Supporting Learning at Home: AISD Teacher Resources

Resources for teachers, parents, and other caregivers

AISD Lesson Plan Resources

Welcome AISD Teachers!

Please use the pull down menu on the "AISD Teacher Resources" Tab to find Austin Public Library resources for the 2020-2021 School Year.

  • Each grade has its own page.
  • Videos are in tabbed boxes - click each tab to view more videos.
  • Resources are broken down by unit topic.
  • Each unit has resources broken down into sections by type of resources available. 

Instructional Videos for Elementary (click tabs for more)

Watch all 3 Videos by clicking the tabs above

  1. Captain Catalog: Learn how to use the catalog to search for a book
  2. Super 3: Learn how to get ready to do research for a school project
  3. Virtual Tutoring with Brainfuse: Learn how to use our virtual tutoring service.

Instructional Videos for Middle & High School (click tabs for more)

Watch all 3 Videos by clicking the tabs above

  1. Advanced Searching: Learn how to use the catalog to search for a book
  2. Databases 101: Learn how to get ready to do research for a school project
  3. The Big 6The six steps to success on your next research project

The Van Show

Have you ever wanted to see a blue monster talk to your favorite author? Us too! Learn about the people and ideas behind your favorite books. Check out Van’s interviews with todays most influential authors. 

Latest Van Show episodes are on APL+ including the Author Studio Tour! View past Van Show episodes here

Teachers guide for how to use these videos in your classroom or library available here.

The Van Show for Teens- Learn all about teen authors, what makes them tick? Watch as they have fun with the wheel of fortune.


The Van Show for Children- Learn about your favorite children's author! Where do they get such great ideas, what makes them tick? Find out today by checking out Van Show for Children.


One Minute Van Videos- Quick interviews with kidlit authors and illustrators. 


Book a Librarian

Reserve a free 30-minute session with a librarian. We’re available by phone, email, and virtual visit.

For Youth Groups & Educators

  • Virtual visit for your classroom or youth group (eg: storytime, finding a good book, research tips, brief learning activities)
  • Fun presentation: All the amazing things you can do with your youth library card
  • Curriculum / Assignment resource support

Group Cards

We are issuing cards again! Teachers and educators can get a card with an extended check out period. Please call Customer Service at 512-974-7475 if you need assistance.

Personal Picks

Looking for another good book, but having trouble narrowing it down?

If so, let us tailor a custom list to your interests. Click the link and fill out the form. We will compile a recommended list and email it to you within a week. The more information you provide the better your recommendations will be! 

Personal Picks Request Form

How to Use Curbside Check Out

Book Checkout and Returns FAQ

  • Curbside Checkout: The Library will provide curbside service at select locations (click here for a list of current locations - updated frequently). Locations will be added as health and safety precautions allow.
  • Curbside Holds: Please go to the library’s Curbside Hold Pickup location (Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM)
  • Returning Books: Book drops at most Library locations are now open. (except Southeast, Little Walnut Creek, Terrazas, Yarborough and Pleasant Hill)
  • Quarantined Items: Returned items will be collected and quarantined for a minimum of 96 hours up to a week, due to processing high volumes of returns.
  • Library Cards: At this time, APL is not issuing new or replacement Library Cards. Customers needing to renew their Library Card can do so by clicking the Renew Library Card link. Adults who do not already have a Library Card can apply for an eCard here to gain access to the Virtual Library.

Finding Books by Reading Level

Did you know you can find the Lexile level of most books in our collection? 

You can also search for books in a Lexile Level reading range! 

eBooks for Students

eBooks in our library come from many different sources. In order to see availability across all apps, your best bet is to search our catalog (you can narrow results by eBook), and there you'll find out what books we have and where they are available -- often with much shorter wait times!