ABCmouse.com is a comprehensive early learning site for children ages 2 – 7+, covering reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music. It features over 5,000 learning activities, including online books, interactive learning activities, games, puzzles, songs, art activities, and more.
The world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary, full-text database designed specifically for academic institutions. This scholarly collection provides full-text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, etc. and currently counting 3,834 full-text scholarly publications.
Focusing predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina this resource presents multiple aspects of the African American community through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records, reports and in-depth oral histories, revealing the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity.
Drawing on myriad sources and assembled with the guidance of leading librarians, this database gives voice to the African American experience from its African origins to the present day. This vast and accessible database covers history, biographies, literature, arts, music, popular culture, folklore, business, slavery, the struggle for civil rights, politics, sports, education, science, and other themes.
Car and truck repair and maintenance information for makes and models from 1982 to the present, plus technical service bulletins and more. Find all the supporting information you need to fix automobiles and run a shop. Perfect for the knowledgeable amateur or professional mechanic.
The American Indian Experience: The American Mosaic is an online collection featuring reference content, hundreds of primary documents, and thousands of images. From precontact to the colonial era into the 21st century, and from the Inuit of Alaska to the Seminole of Florida, The American Indian Experience is an indispensable electronic research and learning resource.
Unlock your family’s story with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, and maps.
Offers full text plus abstracts and indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications—now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism.
AskArt covers American artists providing biography, images, citations, museums owning their work and galleries representing the artist's work.
A comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture since 1934, covering the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation and interior design and decoration.
Beanstack is a personalized service designed for young readers up to 12 years of age. It features tools to help families, educators, and children themselves discover books in our collection, programs at our library, and activities that encourage lifelong reading.
Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government, a service of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government, which issues the publications and information products disseminated by the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program.
Brainfuse HelpNow provides free online homework help and one-on-one tutors for grades K-12 and adult learners. Live tutors are available every day from 2pm-11pm. Video content and other resources are also available 24 hours a day. Receive personalized assistance in core subjects, including: math, reading, writing, science, social studies).
This resource offers three separate sites for children, young adults, and older patrons. With Britannica Library, it's easy to conduct research, complete school assignments, work on special projects, or explore unique interests.
Access all of Candid’s live and on-demand training, webinars, and other resources designed to improve your nonprofit organization’s fundraising, overall sustainability, grantmaking, and transparency.
The 1904 World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition) marked the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, a monumental event in U.S. history. Fair organizers set out to celebrate that event and create their own monumental event. It seemed appropriate to set the Fair in St. Louis Missouri, at that time the fourth largest city in the country and part of the land covered by the Treaty.
Data.census.gov, opens a new window is a new platform to access data and digital content from the U.S. Census Bureau. Data previously released on American Fact Finder can now be found here.
December 9, 2012, marked the grand reopening of Central Library in downtown St. Louis after an extensive two-year renovation. Take a tour back in time and learn about Central Library's rich history that encompasses over 100 years.
ChiltonLibrary supplies a solution for the “do-it-yourselfer” that is easy to use no matter the skill level. Repair, maintenance and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks from 1940 onward.
Consumer Health Complete contains health and wellness information from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine. It includes electronic searchable versions of many popular print titles such as the AMA Complete Medical Encyclopedia and the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book.
Consumer Reports provides complete access to product ratings, reviews, and recommendations from the Consumer Reports Magazine and Buying Guides. Full text articles are available from January 1991-present.
Creativebug provides access to 1,000+ video classes on arts and crafts techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screenprint, bake, and more!
This online exhibit will give you a “taste” of what is available in The Culinary Collection of St. Louis Public Library. View a variety of cookbooks, recipes, and menus documenting the culinary history of St. Louis.
DemographicsNow provides access to highly detailed U.S. demographic, business, and residential data. It is ideal for gaining consumer and market insight, researching competitors, targeting your market, choosing a business location, analyzing your market size, profiling current and potential customers, uncovering consumer buying patterns, creating custom reports, and much more!
Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online includes biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.
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Discover tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed. Topics include intro to email, internet privacy, applying for jobs, and more!
Travel back in time with this historical collection of fire insurance maps. You'll find more than 1,400 detailed Sanborn insurance maps of 376 Missouri towns and cities. Covers the years 1867-1970.
