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Online library resources available during closures

The Glendale library system continues to offer online resources for patrons to enjoy from their homes.

The city of Glendale closed all city libraries, indoor parks and recreation centers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure took effect Tuesday, March 17, and includes the Glendale Main Library, Heroes Regional Park Library, Velma Teague Library and Foothills Library. Library programs and classes were canceled as well.

Residents can access the library’s online resources at

Michael Beck, chief librarian, said the libraries employ 80 people throughout the four locations. The physical libraries are still offering patron services on some level. People are still able to call with questions. However, he encourages patrons to visit the website, “which is completely interactive,” Beck said. “It’s 24/7 and they can access their account, they can renew items, they can place items on hold, and they can access our online resources.”

Kathy Curley, an administrative librarian, said a variety of services are available online.

The Hoopla resource offers members eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies and graphic novels. More than one person can access the content provided by Hoopla at a time, Curley said, and patrons can normally check out five titles per month and 10 through the end of March.

“We really like it because it includes animated picture books, read-along, graphic novels, and it is geared to kids from preschool to the teen years,” Curley said. “It’s all streaming, you don’t have to download or have an app.”

In addition, Brainfuse is an online tutoring site for all grades and areas, and is available at specified times of the day, Curley said. It also includes a writing lab, a language lab, virtual meeting and collaborating capabilities, diagnostic testing and college and career guidance.

Beck said the library will remain closed until further notice, but he is extending due dates.

“I’m happy to say that we have done a global extension of due dates until April 1,” Beck said.

“We will revisit (due dates) depending on the length of time and directions the library receives.”

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