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Houston Public Library Resources You Can Access From Home

The public library is about more than just thrilling new books and feature films. Your Houston Public Library has great services you can access from home. Here are three ways to use your community library without ever leaving our Houston apartments. 

Virtual Events 

Looking to fill up your calendar with fun events? Let the Houston Public Library help! You can sign up for a crafting hour, book club discussion, podcast, STEM lesson, or more. All of these events are free, easy to register for, and welcome to anyone. Your week just got a lot busier. 

Research Your Roots

Dig into your family history and go on a journey of self-discovery without leaving your Houston apartment. Ancestry Library Edition allows you to access this highly popular website for free by setting up an account with your library card. You can map out your family tree and search for your ancestors by name, location, or date of birth. The library even offers occasional virtual programs to help you sharpen your skills for genealogy and use this valuable resource. 

Electronic Material

If you haven’t downloaded the Overdrive app by now, you’re missing out! Overdrive gives you access to thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks to read or listen to for free. Simply download the app, find the materials you’re searching for, and you’re good to go. When your loaning period is up, the items return themselves, so there are no late fees. If you’re more of a music or television person, then give Hoopla a try. This is another free app you can use with your library card. Hoopla allows you to instantly stream music, movies, and television shows. No matter what type of materials you’re interested in, the Houston Public Library has you covered. 

We’ve just scraped the surface of all the amazing resources you can access virtually with your public library card. For more ways you can interact with your community, here’s how you can enjoy a Houston art performance from home. To schedule a tour of our beautiful Houston apartments, contact us today. 

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