With a collection of over 33,000 titles chosen specifically for public libraries, this general reference collection features fiction titles for both adults and juveniles, as well as best-selling and highly-recommended titles from industry leading publishers. The collection includes substantial offerings in Self-Help, Health & Fitness, Games, Crafts & Hobbies, Medical, Cooking and Religion. This collection also features titles on Recreation and Leisure, Geography, Commerce, Finance, The Family, Marriage, Women, Folklore, Social and Public Welfare, and Home Economics.
ERIC®, the Educational Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index.
Whether you're looking for consumer, health, news or employment information, Explora serves as a simple, yet powerful access point for all of our EBSCO databases.
Find more than 2100 full-text scholarly journals and over 1,700 peer-reviewed, full-text journals. The collection focuses on education by providing full text for over 500 high-quality education journals. Explora provides access to lesson plans, students' tools, curriculum standards, and links to sites valuable for teachers.
Discover all of our EBSCO databases for teens through Explora. This simple, yet powerful interface supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.
Discover all of our EBSCO databases for kids in one spot! Explora provides a single search box with easy-to-browse categories, making it easier to discover rich, reliable content that supports student research and classroom instruction.
Discover all of our EBSCO databases for teens through Explora. This simple, yet powerful interface supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.
FamilySearch maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. FamilySearch gathers, preserves, and shares genealogical records worldwide. Using the website in the Library allows access to many digital images that cannot be viewed at home.
Current and past federal tax forms and documents
Fold3 provides convenient access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Original records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. Includes special archives collections: African American, American Revolution, Native American, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Case File, and World War II. Fold3’s social networking aspect allows you to combine original historical documents and records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.
Foundation Directory Professional is Candid’s searchable database of foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S. that may provide financial support for nonprofit organizations and their programs.
We invite nonprofit grantseekers to visit the Grants & Foundation Center at Central Library to search for potential grant funding, and the Library’s Grants & Foundation Center staff continues to provide “concierge” nonprofit grant searches of Foundation Directory Professional (begun during COVID shutdown) for customers who submit this Google Form.
For students and adults alike, the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia database indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics.
A step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. The program’s intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration in order to develop a business plan focused on long-term success.
Interactive, instructor-led online courses covering a wide range of topics. Free for cardholders. New six week courses start on the second Wednesday of every month.
- Please read the syllabus and course requirements carefully prior to enrolling, as SLPL cannot drop or transfer you from a course.
- If you don't visit the week 2 class of a course within 13 days of the start of the course, you are automatically dropped from the course. There is no penalty for dropped courses. You can enroll for the same course again in the next six-week session.
- You are allowed one, 10-day extension after the final exam due date to finish your course. SLPL cannot provide additional extensions.
Biographies of more than half a million people from all periods of history and from every geographical region. Search for a specific person by name or use the Person Search to create lists of people based on nationality, ethnicity, occupation, gender or date of birth or death. Recommended for grades six and up.
Gale In Context: Science covers the latest scientific developments with millions of full-text articles, images, videos, and audio files that include national and global publications as well as 200+ experiments, projects, and top reference content. Topics covered include astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth, and environmental sciences, health and medicine, math, and physics.
Provides a complete overview of the United States' past that covers the most-studied events, decades, conflicts, wars, political and cultural movements, and people. Explore coverage on topics ranging from the arrival of the Vikings in North America to the American Revolution, Civil Rights movement, 9/11, and the War on Terror.
Provides an overview of world history, from ancient times to today's headlines. Covering the most-studied events, periods, cultures, civilizations, religions, conflicts, wars, ideologies, cultural movements, and people.
Users can create accurate, reliable legal documents with no hassle or stress with Gale LegalForms, complete with Law Digest module.
This dynamic platform searches all of Gale’s literature products. Included databases are: Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center, Something About the Author, and Gale’s Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Explore more than 300 topics, including more than 6,000 lessons and 2,000 videos on a variety of essential skills needed to live and work in the 21st century. Topics include Computer Basics, Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint, social media, Google Suite, Email Basics, and more.
The Government Publishing Office provides this system as a way to browse, search and access government publications, including Congressional bills, Congressional hearings, the Federal Code, and much more.
First seen as a “cultural finishing school” for privileged young British gentlemen, The Grand Tour of the 19th century included several months of European travel between the end of formal schooling and adulthood.
