Your library card gives you access to hundreds of thousands of downloads across various types of media, both within the library and through our eResource collections. Use your library card to set up an account with these free online resources. Some may require you to have an email address and a PIN linked to your account. Please visit the library’s front desk if you need to add or update your email address and PIN.

Featured eResource: Tech Takeout

“Tech Takeout” is a smorgasbord of gadgets, gizmos, and tools for you to take home (and bring back when you’re done, of course!).

Try Before You Buy: Technology is expensive. Thinking of getting a Kindle or Hotspot? Try it before you buy it!

That Thing You Only Need Once: As cool as an “Arduino Starter Kit” sounds, it’s not an everyday tool. We’ll get one and you can use it when you need it.

Enjoy Your Weekend: An internet binge weekend, a GoPro for your hike, a stack of summer reads on one device. A lot of this stuff is just plain ol’ fun!

So What’ll You Have? Here’s a list of the Tech Takeout devices we have so far…with more to come! To suggest a device to add to our collection, email blakeh@einetwork.net.

  • Laptops (for in-house use only) – take your work to a tutor room or comfy nook at the library!
  • WiFi Hotspots – free, unlimited internet on the go!
  • Kindles – preloaded with a huge library of bestselling & classic adult & YA books!
  • Kids’ Kindles – featuring a collection of popular kids’ chapter books!
  • GoPro Camera Kit – including 18-piece accessories for creative camera work!
  • Arduino Beginner Kit & Snap Circuits Kit – try some circuit building for beginners & make cool interactive electronic objects!

What If I Need Some Help? Most devices come with instructions, but you can ask at the front desk for information when checking one out, or call the library if you have any trouble using the device from home. Ask for our Technical Services Librarian, Heather Blake, for some expert techie advice!

And Now for the Fine Print: Tech Takeout devices are for Western Allegheny Community Library cardholders and must be checked out and returned at the front desk at WACL only. For availability or to place a hold on a certain device, call the library at 724-695-8150. Checkout length and procedures vary by device.

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Overdrive is our largest eBook and eAudiobook collection, including adult, teen, and children’s fiction, nonfiction, current authors, and classic titles. You can borrow up to 20 items at a time for 3 weeks, and there are never any late fees. You can even place holds on popular items, and renew some for longer if there are no holds. Hoopla brings you thousands of movies, television shows, and music albums for free, with no wait lists or late fees. You can borrow up to ten items per month, video for three days, music for seven days.
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Mango Languages is an online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. 72 world languages are available, including Spanish, French, German, English for second language learners…even Pirate! Freegal’s music collection includes 9 million songs from over 28,000 labels with no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. That means that once you download a song, it is yours to keep, up to 5 songs per week.
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Fiction database that helps you find books by subject, read reviews & annotations, get discussion guides and much, much more. Presents articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial & regulatory actions that affect consumers from 1985-Present.
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Download official legal forms, and customize them to suit your needs. GLF offers forms for wills, power of attorney, landlord/tenant, divorce and dissolution, leases, sale of property, employment, and more. GLF provides forms customized to Pennsylvania state law, and includes forms drafted by attorneys for particular legal matters. Zinio offers full color, interactive digital magazines released simultaneously with the print versions. Browse your library’s collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download. Select from 400 free digital magazine subscriptions for your computer or mobile device.
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Another eAudiobook collection, with thousands of always available, primarily adult titles. Audiobooks check out for 3 weeks and are renewable. Enhance your child’s library experience. Find eBooks, online resources, and other materials specifically for children. Check out BookFlix and TumbleBooks for great multimedia reading experiences.

 

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