eLibrary

Unlock a vast amount of free downloadable and/or streaming items through the Lorain Public Library System (LPLS).

Our eLibrary collection offers LPLS cardholders the freedom to download and/or stream books, movies, music, magazines and more at no charge, from wherever you are!  Read below to learn more about the digital services LPLS provides and get started on your electronic library journey today.  Enjoy these services on your computer or compatible mobile device.  Most services also offer apps. Download an easy to use eTech Reference sheet, click here.

To sign up for a library ecard, click here to apply. To apply for this card, you must live, work, own property or attend school in Ohio. This card provides access to only eMedia.

Clicking on a logo or a bold name will take you directly to the service's website.  

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Access Video on Demand: Master Collection contains thousands of streaming documentaries, classic films and educational videos on a variety of topics such as travel, health and careers.

Access Video on Demand: Just for Kids contains thousands of streaming documentaries, classic films and educational videos on a variety of topics such as travel, health and careers.

African American Heritage is a groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.

African American Heritage

AllData is an automobile and light truck repair information database that is provided for in-library use only on LPLS computers. 

AllData

Ancestry-Library Edition provides easy access to more than 4,000 genealogy databases with a single search. *Can only be used on a computer within the library. 

Ancestry

ArtistWorks for Libraries offers patrons world-class music and art instruction through self-paced video lessons that range from beginning to advanced for instruments, voice and physical art. 

BiblioBoard houses digital books, images, videos and more from libraries, artists, authors and others from your community and around the world. It offers new fiction, popular comic books, award-winning videos, and colorful children's books.

BiblioBoard

BookFlix is an online literary resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks. Try out these online books for preschoolers through third-graders.

Chilton Library gives you the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs.

The Cleveland Necrology File contains local cemetery records and newspaper death notices for the following years: 1833, 1847-1848, 1850-1975. A more complete description of the file's contents can be found in the about section of the database. For necrology information after 1975, please use the Cleveland News Index.

Cleveland Necrology File

(Cleveland Public Library) -- The online Cleveland News Index lists citation information for local news stories, feature articles and reviews from The Plain Dealer (1983-June 1999), Cleveland Magazine (1983-present), Northern Ohio Live (Sept. 1990-June 2009), and Ohio Magazine (Oct.1990 -present). Obituaries from the Plain Dealer and the Cleveland Press are included from 1976 to the present. Please note that this index does not provide full text access to these sources

Cleveland News Index

Search Consumer Reports magazine for full text articles from 1991 to the present. Find product evaluations, articles on public safety, health, marketplaces, and legal decisions that affect consumers

Consumer Reports

Freegal Music gives you access to millions of songs from over 28,000 labels, including the Sony Music catalog.  Download songs - and they're yours to keep!

Fold3The Web's Premier Collection of Military Records from Rev War to WWII. Historic war records. Documents & photos. 

Fold3

Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online.  Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. 

 

Gale Legal Forms provides a wide selection of Ohio legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in easy to understand language.

Gale Legal Forms 

Heritage Quest is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Heritage Quest 

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.

 

Home Improvement Reference CenterThrough a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

 

Home Improvement Reference Center

Hoopla lets you borrow free digital movies, TV shows, full music CDs, eBooks, comic books and audiobooks.  Gain access to thousands of titles that are available for instant streaming or temporary download. 

 

Kanopy Video Collection- You can now watch over 26,000 films on Kanopy! The variety of films available includes classic films from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses and PBS. You can also indulge in viewing festival indie or world cinema sourced from award-winning filmmakers. Kanopy makes it easy to watch any time, to share and to discuss films.

Kids InfoBits is the perfect educational product for today's young learners. It is a content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use digital resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics. The modern design and simple navigation makes it easy for users to explore content and gain comfort with database searching.

Lynda.com- Learn business, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals using these free video courses on the latest software, taught by industry experts. Online videos are available for Developer, IT, Business, Marketing, Photography, 3D + Animation, Video, Web, and more. Both in-library and remote users must enter their library card number and PIN to access Lynda.com.

Morningstar Investment Research Center provides independent, in-depth research and recommendations on 11,000 stocks, 24,000 mutual funds, and 950 exchange-traded funds. The format is user-friendly and includes an investment education section

New York Times - Find breaking news, multimedia, reviews & opinion on Washington, business, sports, movies, travel, books, jobs, education, real estate, cars & more at nytimes.com. 

Click here to receive a code that will provide you access when not inside the library

If you are using The New York Times while inside the library, please click here.
NY Times

Novelist K-8 helps librarians, teachers, parents, and other adults who care about children in grades K-8 find fiction and non-fiction books to read tailored to their reading level and interests. Or, kids can try it themselves to help them select books they will enjoy. Using simple search techniques, find helpful resources such as expert reading recommendations, read-alikes, book discussion guides, thematic book lists and more.

Novelist Plus helps readers of all ages or those who help readers find fiction and non-fiction books they will enjoy. Using simple search techniques, find helpful resources such as expert reading recommendations, read-alikes, book discussion guides, thematic book lists and more.

Ohio Web Library Research Databases is an evolving collection of thousands of online publications and research resources. The Ohio Web Library includes: popular magazines, trade publications, scholarly research journals, newspapers, encyclopedias, dictionaries, speeches, poems, plays, maps, satellite images of Ohio, and more.

OverDrive - You can browse through thousands of titles in a variety of formats - eBooks, audiobooks and video. 

OverDrive for Kids – Find free eBooks, audiobooks, videos and more for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade.

OverDrive for Kids

Oxford Research Encyclopedias– With today’s overabundance of information, and misinformation, students and researchers alike can be overwhelmed in identifying what’s trustworthy, what’s up-to-date, and what’s accurate. Oxford University Press has invested in the Oxford Research Encyclopedias to meet this challenge. Working with international communities of scholars across all fields of study, we are developing new comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on an ever-growing range of topics. 

Oxford Research Encyclopedia

Pressbooks is another online platform, also partnering with BiblioBoard, for creating professional eBooks and print books which may then circulate in participating libraries.

Reference USADirectory information for 11 million U.S. businesses and 120 million U.S. households. Search for businesses by SIC code, sales volume number of employees and more. Search for residence directory information by name, location or phone number

RBdigital Magazines, formerly Zinio, offers you full digital copies of nearly 100 magazines. 

SELF-e is a collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard allowing authors and libraries to work together to present self-published eBooks. If a submitted eBook is selected by Library Journal’s SELF-e curation process, the eBooks may be circulated among participating public libraries across the U.S. and Canada. 

Small Business Reference Center offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.

Small Business Reference Center

Transparent Languages helps millions learn over 100 foreign languages. Download free language-learning software and start learning a language now.

Transparent Languages

Very Short IntroductionsDiscover a new topic or subject with these intelligent and serious introductions written by authors who are experts in their field. Brilliant. Sharp. Inspiring. Now online.

Very Short Introductions

United Way: First Call for Help- In an effort to increase access to a wide range of health and human services in Cuyahoga County, United Way Services' First Call For Help (FCFH) has developed a web based version of its "Reference" database. Access more than 1,000 agencies, 4,000 programs, and 10,000 services in our area by searching this valuable online resource

United Way

WorldCat- The world's most comprehensive bibliography with 40 million bibliographic records representing 400 languages. Covers information back to the 11th Century. Includes holdings information from the world's libraries.

WorldCat

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