Candid’s searchable database can be used to find detailed information on more than 10,000 foundations that give grants or scholarships to individuals. The application also provides direct access to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for individuals not associated with a nonprofit right on its homepage.
Search GuideStar for the most complete, up-to-date nonprofit data available.
Search thousands of family and local history books and the complete US Federal Census from 1790 to 1930. Census records can be searched by name, place of birth, age, ethnicity, and more. HeritageQuest Online also includes Revolutionary War records and the Freedman's Bank.
Access to issues of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1874-2003).
The Home Repair Network (HRN)—a coalition of home repair service providers in St. Louis City and County who came together during the pandemic and quickly recognized the urgent need to improve the home repair system for the St. Louis region.
• Available to residents/property owners of the City of St. Louis.
Hoopla offers eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, television shows, and music albums to stream or download onto your device. There are materials available for all ages! Selecting the 'Kids Mode' will limit results to children's content only. All items are available for immediate check out. There are no hold lists, which means no waiting for your favorite materials! With your library card you receive ten Hoopla borrows per month.
The Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) are the codified statutes of the State of Illinois. There are 67 chapter arranged into 9 major topic areas, and the Illinois Legislative Reference Bureau makes any additions, deletions and/or changes to the ILCS when new acts become law or existing acts are repealed. The ILCS are searchable by Number or Keyword.
Current and past Illinois tax forms and documents
JSTOR includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.
Comprehensive, informative, and easy to use, The Latino American Experience: The American Mosaic is the first-ever database dedicated to the history and culture of Latinos—the largest, fastest-growing minority group in the United States.
LearningExpress Library’s unique, self-guided, interactive, online learning platform provides users with a comprehensive selection of academic and career-oriented resources. More than a database, it offers tools needed to conduct successful job searches, resume and cover letter builders and educational test preparation materials (HiSET, ACT, SAT), plus much more, all on one platform.
Libby is the official app for OverDrive. Through Libby, you can access eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines. Check out up to 20 titles for seven or fourteen days, and place up to 30 holds at a time.
Reflecting the latest trends in a rapidly evolving field, this database indexes English and foreign language periodicals, selected state journals, conference proceedings, pamphlets, and library school theses, plus over three hundred books per year. This resource delivers full-text articles from over a hundred select publications. Indexing begins in 1984 and full-text articles begin in 1994.
Explore over 16,000 online video courses to learn the latest software, creativity and business skills. View short tutorials or comprehensive courses on hundreds of topics taught by expert instructors.
To access the LinkedIn Learning app on your smartphone or tablet, download the app here (Apple and Google Play), then enter our Library ID. The Library ID is stlouispubliclibrary. It is case-sensitive, use all lowercase letters.
This current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database is uniquely relevant to today’s researcher. Its rich critical, biographical and contextual content supports interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy and the development of critical-thinking skills.
Access to over 60 foreign-language courses and 17 English courses taught in the native language of the user. Each Mango lesson incorporates the four key conversational components crucial for successful communication: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.
The St. Louis Public Library presents "Maps of Missouri" illustrating the many ways maps convey times, places, and events. Approximately 100 maps of Missouri cities, towns, counties and the state are included in the exhibit.
This comprehensive database, designed specifically for high school libraries, contains full text for more than 700 popular high school magazines.
Full text for nearly 2,050 general reference publications with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest.
MEDLINE® provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.
Metro operates bus and light rail service in the St. Louis, Missouri, metropolitan area. Links for maps, schedules, and a trip finder can be found here.
Middle Search® Plus contains full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
This database compiled by the Missouri State Archives offers access to over 2.5 million digitized death certificates of persons who died in Missouri. Currently, the database covers images of certificates issued from 1910 to 1970. This span reflects the time period from 1910 when the keeping of death records in Missouri became mandatory by law, to the most recent year opened to public access. The Index is updated annually to include another year's worth of records. A smaller database of pre-1910 birth and death records from areas of Missouri where such records were kept is also included.
Free Missouri Driver Permit practice tests for automobiles and motorcycles.
Browse the current and archived editions of the Missouri Code of State Regulations.
The Missouri Remembers portal documents visual artists who were active in Missouri through 1951. Use this resource to learn about the artists, exhibitions, and institutions that have defined the state's artistic culture. New Missouri artists are being added to this resource regularly, so please visit again.
This is the unofficial, electronic version of the Missouri Revised Statutes, searchable by words or section.
