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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

Science Fictions Prestigious Hugo Awards

Written by on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 8:00am

The 2016 Hugo Awards will be presented on the evening of Saturday, August 20, 2016 at MidAmeriCon II, the 74th...>>

Aliens vs. Natives

Written by on Thu, 07/21/2016 - 1:44pm

Growing concern over the plight of pollinators has turned people’s attention to introduced (alien) and invasive plant species’ effects...>>

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Adult Recommendations

The Fireman by Joe Hill

Dragonscale, a spore-induced, virulent plague, leapfrogs from city to city etching magnificent black and gold markings into people’s skin, causing them to combust when they least expect it. Fires erupt and spread with alarming frequency and speed. With Dragonscale so highly contagious and no cure or vaccine in sight, uninfected people are desperate to remain that way. To protect themselves, vigilante Cremation Squads arise to exterminate anybody they believe to be infected.

Harper Grayson, a volunteer nurse helping with infected hospital patients, learns she, too, is infected; she also is pregnant with her first child. And when she least expects it, a man called The Fireman comes to her rescue. Who is this mysterious man and has he really been driven crazy by his Dragonscale? Can Harper keep from bursting into flames? Can they stay ahead of the Cremation Squads? This exciting excursion into the unknown and what fear can do to people is entertaining and thought provoking. 

The Widow by Fiona Barton

 “It's a strange feeling, owning a secret. It's like a stone in my stomach, crushing my insides and making me feel sick every time I think of it.”

Jean leads a pleasant life. She married a man she loves, lives in a nice house and seems by all accounts to be quite contented. But then her husband is accused of a horrific crime. Her life becomes a nightmare. She begins to doubt the man she loves.

Is he guilty or is he not? Does Jean know the truth and, if so, when did she learn? In this psychological thriller the author wraps each character in layers of truth and half-truths, lies and deceit. As soon as you get through one layer and think you know, you will find yourself pulled in another direction and questioning your previous assumptions.

Queen of the Night, by Alexander Chee

In this sprawling novel, set during France’s Second Empire, an American orphan transforms herself from circus performer to courtesan to opera sensation. Along the way, Alexander Chee’s lush prose transports the reader into the midst of Napoleon III’s court, revealing the hard work—and heartbreak—behind the opulence. Readers with an interest in French history or opera will delight in Chee’s thoroughly-researched characters and settings, and in cameos by real historical figures such as George Sand and Cora Pearl. Those with a taste for intrigue will devour the twists and turns of the plot as princes, empresses, courtesans, and musicians scheme for power, love, and revenge.

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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.