Online Library

All of these databases, except for ABCmouse, are available anytime, anywhere. Read a story with your child with Tumblebooks or look at the latest stock info ValueLine.  Find company information with Mergent or ReferenceUSA. Learn a language with Pronunciator or complete your research with Find It Virginia!  So much more to help you learn, play, and live.   Your library card is your key to online resources provided by Richmond Public Library.


ABCmouse is a fun online learning tool for preschoolers with thousands of interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities. Access: in-library use only.

African American Heritage Quest

This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. Access: in-library use only.

America’s News 

Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Also provides indexed access to some video and web-based news sources.   Access:  Enter your Richmond Public Library card number.

Ancestry Library

Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more from countries all over the world. Access: in-library use only.


Looking for access to more ebooks?  Biblioboard offers access to Indie Virginia, independently published books by Virginia authors.  If you are eager to publish your own work, SELF-e is the tool for you. Access: Click on the link on this page.

Find it Virginia 

The Find It Virginia collection of databases offers a one-stop source for newspaper and periodical articles on a wide range of topics, as well as resources specifically tailored to help Elementary, Middle, and High School students with research assignments. Access: Click on the link on this page.

Foundation Directory

Comprehensive information for grant seekers on over 120,000 foundations and corporate donors.  Updated weekly.  Access: at Main Library only.

Grants Connection

Profiles on nearly 1,000 private, corporate, and community foundations in Virginia. Access: at Main Library only.

hoopla is a digital media service that allows you to borrow each month up to 4* movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. 600,000 titles for all ages to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla – your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere. Access: first-time users must click “Get Started” to create an account; you may be asked to enter your library card number and PIN.  Returning users – login with your user name and password.    

*In this season of thanksgiving, we thank you for being our patrons.  We’ve increased the borrow limit to 8 items per month through December 2017.

LearningExpress Library 3.0 
Online courses and practice tests for Civil Service, ASVAB, GED, SAT, GRE, TOEFL, MCAT, LSAT, Real Estate, Nursing, Language, Post Office, Cosmetology, U.S. Citizenship exams and more!  This resource also offers online courses for popular computer programs such as Word, Excel, and Photoshop.  Access: first-time users must click “Register” to create an account; you may be asked to enter your library card number.  Returning users login with your user name and password.    

Legal Forms Library
Easy to use, customizable legal forms for Divorce, Landlord-Tenant, Living Wills, Name Change, Power of Attorney, Last Will and Testament and many more, available from any internet-connected computer.  Access:  Enter your Richmond Public Library card number.

Literati Public 
Combining information from full-text online reference books, magazine and newspaper articles, and links to relevant web resources, Literati is a great place to start research on any topic.  Literati also provides online Homework Help Monday – Thursday 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

MergentMergent Online logo
Check your stocks, or your hunches, in this very accurate and timely database. Full financial information offered on international and U.S. companies. Profiles, fact sheets and reports included along with U.S. earnings and insider trades.
Access: Enter your Richmond Public Library card number.

Mergent Archives logoMergent Archives

Contains hundreds of thousands of reports covering over 100 countries and industries. Mergent Archives uses a reliable and easy to navigate system designed to meet your historical research needs. Click on the “Search Mergent Archives” button to begin your search. Access: Enter your Richmond Public Library card number.

Mergent Intellect logoMergent Intellect

Offers a unique opportunity to access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, demographic information, and the ability to access industry profiles. Access: Click on the link on this page.

NoveList Plus 

Literature database spotlights biographies, book titles, subject headings and read-a-likes for current as well as past authors. Searching for a favorite author or title is limited only by imagination. Two levels are offered here: Kindergarten through eighth grade, High School through Adult.  Access: Click on the link on this page.

Overdrive (downloadable ebooks and audiobooks)

Overdrive offers ebooks and audiobooks – easy to read online or download to your device with their new app, Libby.  Kindle formats available for many of the 4000+ titles for adult, teens, and kids.  Access: create an account with  your library card number.

Pronunciator – expired 10/31/17 – see Transparent Language Online for continued language learning options!

RBDigital eAudiobooks and eBooks (formerly OneClick Digital)
RBDigital is an e-audiobook service available courtesy of the Library of Virginia with nearly 1,000 new audiobook titles and a great selection of classic e-book titles. Access: first-time users must click “Register” to create an account; you will be asked to enter your library card number.  Returning users login with your user name and password.  

RB Digital Magazines (formerly Zinio)
Full digital copies of popular magazines to read on your computer or mobile device!  Their new RBDigital app makes it easy to checkout a magazine and read anywhere.  Access: Use your Richmond Public Library card number to create an account. 

Reference USA
Comprehensive database allows you to check residential, business and medical listings across the country by name, address, telephone number or business code.  Everything you need to know about your neighbor, your grocery store, or your dentist. Business includes comprehensive company profiles.  Access: Enter your Richmond Public Library card number.

Richmond Times-Dispatch  (8/19/1985 – present)

Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of Richmond Times-Dispatch. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements and other sections.  Access: Enter your Richmond Public Library card number.

Transparent Language Online – The most comprehensive, effective, and engaging way to learn over 120 languages, including English for Speakers of Other Languages.  Access:  Create a free account to login and track your progress.

TumbleBook Library

An online collection of TumbleBooks: animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.   Titles can be read on your screen; they are not available to download to a device.  Access: Just click on the link and start reading!

TumbleBookCloud for Teens

Graphic novels and ebooks specially selected for teens and middleschoolers.  This collection also includes ebooks and videos from National Geographic.  Titles can be read on your screen; they are not available to download to a device.  Access: Just click on the link and start reading!

Universal Class

With real instructors guiding the learning, engaging video-based lessons, a collaborative learning environment, certificates of achievement and Continuing Education Units available for selected courses, Universal Class provides an engaging and measurable learning experience that helps you master and document your educational goals.  Universal Class offers courses in Exercise and Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Music, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Care…plus hundreds more!   Access: use your library card to create an account.  Please note that an email address is required.

Value Line

A powerful investment research tool covering 3,500 stocks.  This resource provides online access to the Value Line Investment Survey, including small and mid-cap companies.  Access: in-library use only.

World Book Web
    World Book Online

Your favorite encyclopedia is online – see the Student Version.  But the online version is so much more!  Early World of Learning is for preschoolers and will read out loud to you; the Kids version is for younger elementary students; and then there’s the Spanish language version, Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.  What do you want to know today?! Access: Click on the link on this page.


Databases provided by Richmond Public Library are intended for personal, non-commercial use only.