If card catalogs and the Dewey Decimal System are what you remember about your local library, you’re probably long overdue for a visit. And with fast and reliable internet from Kosciusko Connect, you can do it from the comfort of your home.
Whether you’re a book lover, a browser, or a research junkie, virtual library resources are available at your fingertips.
Your Library’s Digital Resources
These days most libraries are equipped with digital lending services. Thankfully, this framework was already in place before COVID ever entered the scene. Now, the demand for e-resources is still extremely prevalent, and libraries have graciously risen to the occasion.
Most libraries use a platform called Hoopla to support their digital lending services. Hoopla bills itself as “a web and mobile library media streaming platform for audiobooks, comics, e-books, movies, music, and TV.” Other libraries use a service called OverDrive, “the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide,” which in turn hosts the apps Libby and Sora. Whatever platform your library uses, you’re guaranteed access to a premium experience with thousands of digital resources available.
Why choose virtual library services? Not only does digital lending allow you the comfort and safety of staying at home, it’s also significantly less expensive than buying new books directly from a retailer—approximately 100% cheaper, in fact. Buying books, whether digital or paperback, can add up over time. Even renting e-books comes with an expense, especially for the voracious reader. Access the same content for free by taking advantage of the digital resources your local library offers.
To get the most out of your virtual library experience, you’ll still need your handy library card. You’ll probably also need a username and password to log in and access the digital resources but creating a profile on these platforms is easy and free. The only other requirement is a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other kind of device.
These platforms work much the same way as an actual brick-and-mortar library: there are only a certain number of digital copies available for rental at any given time. Fortunately, you can put your name on the list, and you’ll get notified when the item is ready for you. You’ll also have a certain amount of time with your item(s) before they’re due to be returned to the virtual library.
Virtual Library Activities
If you want to get involved at your library beyond accessing its digital reading materials, there are additional opportunities for you. It only takes a little research to find out what virtual library events and activities are available in your community.
We’ll list a few ideas for virtual library activities that you can look for, or even suggest to your local library. Then, we’ll let you know exactly how you can get involved if you live in the Kosciusko County area.
Virtual Library Activities for Students
Virtual Library Programs for Adults
Kosciusko County’s Local Library Opportunities
If you live in Kosciusko County, we did the research for you! Check out a few of the virtual options from some local libraries in our area:
If you’re near the Bell Memorial Public Library, stay on the lookout for their virtual storytimes, coming soon!
We hope you’ve found a few virtual library resources and activities that will work for you! As always, with a high-speed connection from Kosciusko Connection, education and quality entertainment is always available. Check your availability for fast fiber internet.