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The library subscribes to some databases individually and also provides to databases made available by KYVL (see below). For a list of ALL databases, go HERE.
The Kentucky Virtual Library (aka KVL) is a consortium of nearly 300 Kentucky libraries and institutions that bring together resources from top information providers. For more information, visit www.kyvl.org
KYVL databases require the user(s) to have a personal and/or classroom library card. Teachers needing an access code for these databases should contact your delivery librarian to receive login information.
Britannica Digital Services
Britannica Academic Edition: Combines Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam-Websters Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, plus magazines and periodicals, an atlas, biographies, e-books, and other tools. Useful for teaching basic research elements and locating primary sources to elementary students and up.
Britannica Escolar Online: For native Spanish Speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish. Includes Primaria for elementary and Secundaria for middle school.
Britannica Moderna: Spanish language reference center for more advanced users (high school and up), featuring articles, images, a dictionary, an atlas, and timelines.
Britannica School: Select elementary, middle or high school to research thousands of curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, editor-recommended websites, and more.
Britannica Fundamentals: For students in kindergarten through second grade
EBSCO: A platform containing 27 databases that can aid student research, teacher reference, and small businesses, to name a few. (Best for middle-school students and up)
Learning Express Library
Learning Express Library: Provides learning activities that track individual progress, so users must register individually.
College Admissions Test Preparation: ACT, SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, AP Exams, TOEFL iBT, IELTS and College Admissions Essay Writing. (Best for middle-school students and up)
NoveList: Electronic readers’ advisory resource that assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles (Provides search options for all ages).
ProQuest Research Databases
Alt-Press Watch: A database that features full-text newspapers and magazines from alternative, independent presses. (Best for middle school and up)
Career & Technical Education Database: A source for vocational information for quick access to research on virtually any technical topic. (Best for high school students)
Teen Book Cloud
TeenBookCloud: An online database of eBooks and educator resources perfect for middle school and high school. TBC offers over 1,000 titles in a variety of formats including: Ebooks, Graphic Novels, classic literature, National Geographic videos and audiobooks. (Middle and High School)
Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints: Covers issues in science, social studies, and current events. Provides research, interactive maps, and infographics on topics like capital punishment, global warming, and immigration. (Best for High School students exploring multiple sides of an issue)
Educational Delivery Services
Regular bi-weekly or monthly book deliveries directly to the classroom. (Daycare/PreK – HS)
KYVL Book Kit Request
Library of Things
The following items may be requested through email/WCPL’s online card catalog for classroom delivery:
- STEAM kits (3-7 years)
- Ukuleles (Elementary and up)
- Puzzles (3-7 years)
- Telescope (Elementary and up)
- Sewing Machine (Elementary and up)
For the complete list of items and kits and, click HERE.
Ask A Children’s Librarian
Get a one-on-one consultation with a WCPL children’s librarian about book recommendations, children’s services, databases, and more by filling out the form or by sending an email to [email protected].
The following activities may be provided to schools and educational organizations upon request:
- Art workshops
- STEM and other hands-on workshops
- Classroom storytimes
- Cafeteria visits
- Creative writing workshops
- Custom visits
For outreach requests, please contact Emily Witthuhn at [email protected].
Book a Field Trip
Fill out the form, and we will help schedule your trip.
Have a group that would like to visit a library location? Need to arrange a special program or tour?
- Please submit your field trip request 2 – 4 weeks in advance of the date requested to give our staff the flexibility to accommodate you!
- Field trips are typically limited to 1 hr. – 1.5 hrs. due to staff availability.
- If there are specific topics you’d like your visit to cover, please include that request in the “Additional Information” field of the form.
Language learning database that provides access to 71 languages including Spanish, German and English as a second language. (Elementary and up)
Provides sections in Health, History, Literature and Science for research. (Best for High School students and up)
Provides access to thousands of movies, television series, music titles, comics, eBooks, and audiobooks. Patrons may borrow up to 10 titles per month. Also available as mobile app. (All ages)
If you would like to register for a full-service library card, please fill out the form on this page or visit any library location. Juveniles (17 & younger) must be registered by a parent or legal guardian.
A staff member will email your WCPL card number once your request has been processed, and then you may place holds on materials through our online catalog.
A WCPL staff member will need to verify your account information before you can borrow materials from the library. This will require you to present your valid government issued ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport, etc.) either in person at any library location or to a staff member delivering items to you via our Door to Door service. See instructions for Door to Door service here.
Database Services Available Without a Library Card
Affordable Colleges Online
Affordable Colleges Online: Free higher education tools for current and future college students and their families. Allows users to search for schools by degree, category and subject. (High School Students and up)
Free Driver Education
GCF LearnFree: Free tutorials on technology topics, Microsoft Office programs, career and job search topics, and basic skills like math and reading. Also available in Spanish. This database is excellent for High School students seeking to learn more about possible careers and begin planning for their future.
Kentucky eTranscipt/Student Portal
Kentucky eTranscipt/Student Portal: Allows users to send their transcripts for free to any participating public and private colleges in Kentucky, the country, and the world. (Excellent service for High School students applying for college)
Tumblebooks For Kids
So much more than books.
Elevate your screen time with our library’s diverse collection of movies and streaming services, via Kanopy and Hoopla. As a library cardholder, you can access a world of entertainment, from Hollywood blockbusters to critically acclaimed documentaries, all at your fingertips.