Get Free Online Resources at the Library!


Content providers flood the market with their services they make money on by charging subscription fees. For that reason, I get spammed every day from companies offering ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, online classes and the like. To lure you in, they offer significant discounts if you prepay for a year of service due to the competition.

What most people don’t realize is that they are wasting money on these paid services. New York City libraries provide many of these services and more for free. You may not be aware of all the library has to offer, so I’m here to let you know.

The only requirement is that you get a library card. Since you or your kids may already have one, you can start the fun now. If not, you can show up at the library and get one on the spot. All you have to do is fill out a short form and show ID.

Free Online resources at the Library

  1. Read Magazines – Time, The New Yorker, People, Essence are some of the hundreds of magazines available to read provided by Flipster with your library card.
  2. Read Newspapers – 2000+ current newspapers in the U.S and around the world provided by PressReader with your library card.
  3. Listen to Audiobooks and Read eBooks – Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more from your local public library – anywhere, anytime provided by Overdrive with your library card.
  4. Watch Movies Online – 30,000 films, documentaries, foreign language, and training videos, including The Great Courses, the Frontline series, and international movies provided by Kanopy with your library card.
  5. Learn a Second Language – Step by step interactive lessons on 71 languages provided by Mango with your library card.
  6. Learn In-Demand Skills – LinkedIn Company is an online educational site that includes over 5,700 courses in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, and business provided by with your library card.
  7. Go to Museums – New Yorkers can reserve a pass and get free admission to dozens of NYC cultural institutions, including museums, historical societies, heritage centers, public gardens and more provided by Culture Pass with your library card.

The resource list above are just a few that I picked out; however, there is much more available. Check your local library website for a current offering. Other states may offer similar free online resources at the library. Do some research if you don’t live in New York. If you sign up because of this blog post then let me know in the comments.

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