Digital Resources

Digital Resources

Explore the world with your library card

Your library card gives you access to more than twenty databases to help you learn, work, and play.

To log in:

  1. Enter your 14-digit library card number, the entire number on the back of your card. (i.e., 23610704097509)
  2. Your PIN is the last four digits of your library card number. (i.e., 7509)

If you need help with any of these databases, check out the SCPL Academy, which consists of ready-to-use tutorials for our library services and databases.

You may also schedule an appointment with our Adult Services Librarian, Shana, by emailing, or calling (502) 633-3803, ext. 119.

Our most popular databases

Agriculture and Environment

Explore agriculture information with Agricola

Learn about the natural world with Environment Complete.

Ebsco Environment Complete offers extensive coverage in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and affiliated areas of studies.

This database is co-sponsored by the Shelby County Conservation District

See how environmental effects impact everyone and learn about the connections between the environment and agriculture, education, law, and more with GreenFILE


Find scholarly articles, including content dating back as far as 1887, with Academic Search Complete

Explore art history with The MET Museum’s Art History Timeline

Search scholarly ebooks by topic with eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

Articles about current events, business and careers, health, and more on Explora for Public Libraries

Find unique quotes on Familiar Quotations

Search over 25,000 segments of the encyclopedia with Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia

Explore encyclopedias, Novelist, health information, and more with Kentucky Virtual Library

A consortium of over 60 research and education databases for students, adults, librarians, and professionals.

Test prep for GED, ACT, SAT, AP tests, ASVAB, nursing, postal worker exams, U.S. citizenship test, and more on Learning Express Library

Learn over 70 languages with Mango Languages

Records for more than 800,000 electronic theses and dissertations from around the world on OpenDissertations

Take computer, real estate, business, U.S. Citizenship test prep, and hundreds of other classes with Universal Class

Learn at your own pace hundreds of free online continuing education classes facilitated by dedicated instructors.

Education: K-12

Ever wonder why Yoda talks backwards, or what a group of flamingos is called? Find out on

Look up biographies on

Discover articles and encyclopedias on elementary grade level with Explora for Primary Schools

Articles about math and science, history, and more on Explora for Secondary Schools

Read scholarly journals and articles via Gale Virtual Reference Library

Excellent resource for scholastic research.

Explore encyclopedias, Novelist, health information, and more with Kentucky Virtual Library

A consortium of over 60 research and education databases for students, adults, librarians, and professionals.

Free online courses, lessons, and practice tests on Khan Academy

Test prep for GED, ACT, SAT, AP tests, ASVAB, nursing, postal worker exams, U.S. citizenship test, and more on Learning Express Library

Learn over 70 languages with Mango Languages

Search primary source documents, reference books, and a vast image collection with Middle Search Plus

Find popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedia entries, and many images on Primary Search

Explore World Maps

Education: for Teachers

Search education research information with ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)

Read more than 600 core journals and more than 80 selective journals about Library, Information Science, & Technology Abstracts with LISTA

Read magazines such as American History and Popular Science, see Lexile levels for full-text articles, and access image collections with MAS Ultra – School Edition

Search for peer-reviewed journals about assessments, best practices, continuing education, instructional media, literacy standards, and more on Teacher Reference Center

Explore classroom-discussion-ready government information, periodicals, public opinion polls, and international newspapers on TOPICsearch

E-reading, Books, and Music

Get an email when new books by your favorite authors arrive at SCPL with Author Check

Need help picking out your next book? Check out NoveList

Listen to audiobooks for free with Freading

Download (and keep!) music with Freegal

Access 8 million songs and permanently download 5 songs per week.

Download ebooks for your Kindle or reading apps, listen to audiobooks, read magazines, and stream movies with Overdrive

Want to read on your phone or tablet? For a user-friendly experience, try Overdrive’s new app, Libby

Read popular magazines and listen to audiobooks with RB Digital

Access magazines with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.

Read the latest books with Online Book Clubs


Research your family history with Ancestry

Full access in-library only.

Access census records, books, and magazines for genealogy with Heritage Quest

Helpful genealogy websites:

Government and Legal Resources

Just for Kids!

Read children’s books with animation, music, and narration on Tumble Book Library

Find children’s ebooks, audiobooks, and videos with Overdrive

Download 5 free songs per week your kids will love with Freegal

Local Information

Medical and Psychology

Search medicines to find out how it’s used, side effects, and more with AHFS Consumer Medication Information

Search and access full texts of more than 600 nursing and allied health journals with CINAHL

Find answers about mainstream medicine and holistic medicine on Consumer Health Complete

Search and read health magazines, health pamphlets, explore in English and Spanish the Clinical Reference Systems reports, and use Merriam-Webster’s Medical Desk Dictionary in Health Source: Consumer Edition

Search information about medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, preclinical sciences, and much more with MEDLINE

Find food nutrition information on

Provides more than 530 full-text journals, perfect for psychologists, counselors, researchers, and students via Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

Peer-reviewed content for behavioral and social science research, dissertations and scholarly literature abstracts on PsychINFO

Find 28 million citations for biomedical literature on PubMed

Search full-text articles for sociology literature for sociology and social work researchers, professionals, and students on Sociological Collection


Read the Sentinel-News, Lexington Herald-Leader, Associated Press News Service, and more with America’s Newspapers.

Find information on topics related to business, education, the environment, health, jobs and careers, politics and government, sports, STEM more including newspapers, videos and web-only content featuring The Sentinel-News, Lexington Herald-Leader, USA Today and more.

Access DIY vehicle repair, recall notices, guides and manuals for over 25,000 vehicles with Auto Mate

Read reviews about products before you buy with Consumer Search

Read magazines about business, health, education, general science, and multicultural issues with MasterFILE Premier

Cover-to-cover full text of regional, national, and international newspapers, and TV and radio transcripts of major broadcasts on Newspaper Source

Use the phonebook online with Switchboard (White Pages)

Small Businesses and Jobs

Look for jobs, find businesses, generate mailing lists, and more with AtoZdatabases

Premier reference and marketing database that provides details on every business and every household within the U.S.

Learn about Intellectual Property Basics in this free video series from Michigan Engineering, University of Michigan

Find articles, industry and market reports, company profiles and more with Business Source Premier

Create a professional resume with Cypress Resume

A free resource for global patent and scholarly knowledge about patents on

Find information about presidential candidates, franchise restaurants, the retail industry, business planning, or political participation on Regional Business News

Information on starting a company, management, growing your business, and more on Small Business Reference Center

If you’re interested in learning about patents and trademark law, check out USPTO: United States Patent and Trademark Office

Become part of the story.

Explore how we can help you.