Virtual Branch


Welcome! The library building is closed but that won’t stop us! 
There are a variety of online resources that you and your family can take advantage of through the library!

Phase 2 Update

The state has moved into a modified phase 2. For the time being nothing will change for the library. The due date for all materials is Monday June 15 and no fines or fees will accrue while the library is closed. We are waiting on guidance from the county manager as to when we can begin book returns. If that goes well, we will move to curbside pickups of materials placed on hold before March 26. Every step is going to be slow and intentional so as to keep our staff and customers safe. 

Thank you for your patience.

Ask a Librarian

Email us!
Call us at 919-245-2525  Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

For Kids & Parents


YouTube - Video events are posted to our Youtube channel! Subscribe with your Youtube account for updates!
Facebook - Video events are also posted to our Facebook page! Follow Orange County Public Library for updates!

Upcoming Videos - Watch at the Youtube or Facebook links above

Storytime with Mr. Keith each Thursday at 9:30 a.m.!
Fun at Home with Miss Heather Tuesday, June 9 at 10 a.m.! Next episode: Color Separation!
Pantry Science with Ms. Lori, every other Tuesday at 4 p.m! Next episode: Make a Bouncy Egg | Airs Tuesday, June 2, 4 p.m.| Facebook Video | School Age.
What Are You Reading - A virtual book cub for kids grades 3-5 - June 4 at 6:30 p.m.!

Fun Video Tutorials for Kids, K-5

Easy Folding Paper Puppet | Great for ages 5 and above. Download a template here then watch the video on Facebook or YouTube!
Paper Cup Puppets | Join Puppet Show, Inc. to learn how to make your own puppet from a paper cup! Download a template here then watch the video on YouTube!

Archived Video Events:

Youtube Storytime Playlist

Archived Library Shows and Tutorials

YouTube Puppet Show Playlist
Pantry Science with Ms. Lori

For Kids - Orange County Public Library Resources

Children’s Reading Lists
Fun and Games
Homework Help

For Kids - Web Resources

Age 0-5
Reading Rainbow - Videos and Music
School House Rock - Videos and Music
Between the Lions - Videos and Music
40 Ideas of what to do with a Busy Toddler
Visit Seussville - Games, activities, and coloring pages to go along with Seuss Books
Little Twisters Yoga - Free to download during the Pandemic
Hoopla Children’s Music - Play music especially for children on your electronic
New York City School Library System - Free e-books about Covid-19

School Age
Wonderopolis - Find out why and how things work in nature and technology
Library Bookends - A blog by two librarians who list daily book readings by Authors
Exercise Programs for Kids
Storyline Online - Stars of the Actors Guild Reading Books
Stories Read in Spanish
Switch Zoo - Make and play while learning about zoo animals
What Do We Do All Day - Indoor activities for kids ages 0 and up
Virtual Field Trips for Kids
Orange County 4-H - Head, Heart, Hands and Health, are the four H’s in 4-H.This summer they are offering virtual programs. For youth ages 5-18.
NC Science Festival - Science activities, virtual field trips and experiments for school age children.  Sponsored by the NC Science Festival and the Morehead Planetarium. 
Hoopla Children’s Music - Play music especially for children on your electronic
New York City School Library System - Free e-books about Covid-19

For Teens

Art, Enrichment, & Camaraderie

SpyHop:Rewired - Online workshops: find friends & make art!
iNSIDEoUT - lgbtq+ camaraderie
Morehead Planetarium Teen Science Café

Submit your Art or Writing

Waxprint - Orange County Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board zine
Teen Advisory Board’s 3rd Annual Creative Contest  - Submission deadline is June 1, 2020
Isolationship Journal - Share how you’re feeling/doing/coping as we experience isolation together worldwide
Teen Ink - A magazine, book series, and website by teens, for teens
One Story - Supporting the art of the short story and the authors who write them

If You Need Help

Lifeline Crisis Chat - For people who aren’t safe or are facing difficulties being at home.
OC Connect - A database of local services who can help with food, housing, health, and more.

Online Programs, Events, and Activities

Program calendar - Follow the prompts to register and you will receive an email with an invitation link!


Carolina Crime Writers Virtual Panel |  Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 7-8:30 EST | Adults | Join Orange County Public Library as we host local crime writers, J.G. Hetherton, Nora Gaskin, and E. Vernon F. Glenn for a virtual panel discussion via Zoom moderated by Sara Johnson! Each writer will be sharing their work, writing processes, and best practices for writing during a pandemic. This event is free. Visit for more information and to register. New to Zoom? Information will be provided when you receive your registration confirmation.

Not a Book Club - An informal book discussion with no assigned reading and no pressure - June 8 at 6:30 p.m.! 

Book Talk with Martha Waters, author of To Have and To Hoax | Premiered Wednesday, May 13 | YouTube  and Facebook

20 Tips for Better Writing with Diane Kelly and Melissa Bourbon  | Premiered Friday, May 15 | YouTube  and Facebook
Community Authored Poem - A collective artwork made by YOU for National Poetry Month!

Read and Watch - Orange County Public Library Resources

Overdrive or Libby - Check out eBooks and Audiobooks with your library card!
NC Kids - Check out eBooks and Audiobooks for grades K-12 with your library card!
Hoopla - Check out eBooks, Audiobooks, Music, Movies, and Comics with your library card!
Hoopla Bonus Borrows - Over a thousand select titles to discover without using your monthly borrows!
Homegrown Ebooks via NC LIVE - Read more than 3700 ebooks from NC publishers with your library card!
Flipster - Read magazines with your library card! Available through June 30.
Book Clubs - All our book club meetings have gone digital! Learn more here!

Read and Watch - Web Resources

Billboard’s List of Livestreams and Virtual Concerts
Lionsgate Live – Free streaming of select films, Fridays at 9 p.m. 
Met Opera Nightly Opera Stream 
For some of the best information about streaming movies and films online visit the Hillsborough Classic Film Society. 

Need a Temporary Library Card?

Use our Online Form!
Or call us at 919-245-2525

If you have a SEA (Student Easy Access) account or an Educator Account, you’re set. Your library card number is your student or staff ID number. 

Other Online Resources

NC LIVE - Searchable collections of magazine, newspaper, and journal articles, ebooks, historical materials, maps, and more!
Ancestry - Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely!
Free Harvard Classes Online
Smithsonian Museum Virtual Tours  

Community Resources

Businesses and Employees 
Children and Families 
Evictions during the Pandemic - Tenant Info
Evictions during the Pandemic - Landlord Info
Health and Safety 
Housing and Utilities
How to Help 
Immigrants/Non-Native English Speakers
Older Adults

Staff Picks

Dolly Parton’s America - A podcast in 9 segments by RadioLab. Amazing stories and the music isn’t bad either. - Damaris
Live Animal Feeds from the San Diego Zoo - I can relax watching the pandas chew on bamboo or laugh watching the apes play, and it brings a little nature into my home. - Heather
Panel Syndicate  Digital comics directly from creators to readers. Name your own price, which can be $0! - Andrew
PSYCH is airing episodes non-stop every Wednesday through Friday morning on USA, as well as streaming on Amazon Prime. This is a hilarious detective series about a fake psychic detective team and includes a plethora of amazing cultural references from the 80s and 90s. - Heather
Phoebe Reads a Mystery - If you are spending more time walking/running outdoors, like I am, and you love the dulcet tones of Pheobe Judge (host of the podcast Criminal) like I do, you’ll love listening to her read classic mysteries while you get your steps in. Who knew murder could be so relaxing! - Kristin