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ABCMouse – A global education initiative whose goal is to help children build a strong foundation for future academic success by providing a comprehensive and engaging online curriculum to assist early learners to succeed in preK, kindergarten, and early elementary school.

Ancestry Library EditionAccess to thousands of databases of genealogical and historical information.

You must visit a Library location to use this database.

ArtistWorksOnline music lessons by ArtistWorks are taught by the masters. Players of all levels will improve their skills, get feedback, and practice with purpose.

ArtistWorks is available only through the Libby app. You can borrow this service for 30 days of access with unlimited renewals.

BiblioBoard Library – Read indie fiction by Louisiana authors, with no checkout periods, waits, or holds. Download the BiblioBoard Library app to read on your mobile device, or access on any web browser. If you’re a local writer interested in having your work included, submit your work to Indie Author Project. Need to create or format your manuscript? We offer free access to Pressbooks Public.

Biography Reference CenterEBSCO’s comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full-text biographies, including the complete full-text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.

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BookFlixA digital literacy resource that pairs animated stories from Weston Woods with a best-selling nonfiction eBook from Scholastic on a similar subject. The fiction and nonfiction pairings are designed to strengthen early literacy skills while exposing young learners to real world concepts.

Book Index with Reviews Full-text searchable reviews of book, music, and DVD/video titles.

Britannica eBooks – Hundreds of full-color and black & white non-fiction downloadable e-books for ages preschool to 18.

Britannica Library Research sources include three databases; thousands of curated articles; magazines, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, and recommended websites; and a pop-up Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus.

Business Searching Interface Provides an easy way to browse and search for country economic data, company profiles, industry information, and market research in the EBSCO databases.

Candid – An information service specializing in data reporting on 2.7 million U.S. nonprofit companies. It maintains comprehensive databases on grantmakers and their grants; issues a wide variety of print, electronic, and online information resources; conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving, and practice; and offers education and training programs through its platforms GuideStar, Foundation Directory Online, and Grants to Individuals. The three Candid platforms are available inside the Library only; however, you may get free access any time, anywhere to the invaluable resources offered in the Candid Learning Knowledge Base.

ChiltonLibrary – Provides drivers, enthusiasts, and mechanics for all types of vehicle with intuitive access to repair, maintenance, and service information. This continuously updated resource provides step-by-step repair procedures, troubleshooting guides, diagnostic trouble codes, photos, illustrations, diagrams, and multimedia (videos and animations) to simplify even the most complicated tasks. It also includes ASE test prep questions.

Classica – Stream videos of classical music, operas, and ballets from around the world, anywhere, anytime.

Classica is available only through the Libby app. You can borrow this service for 7 days of access with unlimited renewals.

Consumer Health Complete – Convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information from EBSCO. Search and browse medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.

Creativebug – Creativebug has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Enjoy unlimited access. Watch classes anytime, anywhere. Since the classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace. No pressure, just possibilities.

Data Axle Reference Solutions Formerly ReferenceUSAAccess is for personal, non-commercial use only.

  • US Business Directory
  • US Residential Directory – Basic instruction in computers, email, social media, and more.

EBSCOhost – Offers a variety of proprietary full-text databases and popular databases from leading information providers. Available for desktop and mobile devices.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Training CourseLearning to think like an entrepreneur can put you on a path towards a more meaningful and prosperous life. Whether you want to build a business, transform your organization, or reinvent your career, an entrepreneurial mindset provides a new perspective. Thinking like an entrepreneur can expose new opportunities, ignite your ambition, and cultivate the confidence, creativity, self-reliance, and resourcefulness that are essential to adapt and thrive in today’s rapidly changing world. 

Explora Quick Search – Reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books in the EBSCO databases. Browse categories organized by popular topic, with overviews that provide a starting point for your research. Or use the simple search that quickly delivers relevant results, including primary source documents, news articles, and Associated Press videos.

Explora also has specialized research centers for students and teachers:

Fire Insurance Maps Online – Fire Insurance Maps online (FIMo), is a research portal to find and view high-definition, color Fire Insurance Maps; Real Estate Atlases; Plat Books; and other historical maps showing building structures, building construction details, property ownership, and property uses.

Flipster – Read the latest issue of your favorite magazine from your computer or mobile device.

Fold3 – Fold3 features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National Archives and The National Archives of U.K.

