Resources

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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 Tutor.com 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.

Tutor.com  Tutor.com 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 https://www.vhcs.us/ or call 205.402.5100.

Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights 4401 Dolly Ridge Road; 205.402.5480
Vestavia Hills Elementary Dolly Ridge 2650 Gresham Drive; 205.402.5325
Vestavia Hills Elementary East 2109 Tyson Drive; 205.402.5200
Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park 17051 Liberty Parkway; 205.402.5400
Vestavia Hills Elementary West 2521 Waldridge Road; 205.402.5151
Liberty Park Middle School 17035 Liberty Parkway; 205.402.5450
Louis Pizitz Middle School 2826 Columbiana Road; 205.402.5350
Vestavia Hills High School Freshman Campus 2020 Pizitz Drive; 205.402.5300
Vestavia Hills High School Main Campus 2235 Lime Rock Road; 205.402.5250
VISION School 205.402.5346
Vestavia Hills Board of Education 1204 Montgomery Highway; 205.402.5100

Biography & Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition – In Library Use Only
HeritageQuest™ Online

Business

Reference Solutions
Regional Business News

College & Test Prep

Alabama DMV Practice Test
College Scholarships
Federal Student Aid 
Learning Express 
NextStep
Test Prep Review
Practice Tests

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
Merriam-Webster 
Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford Reference Online Premium

Health & Sciences

Alt HealthWatch
GreenFILE
Health Source: Consumer Edition
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
MedlinePlus
PubMed

Languages & Literature

Book Collection: Nonfiction
LitFinder

Local History

Alabama Mosaic
Digital Collections

Magazines & Newspapers

Academic Search Premier
EBSCOhost
FirstSearch
Gale Virtual Reference Library
General OneFile
MasterFILE Premier
New York Times – 24 Hour Access
Newspaper Source
Power Search (Thomson Gale)
Student Edition
WorldCat Discovery

Social Sciences & Tests

Civil Rights Digital Library
ERIC
Ethnic NewsWatch
History Reference Center
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
Military & Government Collection
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Points of View Reference Center™
Professional Development Collection
Tuition Funding Sources
Vocational & Career Collection

Other Helpful Links

Art & Music

Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
Music Dictionary
Fine Arts

English & Literature

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

History & Social Studies

How U.S. Government Works
The World Factbook
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Math & Science

Analyze Math
Discovery Education
How Stuff Works
General Chemistry Online
Mathematics Fact Monster

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