FVRL Resources A-Z

These resources are provided by FVRL and are available to all in any FVRL library. They are also available outside the library with your FVRL card. (See restrictions as noted.)

Access World News from NewsBank

Explore and stay informed on local, national and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more.

Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from around the world to around the corner, including:

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Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

Find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition Africana Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

Materials may be used for homework assignments, personal inquiry, research papers and National History Day type-projects focused on African American history in the U.S.

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Find articles and information on a wide range of topics, ranging from current events to history, arts and literature to science and math. Find supporting documents for school assignments, including curriculum guides.

Note: You search MasterFILE and History Reference Center all at once.

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Discover your family's military past. Find service records, casualties, and memorials from wars since the American Revolution. Search sources also include U.S.

Federal Census records, Dawes enrollment cards, homestead records, naturalizations, and international military records.

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Foundation Directory Online Essential

Available from home through 2021.

To get started, create an account and get a code that allows a 24-hour window of use. You can get a new code every 30 days. Access essential facts on grantmakers and their funding activities worldwide. Identify prospective funders by searching grantmakers and 990s. Use MyFDO features to create dashboards, tag favorite grantmakers, and save searches. Ask for specific grant and recipient information from research staff through the resource portal.

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Gale Literature

Find everything you need to research the world of literature: biographies, bibliographies, critical analyses, essays, poems, primary sources, and more for authors both historical and current. Includes:

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Check out up to 20 films, TV episodes, music albums, or eComics from Hoopla monthly and enjoy them on your computer, phone, tablet, or TV.

Collections available in several languages, including español中文, and русский.

  • Hoopla is available only to FVRL cardholders who are also district residents or paying non-residents.
  • Materials are available in over 70 languages.
  • View movies and TV shows* for three (3) days following checkout.
  • Stream music albums for up to seven (7) days following checkout.
  • Download and view eComics, eBooks and sheet music for 21 days following checkout.
  • Start an online book club.

Get started today!

  1. Create an account with the email and password of your choice.
  2. Download the appropriate app for your device, or use it in your web browser. (For FAQs, see Hoopla Support.)
  3. Borrow and enjoy!

*You may need the Widevine plugin to view videos in your browser. If you are using Firefox, you may wish to use Google Chrome instead, as it doesn't require the plugin.

Have more questions? Get Tech Help.

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Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)

*We're accepting new requests! Starting May 1, 2021, you may make up to two ILLiad requests at a time.* Use ILLiad, FVRL's interlibrary loan system, to request material not available through the library catalog or FVRL's magazines and newspapers.

Library staff may borrow the item you request from another library system or purchase the item to add to the FVRL collection. Either way, you'll get to use the item through your local branch! See the ILLiad FAQs for more information.

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Journal Finder

Want to know if the library subscribes to the electronic version of a magazine, journal or newspaper you're seeking? Search for a particular title, or browse by topic to find eResource content by publication title!

You'll find links to the content as well as a list of available issues by date.

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Dig deeper into full-text, academic journal articles and primary sources in a variety of disciplines. Featured collections include:

  • Independent Voices collects alternative press newspapers, magazines, and journals produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, and the extreme right-wing press.
  • Open Artstor gathers Creative Commons-licensed images in the arts, sciences, and literature aggregated from museums, libraries, and archives around the world.
  • Global Plants features high-resolution type specimens and related materials in this growing database showcases hand-selected materials and reference works from contributors around the world.
  • Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa collects objects and pages of documents and images in 76 sub-collections, chronicling the liberation of Southern Africa and the dismantling of the Apartheid regime.
  • World Heritage Sites: Africa contains visual, contextual, and spatial objects in 30 sub-collections, providing documentation of African heritage sites.
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Stream independent films, documentaries, classic films, Great Courses, world cinema, kids' educational programming, and kids' movies (with Common Sense Media ratings).

  • Watch up to 20 films per month. Play credits reset on the 1st of the month. 
  • Take up to 3 days to watch each film.
  • Kanopy Kids movies are unlimited! Get started now!
    1. Create an account with an email and password of your choice.
    2. Verify your email and enter your card number and PIN to complete sign-up.
    3. Download the appropriate app for your device, or use it in your web browser.
    4. Borrow and enjoy!
    5. Find Help if you need it.
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Learning Express Library

Find resources including practice tests and tutorials for school success; college, career, and citizenship preparation; and software and computer tutorials.

You'll be able to:

  • • Improve your skills in elementary, middle, and high school subjects, or study for your high school equivalency credential.
  • • Prepare for the ACT, SAT, and AP tests and more, and search for scholarships.
  • • Explore careers and prepare for entrance and occupational exams and military tests.
  • • Find a college, review your college skills, or prepare for for college placement exams and grad school admission exams.
  • • Learn computer and internet basics, and master popular software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, and Windows operating systems.

Some features require free registration in order to save your work, revisit your tests, or store scores. You'll need a valid email address and PIN to register.

