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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

 
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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, 03/25/2017 - 11:00am
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library
Older Adult Help Desk

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

When?
Tue, 03/28/2017 - 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, 03/29/2017 - 1:00pm
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library
Community Book Discussion: How to Raise an Adult

Join counselors from Jones Middle School and Hastings Middle school to discuss “How to Raise and Adult” by Julie Lythcott-Haims. In... more

When?
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 7:00pm
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library

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

The Adult Readers' Blog

Written by on Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:10pm

Mysteries and history, two enjoyable stand-alone genres, can be unbeatable when combined. In the Charles Todd series, set shortly after “The Great War,” the main character, Ian Rutledge, was an officer during the war and has returned to his position as an inspector for Scotland Yard. This engrossing mystery is filled with interesting characters and the author’s vivid descriptions of the era transport readers effortlessly to another time. Enjoy the Charles Todd books and other mysteries set during World War I.

A Test of Wills by Charles Todd (series #1)

Wings of Fire by Charles Todd (series #2)

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (series #1)

Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear (series #2)

The Power of Compassion

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...>>

The Return of 1984

Written by on Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:21pm

According to CNN,...>>

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Adult Recommendations

At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic

At the End of the World tells the story of a series of religiously-inspired murders that took place in a remote part of Canada in 1941, intertwined with the narrative of how the author came to write the book. Despite the subtitle, it will not appeal to true-crime readers; Millman switches, from paragraph to paragraph, between the 1941 crime, his 2001 research trip to Canada, and assorted observations from the twelve years of writing and research that followed.

Despite the wandering structure, Millman packs his pages with details of the Inuit culture and the subarctic landscape, bringing both to life through close observation and sometimes-wry anecdotes. These same anecdotes often provide fodder for Millman’s favorite theme: technology’s destructive (and sometimes deadly) impact on both Inuit and Americans. While his attempts to draw parallels between the intrusion of technology and the religious fervor that inspired the murders often come off as Luddite complaining, At the End of the World remains a fascinating look at a people and a landscape undergoing rapid change. 

Testimony by Robbie Robertson

Rock on back to the late 1950s and early 1960s. Folk music was at its height but a new sound called rock and roll was beginning to make its appearance. These and other musical genres morphed and merged into a new sound, creating an exciting time for musicians and for those who enjoy listening to music. Then along comes Robbie Robertson, a very talented guitarist/songwriter from Toronto, who at 16 years old hit the road, paid his dues, and eventually created a unique musical group called The Band. In this behind-the-scenes biography, readers will get an up-close look at songwriting, the tribulations of forming and maintaining a band, and a band’s life on the road. A partial list of musicians Robertson interacts with includes The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. This is an excellent and candid look at this musical genius and the world of music he helped create.

Burning Bright by Nick Petrie

The last thing Peter Ash expected to do while hiking in the redwood forests of Northern California was scramble up a tree after running into a grizzly. Once up the tree, he finds a climbing rope tied to a branch high above him. While the grizzly chomps on the contents of his backpack, Peter moves through a series of climbing ropes that lead him to a hanging platform—with a woman on it. June Cassidy is a woman on the run who narrowly escaped from an attempted kidnapping. 

A war veteran inflicted with post-traumatic stress and all-around nice guy, Peter decides to help her elude her pursuers. While they employ evasive maneuvers, their lives depend on them figuring out why these men want June so badly. Settle in for an entertaining thriller with plot twists and strong, likable characters in this second novel in the series.

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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


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.