Virtual Resources at Austin Public Library

Friday, March 27, 2020

Virtual Resources at Austin Public Library


Our doors are closed, but our collections are open!

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all Austin Public Library locations, The Austin History Center and Recycled Reads are closed to the public. While we can't visit with you in person, we encourage you to visit Austin Public Library's Virtual Library and take advantage of the many digital resources available for all our customers.


Take advantage of the library’s eCard. This card provides access to the library’s digital materials and can be acquired without visiting a library location. (The card is free for Austin residents and costs $22 for non-residents.) To apply visit:


Austin Public Library’s Virtual Library provides all-ages access to eBooks, audiobooks, eLearning, entertainment, magazines and newspapers, homework help, and research and databases.

Get brief tutorials for popular Virtual Library resources via Niche Academy. Click here to explore:

Looking for another good book, but having trouble narrowing it down? Let the Library tailor a list to your interests. Please note that while the library remains closed, we will only recommend titles that are available through the Virtual Library:

The following service extensions have been added to virtual resources:


Get brief tutorials for popular Virtual Library resources via Niche Academy. Click here to explore:


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The following service changes are effective until further notice:

  • Due dates for items due during the closure have been extended and will be modified as needed while the Austin Public Library remains closed
  • Book drops are CLOSED during this time. Please hold on to your items until we reopen
  • ALL programs and events at libraries are CANCELED, such as story times, club meetings, community talks, computer classes, public meetings, building rentals, etc.
    • Holds that are currently ready for pickup will be available when the library reopens
    • Customers will not receive hold notification emails during the closure
    • NO new holds may be placed during the closure period
  • Library Cards set to expire during the closure period will be extended through the closure period
  • Library Cards that expired prior to the closure period can be renewed online

Austin Public Library will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments with the help of Austin Public Health, the City of Austin, and its partner agencies. Decisions to reopen the library system will be based on the COVID019 situation. Austin Public Library will seek to balance the safety and health of our community with its commitment to serving our citizens.

For the latest information and resources regarding the City of Austin, please visit or call Austin 3-1-1.
For general information regarding COVID-19, please visit

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