We pay for these great resources so you don't have to. You can access all of these databases in the library, and most can be accessed from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a library card! Scroll down to read about each resource, and learn how to find the information you're looking for.
Think of OverDrive as a "virtual branch" of the library, providing you unparalleled access to eBooks and audiobooks from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a library card and a supported device! To begin, click here.
Credo Reference is a comprehensive resource for quick facts. This database includes biographical dictionaries, encyclopedias, books of quotations and much more. Like Wikipedia but with reliable, accurate information.
Looking for something? Find it Virginia probably has it. You can find magazine and newspaper articles, encyclopedias and other reference works, TV and radio transcripts, company information and investment reports, health and wellness information, and homework help, plus photos, charts, maps, diagrams, and illustrations.
Reference USA is a database listing over 14 million Businesses, 210 million residential listings, and 855,000 physician and dentists. Look up a college roommate, find a medical office or get information about a business. Updated monthly, so you won't get stuck with out-of-date listings.
Health and Wellness
Salem Health brings online access to Salem Press’ award-winning health reference works. The first reference set included is Salem Press’ best-selling Magill’s Medical Guide. In its printed form, the current edition of the Guide is five volumes and 3,500 pages. Our collection also includes access to Salem Health's titles on cancer, psychology, mental health, genetics and inherited diseases.
Senior Navigator is a one-stop online resources for senior citizens in Virginia. This award-winning program combines the Internet with a network of volunteers to bring over 21,000 health and aging resources - both public and private - to seniors, their families and caregivers.
History and Genealogy
Ancestry provides coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as records from Canada and other areas. Read more about Ancestry Library Edition.
ANCESTRY IS AVAILABLE FOR IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY .
Footnote is now fold3! Keeping its focus on bringing together original historical documents and social networking, fold3 promises a greater emphasis on military records. Read more about the changes here.
FOLD3 IS AVAILABLE FOR IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY.
HeritageQuest is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. You can use HeritageQuest Online to find your ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled. Read more about Heritage Quest
Access a robust set of reference works via Salem History, including The Encyclopedia of American Immigration, Great Lives from History, Milestone Documents from American History, and the Decades series, which outlines important events and people from the 40s through the 90s.
The Morningstar Investment Research Center offers professional evaluations of stocks and mutual funds, as well as a fully array of investment tools.
Prices 4 Antiques’ records are routinely used to learn what was paid for a specific item listed in the database, to estimate the value of similar items for sale, purchase, or insurance purposes and to support values in a formal appraisal or in a family division of property.
With approximately 1,300 categories and related types, the P4A Antiques database is used by many professional personal property appraisers and is a favored resource at most major auction houses, including Christie’s in New York, while many museums, public libraries and government agencies like the Internal Revenue Service also subscribe.
Language and Literature
Mango Languages is a one-stop language learning resource. Study and learn over twenty foreign languages with both basic and complete courses. Learn phrases for your next trip abroad, or study for fluency all from any computer with internet access. Use your library barcode for access.
Looking for something to read? Use NoveList to find book reviews, plot summaries and get book recommendations based on your favorite books or authors. Use your library card number to log in from home.
Access Critical Surveys of Long Fiction via Salem Literature, and find in-depth coverage of the authors most often assigned in high school and college classrooms.
TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of TumbleBooks, animated, talking picture books, suited for elementary school children. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books, adding sound, animation, music and narration to create an electronic picture book.
The TumbleBookLibrary program is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Library of Virginia.
Starting a new career? Need to study for a test? Don't check out a book - Log on. Learning Express Library has everything you need. You can learn career skills, study for a GED and prepare for the SAT, ACT or High School Advanced Placement Tests. You can also improve your reading, math, foreign language and writing skills. Sign up below for an account.