Foundation Directory OnlineThis research tool from Candid helps nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects, how much to request, and what to highlight in a grant proposal. This resource can only be accessed from inside any of our Library locations via your laptop or tablet, or one of the Library’s public access computers.

Freegal – Download up to 7 songs per week to most electronic devices or stream music for up to 6 hours per day. Choose from millions of songs and thousands of music videos.

Gale Legal Forms: Louisiana – Official, state-specific, federal, business, personal, real estate, and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Gale Virtual Reference Library  – Literary criticism, author biographies, and business resources. Includes Twayne’s and Scribner.

Gale’s City and Business Directories  A research collection of historical Louisiana city directories from 1805 to 1929. These directories provide information on a city’s inhabitants and organizations, such as churches, schools, and benevolent societies.

Grants to Individuals – This research tool from Candid is designed to find foundations that provide financial support for individual grant seekers. This resource can only be accessed from inside any of our Library locations via your laptop or tablet, or one of the Library’s public access computers. 

GuideStarThe world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations from Candid. Gathers and provides access to the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accurate nonprofit information available. GuideStar lists information on every nonprofit registered with the IRS as tax exempt, as well as data on former nonprofits. This database has a powerful search-and-find capability with sophisticated filters to find exactly the nonprofits that interest you. This resource can only be accessed from inside any of our Library locations via your laptop or tablet, or one of the Library’s public access computers. Find assistance using this resource here: Getting the Most From GuideStar

HeritageQuest Online  With over 28,000 books currently available, the entire U.S. Federal Census, PERSI™, Freedman’s Bank Records, Revolutionary War Pension Records, and other expanding collections, HeritageQuest Online is designed specifically for patrons in public libraries who are either just beginning their family research or who, after years of work, are still uncovering their past.

HistoryMakers – A digital archive of African American oral histories that enlightens, entertains, and educates the public, helping to refashion a more inclusive record of American history.

History Reference Center – EBSCO’s History Reference Center offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias, and non-fiction books; cover to cover full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals; nearly 57,000 historical documents; more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 113,000 historical photos and maps; and more than 80 hours of historical video.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center – Exclusive articles from EBSCO databases covering over 140 topics, as well as many other periodicals, books, and videos that focus on categories commonly referred to as hobbies and crafts. Available in high-quality PDF format.

Home Improvement Reference Center – EBSCO’s Home Improvement Reference Center is designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance, and remodeling projects. Step-by-step instructions for thousands of projects in the areas of plumbing, outdoor, woodworking, electrical, and decorating are provided in high-quality PDF files.


  • Live Online Tutor
  • Skills Builder
  • Homework help and tutoring for K through basic college level
  • Writing Center
  • Career Center
  • Adult Education Center

hoopla – Instant streaming or temporary download of movies, television shows, music, comic books, e-books and audiobooks to your computer or smart device.

Indie Author Project – Louisiana authors, submit your work for the chance to be featured on BiblioBoard. Submissions are open year round. During April and May, Indie Author Project runs the Louisiana Author Project Contest, with the chance to win prize money and a full-page spread in Library Journal. If you need help formatting your manuscript, use Pressbooks Public.

Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy (JCCPE) – Publishes timely, evidence-based research that contributes to the urban climate agenda and supports governmental policy towards an equitable and resilient world. The Journal serves as a platform for dynamic content that highlights ambitious, near-term climate action, with a particular focus on human-centered solutions to today’s most pressing climate challenges.

JCCPE can only be accessed at the Main Library. 

Kanopy – A streaming video service with over 30,000 selected independent, foreign language, classic, and documentary films, as well as KanopyKids.

Kovels – The go-to source for expert information, pricing, and trends on antiques and collectibles.

Kovels is available only through the Libby app. You can borrow this service for 30 days of access with unlimited renewals.

Learning Express Library – A comprehensive interactive learning platform of tests, courses, and career preparation for students and adults.

Legal Information Reference Center – Provides online full text from EBSCO for many of the top consumer legal reference books. Contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. Many of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

LibbyRead and listen to thousands of e-books and e-audiobooks with Libby, the app from OverDrive.

LinkedIn LearningA massive online training resource offering over 16,000 self-paced courses in 7 languages taught by recognized industry professionals. Select courses relevant to your current career, or the career that you want to pursue, such as business, technology, and marketing. You can also pursue other passions—with courses on financial literacy, social media, and even drawing and music theory, you’ll be able to grow and develop in the areas you care about, both at and outside of work. Please note when setting up your LinkedIn Learning account: The Library ID is nola.

