Beginning Monday, April 5, 2021, all Richmond Public Library locations will reopen to the public. Learn more about our Expanded Access and what to expect on your next visit to the library.

Online Resources

Read It Now


Ebooks and more – no waiting, no overdues!


Borrow up to 8 items/month. Music, comics, movies, and books.


Popular and classic ebooks, including Kindle format. Over 39,000 downloadable audiobooks - no holds for most of the audiobook titles. 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.


Online guide to series fiction

Novelist Plus

Find your next good read

Ebsco Ebooks

A large array of ebooks in collections for K-8, high school and a special history collection.

Entertainment Now

Enjoy BBC shows and other television shows with hoopla. Check out your favorites by episode as you work your way through a season; music typically checks out as a full album.

Acorn TV

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

Hoopla movies

Enjoy hoopla's collection of Art House films.

Hoopla Musicals

Check out hoopla's collection of musical soundtracks!

Online Learning

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.

African-American Heritage Quest

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


Creativebug has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

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!

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


JSTOR is a highly selective digital library of academic content in many formats and disciplines.

Learn It Live

Check out a 7-day pass for this premium Health & Wellness channel

Learning Express Library

Test prep and training

Method Test Prep

Prepare for or improve your ACT or SAT test scores


Specially designed for students from NewsBank. You must have a 13-digit or permanent library card with RPL to be able to access this database.

Rocket Languages

15 languages to choose from, including American Sign Language.

Universal Class

Over 500 classes - learn something new today

Transparent Language Online

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

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.


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.


Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

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.

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.

Cricket Media

This unique e-book collection explores a wide range of subjects to help young readers explore and expand their worlds.

RPL Presents

Greater Richmond History Podcast

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

Between the Lines

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

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.

Grants Connection

Source for foundations in Virginia. Access: at Main Library only.