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Online Resources

Read It Now


Ebooks and more – no waiting, no overdues!


Borrow up to 8 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.

Libby Magazines

Borrow magazines for free from our digital library.


The world's largest digital newsstand with thousands of magazines and newspapers.

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!


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

Hoopla movies

Enjoy hoopla's collection of popular movies.

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.


Explore a world of cinema with Kanopy.

Learning & Research

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 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.

Career Online High School

Earn a high school diploma FREE through your local library.

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!

Ethnic Diversity Source

A research database of primary and secondary sources covering many cultures, traditions, and lived experiences.

Exploring Race in Society

Solutions-oriented points of view on topics related to racism, ethnic diversity, and inclusiveness.

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!

Heritage Hub

Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today.

Hispanic Life in America

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

Learning Express

Find practice tests, powerful skill building exercises, interactive tutorials, helpful e-books and articles, and more, all created by experts to help you achieve your learning and preparation goals.

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 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.

Niche Academy

Niche Academy provides an easy-to-use learning platform & professional training to help mission-driven organizations solve big problems together.

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.

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!

Accel5 Online Learning

Explore a unique business library, featuring videos, book summaries, and articles on professional development, leadership theory, and business best practices. Create an individual account to keep track of your reading materials and progress.


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

Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative

Use these self-paced, online classes to learn how to think like an entrepreneur as you prepare to launch a small business venture or plan a career path. Take your passion into the business world. (ELI is the equivalent of 3 college credits).

Gale Legal Forms

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

JobNow: Job Seeker Assistance Page & Online Learning

Connect with a certified career coach, seven days a week between 2 and 11 pm. Get help with résumé writing, applications, searches, and skill development needs.

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.

Grants to Individuals by Candid

Profiles of 10,000 grantmakers including details on scholarships, fellowships, and grants. Access at Main Library only.


Access to the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accurate nonprofit information. Access at Main Library only.


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


The world's largest electronic database for legal and public-records–related information. Access at Main Library only.