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
Pick up books, audio books, DVDs, magazines, and CDs with Curbside Service! Place books on reserve through our online catalog. After you’re notified that they are ready, park in the library parking lot during designated hours and call us at 512-295-5899.
Reserve Library Items
You can reserve available items for pick up during curbside service or be notified if any item you’d like is currently out. Items that are available will be pulled as staff have time. Please wait until you are notified before you come for pick up.
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!
Enjoy weekly storytimes for Toddler and Preschool children to enjoy at home! Storytimes include fingerplays, action rhymes, songs, and stories! Videos are embedded along with a storytime plan on Tuesdays for Toddler Time and Thursdays for Preschool Storytimes.
Join us on Wednesdays for new videos about Watercolor projects.
Finding you have some extra time on your hands to return to an old hobby or pick up a new craft? Give the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center a try! This database offers many articles and instructions for many different hobbies and crafts, such as paper quilling, geocaching, photography, creative lettering, model building, fabric painting, and so much more.
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.
Our friends at Thinkery have great ideas, videos, 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.
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 students of all ages 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!
Check out Wide Open School to find engaging and fun online learning experiences to support your at-home learning?