Print volumes of the Missouri Statutes are available in several St. Louis law libraries, including the St. Louis University Law Library. Please ask our staff if you would like assistance in locating a print volume.
Current and past Missouri tax forms and documents
Search over thirty thousand stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs to determine where to invest your money. Identify stocks and funds that meet your criteria and read reports prepared by Morningstar. Obtain an analysis of your current portfolio or see how the stocks and funds you select work together to form a balanced portfolio.
NYTimes.com provides free access to the New York Times and International New York Times content, including breaking news articles, reviews, blogs, videos, and more. There are two different ways to access NYTimes.com depending on if you are inside or outside the Library. For both onsite or offsite access, you need to sign up for a free account using a valid email address.
Using NYTimes.com in the Library:
Click here, opens a new window
Enter login information (first-time users will need to create an account) or log in with Facebook or Google
Using NYTimes.com outside the Library:
You must redeem a code to access NYTimes.com remotely. The code lasts for 72 hours. At the end of the 72 hours, you can repeat the process and receive another 72-hour pass.
Redeem your code for digital access to the New York Times. (The code will be pre-populated). Select the Redeem button
Enter login information (first-time users will need to create an account) or log in with Facebook or Google
Get Started! Enjoy your 3 days of unlimited access to NYTimes.com and the NYTimes smartphone and tablet apps
Newspaper articles from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Kansas City Star, and the full-text from more than 1,000 newspapers in the US and around the world.
Explore this extensive online database of historical newspapers from the early 1700s into the early 2000s. It contains a diverse blend of well-known regional and local newspapers in the US and other countries, including the St. Louis Globe Democrat. Date ranges vary by publication.
Need help finding good books to read? Novelist K-8 helps kids and young teens do just that! Use your favorite books and authors to find new adventures! If you can't think of a book you've liked in the past, simply choose a topic of interest and explore lists of recommended books. NoveList K-8 Plus includes both fiction and nonfiction titles. Teachers will find thematic units and other resources for incorporating fiction and nonfiction into the classroom, as well.
Need help choosing a fiction book? You can match a favorite author or title, identify a book by describing the plot, explore fiction by genre such as mystery, romance, or adventure, find lists of award-winning books, read book reviews, and more. NoveList Plus also includes certain nonfiction genres such as adventure stories, biographies, current events, history, and true crime.
NYTimes Cooking is a service of The New York Times. It is a digital cookbook and cooking guide, available on all platforms that helps home cooks of every level discover the world’s best recipes, while also helping them become better, more competent cooks.
To access NYTimes Cooking, you must redeem a code. The code lasts for 24 hours. At the end of the 24 hours, you can repeat the process and receive another code.
- Click here or select NYTimes Cooking above
- Redeem your code for digital access to NYTimes Cooking. (The code will be pre-populated). Select the Redeem button.
- Log in or create an account. First-time users will need to create an account or login with Facebook, Google, or Apple.
- Start Cooking! Enjoy your 24 hours access to NYTimes Cooking.
Search for St. Louis obituaries.
Currently this index contains names from the St. Louis Post Dispatch for the years 1880-1930, 1942-1945, 1960-1969, and 1992-2011.
Similar to Project Gutenberg, Open Library provides access to digitized materials, most of which are from the public domain. St. Louis Public Library has made Open Library titles available through its catalog, where you can directly download them to your computer or mobile device.
OverDrive eBooks, eAudiobooks & eMagazines eAudiobooks eBooks Magazines & Journals Mobile Apps Newspapers & Magazines Stream & Download
Overdrive, SLPL’s original downloadable provider, offers access to thousands of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks. Every book lover is sure to find an enjoyable title, available for download to the device of their choice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can check out up to 20 Overdrive titles, for seven or fourteen days, and you can place up to 30 holds at a time.
Access to downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, just for kids! Every book lover is sure to find an enjoyable title, available for download to the device of their choice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can check out up to ten Overdrive titles, for seven or fourteen days, and you can place up to twelve holds at a time.
Access to thousands of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, just for teens! Every book lover is sure to find an enjoyable title, available for download to the device of their choice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can check out up to ten Overdrive titles, for seven or fourteen days, and you can place up to twelve holds at a time.
Access thousands of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, grouped by grade level. Books in the "class sets" section can be checked out by an unlimited number of users, so a whole classroom (or school!) can read the same book. You can check out up to ten Overdrive titles, for seven or fourteen days, and you can place up to twelve holds at a time.
