Helpful Tools for Libraries

Here is a list of tools that might be helpful to your library.  This isn’t an endorsed list and there are other tools available, but these are tools that many libraries in Indiana use.  Some are free and others have a cost.

Circulation and CollectionsCommunication | Digital itemsMiscellaneous |
PopulationsPublic Relations  | Readers Advisory | Reading LogsResume Builders |
Security | Tech toolsVideo Conferencing | Video Creation

Circulation and Collections


  • Discord – YouTube tutorial by Andrew Laverghetta, Eckart Public Library public service specialist – “Your place to talk” – communication tool / perpetual message board or chat room.  Click here to go to Discord’s website.
  • Slack – workplace chat app

COVID information

Digital items (ebooks, emagazines, videos, etc.)

  • Flipster – digital magazines through EBSCO
  • Hoopla – streaming platform for audio books, comics, e-books, movies, music & tv
  • Kanopy – streaming platform for films & documentaries
  • Overdrive/Libby
  • TumbleBooks – curated database of children’s e-books and more


  • Doodlepoll – simple way to schedule meetings
  • Kahoot – game-based learning platform
  • Niche Academy – tool for creating online training
  • PrinterOn – print on demand from laptop, tablet or smartphone
  • Tasks for down time pdf
  • Wakelet – a free resource to capture, organize and share multi-media resources with students, teachers, and learning communities


Public Relations

  • Canva – online design tool – great for library signs or images for webpage
  • Constant Contact – email marketing software
  • LibraryAware – newsletter software EBSCO product cost is determined  on library population
  • Wowbrary – informs library patrons by email and/or RSS about your library’s newest items

Readers Advisory

Reading Logs

Resume Builders


  • RUN. HIDE. FIGHT – from the City of Houston, tips for surviving an active shooter event

Tech Tools

Video Conferencing

Video Creation

YouTube channels

PDO updated 7-21-2020