Looking for Something to Do? Check Out Your Local Library — Virtually
Weary of being home without much happening? Your Hillsborough County library can help.
Not the building up the road. It’s closed until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We’re referring to the virtual library, an online version of the public edifice featuring a robust array of fun and educational resources.
The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative has materials to amuse, entertain, and enlighten residents of all ages with HCPLC cards. You can access all of it without leaving your house.
Here are some highlights:
Ebooks, including “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien. It’s the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read selection, in which community members collectively read the same title. Participate in an online book discussion on the Library’s Facebook page.
Streaming movies and music with Hoopla. Box-office hits, documentaries, indie flicks, and hundreds of TV shows are available. Stream music from your favorite artists.
An internet safety course for children and teens, with tips and tricks for safe online navigation.
Classes enabling stay-at-home residents to sharpen skills and increase their knowledge.
Virtual storytimes for children, including those who are missing weekly trips to their local library for the sessions.
Links to exterior websites from library staff experts which offer entertaining and educational resources, including those on social media channels.
Click here to request a library card if you do not have one and are a Hillsborough County resident or taxpayer. Understand there is a backlog of applications and it will take time to process your request.
Get Connected. Stay Alert.
For more information on COVID-19, and any other potential emergency in the region, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates. For general County information, call (813) 272-5900, the County's main information line.