Back to School Resources


Free Useful, Educational, & Entertaining Resources
There are so many resources on the internet that it can feel overwhelming. That’s where this list of free resources compiled by the Troy Public Librarians comes in. There is a wide array of topics to choose from on this list including math, science, arts, music, global new, health and government. These resources will help middle schoolers and high schoolers with school projects, homework assignments, or to feed their general curiosity. There are even useful resources for educators to assist them with curriculum ideas, discussions guides, professional development, etc. If you’re searching for a new form of entertainment take a look the museum section where you can take virtual tours of their exhibits from all over the world. You can also take a trip to multiple zoos or theme parks without leaving the comfort of your couch. Make the most of these educational and entertaining resources to make your times at home fly by.  

Get a Troy Public Library Card
Teachers from public and private schools, licensed child care centers, and special education programs located within Troy are eligible for a Teacher Card. Call us at 248.524.3538 for details about special privileges associated with Teacher cards.


Kids Homework Help
Find lots of great databases to help your student with their school work on our Kids Homework Help page! Below we have listed just a few. You may need your library card to gain access.  

  •  Navigating distance learning? Looking for resources to help you land that next job? has you covered. A great resource for K–12 homework help, writing tips, bilingual tutoring (Spanish/English), practice tests, searching online job resources, getting a resume reviewed, and more. 
  • Explora  Find full-text ebooks, articles, and more! Explora makes it easy for you to cite your sources and provides permalinks so you can share information with your classmates. Want to know more about using Explora? Check out this video created by TPL staff.  
  • Scholastic Teachables  One of the newest additions to our database subscriptions, Scholastic Teachables is full of learning materials ranging from Pre–K to Grade 8. Search or browse material by grade level, subject, type of material, or theme. Don’t miss the great mini-books! Also includes many resources for educators including lesson plans and classroom management tools.
  • Learning Express  This database for grades 4–12 provides resources for improving math, writing, grammar, and reading comprehension skills. Create an account to track your progress and gain access to practice activities and exams.   

Great Back to School Picture Books
Going back to school or starting school can be an exciting time or an anxious time in a child’s life. To reassure them about what to expect in new situations, read these great back to school books! Simply place any you like on hold and when the hold is ready, schedule a Curbside Pickup appointment. 

Find More Great Reads
Not sure what to read next? Need books for a school project? Fill out this Youth reading recommendation form and TPL Youth Librarians will send you a personalized book list! For early readers, let us know if your child is reading stories with a few words, short sentences, longer sentences, or paragraphs per page. 

Get a Troy Public Library Card
Those who attend public or private school in Troy may get a library card with one of the following:

  • Student ID with Troy school address
  • Proof of enrollment with school address (recent report cards are accepted)

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Keep up to date on live and recorded programs, activities and educational resources for children of all ages, tips for parents, and more. Learn about services you might not even realize we offer!

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
The Teen Advisory Board at the Troy Public Library is the perfect organization to join if you are searching for a way to stay connected in your community while still having fun. TAB is a group of teens 13–18 years old who host creative events, create volunteer opportunities and discuss ways to help the Troy Public Library and the Troy community in general. Currently the TAB meetings are conducted on Zoom on the first and third Mondays of each month from 5–6 pm. If you are a teen interested in joining the Troy Teen Advisory Board please contact the Teen Services Librarian at

Books, Video Games, Test Prep and More
School has just started, and you’re already feeling stressed and anxious! Don’t worry – the Troy Public Library Teen Department has several collections to help you with your back-to-school needs, and to also help you relax. Check out our test prep collection with the latest SAT/ACT/AP exam study guides, or new graphic novels, video games, and anime to help you unwind after a long day. Have to read a book for class or just need something interesting to read? The teen fiction collection has a variety of different genres and series to choose from. If you’re not sure what to read, just fill out this form to receive personalized recommendations from the Teen Services Librarian. TPL also has digital versions of books to read from your computer or smart device. Sign into Hoopla, Overdrive or Libby with your library card today to see our ebooks and eaudiobooks. 

Get a Troy Public Library Card
Those who attend public or private school in Troy may get a library card with one of the following:

  • Student ID with Troy school address
  • Proof of enrollment with school address (recent report cards are accepted)

The Adult Information Services Department and Technology Center are ready to help you get your school year – whatever it looks like this fall – off to a great start! 

Our reference librarians and Technology Center staff are ready to help you with any of your research needs, whether that means directing you toward the right academic database for your college coursework, getting materials from other libraries, helping you download ebooks, or stream movies and music when you need a break from studying.

Maybe you’re not currently in school, but you’d like to add to your skill set (and set yourself up for that great new job) by learning something new like coding or social media marketing. We can help you find the right resource to get you there. And when you’re ready to go after your dream job, we can show you the way to create a resume that will go to the top of the pile. 

If you’re a self-directed lifelong learner, take advantage of our many resources (both physical and digital) for students of the world. From free interactive online classes from the world’s best universities, to The Great Courses (on DVD/CD from the library, or streaming on Hoopla), we have something for every interest. 

Maybe you finally have time to learn another language so that you’re fluent when you can once again travel the world, or you’re crafty and want to explore your creative side. Or maybe now is the time to get financially savvy, so that you’re ready for anything the global economy can throw at you. You can also read newspapers from all over the world or your favorite magazines (instantly available to keep as long as you’d like!). Or perhaps you FINALLY have time to watch that great British TV series your neighbor keeps raving about. 

If your native language is something other than English, we have resources to help you prepare for your TOEFL or IELTS exam, as well as a robust collection of books and movies in many different languages. You can also download magazines in 18 languages from Afrikaans to Welsh to keep current on what’s happening globally. 

You’re probably realizing that TPL has just about anything you could need to support your formal education or your lifelong passion. Call the Adult Information Services Desk at 248.524.3534 or the Technology Center at 248.524.3542 for more information about accessing any of these great resources. We can’t wait to help you!

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