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River Reads 2014!


Click the book to go to the catalog.









Zinio, Free Magazine Downloads,
that you can keep!


Introducing another new eService for patrons of OPPL and other Trail Blazer Library System libraries! Now you can download popular magazines and keep them as long as you like with our new service from RecordedBooks Digital and Zinio. Magazines like Car and Driver, Consumer Reports, Elle, National Geographic, Macworld, Newsweek, Food TV Magazine and dozens more. There are no limits to how many you choose and you can keep them.

Not only that once you download them to your account they are available across your devices. There are apps for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and Blackberry Playbook. A convenient User Guide walks you through the process of setting up your accounts and downloading. Of course the friendly staff at OPPL will be happy to assist you! All you need is a library card in good standing with no fines, fees, or blocks!

The members of this eConsortium are:

Concordia Parish Library
East Carroll Parish Library
Jackson Prish Library
Lincoln Parish Library
Madison Parish Libray
Ouachita Parish Library
Richland Parish Library


Freegal, Free Music Downloads,
that you can keep!


Welcome to the library's newest eService, Freegal! Freegal is a downloadable music service from your library and the Trail Blazer Library System. All you need is your library card and PIN. Your card must be in good standing with no fines, fees, or blocks.

Freegal offers access to about 3 million songs, incuding Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists. The entire Freegal collection is comprised of music from over 10,000 labels with music that comes from over 60 countries.

There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Access to Freegal is liminted to patrons of OPPL.

Once you download a song it is yours to keep. The only restriction is that you may only download 3 songs per week. A counter will show you how many are available at any time when you login.

Apps are available for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Neither the Nook nor Kindle have apps available in their stores at this time. Search for the apps by the name of Freegal Music.

For more information please follow this link for the FAQs

The members of this eConsortium are:

Concordia Parish Library
East Carroll Parish Library
Jackson Prish Library
Lincoln Parish Library
Madison Parish Library
Morehouse Parish Library
Ouachita Parish Library
Richland Parish Library
Union Parish Library


Morningstar Investment Research Center

Our newest database is Morningstar Investment Research Center. The Morningstar Investment Research Center is an online investment database with information on more than 30,000 stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds. Designed specifically for libraries and other academic research institutions, it provides independent analysis, industry information, stock charts, portfolio building tools, and the Morningstar Investing Classroom(SM) series of web-based educational tutorials.



LearnSurge offers live and on-demand web-based programs directly to you. When you connect to LearnSurge you can either sign up for upcoming webinars or replay previous webinars OPPL has subscribed to. Topics will include technology, self-empowerment, parenting, personal finace, and much more. Be watching as we add more and more programs!



Pay Fines online with your Credit Card!

NEW! You can now use your credit card to pay your fines and fees, and even make a donation to the library through our Catalog. Just follow the link to the catalog from our web page, click the Patron Account tab, log in with your library card number and PIN and click the fines and fees tab and hit Pay fines now! Simple, easy, and safe.



New from TumbleBooks!


TumbleBooks introduces two new products, TumbleBookCloud and TumbleBookCloud Junior. TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of ebooks, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books for middle and high school teens and adults. (Grades 6-12) TumbleBookCloud Junior is an online collection of over 600 ebooks, graphci novels, educational videos, and audio books for children who are past the picture book stage. (Grades 3-8) Both allow unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an Internet connection. Included are videos from National Geographic, lesson plans, plot summaries, character sketches, and. online quizzes. Click the icons above to try each new product. You will also find icons and links on our eServices page, Kids Konnection pages, and For Teens pages.


SMS Alerts from the Library!

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Want to get Alerts? Alerts is a new service that will allow the library to occasionally send you important information, like holiday closings, emergency closings, and so on. This is an opt-in service only. After you are registered you must txt us the word Alerts.

  1. If you are already registered: Open your Text or Message screen, depending on the type of phone you have. Pick 66746 (or however you saved us) from your contacts. Then type in the word Alerts in the message area and send it. You will now be registered for getting alerts.
  2. If you are registering for the first time: Text oplib to 66746 to register. When your registration message comes back type in Alerts and send. You will now be registered for both texting questions and getting alerts.
  3. To opt-out of the service: You may opt-out of the service at any time by texting STOP to 66746.

Message & Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 66746 to opt-out. Text HELP to 66746 for help.


Yet another App for your iPhone/iPad
Gale Cengage goes Mobile!


Gale Cengage databases and eBooks anytime, anywhere! Yes, there's an app for that. Download the free app for Gale Cengage and have unlimited access to their resources - without the need to authenticate! Hundreds of reference eBooks and our literary databases just a click away. Download the app free, from the App Store!

