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Articles and Magazines

Search and read articles from Consumer Reports using the EBSCO Host database.

Search for articles covering the fields of art, architecture, business, computer science, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, health, history, law, life sciences, literature, medicine, philosophy, politics, psychology, religion, sociology, and more.

Read the latest issues of your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device.

Books and Literature

Read comic books and graphic novels using the web browser on your computer or mobile device.

Comprehensive readers' advisory resource that helps fiction lovers find what to read next.

Find books in libraries all over the world.

Listen to audiobooks on your computer or mobile device(Note: You must create a OneClickDigital account before using the mobile app.)

Read books on your computer or mobile device.

Over 40,000 free ebooks to read on your computer or mobile device.

Business and Investing

Find business journal articles, industry & market reports, company profiles, and more.

Up to date information on topics from starting a company, operations management, and sales to growing or rescuing a business.


EBSCO's interface for schools and public libraries. Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with simple searching that quickly delivers relevant results and easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic. helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. Users receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts.  (Note: mobile apps cannot be used for library access.  Use your mobile browser to access on mobile devices.)

Learn practical conversation skills for over 70 languages spoken around the world on your computer or mobile device(Note:  You must create a Mango account before using the mobile app.)


Award-winning resource for children and adults with trusted information.  Choose the age-appropriate level that works best to conduct research, complete homework assignments, and work on special projects.

Offers resources in Spanish for all ages in two unique interfaces, each with its own comprehensive encyclopedia: Enciclopedia Moderna for high school ages and up and Britannica Escolar Online for ages 6-12.

2,000+ entries reflecting all areas of the commonwealth and recording Kentuckians' achievements in art, architecture, business, education, politics, religion, science, and sports.

Genealogy and History

Obituaries and death notices from newspapers around the country.

Search more than 7,000 available databases for census data, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.  Available only to customers inside Lexington Public Library locations.

Includes the digitized UMI Genealogy & Local History Collection, U.S. Federal Census, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, Freedman’s Bank Records and Private Relief Actions, and more.

Selective finding aid to Lexington newspaper articles about significant people, places and events from 1787 to December 31, 2007.

Health & Wellness

Covers health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Homework Help and Test Preparation

Interactive study guides and practice exams to prepare for the GED, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, and other academic, civil service, military, and professional exams.

Students in grades K-12 can receive free help from professional tutors from 2:00 PM to 12:00 AM every day on a computer or mobile device(Note: You must create a account before using the mobile app.)

Speak with a live tutor for assistance with going back to school, studying for the GED, citizenship, job searches, resume writing, and interviewing.

Kentucky Virtual Library

Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) is dedicated to supplying all Kentuckians with a comprehensive and dynamic collection of information resources.


Discover our favorite books and apps, matched to your child's age and interests, and other tools for building early literacy.

Online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.

Movies & Television

Streaming video service. Also available in the iTunes App Store and Android Marketplace.

Music & Audiobooks

Streaming and downloadable music service.  Also available in the iTunes App Store and Android Marketplace.

News and Current Events

Full text of over 1,700 international sources, including The London Times and Jerusalem Post.

Content from over 50 Kentucky sources, including the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Full text articles from April 25, 1983, to present.

Full text of over 3,600 American newspapers, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and many more.