Virtual Branch

Mercer County Library patrons have access to digital movies, music, magazines, books, articles, reference sources, business directories and more - 24/7!

eResources

EBSCO eBooks

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2Ccpid&custid=cjrlc316&profile=ehost&defaultdb=nlebk

Online versions of print books that your library has either purchased with a perpetual license or via an annual subscription. If you need help, please take a look at the eBooks User Guide, provided by EBSCOhost.

eLibrary NJ eLibraryNJ Overdrive and Libby

https://elibrarynj.overdrive.com/

Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand. Provided by libraries in central New Jersey (formerly ListenNJ).

Reading with Kindle

You can read most borrowed ebooks with Kindle (available in the U.S. only). To send a book to Kindle and read it there:

  1. Go to Shelf > Loans.
  2. Tap Read With...
  3. Tap Kindle.
  4. You'll be taken to Amazon's website to finish getting the book.
    • If you're signed into your Amazon account, verify the "Deliver to:" device and tap Get Library Book.
    • If you're not signed into your Amazon account, tap Get Library Book, and sign in.

Flipster

https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,cpid&custid=cjrlc316&profile=eon

Flipster®, the next-gen digital newsstand now offers content across all of your favorite devices. With access to the top magazines combined with an easy to use interface, Flipster offers users a unique reading experience that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere.

  • Online and offline viewing: Flipster can be accessed online using a computer or mobile device. Offline viewing is available via the Flipster app for iPads, Android tablets, and Kindle Fire tablets.
  • Search and browse: Search by title and keyword or browse by category. Issues can also be accessed from the Latest Issues and All Issues carousels on the home screen.
  • Current and back issue availability: The most recent issue of a magazine title will be available on Flipster. To access back issues, open the most recent issue using your computer or mobile device and look for ‘All Issues’ in the right hand column on your computer or for ‘All Issues’ in the menu on your mobile device.

Freegal Music

https://mclnj.freegalmusic.com/

Freegal® is a free music service from your library. All you need is your library card number and possibly a PIN if your library utilizes them. Freegal offers access to about 15 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 40,000 music videos. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 40,000 labels with music that originates in over 100 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Access to Freegal is limited to patrons of subscribing libraries.

Full Text Finder

https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,cpid&custid=cjrlc316&profile=pfi&groupid=main

The magazine and journal holdings (paper copies; microfilm; electronic versions) of the Mercer County Library System.

hoopla

https://www.hoopladigital.com/

hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.

Update/Add your PIN

Our hoopla digital library service requires a PIN to access your account. The PIN is the same as the one you use to access your library account and should be the last four digits of your phone number. In order to update your hoopla account, you must update the app on your device or your account on the hoopla website. The guides below were created by hoopla to help you update your account. Please review procedures and update your account to continuing using the hoopla service.

If you do not know your PIN or have any other questions, you may ask a staff member for help at any of our branches or fill out our support form.

All Online Databases

https://www.mcls.org/reference/databases

All other databases and online resources available through Mercer County Library.

Our Youtube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu-ZfxIyfyZlJSOR0kj7UxA

Original videos of storytimes, music, and more straight from our librarians!

Virtual Museum Trips

While we are closed for COVID-19, our museum passes are unavailable. However, that doesn't mean you need to stop attending museums! Here are some links for virtual tours and plays.

Google Arts & Culture’s Collection

Hundreds of Places Documented by Google

Includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, and literally hundreds of more places where you can gain knowledge about art, history, and science. This collection is especially good for students who are looking for ways to stay on top of their studies while schools are closed.

#MuseumMomentOfZen

https://twitter.com/hashtag/MuseumMomentOfZen?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Museums around the world are also sharing their most zen art on social media to help people cope with staying home.

Boston Children's Museum

https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour

Designed for children and families, our exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts. In addition to extensive child-centered exhibits, Museum educators develop programs and activities that address literacy, performing arts, science and math, visual arts, cultures, and health and wellness.

