Six virtual resources at the Buncombe County, NC library


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Libraries might be closed physically to the public right now, but virtually, they’re open + busier than ever, offering resources for adults, kids + families. DYK: Your library card gets you access to professional trainings, language immersions, and even movies? Today, we’re checking out (get it?) a few of the virtual offerings on tap from Buncombe County Libraries.

Don’t have a library card? No problem. You can request a free library card via email. Protip: You’ll need to email them a copy or photo of a local ID. Then, you’ll receive a library card number + PIN that you can use to start exploring. Physical cards will be mailed out once the library reopens.

Here are just a few of the things we uncovered on our virtual visit. Note: Some links require a library card to access.

  • Stream a flick. From new releases to golden oldies, there are hundreds of films across two streaming platforms – North Carolina Digital Library + NC LIVE, with an especially strong collection of family-friendly faves. Editor Ali was pleased to see several movies in the horror category – her eternal top pick.
  • Read a book. The library has 40,000+ e-books (for adults, teens, and kids) available for your perusal, so you can curl up with your e-reader even though the stacks are currently off limits. Bonus: They have 10,000+ audiobooks in their collection, as well. They also have magazines available to browse.
  • Brush up on a foreign language. Whether you’re a total beginner or looking to practice, Mango has lessons in languages from Arabic to Yiddish, plus a translation tool.
  • Take a course. We’re all at home and on our devices more these days. So why not take a deep dive into topics like web design, media production, business, IT + more with Lynda is normally a subscription service, but it’s free of charge through the library.
  • Study up. Especially for students, the Testing & Education Reference Center has test prep resources for high school through grad school students, plus career testing + international exams. And, they offer resume help and career guidance.
  • Time travel. We live in a truly amazing place, and the library’s North Carolina Room has collected its history for all of us. Check out their collection of historic maps, photographs + illustrations, architectural drawings, oral histories, yearbooks + much more.

The library also has archived + current local and national newspapers, legal resources, resources for investing, a pet resource guide, and even information on vehicle repair + maintenance.


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