The U. S. Department of State provides passport services, including applying, renewing, and reporting lost or stolen passports.
Improve your test scores, find a college or university, explore careers, prepare for vocational tests, and explore financial aid and scholarship offerings with Peterson's Test Prep! Access free, full-length online practice exams for standardized tests, including the GED, civil service/licensing, ACT, SAT, cosmetology, postal service, and much more.
Since its invention in the early 1800s, the camera has become a time machine of sorts. It possesses the unique power of capturing a singular moment in time—forever freezing the subject exactly as it was at that instant
Pop Culture Universe is a research and learning resource, presenting pop culture and history through an academic lens, providing insights into society that will engage students' minds and support their research projects.
The Professional Development Collection™ includes full text for nearly 550 high-quality education journals.
Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to archive and digitize cultural works. It was founded in 1971, and is the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are full texts of public domain books. The project tries to make these materials as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. St. Louis Public Library has made Project Gutenberg titles available through its catalog, where you can directly download them to your computer or mobile device.
Reference Solutions, formerly ReferenceUSA, is a collection of helpful business databases. Use U.S. Businesses to search millions of businesses, small and large. U.S. Historical Businesses allows you to search for businesses from 2003 to 2013 to help visualize changes and trends over time. Research lifestyle statistics with U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles. Looking for a phone number? Use the Standard White Pages database to simultaneously search residential phone books.
This HeinOnline collection brings together, for the first time, all essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.
St. Louis Public Library's Digital Collections contain photographs, maps, stereograph cards, illustrations, and other documents from the Library's holdings. Items are being scanned and added on a routine basis. The current digital collection is only a small fraction of the total available materials, and is growing all the time.
The “Then” photos in this exhibit come from the St. Louis Public Library’s Archives which are housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department at Central Library. The Library’s records date back to the founding of the St. Louis Public School Library.
Something About the Author Online covers the lives and works of authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults. In addition to the information found in the print version of this reference source, the online edition also includes hundreds of specially commissioned autobiographical essays that are illustrated with personal photos and present an entertaining and informative first-person perspective on the lives and careers of these authors and illustrators.
Search, sort, view, and print Company Profiles and Prospect Lists from Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City databases of the Sorkins Directory.
The SQSHBook is a community-owned database of 1,200+ resources throughout the St. Louis region and beyond, compiled from various local resource lists and vetting efforts by SQSH's Community Partners. Use SQSHBook to find queer-affirming resources for housing, food, healthcare, socio-emotional support, and more.
Access the board bills, city charter, city code and revised code, ordinances, and resolutions for the city of St. Louis.
If you need immediate help for a mental health issue or concern for you or someone you care for, the Youth Connection Helpline is available via phone call, chat or text.
Qualified staff from the Behavioral Health Response Team are available 24/7 to listen and connect you with resources
Browse and search the latest editions of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and issues dating back to 1988.
This website provides general information, street addresses, phone numbers and websites for dozens of agencies, shelters, employment resources, food pantries and other organizations throughout the St. Louis area.
The Steedman Architectural Collection at the St. Louis Public Library is a small but remarkable library of influential and rare architectural publications.
TrackBill allows you to search, track and report on legislation in the US Congress and 50 state legislatures.
Inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, and legal professionals can search for patents and trademarks by subject or specific name.
Find personalized voting information using vote411.org, opens a new window, including: what is on your ballot, your vote registration status, your polling place, upcoming debates in your area, and more!
Visit the Board of Election website to find information on registering to vote, upcoming elections, how to vote by absentee ballot, and more.
Missouri residents can visit this site to submit an online voter registration application, check voter registration status, check upcoming election deadlines, and more.
Illinois residents can visit this site to submit their online voter registration application.
Includes more than 25,000 World Book Encyclopedia articles, edited to suit students from grades 4 through 12 and adults. Also includes more than 1,800 tables, 100 animations and videos, 10,000 pictures, 500 maps. Has teacher's resources, current news, special reports and historical articles.
Search for books, videos, sound recordings, and more by searching library catalogs from around the world. If you find an item that SLPL does not own, you can use WorldCat to place a request for the item. Please note: SLPL can not guarantee that the owning libraries listed in WorldCat can fill your request. Requested items may not be loaned for a variety of reasons. You will be notified if your requested item cannot be obtained.