The Library at Home

Whether you’re interested in audiobooks or ancestry research, Greenwich Library has a wealth of remote services available that will keep you learning, watching, reading, researching and more, all from home. Here, we’ve compiled a list of services by category that you can access remotely.

First Things First: Sign Up for a Library Card!
You’ll need a Library card to access the Library’s digital offerings. Complete the online form and watch for an email with next steps from

Any Questions? Ask a Librarian
Library staff are responding to phone calls and emails Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., so leave us a voicemail at (203) 622-7920 with a call-back number, or Ask a Librarian.

Get Personalized Recommendations
Wondering what to read next? Visit our website, answer a few simple questions, and one of our librarians will follow up within 2-4 days with a personalized reading list that includes at least four titles. Given the Library closure, we will be happy to suggest eBook and audiobook formats. Speaking of…

Find eBooks & Audiobooks
Your favorite books are available to download straight to your mobile device or Kindle for free using your Greenwich Library card and these apps:

  • Libby – Libby is easy to use. Check out this how-video created by our very own librarian, Carla.
  • Overdrive: Be sure to check out the “Express Collection” to find popular books that are available to read immediately for up to seven days.
  • RBdigital – Check out this how-to video to get up and running on RBdigital in no time.

Read Digital Magazines & Newspapers
Get access to more than 3,500 newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times and New York Post, and thousands of magazines like The Economist and Bon Appetit. There are even craft and hobby magazines, in case you have some extra time on your hands these days!

  • RBdigital – Magazines, newspapers, and audiobooks as well.

Watch Movies & Stream TV
Skip the paid services and watch thousands of movies and television shows for free on your computer or mobile device using these services:

  • Kanopy – Movies, documentaries, indie, and foreign films. Stream up to 20 titles a month.
  • Hoopla – Get thousands of movies and television shows on your computer or mobile device.
  • AcornTV – Best of British TV right here.
  • IndieFlix – Thousands of comedy, horror, drama, classic movies and TV shows on your computer or mobile device.

Listen to Music
Scoot on over, Spotify! Download full music albums on Hoopla and stream a huge collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries.

  • Hoopla – Download and stream music albums.
  • Naxos Music Library – Listen to great music spanning medieval to modern – classical, jazz, electronic, world music, etc.
  • Naxos Music Library Jazz – Stream one of the most comprehensive collections of jazz music available online.
  • Qello Concerts – Full-length concerts and music documentaries.

Learn Something New Online
Learn a new language, take an interesting course, or perfect a new computer skill.

  • Mango – Step-by-step lessons for 71 languages and ESL lessons for speakers of 21 languages.
  • Lynda – Brush up on essential training for Word and Excel, or learn to connect to colleagues with Zoom.
  • Great Courses –  Course videos on a variety of topics including history, science, economics, finance and more.

Research Remotely
Take advantage of expanded databases that allow for remote access during Library closures. Browse full list of databases accessible through Greenwich Library.

  • Ancestry Library – Now available remotely with a Library card. Trace your family history through one simple search of this database with more than 500 million names.
  • Historical Greenwich Newspaper Collection – Select “remote access,” enter your Library barcode number and use the filters to locate fully digitized images of Greenwich newspapers from 1877-present.
  • Consumer Reports – Use your Library card to access product ratings and recommendations.
  • JSTOR –  This Library database of scholarly journals and academic research has expanded access through June 30 due to library closures. Find 26 archival journals in Public Health, as well as more than 30,000 books through publishers including Yale University Press, Columbia University Press, the African Books Collective, and many more.
  • ValueLine Remote – Online access to leading research publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities, as well as  proprietary special situation stocks.

Discover a World of Entertainment & Enrichment for Children
From audiobooks to wonderful animated story books, there are many options available during the library closure to help keeps kids entertained and learning.

  • Hoopla – Animated books that children will love from their favorite authors like Mo Willems, Rosemary Wells, and many more.
  • Libby – Audiobooks and ebooks for all ages.
  • Kanopy Kids – Educational and enriching videos with developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common Sense Media.
  • RBdigital – Download kids magazines such as National Geographic Kids, Highlights, High Five, The Week Junior and Disney Girl.
  • Tumblebooks – Offers beautifully animated and professionally narrated storybooks, as well as chapter books, graphic novels, non-fiction titles, and educational games and activities for grades K-4.
  • TumbleMath – A wide range of authors and math topics all in one place.
  • Bookflix – From Scholastic, Bookflix pairs video storybooks with related non-fiction read-along titles. There are activities accompanying each pairing, as well as resources to further explore topics.
  • Overdrive Kids– Thousands of ebooks to choose from.
  • Homework Helpers – Click here for various resources provided by Greenwich Library to help with all of your homework needs, including encyclopedias, biography resources, and.much more.
  • National Geographic For Kids – Log on with your Library card to enjoy amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

Just For Young Adults
Check out our suggested reading list, download eBooks, stream all the latest music hits and get homework help.

Peruse Historic Photos & Digital Collections
Time on your hands? Browse our collection of digitized historical photographs and postcards of Greenwich, CT.

  • Historic Photo Collection – Explore, share comments, and download images from Greenwich Library’s historic photo collection.

Find Business, Career
 & Financial Resources
Sharpen your skills, learn something new, and stay up-to-date on important business and financial news through the Library.

  • Virtual Weekly Job Accelerator Group – The popular Weekly Job Search Accelerator group is going virtual and you’re invited! Join this job search accelerator group and get your search back on track towards landing a job. Visit the Library’s online calendar for the date/time and to register.
  • Lynda – Brush up on essential training for Word and Excel, or learn to connect to colleagues with Zoom.
  • RBdigital – Access more than 3,500 newspapers including Business Day, Financial Daily International, and Stockwatch Daily, as well as thousands of more magazines than ever before, including The Economist, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and MoneyWeek.
  • Brainfuse Job Now – Use your Library card to access live, personalized job-seeking support anytime.
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau –  Offers a Prioritizing bills tool from the Your Money, Your Goals financial empowerment toolkit, which can help you consider the impact of your choices when money is tight.
  • UConn Extension – Covid-19 Resources
  • ValueLine Remote – Online access to leading research publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities, as well as  proprietary special situation stocks.
  • 2020 Tax Forms – Access Federal and state tax forms here.
  • Unemployment Benefits – File here if you have lost your job due to Covid-19.
  • Federal Disaster Loans – Small business disaster loan info and applications.

Watch Theater 
Quarantined, but cultured!

  • Kanopy – Recorded plays and behind the scenes footage, including the remarkable story of how Hamilton came to be!