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Did you know that the McAllen Public Library has its own app for easy access to your library account and all our e-resources? Find it for Apple here and Android here.

Need help using any of the apps? Check out our video tutorials at the bottom of this page!

Announcement: After March 31st, we will no longer have access to magazines through RBdigital or Zinio. Please stay tuned for updates as we search for a replacement service.



  • E-books and digital audiobooks from cloudLibrary. Available to any Hidalgo County library card holder.

Overdrive & Libby

  • E-books and digital audiobooks from OverDrive. McAllen library card required.

OverDrive for Teens

  • E-books and digital audiobooks for teens. McAllen library card required.

OverDrive for Kids

  • Children's e-books and digital audiobooks. McAllen library card required. 

TumbleBook Library

  • Children's e-books. McAllen library card required.

The Monitor

  • In-library access only

The Valley Morning Star

  • In-library access only

The Brownsville Herald

  • In-library access only

McAllen Daily Monitor - Historical Archive

  • The early years of the McAllen newspaper are now searchable online as part of the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. Check back regularly as more years are added.



  • E-books and digital audiobooks from cloudLibrary. Available to any Hidalgo County library card holder.

OverDrive Audiobooks

  • Digital audiobooks. McAllen library card required.  


  • The library no longer offers the Freegal music service, but you can learn all about other great, free, and easy online music services on our blog.


  • Free public domain audiobooks. No library card required.



  • Thousands of streaming movies, specializing in independent films and documentaries. Watch up to 4 films per month with your McAllen Library Card.



  • Chat with a live, online tutor to get help in any school subject, including essay writing. Adults can also get resume and cover letter help. SAT and ACT exam review material from the Princeton Review also available. McAllen library card required.

Learning Express

  • Access a wide variety of online adult learning resources, including GED study guides, college entrance exam prep, and a career resource center. McAllen library card required.

TexShare Databases

  • Academic journals and databases from the Texas State Library, for all your research needs. Call any library branch for login information.

Ancestry Library

  • Accessible from within the library only. Research your family history with genealogical records.

Portal to Texas History

  • See our digitized historical collections on the University of North Texas' Portal to Texas History.

Gale Legal Forms

  • Database of legal forms to download or print, and legal reference source. In-library use, or login with your McAllen library card number.

Texas Driver's Handbook

  • All of the official Texas drivers' license handbooks and practice exams. 

Texas Employment Assistance

Texas Workforce Solutions

  • Information for employers and workers who need job or unemployment assistance due to COVID-19 closures.

Work in Texas

  • Search for jobs in Texas through the Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Workforce Solutions.

Video Tutorials

Libby E-Books & Audiobooks

Kanopy Films

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