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Microsoft Imagine Academy

Updated 10/2/18. Learn anything from Microsoft Office, computer science, data science; even IT infrastructure.
This resource is intended for Washington State residents only. To access this resource you will need to:

▪ Provide your zip code and certify you're a resident when asked.
▪ Have access to a computer or cloud storage with sufficient space to save the OneNote or Excel files containing the learning resources.

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New York Times Digital

Enjoy complimentary access to nytimes.com, and view articles from 1980 to today. Here's how.

From inside the library or on library Wi-Fi:

  1. Click on nytimes.com.
  2. Click "Log In" and then "Create one" to create an account with your personal email address, or log in if you have already created an account. (Note: if you don't want to receive email marketing communications from the New York Times, uncheck that box when you sign up, or follow the unsubscribe instructions if you start getting marketing emails.)
  3. You may now view as many articles as you want during your time on the library computer or library Wi-Fi, except in the Cooking section. 
  4. Log out when you're done.

Offsite/remote access:

  1. Click this remote access link.
  2. Click "Redeem" to get 72 hours of continuous access, except in the Cooking section.
  3. Create an account with your personal email address, or click on "log in here" if you have already created an account.
  4. After 72 hours, you will need to go back to step 1 and click the remote access link again for another 72 hours of remote access.

Using the New York Times Digital App

  1. Select the correct icon below to download the free New York Times app, or visit your device's app store.
  2. Open your device's browser to navigate to this page, tap this remote access link, and tap "Redeem" to get 72 hours of continuous access, except in the Cooking section.
  3. Create an account, or log in if you've already created one.
  4. Then, leave the browser and launch the app.
  5. Sign in with your email address. The code already will have been applied, and you have access for 72 hours.
  6. Once your 72 hours is over, you can repeat step 2 to get another 72 hours of access.
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OverDrive (Libby App)

Borrow eBooks and audiobooks to read on the device of your choice. Check out up to ten titles at a time for up to 21 days. Ver títulos disponibles en español.

Get started reading on:

• iOS or Android: Download the Libby app below.
• Kindle: Try one of these options.
• Other eReaders: Follow instructions for using Adobe Digital Editions.
• Windows 7 or Mac computer: Follow OverDrive’s instructions.
• Windows 8 computer: Follow OverDrive’s instructions.
• Chromebooks: You have a couple of options.
• On any device with a Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge browser: Read or listen at libbyapp.com (streaming only, no downloads)

Need more help? Check out accessibility options. Try Libby Help, see our Tech Help FAQs or Contact us.


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OverDrive Kids

Browse OverDrive's Kids' catalog for EPUB, PDF and Kindle format eBooks as well as MP3 eAudio. Check out up to seven (7) titles at a time for 21 days.

Here's how:

  1. Go to OverDrive Kids and choose "Sign In."
  2. Sign in with your card number and PIN--unless you're over 13, then sign in with OverDrive and create an account.
  3. Download and install the appropriate app for your device.
  4. Find instructions for getting started with your device on OverDrive Help.

Redish-brown circle with a stylized maroon-haired character smiling above an open, aqua book coverDownload OverDrive's Libby app for iOS, Android or Windows 10+ and get help with Libby if you need it.

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OverDrive Teens

Browse OverDrive's Teen catalog for EPUB, PDF and Kindle format eBooks as well as MP3 eAudio. Check out up to seven (7) titles at a time for 21 days.

Here's how:

  1. Go to OverDrive Teens and choose "Sign In."
  2. Create an OverDrive account with an email and password of your choice, unless you're under 13.
  3. Download and install the appropriate app for your device.
  4. Find instructions for getting started with your device on OverDrive Help.

Redish-brown circle with a stylized maroon-haired character smiling above an open, aqua book coverDownload OverDrive's Libby App for iOS, Android or Windows 10+ and get help with Libby if you need it.

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ProQuest: Newspapers

Access full-text articles, including obituaries from a variety of U.S. newspapers. Some titles of particular interest are:

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Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA)

**Please note: If unable to access Reference Solutions using Google Chrome™, try using a different internet browser. The most recent version of Chrome may cause issues.

Find U.S. white pages and yellow pages, as well as demographic details and heat maps for U.S. and Canadian businesses. Get the most out of Reference USA by visiting their Learning Center.

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World Book Banco de Contenidos AulaPlaneta

El banco de contenidos AulaPlaneta es una enciclopedia para los estudiantes de secundaria y los adultos que contiene información actualizada, fiable y rigurosa. Incluye diccionarios, atlas, museo virtual, cronogramas, y más.

Descubra qué es y qué te ofrece.

Banco de Contenidos AulaPlaneta is an encyclopedia for adults and high school students with information that is up-to-date, reliable, and rigorously vetted. Includes dictionaries, atlases, a virtual museum, timelines, and more.

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World Book Discover

Find multimedia on a variety of subjects, science fair projects, biographies, correlations to curriculum standards, 21st century research guides, and much more for high school students.  

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Find items--books, audiobooks, journals, and sometimes even articles--within and beyond FVRL's collection. Although you can access this without a library card, you must use your library card if you wish to start here in requesting an interlibrary loan.

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