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ABC Mouse Library Card Required.

The award-winning curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2–7+) build a strong foundation for academic success. offers more than 4,000 learning activities across all major subject areas including reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music.

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African American Archive Collection (Gale) Library Card Required.

Gateway to two collections for scholars and researchers: "Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive," "Archives Unbound," and "The Southern Negro Youth Congress and the Communist Party: Papers of James and Esther Cooper"

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African American Heritage Library Card Required.

This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.

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Ancestry Library Edition (ProQuest) Library Card Required.

Resources for genealogical research including U.S. federal census records, military records, the Social Security Death Index, New York and other passenger records and selected records from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Biographical materials include the American Genealogical-Biographical Index, Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books, slave narratives, and Native American indexes.

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Application For Talking Book Machine and Regional Library Services

The Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled (OLBPD) is part of the Cleveland Public Library. In partnership with the State Library of Ohio Talking Book Program, OLBPD serves as the Regional Library for the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled of the Library of Congress, and administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the State of Ohio by postage-free mail. OLBPD and the State Library of Ohio Talking Book Program received the 2010 National Library Service Network Library of the Year Award.

Download this application for individuals who would like to receive items from the Talking Book Machine and Regional Library Services.

Certification. Must be completed for all applicants:

In cases of blindness, visual disability, or physical limitations, certifying authority is defined to include doctors of medicine; doctors of osteopathy; ophthalmologists; optometrists; registered nurses; therapists, professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public welfare agencies. In the absence of any of these, certification may be made by professional librarians or by any person whose competence under specific circumstances is acceptable to the Library of Congress.

Playback equipment and special attachments are provided free to eligible persons on extended loan. If the equipment is not being used in conjunction with recorded reading material provided by the Library of Congress and its cooperating libraries it must be returned to the issuing agency.

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Art Retrospective (EBSCO) Library Card Required.

Bibliographic database that cumulates citations to volumes 1–32 of the print edition of the Art Index (1929–1984). Articles from periodicals published throughout the world are cited in the database.

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Business NewsBank Magazines Newspapers Library Card Required.

Articles covering companies, industries, executives and from hundreds of local, regional, national newspapers, newswires and business journals. Also includes access to America’s News Magazines.

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Business Source Premier (EBSCO) Magazines Library Card Required.

Includes thousands of full-text articles from over 2,000 business magazines, scholarly journals and trade publications, as well as company profiles, industry profiles and market research reports.

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Career Online High School Library Card Required.

Career Online High School offers adults the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and a career certificate. Gain the skills you need to become college- and career-ready.

Adult residents who are at least 21-years-old, have successfully completed 8th grade and wish to earn their high school diploma. Minors should pursue their high school education through existing high school programs.

Program applicants must have a library card in good standing or be willing to apply for a library card from the library that is providing access to the COHS courses.

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Exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins for automobiles and light trucks.

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Cincinnati Inventor’s Database

This database indexes patents issued to Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio inventors from 1814 through 1873. Each entry provides a link to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office website. TIFF software is required to view a patent's full-size image.

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Creativebug Library Card Required.

Creativebug has more than 1,000 videos for all skill levels, taught by artists and experts. Learn how to complete a wide variety of arts and crafts projects, from figure drawing to furniture upholstery to felting.

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Culture Grams Library Card Required.

Concise reports detailing the history, daily life, and customs of world cultures. Each report typically includes a regional overview, national anthem audio file, maps, statistics, photographs, biographies of well-known people, and a recipe collection. World Edition articles are aimed at high school users. Kids and States Editions are aimed at grade school users.

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E-Journal Finder Magazines Library Card Required.

The E-Journal Portal is a comprehensive list of full text journals that are available from our multiple electronic resource databases. Browse by title or search by subject category. Also includes our historical newspapers.

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Ebook Central eBooks and eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

Find more eBooks, with their complete text and images, on a wide range of subjects in this database that offers powerful tools. Scholarly and non-scholarly nonfiction eBooks are available.
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EBSCOhost Library Card Required.

Variety of full-text databases that range in scope from multidisciplinary resources to subject-specific databases. Resources include MasterFILE PremiereBusiness Source EliteHealth Source Plus, etc.

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Explora (EBSCO) Library Card Required.

Includes topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research; articles, essays, and primary source documents to help students feel successful in their research; and reading level indicators to simplify discovery of grade-appropriate content.

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FactCite Dictionaries & Encyclopedias Library Card Required.

Collection of ten databases for students. These include biography collections (Sports Champions, Shapers of Society, etc.), Defining Moments in American History, special topic collections (World Mythology, Countries and Cultures of the World, etc.), and a general purpose encyclopedia.

