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Online research, learning, and entertainment, all available (and free!) with your Durham County Library card.

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OverDrive / Libby

Audience: Adults, Kids, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Our most popular ebook collection. A wide range of popular titles in various formats, many available for Kindle. If you’re new to ebooks, start here.

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Brainfuse HelpNow

Category: Homework help, Online classes, Test preparation
Audience: Adults, Kids, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Online tutoring for many subjects. Get help with writing assignments, take practice tests, prep for the GED or the U.S. citizenship test, and much more.

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CultureGrams

Category: Homework help
Audience: Adults, Kids, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture. In-depth reports covering 200+ countries, the United States, and Canada.

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eLibrary

Category: Biography, Homework help
Audience: Adults, Kids, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Curated info on common and trending research topics. Geared toward a wide range of users including middle and high school students, college-prep and college-level researchers, and professional educators. Educators can search for resources that correlate to state and national standards, including Common Core State Standards.

Provided by NC LIVE

Energystar.gov

Category: Consumer resources and personal finance, Green resources
Audience: Adults, Kids
Access: No card required

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency site that gives information about going green. Features an excellent Kids section.

Gale in Context: Elementary

Category: Homework help
Audience: Kids
Access: Library card + PIN

Just for elementary students: search for info on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports, and more. Includes easy-to-understand articles from over 100 kids' magazines, newspapers, and reference books.

hoopla

Audience: Adults, Kids, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Thousands of free, popular movies, TV shows, music, and e-audiobooks.

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Image Quest

Category: Art and images
Audience: Adults, Kids, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Find images for homework, reports, flyers, and presentations. The 3 million images come from 45 sources, are cleared for noncommercial, educational use, and are suitable for all ages. Download, print, or email images and pull the citations you need.

Just for Kids Access Video

Audience: Kids
Access: Library card + PIN

Kids' shows for homeschoolers, makerspaces, cord cutters, homework help, and more. Includes favorites like Sesame Street, The Electric Company, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Franklin, and thousands more. This resource can be accessed anywhere, anytime – it’s fully responsive and mobile friendly, plus thoroughly kid safe and advertisement free.

Provided by NC LIVE

Mymoney.gov

Category: Consumer resources and personal finance
Audience: Adults, Kids
Access: No card required

Info about budgeting, investing, financing college, taxes, avoiding scams, and starting a small business. Created by the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, this site presents financial literacy information from different federal agencies.

National Geographic Kids

Category: Homework help, Magazines, newspapers, and journals
Audience: Kids
Access: Library card + PIN

Full issues of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009-present (with a 3 month embargo). You’ll also find hundreds National Geographic Kids books, kid-friendly images and videos, and a section to explore topics such as animals, the environment, places, and more.

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NC Kids Digital Library

Audience: Kids

Ebooks, e-audiobooks, and video for kids!

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NoveList Plus

Category: Books and poetry
Audience: Adults, Kids, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Discover new books with author read-alikes, book discussion guides, reading lists, and more for all genres of fiction and for all ages.

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OverDrive magazines

Category: Magazines, newspapers, and journals
Audience: Adults, Kids, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Free, unlimited access to over 3000 popular magazines.

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Tumble Biblio Enfants

Audience: Kids
Access: Library card + PIN

Cyber-livres pour cyber-enfants.

Tumble Biblioteca

Audience: Kids
Access: Library card + PIN

Libros electrónicos para ciber-niños.

TumbleBooks Library

Audience: Kids
Access: Library card + PIN

Ebooks for kids! Includes puzzles, games, and readalongs.

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