With your Ela Library card you can access our digital collections any time of the day!
This page includes some of our most popular resources. For a comprehensive list of online resources, please see our Research page
Creativebug - Nurture your creative side with 1000+ video classes in painting, knitting, crafting, sewing, and more! Ela cardholders can set up their own individual account for free.
eBooks and eAudiobooks from Overdrive - Download and enjoy audiobooks or ebooks on your computer or transfer them to a portable device (Nook, Kindle, iPod,
MP3 player, or PDA). The collection includes new fiction and non-fiction audiobooks and ebooks for all ages.
Ela Library App - Available as a free download from the Apple App store, Google Play and Amazon marketplace, the Ela Library app allows users to search the catalog, access your account, find and checkout eBooks, register for a program, find events and much more!
Flipster - Allows you to read digital magazines on your computer or mobile device. Current available
titles: Consumer Reports, People, Real Simple, US Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, and Bloomberg Businessweek.
Free Tunes by Freegal - Looking for a way to get free MP3 music that you can play on any iPod, iPhone or other MP3 player? Freegal Music offers over 11 million songs from over 50 Sony-affiliated labels including Columbia, RCA, Sony Classical and Arista. You'll need your library card number and you're limited to 5 downloads a week, but everything you download is yours to keep! And new: Try 5 hours a day of freegal music streaming in addition to your weekly downloads!
* Freegal has a mobile app available! Click here for more information.
Gale Virtual Reference Library - Find information from a full-text reference source! Search through dozens of encyclopedias, dictionaries and other resources such as The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, Encyclopedia of Religion, the American Law
Yearbook, the Business Plans Handbook, and much more!
* Gale has a mobile app available! Click here for more information.
Hoopla - Ela Area Public Library cardholders can create an account and log in at to begin enjoying hundreds of TV episodes, movies, e-books, and music available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. Limit 5 checkouts per month per card.
Kanopy - Ela Area Public Library cardholders can create an account for on-demand access to classic films and documentaries. Kanopy also includes children's programming through its "Kids" section. Kanopy also has an app for IOS and Android.
Magazines, Newspapers, Journals and Video Podcasts - Browse through the Library’s vast collection of digital magazines, newspapers and journals. Also, find news broadcasts and current event podcasts in Global Issues in Context. Search through Chicago Tribune articles dated back to the American Civil War. You may even research a variety of subjects with Opposing Viewpoints. What will you discover?
Mango Languages - Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more.
* Mango has a mobile app available! Click here for more information.
Press Reader - Find specific newspapers from all over the world in full text and full color! Instant Access to 2200 newspapers from 97 countries in 54 languages.
Safari Books Online - Access thousands of technology and computer books and videos. Safari Books Online is the premier on-demand digital library for technology. Read the latest books on computer programming or watch a tutorial video on dozens of technology topics.
Tumblebooks - Watch an animated, talking picture book right on your computer screen. You can read the story yourself or have it read to you. You'll also find related puzzles, quizzes and games! What book will you watch today? New! Through August 31, enjoy free access without a library card to this resource.