Although Hall County libraries are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to books-- and a myriad of other resources-- are still available to the public online.
"Now more than ever, we’re living in a digital age," Hall County Library System Director Lisa MacKinney said. "The library has been digital for a number of years, and we hope this unusual set of circumstances provides an opportunity for people to rediscover their local library in a new, updated way."
The digital resources available on the Hall County Library System’s website include:
- hoopla - a digital website/app allowing free downloads of e-books, audiobooks, comics, music and movies
- Tutor.com - provides online, on-demand academic tutoring, homework help and test preparation to K-12th grade students, plus early college students and adult learners
- ReferenceUSA -a powerful online reference and research tool providing cardholders access to in-depth information on U.S. businesses and residents
- GALILEO- Georgia’s virtual library, which has full text magazines, books, language learning, and much more
- Zinio - a service providing online access to a variety of popular magazines such as Newsweek, Parents, Smithsonian, Kiplinger’s, and many more.
- One Click Digital - offers a variety of popular e-books and downloadable audiobooks
MacKinney said these digital offerings are free to Hall County Library cardholders.
"There’s a number of other online offerings that typically have a cost associated with them that we are currently offering free of charge," she said.
Those resources include ancestry.com’s Library Edition, downloadable coloring pages from Dover Press and free Spectrum broadband and wi-fi access for students at home, just to name a few.
"The library has so many offerings beyond books," MacKinney said. "This is a great time to visit the library’s website and learn a new language, explore new career opportunities or binge watch a T.V. series."
More information about all of these online offerings can be found at www.hallcountylibrary.org.