Toledo Library expands online catalog while branches remain closed

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The Toledo Lucas County Public Library closed all branch locations, including the Main Library downtown, due to coronavirus concerns on March 15.

But just because the buildings are closed doesn't mean kids and families have to miss out on all the library has to offer.

Library Media Relations Coordinator Kelsey Cogan said the library has ramped up its digital collection, with ten different online streaming resources for free books, audiobooks, movies, and more.

"Having all this e-media and having it all free is the biggest thing," said Cogan. "There are different streaming services out there, but they can be pricey especially if you're wanting to use multiple during this time you're home."

In addition, the library has also started an online book club and has opened a free library version of the popular website Ancestry.com for those interested in learning more about their genealogy.

For kids, a "Real Superheroes" writing contest is going on now through April 11. Participants can write about someone who makes a difference in their life and be entered to win cash prizes up to $200.

There's also tutoring sites and research databases for kids and teens keeping up with schoolwork.

To log on to find thousands of free books, movies, audiobooks, music, and more, head to the Toledo Lucas County Public Library website to browse the collection or get your free card today.