Literary Reference Center Plus – Information from major respected reference works, books, and literary journals, as well as original content from EBSCO Information Services.

Louisiana Digital Library – An online library of over 144,000 digital materials about Louisiana’s history, culture, places, and people.

Louisiana Public Documents Digital Archive – Collection of more than 20,000 Louisiana-born digital public documents, most since 2002. Located in the digital resources repository of the State Library of Louisiana.

Louisiana Public Library Ebook Collection – Gateway to multiple resources providing e-books and audiobooks to Louisiana Public Library users of all ages.

Mango Languages – Powered by intelligent technology and an adaptive algorithm, Mango offers over 70 world languages and more than 20 English courses, as well as specialty courses that cover a range of culturally specific topics. Mango contains user-friendly features, such as placement tests that help you begin exactly where your skillset suits you, Family Profiles for group learning, and downloadable lessons for off-line access. Start your language learning today.

Newsbank – The New Orleans Newspaper Archive from NewsBank includes historic archives of the Times-Picayune (1837-1988), New Orleans Item (1877-1958), New Orleans States (1916-1957) and States-Item (1960-1979). It also grants access to Times-Picayune (1988-present), The Advocate (2012-present), and other papers.

Newspapers – Links to free newspaper sites in Louisiana and other states. Library Edition – An extensive online database of 4,000+ historical newspapers from the early 1700s into the early 2000s, containing a diverse blend of well-known regional and local newspapers in the U.S. and other countries, including several Louisiana newspapers. (May not work with Internet Explorer)

Northstar Online LearningImprove your computer confidence with this national program used by over 2,800 adult education programs, colleges, businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and workforce centers around the country. Learning resources include lessons that can be accessed in classes at the Library or via self-paced sessions. See what skills you already have by taking an assessment, then build your skills in key areas such as Essential Computer Skills, Essential Software Skills, and Using Technology in Everyday Life. Prepare for your future now by creating your free Learner Account. 

NoveList Plus – Discover new books and authors based on what you like to read. Includes summaries and series order for titles. Special features include author read-alikes and book discussion guides.

NYTimes.comEnjoy 3 days of unlimited access to The New York Times and 24-hour access to NYT Cooking and NYT Games. Requires a free account. Watch the tutorial for at-home vs. in-Library instructions.

OverDrive – Our most extensive e-book and e-audiobook platform.

Prefer to access your books on a mobile device? Download Libby, OverDrive’s user-friendly reading app.

Pressbooks Public – Create and format a publication-ready manuscript with this digital self-publishing tool. Write chapter by chapter, or import a manuscript previously written in Word or other formats. Create a professional-quality ePUB (compatible with most e-book readers), MOBI (compatible with Kindles) or PDF (print friendly) file that’s ready to submit to your self-publisher of choice, such as the Indie Author Project. 

Pronunciator – Learn one of 80 languages, practice English as a Second Language or study for the citizenship test.

Qello – Stream on-demand full-length concerts & music documentaries on your favorite device.

Qello is available only through the Libby app. You can borrow this service for 7 days of access with unlimited renewals.

Salud En Español – Consumer Health Complete – Spanish Edition

Sanborn Maps – Digitized maps detailing property and land use for Louisiana cities and towns. Extensive information is given on building construction and use, street names and addresses, and property boundaries. Other features shown include pipelines, railroads, wells, and dumps. Map dates range from 1885 to 1951, with most falling in the early part of the 20th century.

Science Reference Center – EBSCO’s Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals. Topics include biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology, and wildlife.

Small Business Reference Center – Provides up-to-date information from EBSCO on relevant topics, including starting a company, operations management and sales, and growing or rescuing a business. The database contains nearly 400 full-text periodicals and over 450 full-text reference books.

TeenBookCloud – A database of e-books and other digital content for grades 6 – 12, featuring more than 1,000 titles, including student-favorite graphic novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, and National Geographic videos.

TumbleBook Library – A collection of children’s e-books with more than 1,100 titles for grades K – 6, including unique, animated, talking picture books; read-along chapter books; National Geographic videos; non-fiction books; playlists; and books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features graphic novels – a student favorite.

Value Line – Whether you’re a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can help position you for financial success. Value Line puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets, and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks, to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence.