Beyond the physical collection of audio books available from the Albany Public Library are numerous online audio sources.
- Library2Go, accessed by your Albany Public Library card, provides access to over 8,000 unabridged audio books. A patron may ‘check out’ and have ‘checked out’ up to six items. Most of the audio books may be downloaded to a variety of devices, burned to CD, or listened to on one’s computer. The scope of the collection includes a full array of titles for the entire family. For more details about accessing Library2Go, click here.
- Tumblebooks – A great resource for the small fries; parents will enjoy this as well. The collection of audio books is intended for video listen alongs.
- Internet Archives- “Welcome to the Archive’s audio and MP3 library. This library contains over two hundred thousand free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these audios and MP3s are available for free download.”
- Powersearch – Powersearch is our source for magazine and journal articles. Let’s say you are interested in ‘reading’ articles on Afghanistan. The articles that you identify in Powersearch can be downloaded as MP3 files. You can take the articles jogging and become well informed on the affairs of Afghanistan.
Library2Go – Almost 2,000 downloadable videos! Includes over 500 PBS titles! Feature films, classics, shorts, documentaries.
Something for everyone!
Internet Archives – This library contains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts.
Tumblebooks – Animated books for the kids … and their parents. Watch online.
YouTube – YouTube is more than brief humorous home movies, it is rich with ‘how to do it’ information. It is a treasure trove of historic moments and individuals captured on film. It is a very useful research tool.
Open Culture -450 free movies online including classics, noir, indie, westerns, and others.
An early adaptation of Alice in Wonderland included a mixture of live action and puppets; this film (and others) is available free online at Open Culture!
*Did you know? Public Domain refers to the body of creative works and knowledge in which no person, government or organization has any proprietary interest such as a copyright. These works are considered part of the public cultural heritage and may be freely used by all (from Openflix.com)