World-class electronic resources are available to the citizens of Alabama from home or their local public library.
With the closure of many libraries around the state due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, APLS is working with its vendors to provide Alabamians temporary access to several different online resources to use in this time of need. The following is a list of resources available during this crisis:



Ancestry Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data,

vital records, directories, photos, and more.

 September 30, 2021


Biblioboard instant access to library ebooks via web and mobile channels,


 LibGuides with regularly-updated information to help libraries and patrons.

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PreK-12 literacy connections, TeachingBooks is happy to give you unlimited access

to our brand new Book & Reading Engagement Kit: Home Edition.




Alabama Virtual Library provides access to a variety of library and information resources. Users can select resources by category – grade level (elementary, middle, or high school), college & university, or adult resources – or from a general list. Resources include various consumer and research databases, e-books, and online encyclopedias. Alabama Virtual Library is available remotely to all Alabamians.

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is a web-based genealogy tool that allows patrons to explore their own family histories through a vast selection of data, including U.S. federal and state census data; vital records such as birth, marriage, death, military, Social Security deaths; and immigration lists. Ancestry Library Edition is only available to patrons on-site at Alabama public libraries.
Britannica Library is one of many electronic encyclopedias available to residents through Alabama Virtual Library. Britannica Library is an award-winning resource for children and adults and is organized by level – children, young adults, and a reference center suitable for adult users. Britannica Library is available remotely to all Alabamians. 
Chilton Library provides access to repair, maintenance, and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans, and SUVS on the road today. This continually updated resource includes step-by-step repair procedures, troubleshooting guides, diagnostic trouble codes, photos, illustrations, diagrams, videos, and animations to simplify even the most complicated tasks. Chilton Library is available remotely to all Alabamians.
The Encyclopedia of Alabama is a free, online reference resource on Alabama history, culture, geography, and natural environment. Recognized nationally for its excellent content, it was named a “Best of Free Reference” by the Library Journal, regularly featured in Family Tree Magazine’s annual listings of best sites, and was awarded the Alabama Historical Association’s inaugural Digital History Award.  Encyclopedia of Alabama is available remotely to all Alabamians
Health InfoNet of Alabama has quality-screened health resources and information about local health services to help consumers find only the information they need. Search for services by area, county, and city or by health topic.                 provides free homework tutoring and test prep materials in over 40 subjects, including math, science, social studies, and language arts. Tutors are available seven days a week from 3PM to 10PM. Also includes Princeton Review’s SAT/ACT Essentials and live online career coaching seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Homework Alabama is available remotely to all Alabamians.
Learning Express is an online learning platform that offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, and e-books covering all grade levels and subjects. It has resources for K-12 and college students to help improve math, reading, science, logic, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and public speaking skills. There are preparation guides for applying to colleges, taking standardized tests like the GED, SAT, and ACT. It also has resources to help adults find jobs, improve work-related skills, and learn more about and prepare for various occupations. Learning Express is available remotely to all Alabamians.
The famous Merck Manuals are now available online as part of Merck’s Global Medical Knowledge 2020 initiative. The Merck Manuals are a leading medical reference resource with both a professional and consumer version.
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