Digital Library

Welcome to the Virtual Altoona Area Public Library. Here you will find our ebook selection and our useful databases. Our virtual library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience. Any time you need to download an e-book or e-audiobook, search for jobs, write a resume, find out about your family history, search for Altoona Mirror obituaries, or look up magazine articles for a research project, the virtual library is here for you. 

eBooks

You can download best-selling and classic eBooks and audiobooks from the library's website, http://altoonadistrictlibraries.lib.overdrive.com/, anytime, anywhere. You can browse the collection, check out with your library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices. To get started, you will need to install free software. For audiobooks: OverDrive® Media Console™. To read eBooks, you’ll need Adobe® Digital Editions. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod®, Sony® Reader™, Amazon Kindle, smartphones, iPads, and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees! With hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, the new collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. You can download best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more. This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free with your library card. To get started downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and more, visit http://altoonadistrictlibraries.lib.overdrive.com/. We hope you enjoy this new service!
Please choose your device below for eBook instructions. Smartphones & Tablets Kindle Nook We've listed the most popular eBook devices above for your convenience. The devices listed are not the only devices on which eBooks are compatible. For a full list of compatible devices and links to the support page for these devices, please visit the OverDrive Device Resource Center.

With a collection of nearly 33,800 titles chosen specifically for public libraries, this general reference collection features fiction titles for both adults and juveniles, as well as best-selling and highly-recommended titles from industry leading publishers, including:

  • How People Tick: A Guide to Over 50 Types of Difficult People and How to Handle Them by Mike Leibling
  • Programming for the Absolute Beginner by Jerry Lee Ford Jr.
  • Same-Sex Marriage by David E. Newton
  • Hispanic American Religious Cultures by Miguel A. De La Torre
  • United States West Coast: An Environmental History by Adam Sowards

A wide range of subjects and topics are covered to meet various patron research needs, including substantial offerings in Self-Help, Health & Fitness, Games, Crafts & Hobbies, Medical, Cooking and Religion. This collection also features titles on Recreation and Leisure, Geography, Commerce, Finance, The Family, Marriage, Women, Folklore, Social and Public Welfare, and Home Economics.

Access EBSCOhost eBooks through Power Libraries.

myON is a complete literacy solution that reinvents the ways in which students and teachers interact with text. myON provides anytime, anywhere access to a library of more than 7,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time reporting and assessments and embedded close reading tools. Our innovative digital literacy platform allows students not only to read, but to read closely, to engage with digital texts in new ways that will transform the entire learning experience.  

Learners in the Altoona Area School District may use their individual usernames and passwords assigned by their school.  The public may use the username: library and password: read

Databases

This digital resource offers you access to hundreds of detailed career profiles, a national database of post-secondary schools includes detailed information on colleges, universities, career and technical schools, as well as a direct link to their financial aid information and a college planning timeline. The new employment section helps users develop the skills they need for a successful work search and links them to open job postings from thousands of sites. With Career Cruising's online Career Portfolio Tool, users can save their career and education information in an online portfolio that can be updated any time. Career Cruising can be used within the library. Also, access it from home by visiting http://www.careercruising.com/home/autologin.aspx. It's that easy!
The Heritage Quest digital database is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. 18th Century or 20th Century. European or Native American. Farm or Factory. East Coast or West Coast. Where does your American past begin? Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place's past. The collection consists of six core genealogy digital resources:
  • U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1930, with name indexes for many decades. In total the collection covers more than 140 million names.
  • Genealogy and local history books deliver more than 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books. Titles have been digitized from our own renowned microform collections, as well from the American Antiquarian Society via an exclusive partnership.
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI), published by the Allen County Public Library, is recognized as the most comprehensive index genealogy and local history periodicals. It contains more than 2 million records covering titles published around the world since 1800.
  • Revolutionary War records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
  • Freedman's Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the Civil War.
  • LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.
Access Heritage Quest from within the Library. Also access it from home by visiting http://www.heritagequestonline.com/barcode?aid=16875 and entering your Library Card barcode number.
The POWER Library is offered as a service of Pennsylvania's public libraries, school libraries and the State Library. The POWER library allows you to access thousands of full text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, reference materials for young people and more. You will find materials of interest in most subject areas for all age groups from young children to adults. Use POWER library from within the Library. You can also use it from home by by visiting http://www.powerlibrary.net/Remote/Remote.asp?ID=Altoona and entering your Altoona Library Card barcode number.

Salem Health brings online access to Salem Press' award-winning health reference works. This reference set includes Salem Press' best-selling Magill's Medical Guide. You now have free online access to the Medical Guide’s content.  It is an up-to-date and easy-to-use compendium of medical information.  It provides general readers with an authoritative reference source that helps bridge the gap between medical encyclopedias for professionals and popular self-help guides. You may access the Salem Health database from within the Library or from your home with a library card.

Access Salem Health from inside the Library or at home using your Library card.

Birth Notices Database

Birth notices from the Altoona Mirror that have been added may be searched by the child's last name, Mother's maiden or married name, Father's last name or the date of birth. Unlike the Obituary index which is only an index, complete information is contained in a Birth Index entry. Access the Birth notices by visiting http://www.blaircountylibraries.org/births/.

Obituary Index Database

Our Obituary Index lists the dates that local obituaries appeared in the Altoona Mirror. It is searchable by last name or maiden name. It currently covers the period from 1929 to the present. Once an obituary date is located a patron can visit the library and print it from the library's microfilm or patrons who cannot visit the library may order prints from the library to be mailed to the patron for a nominal fee. Access the Obituary Index by visiting http://www.blaircountylibraries.org/obit/.

Music Database

Locate the music score or lyrics of a song in our book collection by searching song title, first line, composer, category, year, etc. Comments/Associations accompany many listings. Search more than one field if necessary (some fields are blank). At 25,000 listings, database is growing quickly. Access the Music scores by visiting http://www.blaircountylibraries.org/music/index.htm.

Accessible Archives, Inc. was founded in 1990 with the goal of utilizing computer technology to make available vast quantities of archived historical information, previously furnished only in microformat, hard copy form or as images only. In pursuit of this vision, primary source material has been selected to reflect a broad view of the times, and has been assembled into databases with a strict attention to detail allowing access to specific information with pinpoint accuracy.  Our online full-text search capability and digital imaging permits the user to search and manipulate this information in ways never before possible.

Access Accessible Archives