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Findmypast Library Card Required.

Includes Cincinnati Archdiocese records, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) of material and journal records from the databases of over 8,000 genealogy and history societies, over 2 billion historical records from around the world, including US censuses from 1790, a large collection of Irish records, and US military records from the Revolutionary War up to World War II. In addition, you’ll be able to explore millions of newspaper pages from as long ago as 1710.

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Fold3 History & Genealogy Archives Library Card Required.

Over 50 million pages of historical documents; census records from 1860 and 1930; documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, and U.S. Presidents; historical newspapers; naturalization documents; Matthew Brady Civil War photos; city directories; etc.

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Foundation Directory Online Professional Library Card Required.

The industry standard to find funding for your 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. Pinpoint prospective funders with four databases: Grantmakers, Recipients (other nonprofits), Grants (who gave the grant, who got the grant, how much it was for, and a description of the project), and 990s. Find local and regional grantmakers and grants by state, county, city, or metro area. 

Now provides nonprofits and individuals seeking funding, scholarships, or fellowships access to find and connect with funders.

For one-on-one assistance requests with our Grants Resource Librarian, or to learn more about our free classes about the database, visit our Nonprofits Grants page.

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Freegal Music Music Streaming Library Card Required.

Stream or download more than 18 million songs in 200+ genres, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.


Gongwer News Service Library Card Required.

Comprehensive, accurate, timely and balanced coverage of issues in and around Ohio's government and political systems. The daily Ohio Report provides coverage of every bill in the General Assembly and closely tracks the activities of the executive and judicial branches.

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Heritage Quest

Use this database to access selected U.S. Federal Census Records (1790–1930); thousands of family and local history books; and search a comprehensive subject index of over 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles.

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Hobbies & Crafts Source (EBSCO) Library Card Required.

Find detailed how-to instructions for virtually every hobby – including home & gardening, collecting, science & technology, and more.
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Homework HelpNow Library Card Required.

Students (K-Adult) can get live online homework help, skills building (including SAT prep), writing assistance, test prep help, FAFSA form assistance, expert chess coaching, and more from expert tutors.

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Indiana State Library Talking Book and Braille Library

The Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) provides free library service to residents of Indiana who cannot use standard printed materials due to a visual or physical disability. Patrons may borrow braille books, digital audio books, large print books, audio magazines, and special playback equipment from the library; materials will be mailed directly to patrons homes using “free matter for the blind”. Braille and audio books are also available to download from BARD.

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JobNow Library Card Required.

Provides live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide you through every step of the job search process--from career coaching to resume assistance to interview tips.

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Kanopy Movies Streaming Library Card Required.

Use your library card to stream more than 3,000 free movies, documentaries, foreign and indie films, classic cinema, shorts, educational videos, and children’s programming.  Special collections include Criterion Collection Films and The Great Courses. 

Kentucky Talking Book Library

The Kentucky Talking Book Library (KTBL) provides free library service to people who cannot read traditional print because they have a visual, physical, or reading disability.  Audio and Braille materials are sent to and from users by postage-free mail, or can be downloaded from the internet. A special Talking Book player is provided on loan. KTBL has been in operation since 1969 and is part of a national network of libraries administered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a branch of the Library of Congress.

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LinkedIn Learning Library Card Required.

An award-winning library of online courses, classes, trainings, and tutorials for users who want to learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal or professional goals. For the LinkedIn Learning app, use library code OH0049.

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Literary Reference Source (EBSCO) Library Card Required.

A full-text literary database that includes thousands of plot summaries and synopses, critical articles and essays, book reviews, literary journals and author biographies, and full-text classic novels, short stories, and poems. 

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Literature Criticism (Gale) Library Card Required.

Search scholarly and popular commentary gathered in these acclaimed series of literary criticism titles:  Children’s Literature Review, Classical & Medieval Literature Criticism, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, Literature Criticism 1400 to 1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. 

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Literature Resource Center (Gale) Library Card Required.

Find up-to-date analysis, biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers from all time periods and disciplines.  Products include:  Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Novels for Students, Poetry Criticism, and Shakespearean Criticism. 

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LitFinder (Gale) Library Card Required.

Access over 130,000 full-text poems and 650,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.  Also includes secondary materials such as biographies, images, and more. 

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Mergent Archives Library Card Required.

Mergent Archives is an online database featuring a vast, indexed collection of more than a century’s worth of global corporate and industry related documents. This collection contains hundreds of thousands of reports covering over 100 countries and industries. 

