Online Resources

Available Through Your Library

The online resource categories are Read, Listen, Watch; Reading Resources; Language Learning; Job Seeking; Research and Databases; News Media; For Veterans; For Kids; Student Resources; and Genealogy.

Read, Listen, Watch

Hoopla — Read eBooks and comics on your phone or tablet. Choose from more than 150,000 popular and classic titles for all ages.

Kanopy — Stream thoughtfully curated independent, award-winning and popular films for all ages to your computer, tablet, smartphone or Roku. New films are added every month.

Overdrive Access to this resource will end on September 30, 2022. Choose from thousands of eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks, from classics to new bestsellers. Read or listen on your computer or mobile device. Download the Libby app from your app store and search for "Library of Virginia" to get started.

Candid eBooks and eAudiobooks — Candid, a combination of Foundation Center and Guidestar resources, has a collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks in topics of interest to the nonprofit community. Create a free account and access the collection on your computer or using the OverDrive or Libby app on your mobile device.

Reading Resources

Beanstack — This service keeps track of your reading and participation in activities, making it easy to earn virtual badges, tickets for drawings, and real-world prizes. Readers can also post book reviews. All ages can register in seconds as individuals, a family, or classroom. Download the app for your android or apple device or use a web browser.

Novelist — Not sure what to read next? Use Novelist to get recommendations!

Language Learning

Pronunciator Language Instruction — Learn any of 80 languages, including English, in any of 50 languages. Use with most browsers and mobile devices.

Rocket Languages Access to this resource will end on September 30, 2022. Learn another language with interactive audio conversations, language and culture lessons, reinforcement activities, and much more.

Job Seeking

Accel5 Business Library For just in time learning for the working professional, Accel5 Business Library features short videos on topics including business competencies, leadership and management, and personal effectiveness. It also offers summaries for business and leadership books and articles by industry leaders on current working world issues.

Brainfuse JobNow Get live job assistance anytime, anywhere. This resource includes up-to-date nationwide and local job search engines, professional resume critiques and proven interview techniques. All you need is your library card.

Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative — This self-paced, modular curriculum for entrepreneurs based on The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program (Original Edition) is designed for a broad audience cultivating entrepreneurial thought and process. Participants will consume video content, discuss and apply core concepts, engage in the entrepreneurial process, and reflect individually.

Gale Presents: Peterson's Career PrepAccess to this resource will end on September 30, 2022. Create a resume and cover letter, discover a new career based on your interests, find tips and interview simulations, and search for jobs all in one place.

Research and Databases

EBSCO Databases — All you need is your library card to access EBSCO's powerful search tools, including MasterFILE Complete, Novelist, and Explora.

Explora — Use Explora to research high quality content organized in easy to browse categories.

Gale LegalForms — Download legal documents such as estate planning, divorce, landlord/tenant, power of attorney, and much more. In the Main Library Reference Department, you can also use the WestlawNext legal research database.


subscriptions.jpgNews Media

Access America's News — Information on almost any topic!

Daily Press — (Subject search 1989-current) Local issues, events, and obituaries

ProQuest Recent Newspapers — (Exact date required)

For Service Members and Veterans

Brainfuse VetNow — Access a wealth of resources specialized for veterans, including live tutoring, job coaching, interview preparation, skill building, and more. All you need is your library card. 

For Kids

Access Video on Demand: Just for Kids — Just for Kids has the educational videos children want to watch — "Sesame Street," "The Electric Company," "The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss," "The Berenstain Bears," "Franklin," and thousands more — plus songs, games, and other interactive content.

Day by Day VA — Enjoy a daily song, video, crafts, and book recommendations from the Library of Virginia and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Kids InfoBits — Explore interesting topics like sports, technology, and science in kid-friendly format.

World Book Early World of Learning — Kids will find a number of resources for early readers, including fun facts, stories, videos, educational games and printable activities.

Student Resources

Brainfuse HelpNow — On demand learning anytime, anywhere. Includes homework help, skill building, personalized learning tools, a 24-hour writing lab, adult learning center, and foreign language support.

Learning Express Test Preparation — Elementary to grad school, careers & citizenship. Find the practice tests here!

Universal Class — Continue your lifelong learning with over 500 courses in a wide variety of topics for academic, career, and personal development.


Ancestry for Virginians — Use this to learn more about your Virginia ancestors! Our Special Collections department in the Main Library offers the full Ancestry subscription.