COVID-19 Response & Available Online Resources

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JMRL is currently observing Tier 1 of the Library's COVID-19 response.

JMRL branches Locations at pre-COVID 19 hours and staffing, most services have returned along with continued curbside service at certain locations. See the COVID-19 Response page for more details and check your branch page for specific procedures. *If you need assistance, chat, email, text, or call JMRL using Ask a Librarian. You can still request personalized reading recommendations through What Do I Read Next?

  • Is your card expired? Contact your local branch or with your name and birthdate and we can renew it the same day.
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Online Resources from JMRL


Download audiobooks, ebooks, magazines and comics and stream movies with your JMRL card.

  • Overdrive/Libby OverDrive offers both eBooks and downloadable audiobooks compatible with many different devices with the Libby app.
  • RBdigital RBdigital now offers a single platform for ebooks, audiobooks and comics. Free account signup required.
  • Freading Freading offers a selection of eBooks available at all times: no holds, no waiting. Free account signup required.
  • Kanopy and Kanopy Kids Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema. Free account signup required.
  • New Downloadable EBooks
  • New Downloadable Audiobooks


These online resources provide access to full-text articles from newspapers, magazines, and a wide range of standard library reference sources. We pay for these great resources so you don't have to. You can access all of these databases with a library card!

Immediate Learning
Newspapers & Magazines
  • Daily Progress 2019-present' 1893-1964
  • SIRS Discoverer Provides high interest relevant non-fiction newspaper and magazine articles as well as graphs, tables and political cartoons that are easily accessible through both search and browse functions. Includes access to Compton's by Britannica Encyclopedia, a dictionary, and thesaurus.
  • RBdigital Current magazine issues
Legal Forms

Gale Legal Forms

Auto Repair

Chilton Library

Job Preparation
News and Science
Kids & Teens

Other Free Online Resources

Kids & Teens


  • Scientific American’s Daily Science podcast episode on taking care of your mental health while social distancing
  • Audio Book Cloud Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6
  • Romance Book Cloud Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6
  • New Dominion Bookshop is offering curbside pickup & home delivery while their store is closed
  • NASA astronauts have built a list of advice for living in confined spaces with other people for long periods.
  • Ten Free Ebooks from Haymarket Books.
  • National Emergency Library from the Internet Archive
  • The Macaulay Library of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers a free digital library and identifier app.
  • Assorted special offers, events, news and updates from library vendors, publishers, online services and others.
  • Transcribe, tag, and review Library of Congress documents from home.
  • Sign up for 30 free days of Acorn TV using special code: FREE30
  • YMCA 360 on demand exercise videos.
  • Live Virtual Concerts via NPR
  • Shine has built a toolkit of materials for dealing with stress, anxiety, fear, and depression specifically geared towards the current situation. It is open to the public and includes advice, meditations, and exercises covering everything from xenophobia to financial fear.
  • The Google Chrome browser has an extension called Netflix Party which allows groups to sync their Netflix viewing and talk back and forth in an included chat. Good for those stuck in quarantine or staying at home to keep in touch for a family or friends movie night.
  • New York Public Library's Virtual Book Club
  • Free DIY, cooking and exercise activity sheets for adults from DK Publishing
  • Shelf Life is the Virginia Festival of the Book's new twice-weekly series of one-on-one author discussions.
  • Beyond the Screen is a new virtual conversation and online film screening from the Virginia Film Festival
  • JSTOR has expanded its free online reading program until the end of 2020: You can read 100 articles for free online every month, without institutional affiliation.

Resources for National Poetry Month and Beyond

  • Academy of American Poets National organization promoting poetry, organizes National Poetry Month; site includes poet biographies, text of many poems, and numerous other resources.
  • Dear Poet An annual multimedia education project that invites kids and teens in grades 5-12 to watch videos by contemporary poets reading their work and write to them about their poems. Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Deadline April 30.
  • Poetry Foundation Literary organization promoting poetry and publisher of Poetry magazine; site includes poet biographies, text of many poems, and other resources.
  • Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools A Library of Congress website hosted by former Poet Laureate Billy Collins; contains text of 180 poems, along with permissions contact information.
  • American Life in Poetry A collaboration between the Poetry Foundation and the Library of Congress, initiated by former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser; creates columns featuring poems to share with newspapers and other online publications.
  • Where to Find Free Poetry Resources for Kids Online An article in Book Riot listing websites that provide free access to poetry for kids.

Community Resources

Financial Assistance

Other Assistance

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COVID-19 Information