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Mergent Online Library Card Required.

Mergent Online provides detailed information on all public companies, both U.S. and worldwide, including company financials, EDGAR reports, news articles, annual reports, and company history.  

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Middle Search Plus (EBSCO) Magazines Library Card Required.

Designed for middle school students, Middle Search Plus is a full-text database providing popular middle school magazines and reference books. Covering subjects such as history, current events, science and sports, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags. 

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Morningstar Investing Center Library Card Required.

Morningstar Investment Center provides a broad range of investment information to research more than 23,000 stocks and mutual funds; to build and analyze an investment portfolio; and to learn about stocks, mutual funds, and portfolios.

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National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

National Library Service (NLS) is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS circulates books and magazines in braille or audio formats, delivered by postage-free mail or instantly downloadable.

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New York Times Online Newspapers Library Card Required.

Through the Library's "Group Pass" account with the New York Times, Library cardholders can enjoy free and unlimited access to news stories, multimedia content, and special features on the New York Times website and New York Times apps. Access is free but first-time users will need to create an account with the New York Times. See our NYT Group Pass webpage for detailed instructions on getting started as well as troubleshooting tips.

If you have an active “Group Pass” through the Library, please use your NYT credentials to sign in to the NYT app or directly through

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NewsBank Newspapers Library Card Required.

Full-text articles from the following regional newspapers: the Cincinnati Post (1882-2007), Columbus DispatchToledo BladeCleveland Plain Dealer, and the Dayton Daily News. Also includes access to Business NewsBank.

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Newsdex Newspapers

Newsdex is an index of Cincinnati stories and events, as well as death notices and obituaries from our local newspapers. It’s a unique resource created and maintained by Library staff. Use it to find full article citations, including titles, dates, pages, and column numbers. In some cases, it will also note if an image accompanies the article. While not comprehensive, it’s a great starting point for research using our local newspapers. A library card with us is not necessary to use Newsdex.

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Newspaper Archive Newspapers Library Card Required.

Full-text searchable articles from a wide variety of historical Ohio newspapers covering Ohio history from 1793-2024. The collection includes more than 7+ million newspapers that allow users to search their ancestors by name and to narrow their results by year and location.

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Northstar Digital Literacy New! Library Card Required.

Northstar Digital Literacy defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. Online, self-guided modules assess the ability of individuals to perform tasks based on these skills.

Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in three main areas:

  • Essential Computer Skills - Basic Computer Skills, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows OS, Mac OS
  • Essential Software Skills – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs
  • Using Technology in Daily Life - Social Media, Information Literacy, Career Search Skills, Supporting K-12 Distance Learning, Your Digital Footprint.
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NoveList K-8 Plus Library Card Required.

Geared towards young readers, NoveList K-8 Plus is a comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction, with thousands of book reviews and features that allow you to search by plot, setting, series name, and favorite authors and titles. The “Teacher Resources” tab has useful material for teachers and media specialists to help integrate reading across the curriculum and support young readers.  

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NoveList Plus Library Card Required.

Looking for a good book? Wondering what to read next? NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers’ advisory resource that includes thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, author readalikes, award winners, book club resources, articles, recommended reads and features that allow you to search by author, titles, series, plot, appeal, and genre. 

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O’Reilly for Public Libraries eBooks and eAudiobooks Streaming New! Library Card Required.

Access O'Reilly's trusted online learning content and tools on the topics of technology, business, and more. Includes unlimited access to 50K+ titles (including O’Reilly books in early release), 30K+ hours of video, case studies from top companies, learning paths, expert playlists, and more—with nearly 1,000 topics in a range of content formats tailored to all levels.

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Ohio Capitol Connection Library Card Required.

Capitol Connection allows users to follow bills as they make their way through the Ohio General Assembly. Included in the database are current and past state legislation, archived government documents, daily and weekly updates of statehouse news, and legislators’ email, committee assignments and voting history.

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context Library Card Required.

Opposing Viewpoints explores both sides of a wide range of important social issues, such as euthanasia, censorship, gun control, and immigration. Included in the database are viewpoints, infographics, images, video, audio, websites, and articles from periodicals and newspapers.

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Oxford Research Encyclopedias Dictionaries & Encyclopedias Library Card Required.

Working with an international community of scholars from all fields of study, this database provides peer-reviewed articles and summaries on a wide range of subjects that are updated monthly. Each of the twenty-five distinct encyclopedias cover both foundational and cutting-edge topics and are intended for students just beginning their studies to researchers needing background information.