Also available for Android!


LibraryElf goes Mobile!

LibraryElf, the service that emails you pre-overdue, holds notices and helps you keep track of all your family's checked out items, announces their new beta version of Elf Mobile! Go to: to download the web app. The beta version is best viewed with an iPhone/iPod but will work with Android devices.

Once you download the app, sign in with your same email address and password you use on your computer and the app will remember it. Then you can see your checked-out items and who they are checked out for. A calendar is displayed with important dates noted. Swipe sideways to move the calendar. If you've forgotten your password go here to have it sent to you,

To check your cards for the latest status, tap on the Refresh icon (upper right corner).If you have several cards you follow it may take a few mintues to pull up the information.

To add the app to your homescreen (iPhone/iPod) tap the bookmark icon at the bottom of the screen and choose the option, "Add to Home Screen". For Android devices we suggest you both bookmark the page and add it to your home screen.

You can provide feedback directly to LibraryElf at

Remember, this is a beta version so there will be glitches!



New Database! WestlawNext.

Now you can search Louisiana Statutes, Family Law and other legal information online at any branch of the library. Just follow the link from our database page and get up-to-date legal information. Click the icon above to get to our database page.


New OverDriveTrail Blazer Consortium eMedia Library!

All of the same wonderful OverDrive eBooks and Audio eBooks you are used to but now shared with 8 other member libraries of the Trail Blazer Consortium. Nothing has changed except that we now welcome the following Trail Blazer member library patrons to access a shared pool of eBooks and other media. The member libraries are:

Concordia Parish Library
East Carroll Parish Library
Franklin Parish Library
Jackson Prish Library
Madison Parish Libray
Morehouse Parish Library
Ouachita Parish Library
Richland Parish Library
Union Parish Library
West Carroll Parish Library

If you are a member in good standing at any of these libraries you can download and enjoy any of the items on the new website. Click the logo above to connect.


OverDrive eBooks for Kindle

OverDrive has just announced download eBook campatablity with Kindle ebook readers. All browsing, searching, and checkout will remain the same at the library's Virtual Branch website. When a user checks out a Kindle book, a "Get for Kindle" link will be presented that opens a new window or tab at Amazon, prompting the user to login to their Amazon account. Fulfillment will occur at Amazon's website so you will need an Amazon account to access the library ebook in Kindle format. NO PUURCHASE OR CREDIT CARD IS REQUIRED! All you need to set up an account is an email addres and name.

Look at these links for more information:

Get a library card and start downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks now!



New Library Catalog Features.

Map It!

map it

Ever look at the catalog and wonder where the branch that has an item is located? Now all you have to do is click the button Map It. Map It connects to Google Maps and gives you all of the locations that own the item AND shows you if that item is available and how many copies. You can zoom into the map too!

Just do a search on any item you are interested in and click the Map It button.


Have you looked at the library catalog lately? It is full of new features. Among them is the ability to share your finds with friends on your social network site using AddThis. Just look under the picture of the bookjacket and you will see the AddThis orange symbol. Click and choose the site of your choice.

Searching the catalog and need to remember the Dewey number so you can find it on the shelves? Click on the Availability button and you will see an icon of a cell phone. Click on the phone and a pop-up will appear. If you are logged into your account and have your cell and carrier in your registration it will auto-fill. If not just put in the phone number, choose the carrier and click the Send button. The info will be sent to you in a txt.


Text Message and Email Notices!

On the go and don't want to wait for printed library notices? Then sign up for either Text or Email notices. Call any branch of the library and give them your library barcode then tell them your email address if you want email notices or cell number and carrier if you want text notices. Carry the library wherever you go! More eServices for modern library use!

QR MobilePAC

Don't have an iPhone? Then use MobilePAC. Just like the functions in the iPhone and iPad, MobilePAC lets you have the catalog optimized on any smartphone*. Just bring up your browser and go to and start using the catalog. You can search, see book jackets, look for item locations. You can place a hold and have it sent to the branch of your choice.. If you log into your account you can see your fines, renew items, cancel holds, see your reading history (if you have this function turned on). You can see the open hours of all of our branches. There are many more functions. Visit MobilePAC from any mobile phone including iPhones and enjoy the experience of having the library with you at all times!

*Some Blackberry phones do not work with MobilePAC but a fix is in the works.

Project Gutenberg eBooks!

  • This is a separate collection of eBooks from our OverDrive collection.
  • The collection contains more than 15,000 public domain titles.
  • You do NOT need to sign in to download public domain titles. 
  • When you hover over a title you will see more information about it.
  • Checkouts from the collection do NOT count against your checkout limit.
  • Titles are always available, offering unlimited simultaneous access.
  • Public domain titles do not expire.
  • The collection uses Adobe Digital Editions software that you currently use for OverDrive eBooks.
  • The ‘tips’ link at the top of the collection provides instructions on how to download public domain titles.


