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This database features award-winning curriculum for young learners ages 2-6. Includes interactive books, educational games, puzzles and other activities. In Library Use Only.

This service offers automotive repair information covering vehicles from 1982 to the present. In Library Use Only.

Start your genealogy search here - includes records from the U.S. Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more! In Library Use Only.

Access provided through the generous support of the Jefferson County Genealogical Society and the Friends of the Northwest Branch Library.

This website features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history.

Book Connections deepens reading for readers by providing homework help, homeschool support, and reader's advisory, along with audiobook performances, video book trailers, and Meet-the-Author movies & recordings through its interface that focuses on enriching everyone’s connections to children’s and young adult books. . Library professionals can also find book promotion, summer reading pages, and more.

Brainfuse VetNow supports veterans and their families with navigating the VA bureaucracy, providing academic tutoring, and employment transition assistance. With carefully scrutinized resources and rigorously screened navigator, Brainfuse ensures veterans get the help they need, when they need it. VetNow is accessible by any computer or mobile device with a web browser.

Use the materials in this center to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet to using popular programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design, and more. Skill level goes beyond basic to advanced.

Consumer Health Complete supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

More than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Empowers learners with digital citizenship skills to navigate today’s virtual landscape. Interactive activities guide students through project-based learning activities using digital tools to create podcasts, multimedia presentations, social media campaigns, and more. Database articles explore cyberbullying, digital research skills, citizen journalism, and more.

This service provides free practice tests for the Missouri written driver's permit exam.

View and download 28,000+ eBooks for children and adults from EBSCO's eBook collection for public libraries.

Search for the full text of a variety of magazines, newspapers, eBooks and other research materials all from one spot. Access is also available through the EBSCOHost app.

Use this specialized search tool to locate materials in EBSCOHost designated for K-5th grade students. Accesses Primary Search (Magazines), the eBook collection for elementary students and Topic Overviews.

Use this specialized search tool to locate materials in EBSCOHost designated for general research projects. Accesses the Nonfiction Book Collections for high school and middle school students; MasterFILE Premier (magazines); Newspaper Source; Science Reference Center; Topic Overviews; eBook Public Library Collection; and Consumer Health Complete.

Use this specialized search tool to locate materials in EBSCOHost designated for 9th-12th grade students. Accesses Academic Search Elite (magazines and journal articles); the Nonfiction Book Collection for high school students; MAS Ultra - School Edition; Newspaper Source; Science Reference Center; Topic Overviews for grades 6-12; eBook collections; Consumer Health Complete; and Middle Search Plus (magazines).

Use this specialized search tool to locate materials in EBSCOHost designated for 6th-8th grade students. Accesses Primary Search (magazines); eBook collections; and Topic Overviews.

Research your family history at this free genealogy site. The Northwest Branch is a designated Family History Center via FamilySearch.org. FamilySearch is also providing a new service that will deliver access to nearly all of their restricted image collections at affiliated Family History Centers such as the Northwest Branch.

The Rosen Financial Literacy database makes economics and personal finance easy to understand and highly engaging. Articles explore macro-, micro-, and global economics as well as personal and household finance. Users will learn to manage credit and debt, save and invest with confidence, plan for college and retirement and avoid fraud and scams

Access current issues of popular magazines to read on your computer, tablet, or phone. iOS or Android app.

NEW! Millions of songs available when you login with your library card account. Download the Freegal app for your iOS or Android device. This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act and the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Gain access to thousands of Missouri legal forms covering areas such as landlord-tenant relations, divorce agreements, business relationships and end-of-life issues. These forms are provided for informational purposes and are not intended to take the place of an attorney's legal advice.

This collection assembles every available US federal census, family genealogies, local histories and more.

Hoopla digital media services allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, phone or TV. With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. There is a limit of five checkouts per month per user.

Hoopla has an app for all your mobile devices - including TV streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire Stick. Help and frequently asked questions are available here.

This Learning Management System & Online Education platform delivers over 13,000 streaming, HD video tutorials in: Business, Computer Software, and Safety Compliance; available 24/7 on any device.

