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Our librarians have put together a curated list of some of the wonderful online resources and activities you can do while APL is closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

All of these resources are free to use (at least while schools and businesses are closed for coronavirus). Have your library card handy, as you’ll need to input your library card number to access some of these sites.

If you don’t already have an APL card, and live in Albany or Rensselaer counties, you can get a temporary library card that will give you access to some online resources. Sign up for a temporary library card here

Continue social distancing and enjoy these cultural, entertainment, and education resources from the comfort of your own home!

(Updated April 2, 2020)



OverDrive — eBooks, eAudiobooks & eVideos (all ages)

Flipster — eMagazines

AudioBookCloud — eAudiobooks (all ages)

Romance BookCloud — Romance eNovels (adults)

Project Gutenberg — eBooks featuring literature and older works

Planet eBook — Works of literature



Library of Congress National Book Festival — Videos of famous and award-winning authors discussing their work

Live Nation — Live from Home concert series

Albany Institute of History & Art — Online collections & exhibitions

Internet Archive — Digital library of internet sites and cultural artifacts

Metropolitan Opera — Nightly opera stream

Concert Livestreams — List curated by Vulture

Metropolitan Museum of Art — New York, NY

National Museum of Natural History — Washington, DC

National Museum of American History — Washington, DC

National Museum of African American History & Culture — Washington, DC

National Air and Space Museum — Washington, DC

British Museum — London, England

Vatican Museum — Rome, Italy

Museo Del Prado — Madrid, Spain

National Archaeological Museum — Athens, Greece



Ancestry — Genealogy research

New York Heritage — State and local history research

Databases — Newspapers, health information, encyclopedias, and more



Harry Potter at Home — Craft videos, articles, puzzles, games, and more

NASA at Home — Space and STEM activities for grades K-8

MiSci on the Move — Educational videos featuring MiSci educators

Common Sense Media — List of free online events & activities for kids

Tumble Book Library — Children’s eBooks for grades K-6

Tumble Math — Math eBooks for grades K-6

TeenBookCloud — eBooks for grades 7-12

“I’m Bored” Activity Books — Curated collection of eBooks focusing on hands-on activities

Audible — Stories for children

Lunch Doodles — With Mo Willems from The Kennedy Center

Authors Everywhere — With children’s book authors and illustrators on YouTube

Arcademics — Math and language skill building

FunBrain — Games, videos, and activities for grades K-8

Scholastic — Games, stories, videos for parents to do with younger children

StoryPlace — Stories with counting, colors, and animals for preschoolers

Smithsonian Distance Learning — Learning lab

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari — Animal lessons and activities

Shedd Aquarium Sea Curious — Marine animal lessons