Click icon to go to Project Gutenberg


Downloadable eBooks!


The Ouachita Parish Public Library is happy to bring the world of books right to you without ever leaving your home! Our new downloadable eBook service from OverDrive makes that possible. Dozens of eBooks now with more titles added every month. Best of all, this exciting and convenient new service is FREE from your library with a library card. Just Connect, Click and Read!  Click on the icon above for more information and instructions on how to use our new service.

OverDrive now has free apps for your iPhones and iPad. Download directly to your device!



OPPL - There's an App for That!

Out and about? Want to know if the library has a book, DVD, CD, etc.? Want to check if your holds are ready to pick up? Want to know what you already have out? We have a FREE iPhone app for that! Ouachita Parish Public Library will be the first Polaris based library in the U.S. to feature a fully integrated iPhone app! It will also work on an iPod Touch running iOS3 and connected via wireless.Search the App Store for OPPL iLibrary. A Blackberry app will follow soon.

OPPL - iPad App!

Like the iPhone App? Then you will love the FREE iPad App. Just like the the functions in the iPhone the iPad will be fully integrated with the Ouachita Public Library online catalog. Search the App Store for OPPL iLibrary



Text A Librarian

Have a burning question? Can't wait to get the answer? Not near a computer or a library branch? Then Text A Librarian is for you. Just text us at 66746 and use the keyword oplib before your question. We will answer you quickly with reliable answers! Follow the link on the phone icon for more information.



Ouachita Parish Public Library is now on Facebook! Become a Friend or Fan and follow what's happening!


OPPL YA Book blog. Book reviews, book trailers, and more.



RSS Feeds for new titles.

Did you know that both AquaBrowser and the Polaris OPAC have RSS Feeds?

In AquaBrowser you can get feeds of subject and author new adds. IE 7 has a built in aggregator so if you are running that you don’t have to load a separate reader. If you sign up for title or author RSS feeds you will know instantly when new books by that author or all new titles are added to our catalog.

In the Polaris OPAC there are RSS Feeds on the Library Info tab AND on all of the search tabs. The feeds in Polaris are for new books, videos, recordings, and Large Print.

Try our new RSS Feeds and get notification of our new titles and authors instantly ! Just follow the links to Enhanced Catalog for AquaBrowser or Catalog for the Classic Polaris OPAC and sign up for RSS Feeds.





Want to read a new book with dozens of requests and don't want to wait? Want to buy the new best seller? Want to get that newly released CD, DVD or Video game for yourself or someone else? Well now you can do it directly from the Library catalog! Search any title or author and when your search comes back you will see a new button that says BUY NOW. That button takes you to the fully interactive MyLibraryBookstore. You can either get the exact item you searched or browse around and find anything you want to read, listen to, or watch.

Just follow this link or any MyLibraryBookstore link from the home page or the catalog. You can shop at a discount similar to and get your items shipped directly to your home or anywhere else you designate. AND the library will get a portion of the profits so you will help us sustain our collections and programming - convenient for you and a help to us. This new service is brought to you in conjuction with Baker & Taylor and SirsiDynix. Keep checking for more items and more features!



Playaway Digital Books:

Want digital ebooks but don't own a computer or MP3 player? The answer is Playaway Digital Books. Every Playaway comes already loaded with your favorite book from novels to biographies, languages to history lessons.

Listening no longer has to be complicated. Just open the package, insert the battery, plug in the earphones and turn it on. Don't have head phones? The library will even sell you earbuds for a dollar.

Enjoy digital sound from a lightweight player with eight simple buttons. Wear it around your neck or stick it in your pocket. From novels to biographies, languages to business best sellers, Playaway comes already loaded with your favorite content .

Nothing to do - but listen.


The best kept secret in the Library - Ouachita Digital Archive!

For several years now Ouachita Parish Public Library has had an impressive collection of original photos and documents digitized for patron access 24x7 in the Polaris Fusion system.

Access can be gained by simply clicking the Catalog button from the home page. Once in the Polaris catalog you can search in any way. if you only want to access the digital collection choose it in the Limit by from the drop down menu.

We have hundreds of vintage photos of Monroe, West Monroe, Ouachita Parish, and more. You very well might find a vintage photo of friends or relatives. See the oldest photos in our collection of the 1867 Monroe fire. See turn of the 20th century photos of people and places around Ouachita Parish. In short if you are doing research on the history of our area this is the place you should be.


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