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The PWPLS Digital Library provides free access to thousands of online and digital resources including eBooks, audiobooks, newspapers, and Premium Websites. Search by Subject or choose the option to organize the resources by: Read, List, Watch, or Learn. Download and print the Digital Library by Subject.

Prince William County residents can access all of the library's digital services without visiting a library branch by signing up for a Digital Library Card. The Digital Library Cards expires in two years. To sign up, click here to select "Don't have a PWPLS library card?" to register for a Digital Library card. 

If you are having issues accessing our Digital Library with your digital Library card, please call a staff member to assist you.

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  • Academic OneFile Select
    Academic OneFile Select
    Several thousand mostly scholarly and professional journals and periodicals available in full text.
  • Access Video On Demand
    Access Video On Demand
    Tens of thousands of educational videos, including content from PBS, the BBC, National Geographic, and many other content providers.
  • Ancestry for Virginians
    Ancestry for Virginians
    A limited-content version of available remotely to Virginia residents from the State Library of Virginia.
  • Ancestry Library Edition
    Ancestry Library Edition
    Provides a wide range of information for genealogical research. Includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more.
  • AtoZ Food America
    AtoZ Food America
    Cuisines from all 50 states of the USA—recipes, ingredients, beverages, and culinary traditions. Take a gastronomic tour of our country in your own kitchen!
  • AtoZ World Food
    AtoZ World Food

    Cuisines from almost every country in the world—recipes, ingredients, beverages, and culinary traditions. Expand your gastronomic horizons!

    PLEASE NOTE: it will ask for a library barcode even in-house.

  • AtoZdatabases
    Research private businesses and residential information.
  • AudioBookCloud
    AudioBookCloud is an online audio book library collection with unlimited remote access for all ages.
  • Biography In Context
    Biography In Context
    Search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as keyword and full text.
  • BookBrowse for Libraries
    BookBrowse for Libraries
    Find your next read with BookBrowse! BookBrowse for Libraries is a great reader’s advisory site featuring reviews, recommendations, read-alikes, author bios and interviews, resources for book clubs, and more. Get reading today!
  • Books and Authors
    Books and Authors
    Gale Books & Authors offers new ways to explore books, authors, genres and topics.
  • Career Transitions
    Career Transitions
    A job-hunting site and career guidance resource all in one. Help on writing resumes and cover letters, practicing for an interview, and more!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago Tribune
    A direct link to a searchable database of The Chicago Tribune, including the latest content from today's edition.
  • Consumer Reports
    Consumer Reports
    Provides access to magazines in the computer, telecommunications and electronic industries, including product reviews, industry reports, the latest news on high-tech topics and more.
  • Creativebug
    A crafter’s resource—over 1000 video classes on knitting, scrapbooking, jewelry-making, and more. Get started today!
  • Early World Of Learning
    Early World Of Learning
    Aimed at pre-readers and emerging readers. Interactive storybooks, games and videos to help learn phonetics and more.
  • EBSCO eBook High School Collection
    EBSCO eBook High School Collection
    This collection contains more than 10,000 e-books that support a quality learning experience across all academic subject areas, including history, language, literature, science and technology.
  • EBSCO eBook K-8 Collection
    EBSCO eBook K-8 Collection
    The eBook K-8 Collection contains more than 13,000 titles chosen to support a quality learning experience for K-8 students across all subject areas taught in elementary and middle schools.
  • Explora Primary
    Explora Primary
    A database of basic research and current events articles for Primary school-age patrons.
  • Financial Ratings
    Financial Ratings
    Powered by Weiss Ratings and Grey House Publishing, this resource gives you powerful new tools to protect your finances, invest wisely, grow your wealth, and learn more about your finances.
  • Foundation Grants
    Foundation Grants
    Due to licensing restrictions, only available in library branches. A searchable database of Foundations and grants available to individuals.
  • Freading
    Access to thousands of e-books with no waiting or holds. Fiction and non-fiction, current best-sellers and niche authors you might never have discovered.