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Peterson’s Career and Test Prep Library Card Required.

Free test and career prep software to help your job search or advance your career. 

Access free, full-length online practice exams for standardized test prepresearch college and grad schools, and explore financial aid and scholarships. Career development features include test prep assistance for certification exams and advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and networking. International tools help students prepare to pass the TOEFL (iBT), TOEFL (PBT), TOEIC, and U.S. Citizenship tests with online resources like practice tests and eBooks. 

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Points of View Reference Source (EBSCO) Magazines

Points of View Reference Source covers over 400 topics, each with an overview, point, and counterpoint. This resource includes over 1,900 essays from leading political magazines from across the political spectrum, newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, primary source documents, and reference materials. The database is a guide for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating.

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Primary Search (EBSCO) Magazines Library Card Required.

Primary Search provides full-text of more than 180,000 articles from 100 popular children’s magazines. In addition, the database includes easy to read encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids. Primary Search has an image collection that contains more than 1.9 million relevant photographs, maps, and flags.

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Reference Solutions (Formerly Reference USA) Library Card Required.

Reference Solutions is a detailed listing of over 57 million U.S. businesses, over a million physicians and dentists and 161 million U.S. households. The business database can be searched by company name, sales volume, SIC codes, number of employees, product lines, and more. Search the U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles database to find information on over 320 million U.S. consumers.

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Religion and Philosophy Collection (EBSCO) Library Card Required.

This collection provides more than 200 full-text journals and over 160 peer-reviewed journals and magazines for theology and philosophy research. Topics include world religions, religious history, political philosophy and philosophy of language.

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Library Card Required.

Over 40,000 detailed maps of Ohio cities providing large scale street plans with building outlines, property boundaries, and building use that were produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company and drawn between 1882 and 1962.

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Science Reference Source (EBSCO) Library Card Required.

Science Reference Source provides easy access to 90 full-text science magazines, more than 270 reference books and nearly 1,300 full text biographies on such topics as physical science, applied science, earth and space science, history of science, and life science. This database satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards.

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Scribner Writers Online (Gale) Library Card Required.

This series provides essays on the lives and works of authors from around the world and from all time periods. Entries include critical and concise essays, citations, and biographical information that place the author’s work in a personal and historical context.

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Signing Savvy Library Card Required.

Signing Savvy is a complete online sign language resource that includes a sign language dictionary with thousands of videos, learning tools, and course materials to help you increase your vocabulary and improve your everyday American Sign Language skills.

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Small Business Source (EBSCO) Library Card Required.

The Small Business Source provides full-text for many reference books and magazines that address topics such as how to create a business plan, operations management and sales and growing or rescuing an existing business. Business videos include interviews, “lessons learned” features, lectures and how-to videos to help foster success in all aspects of managing a business

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Statistical Abstract of the United States

The authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. The perfect place to find the raw data funders want to see in well-written grant proposals. 

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TOPICsearch (EBSCO) Magazines Newspapers Library Card Required.

Explore current events, social, political, and economic issues, scientific discoveries, and other popular classroom topics.  Features full-text articles from diverse sources such as government information, public opinion polls, periodicals, international newspapers, and book reviews.   

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Treehouse Library Card Required.

Treehouse "brings affordable technology education to people everywhere in order to help them achieve their dreams and change the world." Courses (called "tracks") on a variety of advanced technology related topics – including coding, web design, and app creation – are available. Tracks are self-paced and progress can be tracked and saved over multiple checkouts. To register for Treehouse, you will need your library card number to complete the form below. You can apply for one online.

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TumbleBooks eBooks and eAudiobooks Streaming Library Card Required.

This curated collection of over 1,100 titles for grades K-6 include animated picture books, read-along chapter books, graphic novels, fiction and nonfiction books, educational games and puzzles, books in Spanish and French, playlists, and National Geographic videos. 

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Twayne’s Authors Online (Gale) Library Card Required.

Written by scholars, these in-depth, critical introductions in eBook format cover the lives and works of writers, the history of literary movements, and the development of literary genres.  Content is coordinated with input from librarians and educators to include authors studied in high schools and colleges. 

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Universal Class Library Card Required.

Learn something new today! Access over 500 online continuing education classes on a wide range of subjects, including: business, office skills, career training, homeschooling, entrepreneurship, self-help, crafts and hobbies, and health and medicine.

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Weiss Financial Ratings New! Library Card Required.

Find stock information, Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) options customized to your needs and budget, search for top-rated reputable banks based on hundreds of criteria, and learn more about managing your finances using powerful financial literacy tools.

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