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We're Open Indy: Free research and remote learning resources at the library

Indianapolis Library offers free e-books, streaming movies and research databases
PHOTOS: Historic East Washington Street library
Posted at 1:11 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 14:45:18-04

INDIANAPOLIS — While the Indianapolis Public Library's physical locations are closed due to the coronavirus, they are still open for business virtually.

Almost everything people would typically go to the library for before the COVID-19 closure can still be accessed through the IPL website. Such as a nearly unlimited collection of free e-books, streaming movies, research databases, and activities to engage kids.

The Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction recently announced all K-12 schools in Indiana would deliver remote instruction for the remainder of the academic year.

With this, IPL wants to make sure parents, teachers and students alike are aware of the free community resources to help kids with their homework during this time when remote learning is a reality.

"During this time, certain publishers of online products have removed restrictions or limits that might normally be in place," IPL's statement read. "These include Tumblebooks, which features e-books and math picture books with animation for grades K – 6, as well as e-books and educator resources for middle school and high school students. The publisher Gale also has resource tools that do not require the use of a Library card for all grade levels, including Biography in Context, Global Issues, Opposing Viewpoints, Science, U.S. History and World History."

Many of these resources can be accessed without a library card, as well, and materials are not due, and fines will not accrue until the closure is over.

The blog on the library's website features tips and guides for teachers, students and all individuals who need help navigating the online resources.

The library also has a hotline for people to call and speak with reference specialists for books and material suggestions. Specialists are also available for help with using the library's online database. Call the hotline at 317-275-4184, or text at 317-333-6877.

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