Online Resources

Read It Now


Ebooks and more – no waiting, no overdues!


Online guide to series fiction


Borrow up to 6 items/month. Music, comics, movies, and over 133,000 audiobooks!

hoopla Magazines BingePass

Digital access to magazines like HGTV, Popular Mechanics, Elle, Inc, Time for Kids and many more. With just one hoopla borrow, you get unlimited access to all magazines for 7 days.


Popular and classic ebooks, including Kindle format, some downloadable audiobooks. Check out up to 25 items at a time.


Over 3000 magazines for all ages. You can browse by collection or click on Subjects to see magazines sorted by age groups and more. Read them with Libby, your one-click library app.

Novelist Plus

Find your next good read

Entertainment Now

Acorn TV

Acorn TV brings world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond courtesy of hoopla.

Curiosity Stream Binge Pass

Binge thousands of documentaries to fulfill your curiosities!

Hoopla movies

Enjoy hoopla's collection of Art House films.

Hoopla Musicals

Check out hoopla's collection of musical soundtracks!

Just for Kids Streaming

A kid-safe, advertisement-free media platform children and parents can freely explore and enjoy.


Incredibly engaging, interactive, and educational content for kids ages 2 to 8

Online Learning

African-American Heritage Quest

Genealogy tools specifically for African Americans. Enter your 13-digit library card number and start discovering today.

Black Freedom Struggle - Pro Quest

ProQuest invites you to explore the new Black Freedom Struggle website free through February, featuring expertly selected open primary source documents.

Black Life in America

The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today.

Brainfuse E-Learning

On demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning. Easy, intuitive and engaging e-learning for all ages and levels.

Document Bank of Virginia

Document Bank of Virginia (DBVa) is the Library of Virginia’s initiative to provide primary sources to teachers and classrooms, supporting state standards. Make history relevant!

Find It Virginia

Find It Virginia is a carefully curated selection of authoritative databases, online learning products, and digital reading content for all ages.

The Great Courses

The Great Courses Library Collection - the world's most engaging professors provide you with an immersive learning experience, covering a wide variety of subjects

The Great Courses Binge Pass

The new hoopla BingePass includes unlimited streaming of The Great Courses Library Collection. Watch as much of The Great Courses as you want for 7 days, using one borrow!

Hispanic Life in America

Comprehensive coverage of the Hispanic American experience from the early 18th century to the present day.


Read the Richmond Times-Dispatch and other US daily newspapers. Database includes RTD archives. You must have a 13-digit or permanent library card with RPL to be able to access this database.

MasterFILE Complete

MasterFILE Complete offers the largest collection of popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers.

Medline Plus

A service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Medline Plus, presents high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted, easy to understand, and free of advertising, in both English and Spanish.

Read It!

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.

Rocket Languages

15 languages to choose from, including American Sign Language.

Transparent Language Online

Over 100 languages and growing, including English for speakers of over 25 languages

Universal Class

Over 500 classes - learn something new today

World Book

The encyclopedia you know well including Early World of Learning, Kids version, and a Spanish-language version. You must have a 13-digit or permanent library card with RPL to be able to access this database.

RPL Presents

Between the Lines

Between the Lines is a podcast for Middle Schoolers all about books!

Greater Richmond History Podcast

Hang out with Richmond Public Library as we chat with Richmond's public historians, local history authors, and preservation activists.

RPL Presents

Check out these storytimes and craft sessions that our library staff have created just for you!

Business Services


Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends, relatives and more. Also in Spanish.

FDO Essential

Trying to search for grants from home? You can access Candid’s ( Foundation Directory Online here. We can also assist you with funding searches directly. Click on our Ask a Librarian tab if you have questions.

Gale Legal Forms

Source for divorce, wills, name change, and other legal forms.

Mergent Archives

Indexed collection of more than a century's worth of global corporate and industry-related documents.

Mergent Intellect

Locate company data and contact info, explore consumer data and demographic groups, or conduct residential searches

Mergent Online

Stock and financial on US and international companies. Access: Enter your Richmond Public Library card number.

Value Line

Investment research tool covering 3500 stocks. Use with your 13-digit library card from home.

Use from RPL Branch

ABC Mouse

Books, games, more for preschoolers. Access: in-library use only.


Billions of genealogical sources. Access: in-library use only.

FDO Professional

Learn about philanthropy in the U.S. and get involved. Access: at Main Library only.


JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.

Grants to Individuals by Candid

Grants to Individuals (GTI) includes profiles of 10,000 grantmakers with details on funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, and grants.