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Academic and skill-based resources

K-State Libraries: Many library resources are still available, including research help, databases, online collections, interlibrary loan, research guides and more. Online chat services are available Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Manhattan Public Library: Browse the library's "online resources" and "more resources" pages to access tools for education and research, finances, and more. If you're looking for an ebook on a specific subject matter, there have several digital library platforms available. Manhattan residents can now apply for a library card virtually, which will allow you to access thousands of downloadable books, hundreds of quality movies, and a wide array of excellent databases.

  • Mango Languages
  • Consumer Reports
  • Knowledge City
  • Libby eLibrary
  • Sunflower eLibrary
  • Local and national newspapers
  • and many more!

Coursera: Bring Coursera for Campus to your college or university by having a professor, department head, or university leader sign up by July 31, 2020. Coursera for Campus empowers any university to offer high-quality, job-relevant online education to its students. From now through July 31, 2020, this program is available globally at no cost to any university impacted by COVID-19, and provides access to over 3,800 courses from leading universities and companies.

edX: Access 2500+ online courses from 140 top institutions spanning popular subjects like computer science, language, data science, business/management, engineering and the humanities.

Learn another language with Duolingo: Choose from more than 30 languages and start learning in a way built to feel like a game with Duolingo's mobile app or browser version.

Basic Spanish, Portuguese and French: Andreia Whytsell, a Spanish-French-Portuguese teacher currently enrolled in K-State's Doctor of Education program, has made her online classes available for free on YouTube.

Harvard free online courses: Browse 70 free courses that range in length from 1 week to 12+. Subject areas covered include art/design, business, computer science, data science, education/teaching, health/medicine, humanities, mathematics, programming, science and social sciences.

Microsoft Learn: Discover your path with Microsoft Learn. Whether you're just starting or an experienced professional, their hands-on approach helps you arrive at your goals faster, with more confidence and at your own pace. Select a learning path and set your own schedule, exploring a topic in-depth through guided paths or learning how to accomplish a specific task through individual modules.

Manhattan historic site virtual tours: Explore nearly 40 virtual tours of local properties listed on the national, state, and/or Manhattan registers of historic places.

Codecademy: From building websites to analyzing data, the choice is yours. Not sure where to start? They'll point you in the right direction. No matter your experience level, you'll be writing real, working code in minutes. Put your learning into practice with real-world projects and test your knowledge with tailor-made quizzes.

Google Arts & Culture: Experience more than 2,000 renowned museums, famous landmarks, prestigious art exhibits and national parks.

Virtual art museum tours: This list compiles 17 famous art museums you can visit from your living room, including the Louvre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Van Gogh Museum, Vatican Museums and more. Art from around the world has never been closer to home.

Khan Academy: This website encompasses a range of education level, from elementary to college and beyond. In addition to specific course subjects, there is material on personal finances, entrepreneurship, careers and more, as well as test prep for exams like the MCAT and GMAT.

Google Analytics Academy: Boost the skills section of your resume and improve your analytics skills with free online courses covering a range of starting skill levels. You'll receive a digital certificate of completion when you successfully complete a course.

Brightly resources and activities for parents with kids at home: Whether you're looking to keep your kids focused on learning, just need some peace and quiet, or a little bit of both, Brightly has put together educational resources and engaging activities so there’s always something to keep your kids occupied and help you navigate your day-to-day. They offer education, wellness and just-for-fun links divided up by age group, ranging from babies to teens.

Pleasure reading

Manhattan Public Library: See above for links to their selection of ebooks and instructions on obtaining a library card virtually if you don't already have one.

Free weekly audiobooks: SYNC is a free summer audiobook program aimed at teens but open to anyone. Two free audiobooks are offered each week, now through July 29, and you can look ahead to see what titles are coming. These audiobooks can be listened to exclusively through Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive.

LeVar Burton Reads: Reading Rainbow ended on PBS in 2006, but LeVar Burton is dusting off his books and bringing his old talents back to entertain families at home during the coronavirus pandemic. In his new Twitter livestream series, Burton will be reading for all ages and reading levels: children, young adults and adults will all have shows geared specifically to their age group.

Scribd: Scribd’s library — which includes millions of ebooks, audiobooks, magazine articles, and more — is currently available to anyone, free, for 30 days. There is no credit card or commitment required.

Audible Stories: Readers everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including ebooks across six different languages, with titles available for the youngest Wildcats up through Young Adult books and literary classics. All stories are free to stream on a desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Marvel announces free access to popular comics: Twelve complete story arcs featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Captain Marvel, and more, are available at no charge from Thursday, April 2 until Monday, May 4 through the Marvel Unlimited app.

Riveted Lit: Sign up with your email to have access to a selection of Young Adult full books and extended excerpts that rotate monthly. Reading is done on a web browser rather than downloading to an ebook app. eBook of the Month club: Sign up with your email to be notified when you can download a free science fiction or fantasy ebook every month, often featuring top authors and award-winners. Members have a few days to download the featured ebook file, which is theirs to keep.