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Check out digital resources, available 24/7! Our wide range of digital resources are accessible from home using your library card — including eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, online databases and more. Digital resources are available from our home page or by visiting the Database Descriptions page. Having trouble accessing digital offerings? Call 205.978.0155 or get help from our librarians at Drop Us a Line. Don’t forget to sign up for email updates to have the latest news from the library delivered to your inbox.

Click here to reserve materials online or call 205.978.0155.

Virtual Bookshelf Hot Reads! – featuring some of the most popular current books, along with a link to reserve these Hot Reads!

ABC Mouse  Age of Learning is providing FREE at-home access to online learning programs ABCmouse, Adventure Academy and ReadingIQ while your child’s school is closed. Click HERE for instructions and the school access code.

Alabama Virtual Library  The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal and newspaper articles for research.

Career Alabama  This free resource offers live career and job search assistance, a writing lab, academic skills tutoring, and career and study resources.

Chilton Library  Reliable automotive help available online 24/7. Includes step-by-step service and repair procedures; wiring diagrams; maintenance and specification tables; troubleshooting guides and diagnostic trouble codes; photos, illustrations, diagrams and multimedia (videos and animations); ASE test prep; and MARC Records.

Consumer Reports  Before making that big purchase, research it! This database contains all issues of “Consumer Reports” from 1985 to present.

Creativebug  Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes. Classes are available anytime, anywhere and, since the classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace. No pressure, just possibilities!

Duolingo  Duolingo makes it easy to learn a language. It’s 100% free, fun and science-based.

Gale Virtual Reference Library  A collection of ebooks including novels, drama, short stories and poetry for students.

Homework Alabama  FREE, one-to-one help is available 3-10pm, Sunday through Thursday by logging in with your library card. (Some resources in the Resource Center are available 24/7.)

Hoopla  Vestavia Hills residents can download or stream movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks and ebooks for FREE.

Kanopy  Enjoy critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films and more!

Libby  Did you know you the Library in the Forest has thousands of eBooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for FREE, on your phone or tablet.

Overdrive  Download digital books (eBooks and audio books). FREE to anyone in Jefferson County with a Library card.

Study Guides & Strategies  An educational public service web site helping learners succeed with over 8.5 million visitors in 37 languages. is available from anywhere – online at the library, from home or with the mobile app.

Universal Class  This online learning platform allows you to take courses at your own pace while you interact with a live instructor via email. Click here to access Universal Class!

World Book  Access engaging, verified and trustworthy digital resources for grades pre-K through high school.

Vestavia Hills City Schools

Leaders in learning for tomorrow’s learners. For more information about Vestavia Hills City Schools, visit or call 205.402.5100.

Liberty Park Middle School
17035 Liberty Parkway; 205.402.5450

Louis Pizitz Middle School
2020 Pizitz Drive; 205.402.5350

Vestavia Hills High School
2235 Lime Rock Road; 205.402.5250

Student Support Services
VHSSS provides counseling, english language and health services to students

Biography & Genealogy

Biography Reference Bank
HeritageQuest™ Online


Business Index ASAP
Business Source Premier
Reference USA
Regional Business News

College & Test Prep

College Scholarships
Federal Student Aid 
Learning Express 
Test Prep Review
U.S. News College Ranking Report
GED Informational Guide
Practice Tests
Alabama DMV Practice Test

4-year Colleges & Universities

Alabama A&M University Samford University
Alabama State University Southeastern Bible College
Amridge University Spring Hill College
Athens State University Stillman College
Auburn University Talladega College
Auburn University at Montgomery Troy University
Birmingham-Southern College Tuskegee University
Columbia Southern University United States Sports Academy
Concordia College University of Alabama
Faulkner University University of Alabama-Birmingham
Huntingdon College University of Alabama-Huntsville
Jacksonville State University University of Mobile
Judson College University of Montevallo
Miles College University of North Alabama
Oakwood University University of South Alabama
University of West Alabama

2-year Colleges

Alabama Southern Community College
Jefferson Davis Community College
Bevill State Community College Jefferson State Community College
Bishop State Community College Lawson State Community College
Calhoun Community College Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Central Alabama Community College Marion Military Institute
Chattahoochee Valley Community College Northeast Alabama Community College
Community College of the Air Force Northwest-Shoals Community College
Enterprise State Community College Shelton State Community College
Gadsden State Community College Snead State Community College
George C. Wallace Community College – Dothan Southern Union State Community College
George Corley Wallace State Community College – Selma Virginia College
James H. Faulkner State Community College Wallace State Community College

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia Britannica
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford Reference Online Premium

Health & Sciences

Alt HealthWatch
Auto Repair Reference Center
Health Source: Consumer Edition
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

Languages & Literature

BBC Languages
Book Collection: Nonfiction
Author & Writers: Literature Resource Center

Local History

Alabama Coal Mine Fatalities, 1898-1938
Alabama Episcopal Church Registers
Alabama Inventors Database
Alabama Mosaic
Birmingham Black Barons
Digital Collections
Encyclopedia of Alabama
Jefferson County Probate Court, Loose Records (1852-1936)
Oak Hill Memorial Cemetery Interments
Obituary Index
Red Mt. Cemetery Records 1888-1906
WPA Index to Alabama Biography

Magazines & Newspapers

Academic Search Premier
Gale Virtual Reference Library
General OneFile
General Reference Center Gold
¡Informe! (Revistas en Español)
MasterFILE Premier
Birmingham News Library
Newspaper Source
Power Search (Thomson Gale)
Student Edition
Student Research Center

Social Sciences & Tests

Annals of American History Online
Civil Rights Digital Library
Ethnic NewsWatch
Ferguson Career Guidance Center
History Reference Center
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
Military & Government Collection
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Points of View Reference Center™
Professional Development Collection
Sanborn Maps, 1867- 1970: Alabama
Tuition Funding Sources
Vocational and career collection
World Data Analyst

Other Helpful Links

Art & Music

Art History Resources

Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
Music Dictionary
Music in American Life Index

English & Literature

Absolute Shakespeare
MLA Citation Style
OWL Writing Lab
Pink Monkey
Spark Notes

History & Social Studies

Library Spot Biographies
How U.S. Government Works
The World Factbook
Best History Sites
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Math & Science

Analyze Math
Cells Alive
Discovery Education
Fear of Physics
How Stuff Works
General Chemistry Online
Mathematics Fact Monster