How to Access Books, Magazines, Movies and More for Free Online with Your Central Ohio Library Card

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Columbus and Central Ohio Library systems offer so many free online resources to their users inducing eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, music, language lessons and more!

Using your Columbus (or other local) library card, you can access so many free resources! Whether it’s movies to watch, lessons to learn or animated picture books, families can go online to access these resources through their library’s website. 

Read through the following library locations and visit their websites to see what resources are available to card holders!

Columbus Metropolitan Library

It’s possible to access over 125,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks for free with your library card! Digital movies, music, magazines and more are also available for free with your library card!

The method you use them will differ depending on your device, but you can visit the library’s website to determine which method works for your phone or tablet! This is available for Android, Kindle, Apple iOS, Windows OS and Nook!

Some eBooks and eAudiobooks and movies are available immediately and some have limited availability.

Columbus Library also offers over 75 online research tools including which offers you access to courses where you can learn tons of new skills!

Other research tools include Mango Languages, AtoZ World Culture, Scholastic BookFlix, Creativebug, Kids InfoBits and so many more!

Worthington Libraries

With your Worthington Libraries card you can access 23 digital media databases including American Music featuring online access to thousands of albums, eBooks, Digital Downloads for Kids and Teens, Flipster (featuring magazines), audiobooks and more! 

You can apply for a Worthington Library Card online and all residents of Ohio are eligible to apply for a free library card.

Bexley Public Library

With your Bexley Public Library card you can access eBooks and Audio eBooks, magazines and newspapers, movies and music! As with other libraries, the method of accessing this digital content varies but includes hoopla, libby and others.

Through the BPL you can also access and ivy league level courses through The Great Courses.

Grandview Heights Public Library

With your Grandview Heights Public Library card you can instantly access digital audiobooks, download eBooks and eAudiobooks, music, movies, TV, magazines, newspapers, Scholastic Go for kids and teachers, BookFlix for kids,, Mango languages and more!

A library card is required to create a username and password for most if not all access to their digital collections. Any resident of the state of Ohio can register for a free card.

Westerville Public Library

With your library card you can access hoopla, freegal (music), Mango Languages, eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers! Ebooks are available for all major devices including Nook, Kindle, Android and Apple iOS.

A unique thing available through the Westerville History Center is self-guided online tours of the city! You can use an app or watch on the website. You can choose a tour of State Street, Main Street, College Avenue or Uptown Industry. This online tour includes pictures and an audio recording of the history of what you are seeing!

Delaware County District Library

Your Delaware library card will give you access to the Ohio Digital Library which provides eBooks, eAudiobooks, music and videos using the Libby app. You can also access Hoopla featuring movies, music, TV, eAudiobooks and eBooks and more! Delaware Library patrons can have six borrows per month.

You can also access Kanopy and Kanopy Kids for educational films, movies, documentaries, indie films and more!

Delaware County District Library card also offers LinkedIn Learning with, Creativebug, and Niche Academy.

Southwest Public Libraries

With your Southwest Public Library card you can access OverDrive, Flipster, hoopla, TubleBooks (featuring animated picture books for kids) and RBDigital. Through these services you can stream movies, TV shows, read eBooks and listen to eAudiobooks, read magazines and more!

On the DIY portion of the Library’s website you can also access creative workshops, the Hobbies and Crafts Resource Center where there are “how-to” tutorials! There is even a Home Improvement Reference Center with content focused on home repair projects! is also available as well as Transparent Language Online and the Chilton car repair manual.

Southwest Public Libraries’ website also offers online genealogy and history resources and an online archive of historical photos


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Two MORE Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids

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As I promised a few weeks ago, when I shared Two Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids, I’m sharing two MORE fun local libraries with you this week! If you’re tired of the same old, same old, these are some great options for a new outing with the kids!

1. Westerville Public Library

126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, 614-882-7277

I love the trees in the Children’s Place!

The little kid’s area has a school bus . . .

a kitchen, puzzles . . .

a police car . . .

and a great view of the new Northstar! A visit to the library and a double chocolate cookie from Northstar sounds like a fun outing we need to put on the calendar! 😉

The Westerville Library has Drop-In Preschool Storytime, Rhyme Time, Yoga Tales and more! See the whole list of events for kids and families here!

2. Worthington Libraries, Northwest Library

2280 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH 43235, 614-807-2626

Northwest Library offers a unique area for kids called Story Garden! Around the children’s area, well known children’s stories are depicted in 3D!

It’s worth a trip to this library just to view this amazing artwork! Their website lists all of the stories depicted, including the author and a brief description of each story! Looking at the website, I see so many I missed on our visit!

Inside an area called Three Bears Cottage, there is a space for play for young children with lots of toys and seating!

Northwest Library currently has some kind of programming for children every weekday and at least one night a week! See the full calendar here.

What’s your favorite local library?


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Two Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids

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Around this time last year, I shared some of our favorite libraries for reading AND playing (here and here). Since then, we’ve got quite a few more library visits under our belt and I wanted to share them with you (two this week and two more in a few weeks)! If you’re looking to shake up the routine a little bit, branch out and try one of these fun libraries! (No pun intended! 😉 )

1. Bexley Public Library

2411 E. Main Street, Bexley, Ohio 43209, 614-231-2793

The Bexley Library is amazing for kids! I can’t believe I’d missed out on it for so long! There is a play area for kids that is huge! My kids could have stayed here ALL day!

Seriously, we need this play rug!

There’s a castle play house, a theater for puppet shows, a table for drawing, magna tiles, letters, dinosaurs, and the list goes on!


The library offers story times followed by play times in the play area for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. They also have a pajama story time on Wednesday nights and an Imagination Station on Friday afternoons. See the full calendar of events here. Plus Kitties is DIRECTLY across the street with my favorite chocolate chip cookie ever!

2. Grove City Library

3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123, 614-875-6716

The Grove City Library opened up in the fall of 2016 and we visited around the holidays. Another GREAT kids’ area here!

The space is large and open with lots of natural light!

The children’s area is called Harper’s Grove, named after Laura Harper, the president emeritus of the Friends of Southwest Public Libraries Board of Trustees. Her donation to the library was in honor of her husband and his aunt, Irene Harper who was the first librarian of Southwest Public Libraries!

Harper’s Grove includes, reading areas, a puppet theater, an interactive learning wall, light table, duplos, and baskets full of educational toys in the Play Corner!

The library offers several story times throughout the week, programs for teens and activities on Saturdays, too! See the entire event calendar here.

If you’re looking to shake up your library routine, these two libraries would make for a GREAT morning out with the kids! And don’t forget to check out Two MORE Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids!


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