Buda Library at Home
Using the Library Catalog
Log-In to Your Library Account
You can do a lot with your library account after you’ve logged in, including using the library’s online resources and materials, managing your account, and renewing and reserving library items. Click here to see how.
Need to get a library card? We can do that over the phone! Call us at 512-295-5899 and we’ll set it up for you. You will need to send a photo of your ID over e-mail (the e-mail will be provided when you call).
How to Renew Checked Out Items
We understand, sometimes you just need more time! Learn how to renew the items you have checked out with your online library account. If an item doesn’t renew, call the library at 512-295-5899. Patrons are able to renew items twice online but library staff may be able to renew it.
Buda Library Curbside Service,
suspended beginning March 26 at 7:00 pm
Get books, audio books, DVDs, magazines, and CDs delivered straight to your vehicle with our new Curbside Service!
Place books on reserve through our online catalog. After you’re notified that they are ready, park in the library parking lot and call us at 512-295-5899. A staff member will put the items on a cart outside our main doors and you can approach once you see they have returned into the building.
Reserve Library Items
If you want an item that the library has but someone else has it, place a reserve on it. You can also place a reserve on items that are currently available and the library staff will pull it for you the next morning.
Check out Books, Audio Books, and Magazines Online!
Check out E-books with Overdrive!
Use OverDrive to check out e-books, audio books and more!
Check out Audio Books with RBdigital!
The Buda Public Library has teamed up with several other Hays County libraries to offer another downloadable audio book service, RBdigital.
Gain access to eBooks using World Book Online!
TumbleBooks (Link connects you with our catalog to sign in for access)
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading. Acces the collection by logging in to our catalog and select "TumbleBooks" under "Electronic Resources"
TeenBookCloud (Link connects you with our catalog to sign in for access)
TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks and educator resources perfect for your middle school, high school, or public library. They offer a robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. Access the collection by logging in to our catalog and select "TeenBookCloud" under "Electronic Resources"
RBdigital Magazines allows you to download or read in a browser full digital copies of magazines. There’s no waiting or reserving issues; just download or access them when you’re ready!
Learn a new Language!
Get started with Mango Languages
Learn a new language with Mango Languages
Keep up with the News!
Buda Public Library patrons can use NewsBank to gain full text access to the Hays Free Press and the Austin American Statesman.
Check out some fun programs and storytimes you can do at home!
An agamograph is a series of images that change at different angles! All you need to get started is two images either from a magazine, coloring book, or created yourself, construction paper, scissors, and glue.
Have fun with collage art! Instructions are virtually provided by local artist, Gena Destri.
Here’s a storytime including sheep that are not just helping you sleep that your 3-5-year-old children will enjoy!
Join us on Wednesdays for new videos about Watercolor projects.
Your 1-3 year old children will have so much fun splashing along with this storytime!
Learn new card games that the whole family will love with Ms. Martha!
Start planning your Makers’ Lab projects! Most of our Makers’ Lab equipment operates with cloud based software. This means you could download the software and begin planning and creating your next project!
We're always adding new activities to this page! Check out some of our previous activities here.
Other organizations with resources for at home activities
All of the selected resources are from organizations offering free services and activities! Clicking any of these links will take you outside of the Buda Library Website.
Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences.
While the museum is closed, our friends at Thinkery are still coming up with great ideas and activities parents and caregivers can do with kids at home, using materials you likely already have lying around (so you don’t have to make any extra trips to the store!).
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.
From the National Center for Family Literacy, Wonderopolis is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages.
Award-winning Science podcasts for kids and curious adults from American Public Media
This site (curated for teachers and parents) offers 1000s of Science, History, and Cultural videos that are enjoyable and educational for the whole family.
Virtual Tour:Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History
The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device.
NASA @ home for grades K-4 offers loads of fun and educational activities inspiring our next generation of explorers.
Online read-alouds and activities by some of our favorite authors. Enjoy!