Coronavirus & Westchester Libraries: Helping Families Learn and Play From Home

The Westchester Library System offers fun online learning opportunities.


The Westchester Library System is one of the greatest resources in our county. This public system of some 44 libraries offers books, magazines, computer stations, kids’ classes, storytimes, adult learning programs, and entertainment that are the backbone of educational and recreational activities for many families.

Now, due to coronavirus, most libraries are physically closed to the public, but virtual learning and fun are available.

For an updated list of library closures, including specific dates, visit https://www.westchesterlibraries.org/coronavirus-information.

A few things to know:

  1. Hold onto your loans. You should not return any loans you currently have out from the library. Most libraries will be forgiving fines during this time.
  2. Getting a library card. In order to make use of the online programs through the library, you will need a library card. If you don’t have a Westchester library card and are a resident, you may be able to apply for one online. Contact your local library for details.
  3. Intra- and inter-library loans are suspended. This means library patrons will no longer be receiving holds from other libraries and their library will no longer be sending its items to others. Holds placed during this suspension period will become active when the suspension is lifted.

What’s available for children?

Kanopy Kids. Free, unlimited access to kids’ films and TV series for 30 days. These offerings are designed to develop empathy, mindfulness, and self-esteem through educational and entertaining videos.

TumbleBooks has made its resources available without a library card through August 31, 2020. See the variety of TumbleBooks below.

TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of K-6 children’s books. There are reading comprehension quizzes, educational games and teacher resources.

TumbleMath is a collection of K-6 math books.

TeenBookCloud is a collection of grade 7-12 ebooks.


Comics Plus: Library Edition offers digital graphic novels and comics.

Tutor.com has expanded the availability of its tutors. One-on-one tutoring is now available from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday until June 15.

For the entire family:

Hoopla offers a wide variety of downloadable ebooks, movies, TV series, audiobooks, and music albums.

There’s so much more including research tools, newspapers, Britannica Academic for all age levels, and even The Merck Manuals.

For a full list of online resources visit: https://www.westchesterlibraries.org/listen-read.