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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

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, 02/25/2017 - 11:00am
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library
Opera on Film -- Verdi's Rigoletto

Join Dr. Christopher Purdy, Classical 101 Host and Producer as he presents a showing of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. Starring Luciano... more

When?
Sun, 02/26/2017 - 1:30pm
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library
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
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

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.

All in the Family

Written by on Sun, 09/25/2016 - 3:06pm

Have you ever noticed how many authors are related? Authors married to each other form writing teams, write independently, or both....>>

Birthday Books

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Birthdays can be occasions to reflect on accomplishments, mark achievements, and generally celebrate life. They can also offer the...>>

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Adult Recommendations

Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Mike Noonan is a very successful author who unexpectedly loses his wife.  Widowed and grief stricken he returns to their vacation cabin in Maine looking for peace but instead he is haunted by his wife’s memory, voice, and a few ghostly spirits.

Shortly Mike finds himself embroiled in a custody battle with the town's wealthiest resident, Max.  Max is fighting against the mother of his three-year-old granddaughter and Mike is drawn to protect both mother and daughter. Even though Mike is over his head in emotional situations, his writing ability returns. But the more time Mike spends writing in the cabin, the further his psyche falls under the power of the ghostly inhabitants.

A deeper read than it appears, Bag of Bones is more than a ghost story but it is a tale of loss, despair, and let us hope, redemption. 

Water Hazard by Don Dahler

Paradise can turn upside down in a second. While waiting to tee off on the 17th hole at the Waialae Country Club in Hawaii, struggling professional golfer and part-time detective Huck Doyle took a break from his practice round and looked out toward the ocean to enjoy the view. When Doyle looked back, his golf partner, sponsor, and banking billionaire Sing Ten Wong was lying on the ground—apparently shot through the heart. Who would want to kill this generous and jovial CEO? And where in the world could the shooter have been?

While doing his best to win a golf tournament, Doyle attempts to find out why his friend’s father was murdered. Throughout his investigation he finds some shady business deals and questionable financial practices. The more clues he uncovers, however, the less the Wong family cooperates. This quick and easy read is very entertaining. 

Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly

Caroline Ferriday, Herta Oberheuser, and Kasia Kuzmerick’s lives couldn’t be more different. Caroline, a New York socialite and former Broadway actress, volunteers at the French consulate in New York. Herta, an ambitious young German doctor, seeks to leave her dreary life by taking a government medical position in northern Germany. Kasia, a Polish teenager, leads a typical carefree teenager’s life focused on boys and her best friend. Their lives change abruptly, however, with Germany’s invasion of Poland and France. Kasia is arrested for being a courier for the underground resistance and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women, where she struggles to survive.

This captivating and powerful novel by a debut author is based on the true story of women subjected to the gruesome reality of the Ravensbrück concentration camp and those who sought to help them. 

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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.