For Readers

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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
In addition, our librarian Bonnie stocks a Goodreads shelf with those titles for your convenience.

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

NorWest "Autumn Joy" Standard Flower Show

The NorWest Garden Clubs Flower show returns to the Main Library to showcase the talents of local gardeners. Divisions include,... more

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 1:00pm
Tremont Road - Main Library
Sunday Film Club -- The Lives of Others

In “The Lives of Others”, a dedicated East Berlin dStasi officer, conducting surveillance on a playwright and his actress lover, finds... more

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 2:00pm
Tremont Road - Main Library
Older Adult Help Desk

Local experts from the UA Commission on Aging, Syntero and Stay UA will be available... more

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:00pm
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

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:00pm
Lane Road Branch Library

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

The Adult Readers' Blog

Written by on Fri, 10/07/2016 - 8:00am

Halloween is creeping up fast—time to get festive and enjoy all things ghoulish!  Check out a few fun books and create a fab Halloween party, paint yourself into a zombie, or decorate for Halloween better than Martha!

Out of This World Nebula Awards

Written by on Tue, 05/10/2016 - 1:53pm

Started in 1965 by the Science Fiction Writers of America, which became the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., the...>>

A $20 Bill Makeover

Written by on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 1:04pm

Throughout its history, the U.S. Treasury has changed the look of...>>


Adult Recommendations

In The Garden of Beasts

No one wanted to be the first US Ambassador to Hitler’s Germany.  It was 1933; Hitler and his Nazi party had risen to power promising a renewed and powerful Germany but stories of the beatings and hatred of Jews and other minorities were beginning to leak out of Berlin.  Newly-elected President Franklin Roosevelt had to personally call William Dodd, an easy-going history professor at the University of Chicago, to convince him to fill the vacancy. Reluctantly, Dodd accepted the job with the caveat that his wife, son and flamboyant daughter accompany him.  Dodd’s daughter, Martha, began to get noticed at Nazi Party functions leading her father to believe she was in over her head.  As the author succinctly stated, “These were complicated people moving through a complicated time, before the monsters declared their true nature.”  This well-written glimpse into the lives and machinations of the Nazi inner circle is an excellent read. 

The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris

Thousands of miles and nearly two decades separate the lives of Tommy Capello, a convicted bank robber doing time in Alcatraz prison, and Shanley Keegan, an 11-year old orphan living in Dublin, Ireland. Tommy’s story launches readers into Alcatraz prison in 1937, where he watches and listens from inside the warden’s greenhouse as prison guards search for the missing daughter of a fellow guard. Acutely aware of what’s at stake, Tommy can only hope they don’t find the girl. In Dublin, Ireland in 1919, Shanley Keegan, aspires to be a vaudevillian. He performs in local pubs to often bellicose or indifferent customers and turns his earnings over to his abusive, alcoholic uncle. Shan wants more out of life than this and jumps at the opportunity to travel by ship to America with his uncle. Fate has other plans for Shan. Easily moving between time and characters, this intricately-plotted story of loyalty and sacrifice is captivating and satisfying.

Britt-Marie Was Here, by Fredrik Backman

Meet Britt-Marie, a Scandinavian housewife whose tolerance of her husband’s philandering has finally ended. In need of a job and a place to live, she badgers a bewildered employment office worker into finding her work as the caretaker of a soon-to-be-closed recreation center in tiny, economically depressed Borg. Her neighbors include an enterprising teen whose business ventures are never completely legal; a vision-impaired ex-soccer star who “accidentally” hits people she doesn’t like with her cane; a shy policeman with a crush; a rat that likes Snickers; and a youth soccer team in desperate need of a coach. As Britt-Marie is drawn into their passions, dreams, and schemes, she begins to consider what she wants out of her own life, and both she and the town of Borg find something they thought they’d lost forever: hope.


Recommended E-Books

The miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history. For fourteen months, Alvarenga survived constant shark attacks. He learned to catch fish with his bare hands. He built a fish net from a pair of empty plastic bottles. Taking apart the outboard motor, he fashioned a huge fishhook. Using fish vertebrae as needles, he stitched together his own clothes. Based on dozens of hours of interviews with Alvarenga and interviews with his colleagues, search and rescue officials, the medical team that saved his life and the remote islanders who nursed him back to health, this is an epic tale of survival.

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.