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At WCLS we’re more than just print books. In fact, your library card gives you access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, music streaming and downloads, online language tutorials, digital magazines, and more! Browse the full list below to see how our digital services can help you research your history, ace a test, or learn something new.

Already know what you’re looking for? Here’s an alphabetical list of our digital services for easy navigation.

  • Pro tip: Some digital services require you to enter your library card number in order to access the content.

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Access 40,000 + eBooks and Audiobooks

We offer more than 40,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks—all of which can be reserved and downloaded from home. To get started, go to the Washington Anytime Library website, login with your library card number and PIN, and start reserving materials today! You can also browse our online catalog and choose “eBooks” as your format to filter titles.

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Download and Keep 5 Free Songs a Week!

With Freegal, you get to download and keep five free songs a week. Your free library subscription also comes with three hours of commercial-free music streaming every day. Choose from more than 9 million songs at FreegalMusic.com or download their free mobile app.

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Choose from 150 Digital Magazines

Your free Zinio account gives you access to 150 of the top magazines. Dig into The Atlantic, GQ, Glamour, National Geographic, and more.

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Learn 70+ New Languages

Mango Languages is one of the simplest, most engaging online language tutorials in the world. And with your WCLS card, you get an account—for free! Choose from more than 70 languages, including English, Spanish, French, Japanese, and more. This program breaks down each language into small, easily-digestible steps, and with real-world examples.

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Explore Our Digital Services

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Lose yourself in a world of great reads with NoveList! Get author and title read-alikes, browse lists, or search for themes with this power-packed resource. Want a book to match your mood? Try out the NoveList Appeal Mixer to zero in on a just-right title (or three). Your next favorite book is out there waiting to be discovered!

Looking for business trends or industry market research? Check out ReferenceUSA. This is also where you can find contact information for over 12 million U.S. companies and 1.3 million Canadian companies. Trying to track someone down? This database includes information for 120 million residents. Mobile App for iOS available also.

I need an encyclopedia, or general information from a reliable resource.

Britannica Library is a great place to start a research project. Find articles on history, technology, philosophy, politics, health, and medicine. This award-winning encyclopedia has a portal for children, teens, and adults.

With over 1,500 full-text magazines and journals as well as encyclopedia articles, atlases and the World Almanac, eLibrary is another great place to begin your research.

I’m looking for a picture for my assignment.
Find thousands of maps, photos, and illustrations for your school report in eLibrary.

I need help with math.
We don’t have a tutoring service, but if you chat with one of our librarians they may be able to find a resource to help you. We often refer students to Khan Academy resources.

I have a state or country report.
Looking for maps, population, or history of a geographic region? Culturegrams is your source. It provides information on climate, religion, sports, holidays, and much more. This is the current turbo-charged incarnation of state and country books.

I have to write a pro/con opinion paper.
Read facts on both sides of the issue whether you are writing about cellphones in schools, ADHD, cloning, or pollution. SIRS Discoverer is a general information resource for grades 1-9.

I need to come up with a project for the Science Fair.
SIRS Discoverer Science Fair Explorer will help you come up with a project using things that you can find in your vicinity right now. Demonstrate how to clean water, or how a tornado gets its shape.

I’m looking for a primary resource for my history class.
You are going to dominate history class with this secret weapon. History Study Center is a collection of primary and secondary sources on global history from ancient times to the present day. History teachers like primary resources even more than apples.

I’m having trouble finding what I want.
There are librarians across the country ready to chat with you 24/7 to help with your homework. Ask a Librarian now!

Are you gearing up to take a GED, GRE, ACT, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or U.S. Citizenship test? Our Testing & Education Reference Center will provide you with practice tests and online courses to help test day go smoothly. You will also find a section dedicated to grad school prep.

Are you looking for practice tests to become a firefighter, nurse, postal worker, real estate agent, or air traffic controller? The Testing & Education Reference Center is the resource you need. Want to brush up on Microsoft Windows, Excel, or Powerpoint? This resource also includes tutorials for basic computer skills. Ready to build a resume? You’ll find a place to do that too.

WCLS also gives you access to Microsoft Imagine Academy where you can take courses, build projects, and participate in contests to build your tech skills.

Are you buying a jogging stroller, a phone, a car, or trying to figure out which brand of vitamins are the best?  Consumer Reports is one of the most reliable resources you can turn to.  Whether it is something small like a space heater, or something large like an SUV, this resource will help you find the best product out there.

ChiltonLibrary.com is for mechanics working on automobiles and light trucks.  It gives you access to photographs, diagnostics, and step-by-step repair procedures, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls, and technical service bulletins.  Some schematics date back as far as 1940.

The Small Engine Repair Reference Center will help you tackle repairs for motorcycles, tractors, outdoor power equipment, all terrain vehicles, snow machines/mobiles, personal watercraft, generators, and marine/boat motors. Find the manual and schematics you need to get back out there!

Your friends are going to miss you once you open Ancestry Library Edition. You will find reams of data on individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. The U.S. collection includes data from federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index, U.S. border crossing, and trans-ocean ship records. The military collection includes over 150 million records from Colonial times to the Vietnam era. These are just two of the many collections included in this edition of Ancestry.

  • Pro tip: Your library card gives you free access to Ancestry, but it is only available for use in a library, so come visit one of our locations and get started today.

Prepare for happiness, genealogy geeks! HeritageQuest includes city directories, 1850 and 1860 slave schedules, U.S. Indian census rolls, mortality schedules, agricultural and industrial schedules, 1890 Veterans schedules, and much more. Let the time travel begin.

Are you searching for an article in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, or The Economist? Proquest should be your first stop. It includes 8.587 global publications and over 3,000 scholarly journals.

Our online language tutorial includes 71 languages. In Mango Languages, there are all the languages you might find offered at a local high school: Spanish, French, Japanese, and German, but there is also Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, and Danish. Prepare for your next trip or pick up some scholarly Greek or Latin. There are lessons here for English Language Learners as well.

We offer more than 40,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks—all of which can be reserved and downloaded from home. To get started, go to the Washington Anytime Library website, login with your library card number and PIN, and start reserving materials today! You can also browse our online catalog and choose “eBooks” as your format to filter titles.

Your free Zinio account gives you access to 150 of the top magazines. Dig into The Atlantic, GQ, Glamour, National Geographic, and more.

With Freegal, you get to download and keep five free songs a week. Your free library subscription also comes with three hours of commercial-free music streaming every day. Choose from more than 9 million songs at FreegalMusic.com or download their free mobile app.

You can keep track of what’s due, overdue or ready for pickup by setting up email or text notifications through Library Elf.

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