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4 Houston Public Library Card Secrets

4 Houston Public Library Card Secrets

You can do so much more than just check out books and DVDs with your Houston Public Library Card (aka My Link Library Card). You can also stream movies for free, download music, e-books and audio books and so much more!

Download free movies, audio books, e-books and more!

The Houston Public Library has partnered with online content providers like Hoopla to provide movies, music, audio books and e-books to My Link cardholders.

Learn new skills with free online courses!

Looking to learn some new skills? You don’t just have to rely on the material in the library. You can sign up and use many awesome online resources courtesy of your My Link card from the Houston Public Library.

Brainfuse Adult Learning Center provides career resources, resume help, practice tests and Microsoft Office help. You can get live online help every day between 2pm and 11pm. At Brainfuse Job Nowyou can also get live job coaching and resume assistance. If you’re interested in finding a job, the library has many resources that can help!

Gale Courses provides instructor-led classes on business, computer applications, college prep and technology. You’ll need your My Link card to register.

Learning Express Library provides interactive practice exams for tests such as the GED, SAT, ASVAB, law enforcement, real estate and basic skills tests.

Lynda.com provides video tutorials designed by industry experts. The material covers business, technology and software topics.

Mango Languages can help you learn multiple languages, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Arabic or international ESL.

Free classes in English and Spanish are available on-site at the library! You can learn about Microsoft Office, digital literacy, multimedia tools and more!

Got kids? They’ll love these the Houston Public Library!

Kids get special free stuff from the Houston Public Library! In addition to regularly scheduled story times and playgroups, the library also invites kids to play ABC Mouse at the library and more!

FLIP Kits provide an engaging early learning experience for kids up to 8 years old. The kits include at least one book-based public library resource, a reading guide for parents and several fun items that can be used in the suggested activities. These kits encourage a love of reading in young kids. There are 2,000 FLIP kids available from the Houston Public Library system and any Houston-area resident with a valid library card can participate in the program.

TumbleBooks provide free animated e-Books and other materials for young children. Just log in with your Houston Public Library My Link card!

Brainfuse provides free on-demand tutoring in math, reading, science and social studies. Log in to the app with your library card credentials!

The library also provides a directory of helpful homework resources!

Teens have access to special library resources, too.

Getting ready for college is easier than ever. Teens can get free access to the Leaning Express Library (test prep) and the My Future system (career and college tools) through their Houston Public Library My Link card.

Compete with film and poetry for special prices from the library! Check out their summer writing contests and film contests. 

FREE ADMISSION to the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston) on weekends for visitors age 18 and younger who have a valid library card from any Texas library!

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