Armchair traveling with your library card

This blog post brought to you be Jen G., Martha Cooper Library.

Are you an avid traveler? Or just curious about other places, people, cuisines, and languages? The COVID pandemic has made it tough on the culturally curious to explore the world in person. Thankfully, Pima County Public Library has many great free offerings for you to explore even from the comfort of your own home.

The E-Library’s Countries and Geography, opens a new window collection is a great place to start. While you’re there, be sure sure to check out CultureGrams, opens a new window to learn about everything from dating norms to history to diet to greetings in countries all over the globe. You can even listen to interviews, opens a new window with locals from many countries or watch videos and photo slide shows to get a feel for what life is like in other parts of the world.

Another wonderful offering from the E-Library is National Geographic magazine, opens a new window, long-renowned for its stunning photography and engaging stories about places all over the world.

And for the language enthusiasts, we recommend brushing up on your skills—or beginning to learn a brand new language—for free through Pronunciator, opens a new window or the other resources in our Language Learning and Languages, opens a new window E-Library collection.

What about for the travel writing enthusiast? If you like reading first-hand accounts of the experiences of travelers, our library catalog has many options to choose from. Here’s a sampling of just a few of our favorites:

World Travel

Same River Twice

Always Italy

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook


In A Sunburned Country

You don’t have to hop on a plane to discover another country, culture, or language. We wish you a safe and rewarding journey, no matter where your library card takes you!