We have tools and resources to learn new skills or get information you need. They’re all free with your library card.
Get homework help, start a DIY project, discover a new hobby - find what you need here.
Research Tools A-Z
Access World News
Newspapers and other news sources from Ohio, the U.S. and around the world.
African American Heritage
Comprehensive mix of resources, records and tools geared to African American genealogy.
African-American History Online
Explore African-American history and culture through images, biographies, primary sources, maps, graphs and timelines.
America's Obituaries and Death Notices
A large collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices from around the country.
American & English Literature Collection
Full-text digital versions of works in American and English literature, including poetry, drama and prose.
Ancestry Library Edition
One of the largest collections of genealogical databases. NOW AVAILABLE REMOTELY
AtoZ World Culture
Find information on world history, cultures, languages, foods, religions, and much more.
Biography in Context
Biography in Context contains more than 600,000 biographies covering newsmakers and historical figures.
Biography Reference Bank
Tens of thousands of biographies and obituaries. Includes photographs..
Scholastic BookFlix pairs video storybooks with nonfiction eBooks. We recommend using Chrome or Firefox.
Business Reference Library
Virtual reference library of eBooks on business topics such as market research, business plans and industries.
Business Source Premier
Company and industry profiles, market research and full text articles.
Central Ohio Buildings
An index to articles, books and visuals about historic Columbus buildings.
Find digital auto repair manuals for thousands of vehicle makes and models.
Columbus Dispatch Digital
Get full-text coverage of the Columbus Dispatch from 1871 to the present.
Columbus News Index
An index of news articles of local interest from 1960-1997 and obituaries from 1931-1997.
Columbus News Index - Obituary Search
An index to obituaries from central Ohio news publications, 1932-1997.
Consumer Health Complete
Fact sheets, images and full text articles on all areas of health and wellness.
Ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.
Free video workshops and classes taught by experts on painting, sewing, knitting and more for all skill levels.
Get information on U.S. States and countries of the world - history, customs, recipes, maps and more.
DearReader Online Book Clubs
Read the latest books in your email with our Online Book Clubs.
DemographicsNow - Business & People
Research consumer market data, demographic data and marketing segmentation data, as well as residential and business records.
Digital Public Library of America
Millions of primary source images, text and videos from across the United States.
Access over 35,000 non-fiction eBooks.
EBSCOhost - Articles
Full-text articles or abstracts from thousands of magazines, newspapers and journals.
Encyclopedia of Associations
Directory of associations, societies and nonprofit membership organizations in the US.
Explora for Primary Students
Student research tool for grades K through 5.
Explora for Public Libraries
Find articles, essays and primary source documents on a variety of popular topics with easy-to-browse categories.
Explora for Secondary Students
Student research tool for grades 6 through 12.
Discover your family’s past through millions of military and genealogical records.
Full Text eJournal List
Locate which online resource contains the full-text publication you need.
Health and Medical Databases
Full-text articles or abstracts from a variety of medical journals and health publications.
Access more than 7.5 million pages of genealogical resources.
History in Context - U.S.
Reference and multimedia content, plus primary sources, about key events and people in U.S. history.
History in Context - World
Reference and multimedia content, plus primary sources, about world history.
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
Offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas for virtually every hobby enthusiast.
Home Improvement Reference Center
Provides detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.
Borrow free digital video, music, and audiobooks with your library card.
Provides age-appropriate content on topics including animals, arts, geography, social studies, technology and more.
Literary Reference Center
Information on thousands of authors and their works including plot summaries, criticisms, author biographies and much more.
Discover and research thousands of literary works, movements, authors and literature criticism essays.
Literature Reference Library
Virtual reference library of eBooks on novels, poetry, drama and other types of literature for students.
More than 150,000 full-text poems, stories, plays, speeches and essays.
Lynda.com from LinkedIn
Access thousands of online courses from experts on such topics as business, web, job searching, photography and more.
Self-directed language instruction for 71 languages.
Historical business documents from Moody’s and Mergent manuals as far back as 1909.
Complete company and industry profiles for thousands of U.S. and international businesses.
Mergent Key Business Ratios
Dun & Bradstreet industry norms and business ratios for financial projections and analysis.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
A tool for financial information, portfolio analysis, and financial news.
NoveList Plus Guide to Fiction and Nonfiction
A comprehensive online readers' advisory tool.
Nuwav Legal Documents
Solve common legal problems with this comprehensive library of legal documents, forms and letters.
OCLC WorldCat FirstSearch
Database containing over 400 million records of library holdings worldwide.
Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry
View the works of nearly 1,000 artists from Ohio and around the country.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Information “for” and “against” a wide variety of social issues.
Oxford English Dictionary
Meaning and history of hundreds of thousands of words from the English language.
Oxford Research Encyclopedias
Comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on a range of topics.
Points of View Reference Center
Essays from newspapers and magazines, transcripts and other resources that present multiple sides of an issue.
Price It! Antiques & Collectibles
The most comprehensive art and antiques pricing tool in the world.
Access millions of U.S. residential and business phone numbers and addresses.
Researching House History in Columbus
Get the tools you need to learn your home's history.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
A searchable interface for locating historical maps of Ohio towns and cities.
Science Reference Center
Full-text articles from science magazines, journals and reference books, with a vast collection of images.
Small Business Builder
Gale Small Business Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit.
Small Business Reference Center
Offers tools to address many small business topics, including books, videos and help with business plans.
Testing & Education Reference Center
Information on colleges, technical schools, entrance exams, career certifications and more for students and job seekers.
ThisWeek Community Newspapers
Find articles, 2002 to present, from suburban Columbus newspapers.
Transparent Language Online
Language-learning platform offering instruction on over 100 different languages.
Improve reading and build knowledge with this multimedia resource.
Animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.
Full text access to key national and regional newspapers, such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune.
Value Line Research Center
Investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies, including expert analysis, performance ratings and historical data.
Very Short Introductions
Discover a new topic or subject with these introductions written by authors who are experts in their field.
World Book Advanced
Includes encyclopedia, multimedia, eBook and primary source databases via a single search.
World Book Early World of Learning
Contains three learning environments for young learners in early elementary grades.
World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
Thousands of articles, illustrations and maps for Spanish-speaking students.
World Book Hispánica Saber
Articles, images and maps, videos and more for native Spanish speakers.
World Book Kids
Thousands of articles, images and illustrations, teacher resources and more.
World Book Student
Articles of the World Book Encyclopedia, a Biography Center, dictionary, atlas and much more.