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Each of our library locations provides staff to assist you with your information needs. You can contact your local library by phone or in person. If you prefer, you can also submit a question via our online form, though please call us if it’s an urgent request. Our staff will be glad to help you find books and resources that fit your needs.
We can also point you in the direction of some reliable online resources. See the links below to get started using our library databases or to find authoritative websites that might be of help.
Need homework help or some reliable information for your paper that’s due tomorrow? Be sure to check out our Literati Reference database for credible, authoritative resources. (Valid library card number required.)
For our genealogists out there! You can have free access to our library subscription when you visit any ACL location. Discover long lost relatives, look at original documents, and find out more about your family.
Find it Virginia is a collection of databases that provide free 24/7 access to resources such as newspapers, magazine and journal articles, and books such as encyclopedias. Materials are available for all age ranges and interests.
A project of the Library of Congress, the American Memory site is a digital archive of “written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience”.
The Nation’s Record Keeper has many online collections that highlight written and photographic documents that illustrate our country’s history.
The DPLA is a portal that “brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.”
For in depth examination of our country’s population, there is no better source for demographics than the US Census and the American Factfinder.
Reputable health information from PubMed. Learn about a diagnosis, symptoms, and treatments.
What’s going on in Congress? Track bills and see what your representatives are up to.
- Better Business Bureau
- Edmunds Car Buying Guide
- Google Art Project
- Internet Movie Database
- Legal Research Sites compiled by George Mason University
- Personal Finance: 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
- Virginia Memory Project
- Virginia Senior Navigator