Online resources

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

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U. S. Patent and Trademark Office

Category: Business and entrepreneurship, Government
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Research copyright, patents, and trademarks. Search for U.S. patents, file patents, and check the status of a patent.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Category: Veterans
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Info about VA benefits, health care, education programs, and more for veterans.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Category: Green resources, Science
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Info about the environment, with tips and fun ways you can help protect the environment and your heath. A zip code search lets you find out about conditions in your area.

U.S. Government Data and Statistics

Category: Data and statistics
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Publicly available data and statistics from the U.S. government.

U.S. Newsstream

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

News from many national newspapers and news magazines.

Provided by NC LIVE

Universal Class

Category: Language learning, Online classes
Audience: Adults, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

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Self-paced, instructor-led video classes. Topics include career and office skills, crafts and hobbies, self-help, real estate, and education. Continuing Education Units are offered for many classes.

Help and more info for Universal Class

Provided by NC LIVE

USA.gov

Category: Government
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

A central location for finding info from most U.S. government agencies.

Vital Records (National)

Category: Genealogy, Government
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Info about how to get birth, death, marriage, and divorce records by state.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Category: Government
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Free tax help for low- to moderate-income people who can't prepare their own tax returns. Certified volunteers help prepare basic tax returns. There are appointments at the library from January to April. See our events calendar for the schedule, or find info about other VITA locations.

Wall Street Journal

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

The financial newspaper of record, with in-depth coverage of national and international finance and news. Full text WSJ articles from 1984 to the present, plus an index of articles from 1981 to the present.

Provided by NC LIVE

WorldCat

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

See what titles other libraries around the world own. If you want a book that's not at Durham County Library, you can request it through interlibrary loan, and we'll try to borrow it from another library system for you.

Youth Employment Certificates

Category: Job help
Audience: Adults, Teens
Access: No card required

Links to the form 14-to-17-year-olds need in order to work in North Carolina. Also gives instructions for completing the application.