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Databases (Free Stuff For Our Patrons!)


As a service to you, the Lafayette Public Library subscribes to a wide variety of online databases that contain information on a variety of subjects.  Here you will find sites that provide access to online learning, homework help, magazine articles, newspaper articles (including The Daily Advertiser), test-taking practice and tips, career and job-seeking resources, health information, business information, a language-learning tool, automotive repair help, genealogy resources and more.


Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks
Downloadable Magazines
Downloadable eBooks for our younger patrons



Magazines, Newspapers, and Databases

Alphabetic Listing of Databases

  ABCmouse – Library Edition - (in-library use only) ABCmouse offers a comprehensive online curriculum for children ages 2–8+, including reading and language arts, math, beginning science, social studies, art and music.  Stimulate a child’s enthusiasm for learning through over 9,000 interactive learning activities—including books, educational games, puzzles, art activities, songs, music videos, and more. View in Library does not require a login or account.  You can use it on any computer in the library system.


Acadiana Advocate Collection – Database that contains full image text of The Acadiana Advocate. View the paper online the same way you would in print! Updated daily. Database provided by Newsbank.


Ancestry.com Library Edition – Online source of genealogical and historical information, consists of over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases. (in-library use only)

- Product Tour (pdf)


 Barron’s-   A weekly magazine, Barron’s Trade Journal provides U.S. financial information, stock market developments, investment strategies, and relevant statistics. Lafayette Public Library provides a digital full-image edition of this magazine, with issues running from 2008 to a week before the current date. Database provided by ProQuest.


Book Index With Reviews - Search for various books using a variety of criteria such as grade level, publication date, and number of pages. (EBSCO database)


Britannica e-STAX - Hundreds of full color and black and white non-fiction e-books for ages preschool to 18.


Business Source Complete - A scholarly business database, providing both bibliographic and full text content about various businesses and business topics. (EBSCO database) - Basic Search Guide (pdf) - Advanced Search Guide (pdf)


Chilton LogoChilton Online Auto Repair Manuals - Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Chilton Library’s more popular features include:

• Maintenance and specification tables that provide the unique data you need for each specific vehicle.
• Step-by-step service and repair procedures, and labor estimating tool to help you confidently determine your next move.
• Vacuum diagrams to simplify troubleshooting.
• Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
• Close-up photographs and illustrations for visual support.
• ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams
• A print button which allows you to easily print out what is needed.
Watch the video below to see how to get started!


CINAHL – (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) The authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. This database provides indexing for more than 3,000 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. The database contains more than 2.3 million records dating back to 1981. - Pocketguide (pdf) - Help Sheet (pdf)


cloudLibrary by Bibliotheca – cloudLibrary offers a digital collection lending platform of ebooks, audiobooks, comic books, magazines, and digital newspapers all in one easy-to-use app. The new platform gives patrons access to materials owned by 34 other Louisiana libraries through cloudLink. That is a pool of more than 250,000 shareable copies!

cloudLibrary also includes Comic Plus and NewsStand. Comics Plus will provide patrons with over 25,000 digital comics, graphic novels, and manga. Through NewsStand, patrons can access over 7,500 digital magazines and newspapers.

The app is free and available for Apple products, Android products, Chrome, Kindle Fire, Nook e-reader, Kobo e-reader, and Windows products. The app can be found in the App store (iOS) or in Google Play (Android). Once the app is downloaded, patrons can simply log in once using their Lafayette Public Library card. Visit yourcloudlibrary.com to learn more about downloading the app.


Consumer Health Complete - Health news and reports as well as drug information and alternative health sources. (EBSCO database) - Basic Search Guide (pdf) - Advanced Search Guide (pdf)


Consumer Reports- Access Consumer Reports and Consumer Reports Buying Guide to find out what independent CR experts say about your next product or service! Content provided by EBSCOHost.

Accessing Consumer Reports from Home
Watch this brief video tutorial to get started!

Accessing Consumer Reports instructions in PDF


Credo Reference - Over 550 reference e-books covering a wide variety of subjects.


Cypress Resume -  the online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in three quick and simple steps.


 The Daily Advertiser Collection- Database that contains full image text of The Daily Advertiser. View the paper online the same way you would in print! Newspaper dates range from 1914-present, with more content being added weekly. Database provided by ProQuest Historical Newspaper Collection.


EBSCOhost - Featuring Academic Search Complete and MasterFile Premiere, provides full text and citations of journal articles and periodicals covering nearly all subjects including general reference, science, business, law, education and health.


EBSCOhost Español - Provides full text and citations of journal articles and periodicals covering nearly all subjects including general reference, science, business, law, education, and health. (Spanish)


EBSCOhost Français - Provides full text and citations of journal articles and periodicals covering nearly all subjects including general reference, science, business, law, education, and health. (French)


Exceptional Lives is an independent non-profit organization that provides free, trustworthy, easy-to-follow information for parents and caregivers of children and young adults with disabilities. They offer Interactive How-To Guides, a Searchable Resource Directory and Personal Support through a Helpline that provides free support by phone or email.


