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Databases (Free Stuff For Our Patrons!)


As a service to you, the Lafayette Public Library subscribes to a wide variety of online databases that contain information on a variety of subjects.  Here you will find sites that provide access to online learning, homework help, magazine articles, newspaper articles (including The Daily Advertiser), test-taking practice and tips, career and job-seeking resources, health information, business information, a language-learning tool, automotive repair help, genealogy resources and more.


Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks
Overdrive Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks Libby, By Overdrive - Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks
Downloadable Magazines
Downloadable eBooks for our younger patrons

Magazines, Newspapers, and Databases

Alphabetic Listing of Databases

Ancestry.com Library Edition – Online source of genealogical and historical information, consists of over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases. - Product Tour (pdf)



Book Index With Reviews - Search for various books using a variety of criteria such as grade level, publication date, and number of pages. (EBSCO database)


Britannica e-STAX - Hundreds of full color and black and white non-fiction e-books for ages preschool to 18.


Business Search Complete - A scholarly business database, providing both bibliographic and full text content about various businesses and business topics. (EBSCO database) - Basic Search Guide (pdf) - Advanced Search Guide (pdf)


Chilton LogoChilton Online Auto Repair Manuals - Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Chilton Library’s more popular features include:
• Maintenance and specification tables that provide the unique data you need for each specific vehicle.
• Step-by-step service and repair procedures, and labor estimating tool to help you confidently determine your next move.
• Vacuum diagrams to simplify troubleshooting.
• Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
• Close-up photographs and illustrations for visual support.
• ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams
• A print button which allows you to easily print out what is needed.


CINAHL – (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) The authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. This database provides indexing for more than 3,000 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. The database contains more than 2.3 million records dating back to 1981. - Pocketguide (pdf) - Help Sheet (pdf)


Consumer Health Complete - Health news and reports as well as drug information and alternative health sources. (EBSCO database) - Basic Search Guide (pdf) - Advanced Search Guide (pdf)


Credo Reference - Over 550 reference e-books covering a wide variety of subjects.


Cypress Resume -  the online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in three quick and simple steps.


EBSCOhost - Featuring Academic Search Complete and MasterFile Premiere, provides full text and citations of journal articles and periodicals covering nearly all subjects including general reference, science, business, law, education and health.

Accessing Consumer Reports (and other various EBSCOhost magazines) From Home
Instructions in PDF


EBSCOhost Español - Provides full text and citations of journal articles and periodicals covering nearly all subjects including general reference, science, business, law, education, and health. (Spanish)


EBSCOhost Français - Provides full text and citations of journal articles and periodicals covering nearly all subjects including general reference, science, business, law, education, and health. (French)


Exceptional Lives is an independent non-profit organization that provides free, trustworthy, easy-to-follow information for parents and caregivers of children and young adults with disabilities. They offer Interactive How-To Guides, a Searchable Resource Directory and Personal Support through a Helpline that provides free support by phone or email.


 Explora Quick Search - Reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books in the EBSCO databases. Browse categories organized by popular topic, with overviews that provide a starting point for your research; or use the simple search that quickly delivers relevant results, including primary source documents, news articles, and Associated Press videos. Explora also has specialized research centers for students and teachers:

Flipster - View full digital copies of your favorite magazines! You see the exact same material you get in print.



Gale Virtual Reference Library -  Literary criticism for students and small business resources. Includes Twayne’s Author Series, Scribner Writer Series and a collection of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.


Global Road Warrior - In-depth cultural, business, and travel information on 175 countries.


Heritage Quest Online - Online genealogical database pulling information from a variety of genealogical sources.


 Homework Louisiana offers FREE online tutoring and academic resources from Tutor.com for Louisiana residents. Through a partnership between the State Library of Louisiana and Lafayette Public Library System, live tutors and access to study resources through Homework Louisiana are now available 24/7 from within the public library, from home or from campus.


LEAP and GEE Practice Questions – Provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.


Learning Express Library - A comprehensive interactive learning platform of tests, courses, and career preparation for students and adults.


Legal Forms Library - Legal Forms Library delivers everything your users need to take charge of their legal affairs with confidence. No special skills or extensive knowledge of the law is required because Legal Forms Library offers an easy-to-use, step-by-step approach to addressing complex legal matters.


Literary Reference Center - Literary reference that contains timeline, dictionary, encyclopedia and database access to criticisms. (EBSCO database) - Basic Search Guide (pdf) - Advanced Search Guide (pdf)


Louisiana Jobs and Careers Center - a State Library website to bring together resources for job seekers and those interested in new careers.


Libby, By Overdrive - Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooksLibby, by Overdrive – Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand. It takes just a few taps to find and borrow a title. Libby has a ground-breaking ebook reader and a beautiful audiobook player.


Lynda.com - Learn a new skill Online!


Magazines (Digital) - View or download some of your favorite magazines through RB Digital or Flipster.

 MyHeritage - Access, share, and preserve your family history with this easy-to-use genealogical database. Features over 5 billion historical records and 1.5 billion family tree profiles.

Connect to the Library’s Wi-Fi or log into one of our public computers and register at nytimes.com/register. You can now enjoy unlimited access to The New York Times on any device while visiting the Library! Not coming to the Library? Enjoy 72 hours of full off-site access by going here. You will need to register to activate your subscription.

NewsBank – Database of Louisiana and National newspapers with full text of The Advocate (Baton Rouge) and The Times-Picayune (New Orleans).


Niche Academy is the simpler way to learn online! Do you want to learn how to use our online resources like OverDrive, Lynda.com, TumbleBook Library, and more? Check out Niche Academy’s quick and easy tutorials for straightforward steps and get started.

OverDrive – Free downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks.


Pronunciator – Pronunciator is a fun and easy way to learn any of 80 languages. Register for free and start learning — at your own pace!


US Newsstream - A database of Louisiana and National newspapers, with full text of The Daily Advertiser.


Salud en Español - Spanish version of health news and reports as well as drug information and alternative health sources. (EBSCO database) - Búsqueda guiada (pdf) - Búsqueda básica (pdf)


Sanborn Maps - The Sanborn Map Company played a vital role in the development of fire insurance map making in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Founded by D.A. Sanborn in 1867, the company created hand-made and colored lithograph maps of over 12,000 cities and towns across the United States and set the standard for fire insurance maps of the era. Today, Sanborn Maps provide us with a detailed understanding of the physical makeup of these cities and towns and give us insight into the existing social, political, and economic conditions in specific places and times.


Scribner Writers Series - Essays about authors and literary genres from the Scribner print series


TrueFlix - Online resource that leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century skills through the inquiry process. For 3rd-5th grade.


TumbleBook Library - (available in English, Français, and Español)


TumbleBook Library Español


 TumbleBookCloud Junior provides over 600 titles and reading levels from grades 3-6 for adventurous young readers who wish to go beyond the picture book collection in TumbleBookLibrary! TumbleBookCloud Junior contains early reader chapter books, children’s classics, graphic novels, children’s audiobooks, and new National Geographic videos – many of which are paired with our e-books – a perfect complement to support Common Core Curriculum!



TeenBookCloud is our middle school AND high school collection which contains over 600 titles! This collection contains a vast array of YA/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, YA/Teen audiobooks, our very popular graphic novels, and world-class educational videos from National Geographic.



Twayne’s Authors Series - Full-text titles from the Twayne Literary Masters series, Twayne World, US, and English Authors


Value Line – Financial online database.  (in-library use only)
*Please Note: Until the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis passes, Value Line has extended remote access to all library subscribers. Click here to gain remote access to Value Line.