Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Learning Express Library has had a makeover!

Of all of the research tools available on the Library’s website, the Learning Express Library is one of my favorites. The site recently had face lift, so here’s a quick overview for accessing free test preparation materials, starting with the brand new homepage!

Accessing the Learning Express Library

You can access the Learning Express Library by clicking on Research Tools on the right hand side of the LFPL homepage. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Test Preparation, and then click the link to the Learning Express Library. Use your library card number and password to log in from home or school. You will be required to register with the site in order to save and access test preparation materials, but it is free.

Navigating the new Learning Express Library

The Learning Express Library is now organized into Centers, which each have a variety of test preparation materials. You can scroll through the visual links to the different Centers using the arrows on the right and left of the screen, or access a drop down list of all of the Centers by hovering over All Centers found on the blue toolbar at the top of the screen.

LEL infographic

Accessing ACT practice tests:

  1. Click on College Prep Center from the Learning Express Library homepage.
  2. You can scroll through the options in the College Prep Center by using the arrows on the right and left of the screen. To access ACT Practice Tests, click on Prepare for your ACT Test.
  3. On the left side of the screen you can find options for accessing the various ACT prep tools available through the Learning Express Library. You will find a comprehensive tutorial, practice tests, and test preparation eBooks; once you select your tool, click on Launch to open it.

New test options

One of the biggest changes to the database is that you now have multiple options for taking a practice test. Once you launch the practice test you can select one of three test modes:

  • Learner: View the answers to each question as you go along to help you study.
  • Practice: See answer explanations after you have finished. If the test is timed, the timer will display but will not be enforced.
  • Simulation: The test will stop when the timer is up.

But wait, there’s more!

The Learning Express Library offers a lot more than just ACT preparation tools. Under the College Center alone you can access resources for SAT prep and AP courses, but the other centers also contain useful test preparation tools. Planning on becoming a nurse? Check out the preparation materials for the Nursing School Entrance Exam in the Career Center! Need to improve your math grade? Get extra practice through the School Center! Play around with the different centers and see what you can find!

If you need help accessing the Learning Express Library talk to your friendly neighborhood librarian!

-Ruth, Teen Services, the Underground at the Main Library

Compelling Photo Collections

The creator of one of my favorite blogs, Humans of New York, has released a photography collection that is definitely worth a look.

Brandon Stanton travels the streets of the city, shooting portraits of the people he encounters. With his beautiful photography and snippets of conversation he is able to capture a compelling glimpse of the triumphs and heartbreaks of everyday life.

Click here to reserve a copy of the book, Humans of New York.

For more photography, you might like to take a look at these collections


The Sartorialist: Closer by Scott Schuman


The Oxford Project by Peter Feldstein


Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past by Ransom Riggs

-Susan, Youth and Teen Services, Iroquois Branch