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The library has an exciting new service: Dial-A-Story! Available 24/7, our Dial-A-Story provides a selection of wonderful stories read aloud by your local librarians and featured guests such as the fantastic storyteller Mary Jo Maichack!

New stories will be released once a month and we're taking requests; what stories do YOU want to hear on our Dial-A-Story? Email with your requests and we'll make them happen!

To listen to our Dial-A-Story, please call 413-420-5600!


Spanish Story Time with Carlos!

The Children’s Room is excited to announce our new video series, Spanish Story Time! Join the wonderful Carlos as he reads some of our favorite stories in Spanish, starting off with El lobezno perdido by Rachel Bright.
Watch the first video here and keep an eye out for new uploads!

Read the Story of the Holyoke Public Library

We scoured the archives to put together this brief history of the Library from its beginnings in 1870 to the 21st century.  Enjoy!  

To view the exhibit on a touch screen, press Read More below and start swiping down.  On a computer, click below and then use a scroll wheel or two fingers on your touchpad to view. 

150th Anniversary of the Holyoke Public Library

At Home Learning

Online Resources








Erasing the line between homework support and fun exploration, The World Almanac for Kids includes exclusive online-only material as well as content from award-winning The World Almanac®, Chelsea House, and Facts On File sets and series. Each topic area provides resources for homework, reports, and projects, and kids—including homeschoolers—can explore age-appropriate subjects while developing online research skills with a trusted content source.

The Mailbox® School & District
is packed with 52,000+ fun and engaging ideas, activities, and worksheets that help inspire imaginations. All of the activities and ideas in The Mailbox® School & District are educationally sound, practical, easy to use, error-free, and child-centered and teach essential skills.

The Just for Kids Streaming Collection for public libraries gives children—and their parents—a thoroughly kid-safe, advertisement-free media platform they can freely explore and enjoy. Just for Kids has the educational videos children want to watch—Sesame Street, The Electric Company, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Franklin, and thousands more—plus songs, games, and other interactives that are sure to entertain, educate, and inspire young patrons. Plus, the collection is ideal for librarians hosting a video storytelling hour, homework help for students, or resources for remote learning that they can access anywhere, anytime.

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Online Resources available from a number of Federal agencies

"Please note that the materials presented below concerning resources available on a number of Federal agencies' websites are being provided for your convenience as a potential resource for parents, students, schools, teachers, and other educators to use during this challenging time.

They were not developed by the U.S. Department of Education, and we do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this information. Furthermore, the inclusion of any hyperlinks and the content presented is not intended to convey their relative importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered. The Department does not control, direct, or encourage any particular curriculum or the information related to the curriculum. The use of materials or information by a school or educator is strictly a State and local matter."

Department of Defense: Learn about careers in STEM fields

Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics: Kids' Zone

Department of Energy: Games and Activities; Virtual Field Trips to National Energy Labs

Environmental Protection Agency: Games, Quizzes, and Videos about the Environment

The Library of Congress: Presentations and Activities to Help Students Learn about History

NASA: Interactive Lessons about Space, Earth, Solar System, and Universe;  Lessons from Astronauts about Living in Space;  STEM Activities for Students of All Ages

The Kennedy Center:  Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems; Tour the Kennedy Center with The Pigeon

The Smithsonian: Free Smithsonian STEM Games and Simulations; Meet the Animals of the National Zoo; 3D Exhibits and Virtual Tours; Smithsonian Magazine Ten Museums You Can Virtually Visit; The Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour; Digital Smithsonian American Art Museum; Distance Learning Resources

NOAA: Use Real-Time Ocean Data to Explore the Environment

USGS: Learn from Home About Physical science, Geography and Maps

Newspapers Online

Explore our new full-color image edition of The Springfield Republican! All you need is a Holyoke library card number.

This digital archive replaces the physical microfilms covering from May 1, 2018 through the current date. Archival issues prior to May 2018 are available on microfilms in the Holyoke History Room. Please contact us for assistance

Other Massachusetts newspapers can be access here.

Electronic Books (e-Books) and Magazines

OverDrive/Libby Tutorial

e-Books Collection

e-Magazines Collection

Kids Collection

Teens Collection

Freading Tutorial



Online Courses and Continue Education Classes

Online Non-Credit Courses Tutorial


Online Continuing Education Courses Tutorial

Learn New Skills

Language, Music, Arts & Crafts

Rocket Languages Tutorial


ArtistWorks Tutorial

CreativeBug Tutorial

Listen to Music and Recorded Books

OverDrive Audiobooks Collection


Freegal Music Tutorial