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What's in an App?  

Harris County Public Library has moved forward with technology and services beyond our library walls.

Not only do HCPL cardholders have access to dozens of research databases, they also have access to many of those as apps. , but here we’re going to be listing all available apps you can download to your devices for free with your library card.   

Here’s a little rundown of what they are and why you should download them.  

HCPL App  

Download this now! If you manage several accounts (you/your spouse/ the children) the Linked Accounts feature is enough alone for you to download this app. It stores all library card numbers, you can toggle between accounts to see what’s checked out, what’s due, what’s on hold, and how many fines you have.  

hcpl app screenshot homepage HCPL App Preferences Page - screenshot

Personalize your home page! Tap the menu button and select preferences and you’ll get this lovely picture (screenshot #2) where you can drag up and down your selections.  

Try the Scan ISBN Number feature. Let’s say you’re at the store one day and you find an interesting book, all you have to do is scan the barcode (found on the back of the book or movie) and it automatically searches for that exact item in our catalog. You’ll already be signed in on the app, and once the item is found in the catalog, request it.  

Read more about our HCPL App.

Transparent Languages  

transparent languages logo card Transparent Languages course page

Available as a website and app, this language learning program has lesson plans and games for over 100 languages and is completely free for every library customer. 

To make the process easier, go to our Transparent Languages page on our website for initial login access. I recommend creating a profile using the browser and then logging into the app.   

Read more about Transparent Languages


Image of Libby App

Download Libby to access the digital materials your library has available. With a catalog of thousands of books, Harris County Public Library allows customers to check out up to 30 items at a time, and place over 30 holds. It has a beautiful interface and is a lot more intuitive than the original app (Overdrive) ever was.  

Personally, I find that the website experience is more convenient to browse for books. Head on over to our Overdrive page.  

Types of items available include eBooks, eAudiobooks, Magazines, Movies.                  

Libby for Apple  | Libby for Android 


Screenshot of Kanopy App

Did you know? Not only is it available as a website, but Kanopy is also available to download on a Roku device!  

Super easy to sign up, use your email address and your library card number for instant access to thousands of movies. From The Criterion Collection to foreign films you are limited to only 4 checkouts per month.  

Have a child? Go to Kanopy Kids for Unlimited checkouts on movies, tv shows, and even Storytime movies.

Kanopy for Apple | Kanopy for Android   

Read more on what Kanopy has to offer.  


Screenshot of TumbleBooks App

TumbleBooks are electronic picture books with sound, music, and narration. This resource comes with unlimited use, so if you have small children, bookmark the link below! Tumblebooks has features like adding a book to favorites, games that correspond with books, creating a playlist option, videos, and more. CLICK here for desktop access

Tumblebook for Apple  |  Tumblebooks for Android 


Screenshot of Pressreader Magazine -Trever Noah on issue

Pressreader is our newest resource yet! Get unlimited access to more than 7,000 of the world's top newspapers and magazines as soon as they're available on shelves. Set your interface to one of 19 available languages and checkout the accessibility features that are also available. Find website access here.  

Pressreader for Apple | Presspreader for Android 


Flipster covers flipster internal cover shot

Flipster is a free digital magazine resource provided by your local library. Find magazines and download them for offline viewing. It's easy to use: find a magazine, tap download, wait a minute, and tap read. One feature worth noting is that whenever you select an article to read, you'll find a text view option that comes with a text to speech reader. 

Flipster for iOS   Flipser for Android  

Freegal Music 

Freegal Login Window freegal music list page

Freegal is a free music service where you can not only listen to music, create playlists and discover new artists, but you can also download up to 3 songs a week, for free!  

Freegal for Apple   Freegal for Android

Beanstack Tracker 

beanstack registration page beanstack book logging page

Sign up for our Summer Reading Program & more thru Beanstack.  

Beanstack Tracker is the app we use for all our Summer Reading Program needs. The user interface is not only easy to use but beautiful as well (graphics are on point). Whenever you reach a complete level, you’ll earn a new badge. When you initially register, you’ll even be able to register for the Beanstack newsletter, which will send you weekly emails on new, popular reads for the family. 

Beanstack for ios  |  Beanstack for android 

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