This database provides study materials and practice tests for the ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, TOEFL, ESL and more. Find information on career and professional development as well. For at home users: when prompted, use your library card to create an account and choose Jefferson County Library as your institution.

Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses for ESL learners. Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™ and through specialty mini courses like Pirate, Medical Spanish and Romance. Mango can be accessed at the library; remotely from home, school or business; or on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

Search millions of records on Missouri's past and gain access to thousands of digitized primary source materials.

Consortium of Missouri libraries with access to downloadable eBooks & eAudiobooks. Additional titles for children and teens provided by a generous donation from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation.

Search millions of records on Missouri's past and gain access to thousands of digitized primary source materials.

The Newspaper Index Database (NIDB) indexes names of Jefferson County (Missouri) residents found in local historical newspapers that are microfilmed and housed in the Northwest Branch Special Collection. The index includes names found in articles relating to items of genealogical interest. Births, deaths, marriages, probate, divorce, and other items of importance to the genealogist are included. Please be aware that there are some articles with local names not included, such as political, school-related, and many social events. New entries are added as time allows.

Full text articles from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other American news magazines.

Full text articles from national and international newspapers and selective regional newspapers.

This extensive database provides online access to 5,600+ historical newspapers from nearly 60 locations in the US, plus Canada, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Australia and Panama. Numbering over 200 million pages, the World Collection is a prime resource for genealogy and historical content.

NoveList K-8 Plus is especially for younger readers with reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, for kids in grades K-8. Children's fiction recommendation resource with read-alikes, discussion guides, reading lists, and more.

Discover good books (both fiction and nonfiction), sign up for new book alerts, and build your own reading lists. NoveList Plus can also help you find the reading order of books in a series; find authors, titles or series similar to your favorites; and find book club discussion guides.

Connects people to appropriate occupations with resources like the Career Exploration Tools and O*NET OnLine. For self-directed career exploration, My Next Move is a great starting point. Mi Próximo Paso offers career exploration for Spanish speakers. My Next Move for Veterans supports veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce

Read It! is designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills.

The Resume / Cover Letter Builder will take you step-by-step through the resume and cover letter creation process, providing expert tips and advice along the way. You'll also see successful sample resumes / cover letters that you can use to create your documents. You can also save and customize your resumes / cover letters to use and reuse as needed.

Access content from history, literature and science reference books.

Sorkins is a business and government database that provides detailed company and contact information. Click here for REMOTE ACCESS (Please note: you will need to click on the red LOGIN button located in the upper right corner of the home page to create an account. First time users please look for the link below where it asks for the library card number to register.)


Find information covering the St. Louis metropolitan area including community issues and events, business, education, government, sports, obituaries and more from (1988-present).

Database of multimedia resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K-12 environment. Includes Meet The Author videos, author interviews, book guides and lesson plans, book readings, lists of award-winning children's and young adult books. In Library Use Only.

This award-winning resource provides middle and high school students with up-to-date, nonjudgmental, self-help support. Articles are correlated to state, national and provincial standards. Topics covered include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying and LGBTQ+ information. It has recently been updated to meet the needs of today’s teens and with new content on bullying, suicide, vaping, opioid abuse, gender identity, school safety, sexual harassment, COVID-19 and more.

A collection of animated, talking picture books along with puzzles, quizzes and extra resources.

TumbleBook Library App for Mobile Devices available here:

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US Major Dailies provides access to the The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. The content is available by 8 AM U.S. Eastern time each day and provides archives stretching as far back as 1980.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act and the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.


A centralized, one-stop governmental site to make it easier for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire

With Weiss Financial Ratings, you can:

  • Check the values and ratings of stocks, mutual funds and exchange traded funds

  • Check ratings of banks, credit unions and insurance companies

  • Compare Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans

  • Download financial literacy & planning eBooks (PDF files to keep forever)

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act and the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Search libraries around the world for items that JCL does not carry that can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.