The physical collection at your Abilene Public Library may be closed to the public, but that doesn’t mean you’re without access to great resources. As long as you have a valid Abilene Public Library card, we encourage you to take advantage of our incredible lineup of digital services, available 24/7.
From eBooks to audiobooks, movies to music, we have tons to offer our patrons, and you’ll find them all listed on the Digital Services page on our website and they’ll include:
- OverDrive/Libby: digital collection of popular eBooks & audiobooks.
- Hoopla Digital: streaming collection of eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, graphic novels, and more.
- TumbleBooks Collection: streaming collection of eBooks for K-12, as well as a collection of audiobooks and romance titles too.
- rbDigital: digital collection of audiobooks not available elsewhere.
- Universal Class: more than 500 online courses to take for CE credit if passed.
- Databases: authoritative databases for research, schoolwork, finding facts, and more.
We know what some of you are thinking. What if I don’t know how to use them in the first place? You’re in luck as we’re gearing up to host regular Library Learning sessions online. These will be 30 to 45-minute live presentations provided on our Facebook (facebook.com/AbilenePublicLibrary) and Instagram (Instagram.com/AbilenePublicLibrary) accounts where guests will be able to tune in, join our presentation, and ask questions along the way by commenting on either platform. Since we’re unable to teach you in person, we’ll be reaching out to you in the world of social media.
Our first Library Lessons segments will run on Tuesday, March 24 at 11:30AM and 2:00PM and they’ll be taught by Tremain Jackson (Technology/Multimedia Manager) and Alyssa Crow (South Branch Manager). The mid-morning session will cover how to use the OverDrive/Libby service while the afternoon class will introduce you to the TumbleBooks collection. Then on Thursday, we’ll be back with two more lessons covering our popular digital services.
We want to make sure you know that while you may be away from the library, there will still be many opportunities to utilize our digital collection. As long as you have Internet access and a comparable device (i.e. computer, smartphone, tablet), and your library card of course, that’s all you need for getting started.