Monday, March 30, 2020

How to Access Library Resources from Home

Don't be discouraged because you can't go to the library. You can get to the eLibrary from the comfort of your couch!


If you haven't used the online services available from Forsyth County Public Library, the ongoing COVID-19 quarantine gives you the perfect opportunity to explore (hey, we're looking for the silver linings wherever we can find them!).

What is an eLibrary?

eLibrary is the term we use to describe all the books, audiobooks, magazines, videos, tutorials, research databases, and learning tools that library cardholders can access on the library's website at www.forsythpl.org.

These services are available even when the library is closed.

What resources are in the eLibrary?

You'll find several options for downloading or streaming eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, and videos in the eLibrary. Some items in the eLibrary allow multiple users to access them simultaneously. For example, RomanceBookCloud offers thousands of eBooks for library cardholders to check out with no holds and no waiting.

The eLearning section includes a link to free, online tutoring from Tutor.com, as well as tools and apps for learning a new language, preparing for college or a career, and even classes on art, music, baking, and business. These services offer self-paced learning with step-by-step instructions or pre-recorded video demonstrations.

The eResources section includes links to popular publications like The New York Times Online and Consumer Reports, as well as auto repair manuals, genealogy resources such as Family Search (Ancestry services will also be available remotely throughout the month of April), health and medicine databases, literature resources, and academic resources for students and teachers.

How do I get into the eLibrary?

You'll need your library card number and PIN to log into most eLibrary resources. Your library card number is located under the bar code on the back of your physical library card and your PIN was selected when you received your library card.

Most students enrolled in Forsyth County Schools have a virtual library card that can be accessed with their student ID number and PIN.

If you've forgotten your PIN, you can reset it by going to the My Account page, click "Forgot your PIN?" and enter your library card number or username, then click the "E-mail PIN" button and we'll send a new PIN to the email address on file with your account.

If you do not have a Forsyth County Public Library card, you can apply for a temporary card online and start accessing eLibrary services immediately. Apply online to get started.

If you're still having trouble logging in, submit a request for help on our Ask a Librarian service.

What if I don't  know how to use the eLibrary?

Not to worry! We can help.

Tutorials for many of our eLibrary resources are posted online in the FCPL Academy. Just log in and select the service you'd like to use to watch a video or get detailed instructions.

If you're still stumped, please contact us. You can call 770-781-9840 during the library's regular business hours or send a message online with our Ask a Librarian service.