Select a database category below or select "Expand/Contract Questions and Answers" to view all NPL databases. Most databases require your 13 digit library card number.
Access step-by-step repair procedures, diagnostics, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls, and Technical Service Bulletins for automobiles and light trucks. [May require your library card number.]
More than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases -- includes records from the United States Census, military records, court, land and probate records, vital and church records, directories, passenger lists and more. [This database is available only inside the Library.]
Access historical documents for research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level.
Access 600,000+ biographical entries about more than 528,000 individuals spanning history and geography in a curriculum-aligned resource updated daily.
Access historical, personal and professional information about the inhabitants of cities in Virginia and information about the city’s civic, social, benevolent and literary organizations from 1801-1929.
Access Civil War generals’ chronologically arranged reports of activities associated with battles from 1864-1887.
Access first-person accounts of regimental histories and personal narratives from 1861 through 1865.
Access newspapers and records of public opinion from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama ranging from 1861-1865.
Access biographical profiles of important persons of African heritage including rising personalities, groundbreakers, and newsmakers in a variety of fields. [May require your library card number.]
Access Virginia’s history, politics, and geography through the perspectives of its’ ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse peoples.
Access 7,000 biographies about notables from every part of the world and from all time periods.
Access U.S. federal census records with the digitized genealogy, local history, Revolutionary War content and the Freedman’s Bank records. [Requires the first 5 digits of your library card number.]
Access Virginia historical highway markers including Norfolk, Tidewater, and women in Virginia history.
Access Norfolk Public Library’s collection of over 60,000 Historical Images from the late 19th century to the present. These are only a portion of those in our collections, so we invite you to check back from time to time. Contact the Sargeant Memorial Collection staff at 431-7429 if you have questions or need help.
This collection provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with articles from the local, historical Norfolk Journal and Guide, 1921-2003. [May require your library card number.]
Access 10,000 articles about the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. [May require your library card number.]
Access full-text primary source documents in American history with expert analysis and commentary.
Access detailed historical street maps showing locations and owners of houses and businesses in Virginia towns and cities and fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. [For special assistance using this resource call the Sargeant Memorial Collection at 431-7429.]
Access reviews of books, audiobooks, and DVD titles with full coverage of the prestigious ALA award winners and other best lists. Also included are interviews, essays, and columns dating back to 1992.
Access an extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors with biographical/critical introductions as well as listings of principal works and sources for further study. [May require your library card number.]
OverDrive is a collection of popular and best selling eBook titles that you can borrow online through your Norfolk Public Library account. The book will expire when the lending term is up, so no more overdues!
Enjoy a collection of previously published books that don’t hold copyright restrictions. Download to your computer or device.
Access the entirety of public domain books. Access bibliographic data, brief snippets or a few pages for books under copyright.
Enjoy a collection of electronic children’s books that are narrated and animated with sound and/or music added.
To access TumbleBooks, click on the link, select the Elementary/Middle School option and click on TumbleBooks from that page.
Get help searching series fiction: two or more books linked by characters, settings, or other common traits.
Access to academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics and related fields emphasizing titles indexed in the American Economic Association's EconLit bibliography.
Access information, news, statistical data and in-depth reports on companies and industries.
Access historical, personal and professional information about the inhabitants of cities in Virginia and information about the city’s civic, social, benevolent and literary organizations from 1801-1929. [For remote access, use the password "infopower".]
Access articles about diverse business operations.
Moody’s Historical Manual Collection includes every Moody’s Manual back to 1909.
Access industry profiles, state profiles, call prep sheets, and news and social content.
Access global private company data on over 110 million privately held companies, information on over 200 million individuals, and executive contacts on over 90 million business professionals. A job search function and global family tree information are also included.
Access business and company research for over 60,000 publicly traded companies globally, full company history, and 30 years of historical stock pricing.
Access business and residential information for reference and research. Includes thousands of current job postings.
Access academic journals and magazines perfect for both business school students and entrepreneurs.
Access full-text of the Virginian-Pilot from 1990 to the current edition as well as magazines, books, Virginia and international newspapers, pictures, maps, TV and radio transcripts, and reference books. [May require your library card number.]
Access 1.1 million bibliographic citations for a broad collection of education-related resources (1966-July 2004), full-text of approximately 107,000 indexed January 1993 - July 2004.
Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images! [May require your library card number.]
More than 350 instructor-led online courses include subjects like healthcare and medicine, business, accounting and finance, design, teaching and language arts. Courses kick-off the 3rd Wednesday of every month and last for 6 weeks. Download and print a certificate when you complete a course.
Access millions of full-text news and periodical articles, many with images. Updated daily. [May require your library card number.]
Access articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images. [May require your library card number.]
Access magazine articles, newspapers, and reference books for students in junior high and middle school. [May require your library card number.]
Access a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, and reference books designed for high school students. [May require your library card number.]
Access developmentally appropriate content to meet the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. [May require your library card number.]
Access kid-friendly articles that explore events and facts with designated reading levels including games, pictures, and activities.
Access a host of educational content for K-12 students and adults, informational videos and tutorials, and interactive discovery tools.
Prepares children ages 3 to 6 for kindergarten proficiency, providing children an opportunity to learn while having fun AND providing parents with tools to measure their child's progress at home and on the go.
Access the definitive record for the English Language by subject, usage, region, or origin. [May require your library card number.]
Preparation for the U.S. Naturalization test including 100 instructional videos, practice exercises and quizzes to help with the Civics, Reading, and Writing portions.
Access various lessons and levels for learning 80 different languages using your computer and/or mobile device.
Access historical newspapers including; The New York Times (1851-2010), Wall Street Journal (1889-1996), Washington Post (1877-1997), Los Angeles Times (1881-1990), The Christian Science Monitor (1908-2000).
Access in-depth, specialist content and scholarly works from Oxford's award-winning Encyclopedias and Companions. [May require your library card number.]
Access free study guides about a variety of standardized tests commonly utilized for admissions, licensing, and educational assessment.
Access thousands of college and graduate school entries, identify scholarships, take online practice tests, and/or use test prep eBooks [May require your library card number.]
Access overviews from expert authors on subjects new to you making challenging topics highly readable.
Access encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. [May require your library card number.]
Access magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on health. Material is intended for informational purposes only. [May require your library card number.]
Access detailed information about conditions, diseases and wellness, and drug information provided by the National Library of Medicine.
Access U.S. news from local, regional, and national sources from printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos.
Access full text of the Daily Press, magazines, books, Virginia and international newspapers, pictures, maps, TV and radio transcripts, and reference books from 1999 to the current. [Requires the first 5 digits of your library card number.]
Access historical articles from the Norfolk Journal and Guide, 1921-2003. [May require your library card number.]
Access kid-friendly articles that explore events and facts with designated reading levels including; games, pictures, and activities.
Access popular news magazines such as The New Yorker, Parenting, Newsweek, Smithsonian, and 24 others.
Historical New York Times (1851-2010), Wall Street Journal (1889-1996), Washington Post (1877-1997), Los Angeles Times (1881-1990), The Christian Science Monitor (1908-2000)
Full-text articles about local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the Virginian-Pilot.
Access biblical texts, authoritative reference works, and tools to research the background, context, and issues related to the Bible including articles from major Oxford reference works, six Bibles in a variety of denominations, and the apocryphal texts from the Old and New Testaments.
Access coverage of different religions, philosophies and how they impact our daily lives.