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What You Can Borrow

Your LIBRARY CARD opens up a world of opportunity. Use it to check out materials from the library’s collection of over 110,000 items, including bestsellers, biographies, nonfiction, mysteries, science fiction, paperbacks, children’s books, teen literature, graphic novels, large print books, magazines, audiobooks, music, videos, DVDs, video games and more. Your Library Card also allows you to request or check out materials from libraries within Montgomery County, throughout Pennsylvania, even from across the globe!

Visit the UDPL 24/7

Even when we’re closed, we’re open. The Upper Dublin Public Library provides access to dozens of online resources available to you 24/7, including thousands of eBook and eAudio titles through Overdrive, the most popular magazines in digital format , the Philadelphia Inquirer Archives (in library or at home), and the Pennsylvania Power Library, among others.

Bet You Never Knew We Had…

What You Can Borrow

eLibrary: Can I check out eBooks or eAudiobooks from the Library?

Yes, the Library subscribes to multiple eBook platforms. Our biggest is Overdrive. You can see all of our eBook providers on our eRead page and all of our eAudiobook providers on our eListen page. UDPL also buys extra copies just for our patrons, so make sure you login before you browse.

eLibrary: How do I return an eBook or eAudiobook from Overdrive early?

It depends on your device. For the Overdrive app on iDevice or Android, including Kindle Fire: find the cover of the book, tap and hold until you get a menu which will give you the option to return early and delete. For the Kindle Reader, it is located in your Amazon account under Manage your Device. Find the book and click the “…” for options to return early. For more information, check out this article from Overdrive.

Foreign language books

The Upper Dublin Public Library maintains collections that celebrate the languages, cultures, and traditions of countries worldwide. Designed to serve Upper Dublin’s growing immigrant population as well as enrich the entire community, the collections for children and teens (funded, in part, with School District Title III federal funds–part of the No Child Left Behind Act) feature books, dictionaries, DVDs, international cookbooks, bilingual books, and books on various religions and cultures.

For adults, the Library now has fiction and nonfiction books in Chinese, Korean, Hebrew and Spanish. For those learning a new language, don’t miss the library’s language learning tool: Mango. Bonus: Learn American English in your native language with Mango as well.

Kill a Watt Meters

Measure the energy consumption in your home and cut down on your electric bills by checking out one of the Library’s Kill a Watt meters!

Electricity bill are rising. Now you can cut down on costs and find out what appliances are actually worth keeping plugged in. Simply connect these appliances to the Kill A Watt™, and it will assess how efficient they really are. Large LCD display will count consumption by the Kilowatt-hour, same as your local utility. You can calculate your electrical expenses by the day, week, month, even an entire year. Also check the quality of your power by monitoring Voltage, Line Frequency, and Power Factor. Now you´ll know if it is time for a new refrigerator or if that old air conditioner is still saving you money. With the amazing Kill A Watt™ you´ll know “Watts” killing you.”

–from P3 International, maker of the Kill a Watt meters

For more information, see our Borrowing Instructions for Special Collections policy.

Museum/Arboreta Passes

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Upper Dublin Public Library, you can experience history & nature hands on when you check out one of the Library’s museum/arboreta membership passes. For more information, see our Borrowing Instructions for Special Collections policy.

  • Passes are first-come, first-serve and must be returned to Upper Dublin Public Library.
  • Passes, their availability and due date, show up in our online catalog: merely search for museum pass.
  • If a pass is available, you may call the library and we will hold it for one hour.
  • Passes check out for 3 days, are not renewable and have a $5/day late fee.

Academy of Natural Sciences
“America’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research.”

  • Privileges Include: Admission for up to 2 adults and 5 children & 10% discount in the Academy Shop & Café.

African American Museum Philadelphia
“Experience the richness and vibrancy of African American heritage and culture come alive.”

  • Privileges Include: Admission for up to 6 people. 10% discount in the Museum Shop.

Chanticleer Garden
Located in Wayne, PA, Chanticleer is comparable to Longwood Gardens in size.

  • Privileges Include: Admission for four people.

Elmwood Park Zoo
A zoo in Norristown, PA that focuses on the wildlife of North & South America. Kid friendly!

  • Privileges Include: Admission to 2 adults and six children. 10% discount at the Lenore Weiss Nature Shop and the Cougar Café.

Glencairn Museum
“Outstanding collection of medieval and ancient objects.”

  • Privileges Include: Admission for 2 adults and all children under 18 years of age in the same household.

Moravian Pottery & Tile Works
“A “working history” museum…Handmade tiles are still produced in a manner similar to that developed by the pottery’s founder and builder, Henry Chapman Mercer”

  • Privileges Include: Admission for 2 adults and all children under the age of 18 years of age in the same household.

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
“A romantic, 92-acre, Victorian landscape garden of winding paths, streams, flowers and special garden areas.”

  • Privileges Include: Admission for up to 2 adults and four children. 10% discount on gift shoppurchases and additional discounts at local retailers. Reciprocal admission to more than 200 gardens and arboreta within the United States. See Reciprocal Admissions Program.

National Liberty Museum
“A unique tribute to freedom in the heart of historic Philadelphia”

  • Privileges Include: Admission for 2 adults and your children. 10% discount on gift shop purchases and at select Philadelphia Restaurants (listed on the pass).

National Museum of American Jewish History
“…presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore, and celebrate the history of Jews in America.”

  • Privileges Include: Admission for 2 adults and all children under 21 years old. 10% discount in the Museum Shop.

Pearl S. Buck House
“Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s circa 1825 farmhouse and intact collection on a picturesque 68-acre estate.”

  • Privileges Include: Admission for 2 adults and all children under 18 years of age in the same household. 10% discount off your purchase at the gift shop.

Penn Museum: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
“Share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage.

  • Privileges Include: Admission for up to 2 adults and all minor children. 10% discount on gift shop purchases. 30% discount on Penn Museum publications. Additional discounts on special programs, such as 40 Winks with the Sphinx Sleepover.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

  • Privileges Include: Admission for 2 adults and four children.

Simeone Automotive Museum
“Over 60 of the rarest and significant racing sports cars ever built.”

  • Privileges Include: Admission for 2 adults and 3 children. 10% discount on gift shop merchandise.

Woodmere Art Museum
“Tells the story of Philadelphia’s art and artists through a broad range of exhibitions, music events, classes, lectures, and programs.”

  • Privileges Include: Admission for 2 adults and any children. 10% discount at the Museum Store and free admission to special exhibitions.
Parent/Teacher (P/T) collection

Comprised of books and DVDS, this collection features topics relevant to raising and educating children. Specific topics include: developing reading skills, student issues, health and communicating. The Parent/Teacher Collection also contains picture books that can be used to help children deal with difficult issues, such as war, divorce, or death.

Playaways

Enjoy popular audiobooks without being tied to a CD player. Playaways are audiobooks that come pre-loaded on a small device & can be checked out from the library. Headphones and a AAA battery required. For more information, see our Borrowing Instructions for Special Collections policy.

Reading Olympics/UDSD Required Summer Reading Collections

The Upper Dublin Public Library stocks multiple copies of these titles for all grades throughout the year to support these important educational programs.

Video Games

Upper Dublin Public Library’s collection includes video games. These video games are compatible with the following game systems: Sony’s PlayStation3 (PS3), Nintendo’s Wii, and Microsoft’s XBOX 360. For more information, see our Borrowing Instructions for Special Collections policy.