “Are you happy with your life?” Jason gains consciousness in a room where he’s strapped to a gurney and surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. They know him but he doesn’t know them. And, his life is not the one he knows—he’s a renowned genius who has achieved something remarkable but he has no wife and son. Which of these lives is real and how can Jason return to the family he loves? This immensely entertaining book is “for anyone who has wondered what their life might look like at the end of the road not taken.”

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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.