 Explora Quick Search - Reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books in the EBSCO databases. Browse categories organized by popular topic, with overviews that provide a starting point for your research; or use the simple search that quickly delivers relevant results, including primary source documents, news articles, and Associated Press videos. Here is a video tutorial for how to use Explora..
Explora also has specialized research centers for students and teachers:

Global Road Warrior - In-depth cultural, business, and travel information on 175 countries.


Heritage Quest Online - Online genealogical database pulling information from a variety of genealogical sources.


 Homework Louisiana offers FREE online tutoring and academic resources from Tutor.com for Louisiana residents. Through a partnership between the State Library of Louisiana and Lafayette Public Library System, live tutors and access to study resources through Homework Louisiana are now available 24/7 from within the public library, from home or from campus.


LEAP and GEE Practice Questions – Provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.


LearningExpress Library - A comprehensive interactive learning platform of tests, courses, and career preparation for students and adults. The video below will help you get started!

LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator: This resource provides tools to help you build your resume, explore occupations, find a job, and more.

LearningExpress Computer Skills Center: Gain a better understanding of your computer and desktop applications, such as Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, etc.) and Adobe products.


Legal Forms Library - Legal Forms Library delivers everything your users need to take charge of their legal affairs with confidence. No special skills or extensive knowledge of the law is required because Legal Forms Library offers an easy-to-use, step-by-step approach to addressing complex legal matters. Play the video below to see how to get started!


Literary Reference Center - Literary reference that contains timeline, dictionary, encyclopedia and database access to criticisms. (EBSCO database) - Basic Search Guide (pdf) - Advanced Search Guide (pdf)


Louisiana Jobs and Careers Center - a State Library website to bring together resources for job seekers and those interested in new careers.



LinkedIn Learning- Learn a new skill Online! Learn technology skills from industry experts on a variety of subjects, including Microsoft Office, Photoshop, smartphones, and more!


LinkedIn Learning Apps
Click Here to get the LinkedIn Learning app for Apple Products.
Click Here to get the LinkedIn Learning app for Android Products.
Once you install the app, you will be asked for a Library ID. The Library ID is lafayettepubliclibrary.


Magazines (Digital) - View or download some of your favorite magazines through cloudLibrary NewsStand.


Connect to the Library’s Wi-Fi or login to one of our public computers and register at nytimes.com. You can now enjoy unlimited access to The New York Times on any device while visiting the Library!

Not coming to the Library? Enjoy 72 hours of full off-site access by going here. You will need to register to activate your subscription.


Pronunciator – Pronunciator is a fun and easy way to learn any of 163 languages. Register for free and start learning — at your own pace!


Proquest Historical Newspapers: Louisiana Collection - A database of Louisiana and regional newspapers, with full text of The Daily Advertiser.


Salud en Español - Spanish version of health news and reports as well as drug information and alternative health sources. (EBSCO database) - Búsqueda guiada (pdf) - Búsqueda básica (pdf)


Sanborn Maps - The Sanborn Map Company played a vital role in the development of fire insurance map making in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Founded by D.A. Sanborn in 1867, the company created hand-made and colored lithograph maps of over 12,000 cities and towns across the United States and set the standard for fire insurance maps of the era. Today, Sanborn Maps provide us with a detailed understanding of the physical makeup of these cities and towns and give us insight into the existing social, political, and economic conditions in specific places and times.


Scribner Writers Series - Essays about authors and literary genres from the Scribner print series


senioradvice.com logo Senioradvice.com- Resources for seniors and their caregivers. Provides a guide for seniors living in Louisiana, financial resource information, and care facility reviews.


The Times-Picayune Collection – Database that contains full image text of The Times-Picayune(New Orleans). View the paper online the same way you would in print! Updated daily. Database provided by Newsbank.


TrueFlix - Online resource that leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century skills through the inquiry process. For 3rd-5th grade.


TumbleBook Library - (available in English, Français, and Español)


TumbleBook Library Español



TeenBookCloud is our middle school AND high school collection which contains over 600 titles! This collection contains a vast array of YA/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, YA/Teen audiobooks, our very popular graphic novels, and world-class educational videos from National Geographic.


Twayne’s Authors Series - Full-text titles from the Twayne Literary Masters series, Twayne World, US, and English Authors


Value Line – Financial online database.  (in-library use only)
*Please Note: Until the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis passes, Value Line has extended remote access to all library subscribers. Click here to gain remote access to Value Line.


Weiss Financial Ratings- Financial literacy tools from Weiss Ratings & Grey House Publishing offering: independent, unbiased financial strength ratings of Banks, Credit Unions & Insurance Companies, and Buy-Hold-Sell Ratings of Thousands of Stocks, Mutual Funds & Exchange Traded Funds. You can also find information regarding Medicare Supplement Insurance – including which plan to choose, how much it will cost, compare rates & plan benefits.