Cape May County Park & Zoo

https://www.capemaycountynj.gov/1400/Virtual-Zoo-School

Don't get stir crazy! The Park & Zoo may be closed but we are bringing the ZOO-to-YOU! Welcome to our virtual Zoo School! Join us Monday through Friday at 11:30 AM as we take you on a virtual tour of the zoo! Each day we will feature a short clip of a different animal and teach you all about it.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

http://cincinnatizoo.org/home-safari-resources/

While the Cincinnati Zoo is closed and kids are home from school, let us help make your children’s hiatus from school fun and educational. Join us for a Home Safari Facebook Live each day at 3pm EDT where we will highlight one of our amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home.

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/community/virtual-field-trips/

No permission slips required. These virtual events let educators take students to amazing places and give them remarkable experiences, without ever leaving the classroom.

Elmwood Park Zoo

https://www.elmwoodparkzoo.org/event/zoo-school-live/2020-03-27/

While Elmwood Park Zoo is closed, we are looking forward to bringing the zoo to you and your family! Stay connected with us through our Facebook live broadcast, weekdays at 11am. During each session, our education team will highlight one of our ambassador animals. If you can’t watch the videos live, they will still appear on Facebook, our YouTube channel, and on our website.

Frick Collection

Images of Art on Display

Welcome to The Frick Collection. Internationally recognized as a premier museum and research center, the Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts.

Georgia Aquarium

Live underwater webcams

The Great Wall of China

https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china

As China's most famous attraction, the Great Wall of China is an essential stop on any trip to China. Commonly considered a wonder of the world, the Great Wall boasts a history of over 2,000 years and stretches more than 3,000 miles across several provinces of northern China, making it one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet.

The Louvre

https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the façades of the Louvre. Come along on a virtual tour and enjoy the view.

Mars

https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

Access Mars lets you explore a 3D replica of the Martian surface, exactly as it was recorded by the Curiosity rover. As Curiosity has travelled across Mars, it’s taken digital photographs with two stereoscopic camera systems. By combining and analyzing these photographs, scientists at NASA JPL have created a 3D model used to study Mars and plan future experiments. For the first time, this same 3D model is now available here for anyone to explore in their browser using WebVR.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/

Our physical doors may be closed for the safety of our guests, community, staff and animals, but you can still experience the Aquarium online.

Museum of the American Revolution

http://support.amrevmuseum.org/site/R?i=oAmpIlFNKCnPmZdUlhn7Ng

Stuck at home? You can explore the Museum and its content from anywhere with free digital resources for all ages, including a Virtual Museum Tour, a Virtual Field Trip, a rich archive of Read the Revolution book excerpts, and more.

Mutter Museum

http://muttermuseum.org/exhibitions/online-exhibitions/

America's finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a nineteenth-century "cabinet museum" setting.

National Aquarium

https://www.aqua.org/

There's nothing like experiencing the National Aquarium firsthand—but our live cams are the next best thing! Tune into our Blacktip Reef, Jellies Invasion and Pacific Coral Reef livestreams and enjoy a piece of the Aquarium from home. *Please note our cameras are only live streaming during business hours. After hours please enjoy a previously recorded live stream segment.

National Zoo

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/

See what the pandas, elephants, naked mole-rats and lions are up to while the Zoo is closed. Streaming 24/7.

Nightly Met Opera Streams

https://www.metopera.org/

During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark. Every day for the duration of the Met’s closure, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series will be made available for free streaming.

San Diego Zoo for Kids

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org

The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!

Smithsonian's National Zoo

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, the National Zoo will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14. Animal keepers and veterinary staff remain working on-site at the Zoo and at the Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, to provide the usual highest quality care for the animals. The animal webcams remain online, but volunteers will not be operating them, so animals may not be visible at all times.

Windsor Castle

https://www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-windsor-castle

A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, Winsdor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, remains a working palace today. The Queen uses the Castle both as a private home, where she usually spends the weekend, and as an official Royal residence at which she undertakes certain formal duties from Investitures to State Visits.

Yellowstone National Park Virtual Tour

https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm

Ready to explore Yellowstone? You don't have to wait for your trip out here. You can start exploring now by virtually touring some of the main attractions around the park.