Many public libraries have rolled out online homework help programs, including Calgary, Regina, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, and Halifax. Visit your city’s library homepage and see if they’re offering online homework help. Chances are, they have multiple programs.
Movies & Music
Did you know that many library cards allow you access to online movie, music, and streaming services? It’s true. We’re talking about streaming services like Kanopy, which specializes in indie movies like Boyhood and Hearts Out Loud. Or there’s Hoopla, which also collects movies and TV. And there’s medici.tv, a collection of plays, opera, ballets, and just about every type out highbrow entertainment you can think of. And of course, many libraries have movies, TV, and music as part of their collections and are in the process of digitizing them. Depending on the size of your library, you may have access to quite a lot of options.
Newspapers & Magazines
Many library cards allow you access to the digital versions of newspapers and magazines. You may not actually be blocked by a paywall—your library card may grant you access to major sites like NYT or the Guardian. In fact, many libraries have access to programs like PressReader, RBDigital, or Flipster, which collect large numbers of publications.
Whether you like indie titles by D&Q or superhero adventures from DC and Marvel, many libraries let you borrow digital copies of comic books through services like Hoopla or OverDrive. You’re likely limited to something like four graphic novels per month, but some libraries have increased their borrowing limits for the time being.
And let’s not forget books! Your library has those too. In fact, you’d be amazed at the incredible range of titles available to you. Need some new cookbooks? Or some French language books? Or really specific tech books? Or the latest indie thriller? Or some exclusive Canadian content? Your library likely has more than enough to keep you busy.
Every library has some extra stuff. Maybe yours does dial-a-story. Or they’re still hosting guest speakers. Or they have an indigenous storyteller in residence. The point we’re making is libraries offer so much in terms of content and programming. Most people don’t know that much of this content and programming exists or is available, and that’s a shame. Check out your local libraries main page and check out all the digital stuff they have. You’ll likely be pleasantly surprised.