Expanded Library Resources during COVID-19


The Kanopy movie streaming service is providing credit-free viewing of a variety of films including some Indie and International films, Documentaries, Film Noir, and more.  Browse the list on the homepage of your Kanopy app or through the Kanopy website.  Urbana cardholders always get 10 views per month, as well as unlimited access to a month of Kids videos (including quality educational content like Sesame Street, Arthur, and even language learning series) through the Kanopy Kids link.

Digital Library of Illinois (using the Libby or Overdrive app)

Digital Library of Illinois has increased checkout limits and hold requests to 10 eBooks or downloadable audiobooks per card.


TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBook Library takes existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music, and narration to produce an electronic picture book. You can read books, or have them read to you. Until August 31, patrons can access a variety of TumbleBooks collections free and without a library card.


Expanded EBSCO Access provides information about COVID-19 updates and info; resources to support distance learning—STEM activities, study packets, lessons plans, and more; free access to College Admissions Test Prep Resources and GED Test Prep Resources through June 30, 2020; and ideas for keeping busy at home such as webinars, virtual book club ideas, creative activities, and exercise inspiration.


Infobase is one of America’s leading providers of supplemental educational materials. Through May 15, patrons can access the following Infobase resources: Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, World News Digest, Today's Science, The World Almanac for Kids, and Access Video on Demand (including a Just for Kids section).  Patrons can access these resources without a library card by using the following information—username: 1637852-user, password: digital.


The NewsGuard browser extension is now available free of charge until July 1st. NewsGuard provides credibility ratings to help you avoid false information. Once installed, you will see red and green NewsGuard rating icons next to news links on search engines and social media feeds, and you can hover your mouse over the icon to get more detailed information.

Coronavirus: A Book for Children

Coronavirus: A Book for Children: A new children's book about Coronavirus written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts is available to download for free. The book is appropriate for pre-school through 6th grade, and it is endorsed by the NHS. The book covers what is known about the virus, how it is spread, what children can do and how they can help. It also addresses life at home during this time.

My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19

My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19:  A new children's storybook about Coronavirus was developed by the United Nations' Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings with input from parents, caregivers, teachers and children in 104 countries. The book is available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, Ukrainian, Bahasa Malay, German and Turkish.

Additional titles:

Be a Coronavirus Fighter! by Songju Ma Daemicke & Helen H. Wu

Coronavirus a book for Children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts and in Spanish

I Have a Question about Coronavirus by Arlen Grad Gaines and Meredith Englander Polsky

First Aid for Feelings by Denise Daniels

Coronavirus by Christine Borst

Covibook by Manuela Molina

King Covid and the Kids Who Care by Nicole Rim

The Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus by Sharon Hale and Dean Hale

Staying Home by Sally Nicholls and Vivian Schwarz

Alicia y el Coronavirus by Salvador Macip and Emilio Urberuaga