Things You Can Get From Home For Free With Your Library Card


Here in the Rio Grande Valley, we are having an unusually cold winter. Between the cold temperatures, rain, and lack of sunlight, you might be spending more time at home. This can be a nice escape for a while, but you might be starting to get bored and feel cabin fever (especially if you have the cold that everyone is getting). When you don’t feel like going outside, but are going insane from boredom inside, don’t forget about all the things you can do from home with your MPL card! You can access free e-books, audiobooks, magazines, comics, music, and many other things without leaving the comfort of you own home. All you need is an MPL card, a tablet or computer, and an internet connection.

Watch a movie or documentary:

Kanopy– Streaming video service that offers over 30,000 films and documentaries.

Read e-books and listen to audiobooks:

Libby and Overdrive– Enjoy over 10,000 e-books and audiobooks.

RBdigital– E-books and audiobooks that you can get if you have a different Hidalgo County library card.

TumbleBook Library– E-books just for kids, under the “For Children” section.

Read magazines:

RBdigital– Check out our magazines! They don’t expire, and you can download an unlimited amount.

Read comic books:

Comics Plus– Are you a comic book fan? Check out our digital comics!

Earn points and prizes:

Adult Winter Reading Program– Join our Adult Winter Reading Program, and earn points and prizes for everything you read.

Listen to music:

Freegal– Don’t want to pay for Spotify or Pandora? Get free music here!

Learn a language:

Pronunciator– Learn a new language, including English for Spanish-speakers.

Prepare for an exam:

Learning Express– Online study guides and practice tests for the GED, college entrance exams, and career occupational exams.

Research a topic:

TexShare Databases– Research just about anything with databases and academic journals provided by the Texas State Library. You don’t even need a library card, just call us for the login information.

Don’t have a library card yet? It’s very easy to get one and completely free. Learn how to get one here.

Do you need help getting low-cost internet at home? We can help you apply for it in the library computer lab. You will need to bring your SNAP card and driver’s license or identification. Learn more here.

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