  • Gale Health and Wellness
    Gale Health and Wellness
    Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Material contained in this Resource Center intended for informational purposes only.
  • Gale PowerSearch
    Gale PowerSearch
    Gale PowerSearch provides a sophisticated, yet simple, way to search many databases simultaneously.
  • Health and Wellness
    Health and Wellness
    Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Material contained in this Resource Center intended for informational purposes only.
  • HeritageQuest Online
    HeritageQuest Online
    HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy and Local History collection. Coverage extends from 1700 to the present.
  • hoopla digital
    hoopla digital
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  • Issues & Controversies
    Issues & Controversies
    This database explores hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.
    An archive of several hundred well-known academic and scholarly journals.
  • Kids InfoBits
    Kids InfoBits
    This database is for students in kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate graphic interface with easy to use subject access to topics like sports, people, arts, science and more.
  • LearningExpress Library
    LearningExpress Library
    Provides free access to online practice exams. Includes everything from the SAT/ACT exams for high school students to ASVAB tests for those pursuing a career in the military.
  • Legal Forms
    Legal Forms
    A comprehensive collection of downloadable legal forms.
  • Local Newspaper Index
    Local Newspaper Index
    An index of articles of interest and obituaries that appear in various Prince William County newspapers.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles Times
    A direct link to a searchable database of The Los Angeles Times, including the latest content from today's edition.
  • is an online learning portal that provides hundreds of videos for personal and professional development.
  • Mergent Archives
    Mergent Archives
    An online digital portal to several important business directories: Key Business Ratio Collection,Hoovers’ Archives Collection, and Bond Record Archive Collection
  • Mergent Online
    Mergent Online
    Collects several different databases of company and industry information. Patrons can search for US and International publicly traded companies, as well as thousands of privately owned companies.
  • The New York Times
    The New York Times
    A direct link to a searchable database of The New York Times, including the latest content from today's edition.
  • NoveList K-8 Plus
    NoveList K-8 Plus
    A readers' advisory resource for fiction, non-fiction, and audiobooks, aimed at Grade school and Middle school students.
  • NoveList Plus
    NoveList Plus
    A readers' advisory resource for fiction, non-fiction, and audiobooks.
  • Opposing Viewpoints In Context
    Opposing Viewpoints In Context
    A dynamic online library of current event topics, presenting the facts as well as the arguments to understand all sides of the story.
  • Gale Poder de Búsqueda
    Gale Poder de Búsqueda
    Gale Poder de Búsqueda provee un medio de búsqueda sofisticado depreacion simple. Es un programa de busqueda de información en diferentes localidades simultáneamente. Los usuarios pueden adquirir materiales de información electrónicamente como revistas, artículos de periódico y otros documentos originales de diversas fuentes de información.
  • Polling the Nations
    Polling the Nations
    Due to licensing restrictions, only available in library branches. Polling the Nations is an online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 700,000+ questions and responses, from 18,000+ surveys and 1,700+ polling organizations, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world.
    Due to licensing restrictions, only available in library branches.Comprehensive information on domestic and import vehicles, wiring diagrams, tech bulletins and recalls, as well as a parts guide.
  • Pronunciator
    An online language-learning resource that offers courses in 80 different languages. Patrons who speak a language other than English can select from nearly 50 different languages as their “base” language.
  • Read It!
    Read It!
    A database of articles targeted for those who are learning to read or are new to English.
  • Rocket Languages
    Rocket Languages
    A language-learning product featuring lessons in over a dozen languages, as well as an ESL component.
  • RomanceBookCloud
    A huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
  • Scholastic Go!
    Scholastic Go!
    Several different Scholastic online resource into one cross-referenced site. Encyclopedia articles, educational videos, science fair projects, and more.
  • TeenBookCloud
    TeenBookCloud is an online database of ebooks for grades 7-12.
  • Today's Science
    Today's Science
    Science news written especially for students. Updated weekly and containing thousands of links to a 15-year back-file, Today's Science explains important developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology. 
  • TumbleBookLibrary
    TumbleBookLibrary Premium has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite!
  • TumbleMath
    TumbleMath is the most comprehensive collection of math picture books for grades K-6.
  • Universal Class
    Universal Class
    A lifelong learning site with thousands of instructional videos on different vocational, career, personal finance, and self-improvement topics.
  • US Newsstream
    US Newsstream
    A searchable database of over 1000 newspapers from around the USA.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The Wall Street Journal
    A direct link to a searchable database of The Wall Street Journal, including the latest content from today's edition.
  • Washington Consumers' Checkbook
    Washington Consumers' Checkbook
    A searchable database version of the popular magazine giving ratings and consumer feedback on a variety of local businesses and services.
  • The Washington Post
    The Washington Post
    A direct link to a searchable database of The Washington Post, including the latest content from today's edition.
  • World Book
    World Book
    World Book is a great resource for distance learning and non-fiction e-reading.

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