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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

Tips on how to backup Freegal Music songs

 
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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, 02/28/2017 - 4:00pm
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library
Healthy Garden, Healthy You: Composting

Think you don’t have time or space for composting? Anyone can compost! Learn how simple composting can be. We’ll explore various... more

When?
Wed, 03/01/2017 - 1:00pm
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, 03/01/2017 - 1:00pm
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library
Menopause: Myths and Miracles

It is a common myth that women have to suffer through menopause, and it is simply not true! Join Dr. Heather Hirsch for an informative... more

When?
Wed, 03/01/2017 - 7:00pm
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library

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

The Adult Readers' Blog

Written by on Thu, 02/09/2017 - 2:34pm

As Valentine’s Day marketing ramps up and tantalizing tokens of affection fill merchants’ shelves, books offer opportunities to step back and reflect on the multidimensional nature of love. Compassion, a component of love, moves beyond feeling to doing for the good and welfare of others. So, in the spirit of doing, below are some books that inspire and affirm the power of compassion to make a difference.

Science Fiction and Fantasy for People Who Don’t Read Science Fiction and Fantasy

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...>>

Feel like Getting Away?

Written by on Thu, 11/10/2016 - 1:14pm

Ever feel like just taking off somewhere? Americans have several options when deciding what mode of travel to use and each one has an...>>

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Adult Recommendations

Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel W. Drezner

With tongue firmly in cheek, Drezner, a professor of international studies at Tufts University, uses the popular interest in zombies to illuminate four major theories in international political science. Referencing writers from Max Brooks to Jared Diamond and Francis Fukuyama, and films from Dead Snow to Dead Alive, this brief, entertaining book will interest zombie enthusiasts and political newbies alike. If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between a neocon and a constructivist, or tried to figure out what “realpolitik” actually means, you owe it to yourself to give this light-hearted introduction a try.

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

The Manderley Resort, a new facility with a twenty-story hotel and enormous hedge maze on the California coast, is about to open its doors. It offers opulence and unparalleled security to those who can afford it. Staff move from floor to floor occupied with ensuring the hotel is spotless while electricians concentrate on finishing their work in time for the grand opening. Their every move is monitored from the twentieth floor, where the security team is housed. Little do they suspect that somebody is determined Manderley will never open and they will be killed one by one during the next twelve hours. Intense and shocking, this thriller by a debut author is filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.

Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard

Winston Churchill led an extraordinary life. In her newest book, award-winning author Candice Millard writes about Churchill’s time in South Africa and in prison, as well as his subsequent escape. As a young man, Churchill decided he wanted to “be where the action is” so he'd be recognized for his courage and patriotism. Using every opportunity to become well-known, he worked to advance his career when England fought the Dutch in Africa, in what became known as the Boer War, by “pulling some strings” to be assigned as a reporter on the Boer War. While aboard a train surrounded by the Boers, he was recognized and deemed an enemy soldier. From the moment of his capture and imprisonment, Churchill vowed to escape. This harrowing story is excellent and one of those rare non-fiction books that reads like an adventure novel. 

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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


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.