Oak Ridge Public Library offers access to online resources while it’s closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (March 31, 2020) – The Oak Ridge Public Library would like everyone to have easy access to its digital materials while it is closed to the public and people are encouraged to stay home.

The Oak Ridge Public Library has created and is maintaining a ‘community resources and information’ list for the public. This list includes information for emergency services, library services, city services, community resources (assistance, food pantries, unemployment, etc.), transportation, seniors, blood drives, COVID-19, taxes, voter registration, census, and children’s activities. The list of resources can be found here: bit.ly/ORPLCommunityResources.

For those missing Monday and Tuesday story time, Ms. Michaela is now on YouTube! You can join Ms. Michaela’s Story Time by visiting the library’s Facebook page.

Schools and businesses may be closed but all Oak Ridge residents can now access an extended Overdrive collection of online e-books, audiobooks, and movies as well as the library’s online learning resources.

For those who do not have a current library card, a digital access card is available by filling out the form located on the library’s website here: bit.ly/ORPLDigitalAccess. The library will then email the details needed to access the online resources.

Lynda.com, an extensive library of online software tutorials, is available to anyone with a library card. For those who are interested in learning how to use almost any software from Microsoft Office Suite to Adobe Creative Cloud products to sound and video editing, Lynda.com is an excellent resource.

Consumer Reports is also available to anyone with a library card. Staying home is an excellent time to research any large purchases from a new or used car to a new stove or computer, and Consumer Reports offers in-depth reviews and ratings of a wide array of products. More importantly, right now – Consumer Reports is offering evidence-based advice and resources on coronavirus, tracking the virus, and how to stay healthy while keeping your life together and in order.

For home mechanics looking for ways to stay busy at home, the Chilton’s Auto Library offers step-by-step service and repair procedures, vacuum and wiring diagrams, and maintenance and specification tables. For those who would rather have a professional repair their car, Chilton’s also offers an estimation tool to help plan for the cost of car repair. For those studying for ASE exams, Chilton’s offers practice exams for the most popular certification exams.

All online resources are available through the library’s catalog, which can be found by visiting ORPL.org and clicking on the ‘Catalog’ tab.

Library book drops are closed so please keep all library materials at home until it reopens to the public. All due dates have been extended for nine weeks, and will continue to be extended, as needed. Library card privileges will not expire during this time so that all patrons can more easily access these online resources.

Extending digital access to all Oak Ridge residents is just one example of how library staff is looking for ways to continue to provide access to information and resources without endangering anyone’s health.

Please check the library’s website and Facebook page for updates as these services are created.