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Alaska Digital Library (formerly ListenAlaska)
  • E-Books and Audiobooks.
  • Choose your checkout period, between 7-21 days.
  • No late fees, no need to return digital items to library.
  • E-Books in ePub, PDF and Kindle formats. Audiobooks in MP3 format.
  • Get Mobile Apps and download ebooks and audiobooks on your device!
Ancestry Library Edition
  • Comprehensive online family history resource.
  • Search over 7 billion genealogical records from across the globe.
  • Now includes the 1940 US Census.
  • Access limited to in-library networks (including WiFi).
  • Discover Tech is a travelling exhibit exploring how technology and engineering contribute to solving national and global problems.
  • The Discover Tech exhibit is on display at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library until April 6, 2018
Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Great reference titles available 24/7.
  • Including, Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, Science of Everyday Things, Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained.
  • Save, print or use the ReadSpeaker technology (text-to-speech) to have content read aloud or download in MP3 format.
  • Kanopy is an online movie streaming site, offering over 26,000 films to watch online.
  • Kanopy specializes in award-winning documentaries, independent and foreign films, and classic cinema.
  • Make a free account using your library card to watch up to 8 Kanopy films per month from any device, anywhere.
  • Create and browse playlists, edit clips from your favorite films, and rate and discuss films with the Kanopy community.
Khan Academy
  • A free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
  • Students can make use of an extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments from any computer with access to the web.
  • Videos cover K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.
  • An online library of instructional videos and full courses in photography, CAD, animation, coding, web design and much more
  • Includes software instruction for Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, open source software and more
Novelist +
  • This resource can help you decide what to read next, pick books for your book club, and guide your children's reading.
  • NoveList can:
    • Match a Favorite Author.
    • Match a Favorite Title & Find Similar Titles.
    • Explore Fiction.
    • Explore Best Books.
Oxford Premium Reference Collection
  • More than 100 reference titles (ebooks) and 50,000 entries (articles) from the Oxford Companion series.
  • Interdisciplinary subject area coverage.
  • Includes criticism guides on American, African, English, Classical Irish Literature and more.

Your first stop for when you get stumped!

  • Live Tutors available seven days a week from 12 PM (noon) to 2am Alaska Time, other resources available 24/7.
  • Covers math, science, social studies and English for all grade levels.
  • Real time paper proof-reading/ editing.
  • Requires Flash on your computer with pop-up blockers turned off.

Elementary School

Brain Pop
  • The more you know, the more you know!
  • Short videos featuring animated characters help introduce new topics and illustrate complex concepts from Science and Technology to music and more!
  • Checkout the new GameUp feature for great educational games.
  • BrainPOP supports individual, team, and whole class learning.
  • To request a password in Alaska, call 1-800-440-2919
BrainPopJr (K-3)
  • Where learning gets animated!
  • Same great BrainPop educational content but targeted at K-3 students.
  • BrainPOP supports individual, team, and whole-class learning.
  • To request a password in Alaska,
    call 1-800-440-2919
Explora for Grades K-5
  • Come here first for school projects!
  • Explore animals, arts and music, biographies, geography, language arts, math, science and health, social studies and more!

Middle & High School

Explora for Grades 6-12
  • For papers and research reports -- check out articles, videos, news, and more.
  • Thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports.
Points of View Reference Center
  • Covers controversial topics, providing an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument) for each one
  • Offers a Guide to Critical Analysis, which helps the reader evaluate the arguments given on each side of the debate
Science Reference Center
  • Easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content including full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias and reference books.
  • Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, technology and wildlife.
Student Resources in Context
  • Provides information on a broad range of topics, people, places and events.
  • Includes magazine articles, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio, and more
Teen Health and Wellness
  • Real life, real answers.
  • Personal stories from teens.
  • Advice from Dr. Jan, psychologist.
  • Great resource for teens to get confidential info about sexual health, suicide, eating disorders and more difficult topics.
Testing and Education Reference Center
  • Provided by the Statewide Library Electronic Doorway (SLED) of the Alaska State Library.
  • Find colleges, graduate schools, specialty and career programs, and test prep materials.
  • Test prep and practice tests for ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, PRAXIS, ASVAB, TOEFL, ASE, U.S. Citizenship and more.
  • Get help with your resume, prepare for an interview and more in the Virtual Career Library section.