Latest update: 8/31/20
The Library subscribes to many resources you can use from the comfort of your own home, and many of them are also working with us to bring you more remote resources during these difficult times. Below are some of our resources to help keep you and your family entertained and informed while the Library is closed to the public.
There are also various additional although temporary resources becoming available from outside providers during this difficult and largely home-bound time. While we will list those resources that may be of interest to our patrons on this page, we will also note that they are an “outside provider” at the end of the description so you will be able to tell which resources are of this temporary variety, and not controlled by the Library itself.
We will be updating this list as necessary. You can also always check out our Research Database page for a list of many more resources available to you from the comfort of your home. We also have a post for resources geared towards educators, as well as one for resources geared towards children, and another for teens.
Cloud Library is a platform for reading ebooks and listening to digital audiobooks. Our collection is always growing, and though our physical location is closed we are doing our best to keep up with your reading needs remotely! Visit the Cloud Library page for information on how to download the app to a variety of devices, and then check out this blog post to help us grow our collection to suit your reading wish list.
We are also creating eBook Booklists to help in your selection, take a look at them here.
Outside providers with always free ebooks:
Project Gutenberg transcribe public domain books into ebook format and make them available for the widest number of reading devices.
LibriVox is a collection of public domain digital audiobooks, read by volunteers from all over the world.
Standard eBooks is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit project that produces new editions of public domain ebooks that are lovingly formatted, open source, and free.
Infobase is currently offering free access to its products for our patrons through 6/30/20. These include a wide range of educational resources, as well as a Writer’s Reference Center and the aforementioned Video on Demand which also has a portal Just for Kids.
You can access all of these resources through 6/30/20 by logging in: the Username and Password to log in are both MAINlib.
Kanopy is a digital streaming service that includes feature films, TV shows, documentaries, and collections for kids. You can sign up with your library card and get started right from home. Our patrons usually receive 6 “play credits” a month, but right now, to help us all stay entertained during these difficult times, Kanopy is offering a playlist with a variety of videos that will not deduct from your play credits. There is also a collection of Kids Videos on Kanopy for any young ones you have at home!
The Morristown Performing Arts Center has put together a list of resources for us to experience the arts from home, including streaming concerts, Broadway shows, virtual tours, and much more. Outside Provider.
OpenCulture has compiled a wide variety of free online resources. They have a collection of free audiobooks, ebooks, and educational lessons ranging across the spectrum including language learning. Their resources span a wide variety of interests, from entertaining to educational, from indie movies to art and image resources. Whether you are a student looking for online resources, or just looking for free content you can watch or read from home, check them out! Outside Provider.
Scribd is offering free 30-day trials to anyone who would like to sign up using their email, Facebook, or Google account. They are not requiring a credit card to sign up, and are used and trusted by libraries throughout the U.S., including the New York Public Library. Scribd offers a collection of eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines. They may contact you after the 30 days asking for you to sign up. Please be aware that fees may be involved at that point. Outside provider.
Many of TumbleBooks resources are both educational and entertaining! TumbleBooks has something for all ages. TumbleBooks Library is an online collection of ebooks for children. They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading! Access is unlimited – you can read 24/7, from the comfort and safety of your home! There are over 1100 titles, including 350 animated, talking picture books! The site also features graphic novels, read-along chapter books, and non-fiction books. TumbleBooks resources are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.
RBDigital is a browser and app-based platform that includes both a large selection of current magazines on many topics, and a large collection of digital Marvel comics (strange bedfellows, you may say, but at least we’ve got variety!).
Education, Research, & Information
Many of TumbleBooks resources are both educational and entertaining! Check their information in the “Entertainment” section.
Our History & Genealogy Center collects primary and secondary sources that document New Jersey and American history, including photographs, postcards, maps, archival material, rare books, and prints. Thousands of items are available online for use by educators, students, and others. Those researching their family histories can also access many genealogical databases from home; some require a current library card, which Morristown & Morris Township residents may apply for here.
“For almost 20 years, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.” Outside Provider.
JSTOR is an online database and has opened up it’s collection of over e-books and scholarly journals for free during this time of wide-spread closures to Universities and Libraries. JSTOR is working with publishers to make more of its content freely available, so if you don’t see what you need today, it might be worth trying again tomorrow! Outside Provider.
Test-prep and study database.
In response to the challenges created by the global public health crisis of COVID-19, Project MUSE is pleased to support its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on our platform. With many higher education institutions moving into an exclusively online learning environment for the foreseeable future, we hope that easy access to vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers, will help to support teaching, learning, and knowledge discovery for users worldwide. Outside Provider.
The Gale Database has put together an online resource center that includes:
- Interdisciplinary, curriculum aligned resources to support online learning from pre-K through undergraduate
- Live and on-demand training materials
- Professional development eBooks to help transition to and strengthen virtual learning
- Authoritative Gale resources on health-related topics and global issues