Digital Library

Welcome to the Virtual Altoona Area Public Library. Here you will find our ebook selection and our useful databases. Our virtual library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience. Any time you need to download an e-book or e-audiobook, search for jobs, write a resume, find out about your family history, search for Altoona Mirror obituaries, or look up magazine articles for a research project, the virtual library is here for you. 


You can download best-selling and classic eBooks and audiobooks from the library's website,, anytime, anywhere. You can browse the collection, check out with your library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices. To get started, you will need to install free software. For audiobooks: OverDrive® Media Console™. To read eBooks, you’ll need Adobe® Digital Editions. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod®, Sony® Reader™, Amazon Kindle, smartphones, iPads, and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees! With hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, the new collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. You can download best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more. This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free with your library card. To get started downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and more, visit We hope you enjoy this new service!
Please choose your device below for eBook instructions. Smartphones & Tablets Kindle Nook We've listed the most popular eBook devices above for your convenience. The devices listed are not the only devices on which eBooks are compatible. For a full list of compatible devices and links to the support page for these devices, please visit the OverDrive Device Resource Center.

With a collection of nearly 33,800 titles chosen specifically for public libraries, this general reference collection features fiction titles for both adults and juveniles, as well as best-selling and highly-recommended titles from industry leading publishers, including:

  • How People Tick: A Guide to Over 50 Types of Difficult People and How to Handle Them by Mike Leibling
  • Programming for the Absolute Beginner by Jerry Lee Ford Jr.
  • Same-Sex Marriage by David E. Newton
  • Hispanic American Religious Cultures by Miguel A. De La Torre
  • United States West Coast: An Environmental History by Adam Sowards

A wide range of subjects and topics are covered to meet various patron research needs, including substantial offerings in Self-Help, Health & Fitness, Games, Crafts & Hobbies, Medical, Cooking and Religion. This collection also features titles on Recreation and Leisure, Geography, Commerce, Finance, The Family, Marriage, Women, Folklore, Social and Public Welfare, and Home Economics.

Access EBSCOhost eBooks through Power Libraries.


The POWER Library is offered as a service of Pennsylvania's public libraries, school libraries and the State Library. The POWER library allows you to access thousands of full text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, reference materials for young people and more. You will find materials of interest in most subject areas for all age groups from young children to adults. Use POWER library from within the Library. You can also use it from home by by visiting and entering your Altoona Library Card barcode number.

Salem Health brings online access to Salem Press' award-winning health reference works. This reference set includes Salem Press' best-selling Magill's Medical Guide. You now have free online access to the Medical Guide’s content.  It is an up-to-date and easy-to-use compendium of medical information.  It provides general readers with an authoritative reference source that helps bridge the gap between medical encyclopedias for professionals and popular self-help guides. You may access the Salem Health database from within the Library or from your home with a library card.

Access Salem Health from inside the Library or at home using your Library card.

Birth Notices Database

Birth notices from the Altoona Mirror that have been added may be searched by the child's last name, Mother's maiden or married name, Father's last name or the date of birth. Unlike the Obituary index which is only an index, complete information is contained in a Birth Index entry. Access the Birth notices by visiting

Obituary Index Database

Our Obituary Index lists the dates that local obituaries appeared in the Altoona Mirror. It is searchable by last name or maiden name. It currently covers the period from 1929 to the present. Once an obituary date is located a patron can visit the library and print it from the library's microfilm or patrons who cannot visit the library may order prints from the library to be mailed to the patron for a nominal fee. Access the Obituary Index by visiting

Music Database

Locate the music score or lyrics of a song in our book collection by searching song title, first line, composer, category, year, etc. Comments/Associations accompany many listings. Search more than one field if necessary (some fields are blank). At 25,000 listings, database is growing quickly. Access the Music scores by visiting

Accessible Archives, Inc. was founded in 1990 with the goal of utilizing computer technology to make available vast quantities of archived historical information, previously furnished only in microformat, hard copy form or as images only. In pursuit of this vision, primary source material has been selected to reflect a broad view of the times, and has been assembled into databases with a strict attention to detail allowing access to specific information with pinpoint accuracy.  Our online full-text search capability and digital imaging permits the user to search and manipulate this information in ways never before possible.

Access Accessible Archives

Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource for grades pre-K - 3 that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to help build a love of reading and learning. BookFlix reinforces core reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.