Learning from Home

How do I sign up for a library card online?

Go to ncls.org and click on the button in the center of the page that says Register Online for your library card. This will bring you to the application form – you’ll enter your contact information, create a PIN, and select a home library. A six-digit number will be generated, and you’ll use this as your library card number when you access OverDrive and other online resources of the North Country Library System.

What online resources can I access with my NCLS card?

OverDrive: Patrons can enjoy access to over 7,000 e-book titles and almost 2,000 e-audio titles in the NCLS OverDrive collection, with curated collections for children and teens. Additionally, the NCLS OverDrive collection includes access to 25 different magazines. Learn more here.

Universal Class: Learners have access to over 500 different self-guided courses, including subjects in general education, teacher resources, office skills, and hobbies. Learn more here.

ArtistWorks: Learn a musical instrument online! Each instrument has a massive lesson library that covers the fundamentals, advanced techniques, and key learning strategies. Lessons are accessible anywhere, from any device. Learn more here.

Transparent Language: Explore a new language using any Internet-connected device. Available in 110+ languages, including ESL, learners have the flexibility they need to learn a new language anytime, anywhere. Learn more here.

Fold3: Features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and other international records. Learn more here.

ReferenceUSA: Offers the most up-to-date data available in the market for small business owners and marketing professionals. Learn more here.

Cypress Resume: Jobseekers can build a resume with an easy-to-use template that provides concise, professional language to describe core tasks of a multitude of professions. Learn more here.

Additional free resources

Abdo Books: Free distance learning resources available through June 2020.

PBS Kids: Educational videos and games, plus a newsletter you can sign up for that provides daily activities and tips for learning at home.

PBS Learning Media:  Free standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more.

Summer Reading @ New York Libraries: Compilation of free online resources, including myON digital library.

Tech-Talk: Articles and videos on technology by top training experts for busy professionals and aspiring students. (username: free-learning; password: free-learning)

Library collections to explore online: Including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the British Library, and more!

Check out your local library or BOCES website for more resources and activities!

Jeff-Lewis BOCES School Library System

Potsdam Public Library