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Academic Search Premier

This collection of full text articles and journals offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and many more.

Ancestry Library

Provides coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom. Its valuable content is a complement to HeritageQuest Online. (Library use only suspended during COVID-19)

      Auto Mate

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

beslbtnBasic ESL

Basic ESL (English as a Second Language) allows you to learn English quickly and effectively covering relevant topics such as home, school and family. Students learn vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversations. No computer experience is needed to use Basic ESL.


BookBrowse guides readers to the best new and current books, includes reviews, excerpts, reading lists, find a book tool, author information and information for book clubs. You can even subscribe to receive an enewsletter from BookBrowse to keep up with its reviews, “beyond the book” articles, book club information and giveaways by email. To sign up for the BookBrowse email, click here.

Britannica Annals of American History

This online chronicle provides a year-by-year documentary of American thought and action. Read the original words of more than 1,500 authors who made and analyzed American history through their speeches, writings, memoirs, poems and interviews. (For access inside the library, click here| For access from home or school, click here )

school-hdr-brand.jpeg Britannica School

This link will take you to research material appropriate for elementary school, middle school and high school students.  Adults will be thrilled with the information from the high school level of Britannica, too. (For access inside the library, click here | For access from home or school, click here)

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Search and browse information including country economic data, company profiles, industry information and market research.

bspremier100.gif Business Source Premier

This premier resource provides access to over 1,000 business publications general magazines to trade publications and top management journals as well as over 10,000 company profiles.

Watch a tutorial on basic searching in Business Source here. Or watch a tutorial on advanced searching in Business Source here.

consumer-health-complete-button.gif Consumer Health Complete

The single most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content, CHC is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Watch a tutorial on using Consumer Health Complete here.

Consumer Reports Consumer Reports

The name you trust for product reviews and purchasing advice is available 24/7.

contemporary1.jpg Contemporary Authors

Provides biographical and bibliographical information and references on many U.S. and international authors.

 EBSCOhost Web

Search one, selected or all databases offered by EBSCO through State of Colorado funding.

Watch a tutorial on basic searching in Ebscohost here.  Or watch a tutorial on advanced searching in Ebscohost here.

ediscover1.jpg  eDiscover the Classics with Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg  is the first and largest single collection of free eBooks with over 36,000 available titles. In 2011 a group of Colorado libraries collected over 400 of Project Gutenberg’s most popular eBook and eAudiobook titles and made them available for free through library catalogs.You can read or listen to any of these “E-discover the Classics” books online or download them onto your favorite devices. Access hundreds of these titles from the library catalog or search Project Gutenberg for additional titles.

Environment Complete

Comprehensive Coverage for Environmental Studies including agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy and affiliated areas of study.

explora_logo_Productbutton100 Explora Elementary School Version

Explora is an easy-to-use tool that can help you complete research and classroom assignments. Discover reliable information on topics covering a wide range of subjects including art, music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports. Search results are aligned with a student’s grades in school.

Watch a tutorial on using Explora for Elementary School here.

explora_logo_Productbutton100       Explora High School Version

Explora is an easy-to-use tool that can help you complete research and classroom assignments. Discover reliable information on topics covering a wide range of subjects including art, music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures & languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports. Search results are aligned with a student’s grades in school.

Watch a tutorial on using Explora for High School here.

explora_logo_Productbutton100       Explora Middle School Version

Explora is an easy-to-use tool that can help you complete research and classroom assignments. Discover reliable information on topics covering a wide range of subjects including art, music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures & languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports. Search results are aligned with a student’s grades in school.

Watch a tutorial on using Explora for Middle School here.

FunkLogo1.gif Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia

Access to thousands of encyclopedia entries on a variety of topics.

greenfile1001.gif GreenFILE

Comprised of more than 600 scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology.

HathiTrust1.gif  HathiTrust

HathiTrust is a collection of digitized titles made available by a partnership between major research institutions and libraries. Over one million titles are contained in this collection of ebook titles.

Heritage.jpgHeritageQuest Online

Use HeritageQuest Online to find your ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled. (Click here for access from home | Click here for library only access)

HeritageQuest Video Tutorials

Watch videos to help you navigate your genealogy searches in HeritageQuest.

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This database features full text from more than 1900 reference books, encyclopedias and non fiction books PLUS 200 history periodicals.

Watch a tutorial on using History Reference Center here.

Hoopla Digital (Audiobooks, eBooks, Music, Video)

Your Vail Public Library card is the key to accessing over 9,000 audiobooks, 800 music albums and 4,000 movies and television series from Hoopla Digital. Hoopla Digital offerings can stream to a PC or be downloaded to a mobile device. Hoopla is also available on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and Android TV.

Signing up is easy. To begin, click the link above and choose “sign up” (in the upper left side of the page). Read the general information, and find Vail Public Library listed on the next page.  Enter your library card number (we don’t use a PIN at Vail PL). Once your library card is validated, Hoopla Digital asks you to create an account using an email and password. Once your account is set up, you can start browsing and borrowing items.

Need help setting up your Hoopla account? Watch a YouTube video to learn how to create an account! Click here to watch the video. Remember, we don’t use PINs at Vail Public Library; just use your library card number to create your Hoopla account.

Hoopla Bonus Borrows for November 2020 – This selection of ebooks and eaudiobooks will NOT be counted against  your 5 checkouts per month limit.

Note: eBooks and audiobooks check out for 3 weeks; music for 1 week; movies for 72 hours.

Kanopy (Streaming Video)

Your Vail Public Library card is the key to accessing over 15,000 videos from Kanopy. Kanopy offerings can stream to a PC or mobile device (using the Kanopy app). Kanopy is also available on Roku, Apple TV and Chromcast.

All you need to set up your account is an email account or Facebook or Google account and your library card that starts with “416000.” Patrons with a Kanopy account through Vail Public Library are able to borrow up to 10 titles a month. Kanopy videos check out for 72 hours and there are no late fees or fines associated with Kanopy. Search for a title from our catalog or go directly to to check out your videos.

For device/TV specific set up instructions, visit the Kanopy help pages at

NOTE: Eagle County School students will need a Vail Public Library (VPL) account to access Kanopy. If you do not already have a VPL account, visit the library with a parent or guardian to get your account set up.

Kirkus Reviews

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LD-home-button1.jpg Law Depot

Allows you to create your own legal documents by having you answer questions pertinent to the document and your specific situation. Legal assistance is also available. Law Depot also stores your documents in your account. Watch a video to get an overview of the Law Depot service. Create your account for future access when you visit for the first time.

Helpful information can be found here: RBdigital Education LawDepot User Guide – Content List

LearningExpress1.jpg Learning Express Library

This valuable service is available 24/7 from any Internet-enabled computer at your library or from your home! Follow this link to Learning Express Library for academic testing and career testing. Also includes new GED test materials.

Find tutorials to help you use Learning Express here.

legalreference-webbutton-100X50.gif Legal Information Reference Center

This database offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues. Users can search over 12,800 state-specific legal forms – searchable by all 50 U.S. states and by top subject areas, including adoption, bankruptcy, name changes and more.

Library Information Science Library Information Science and Technology Abstracts

LISTA covers librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.

Vail Public Library (VPL) is pleased to offer its patrons access to’s library of instructional videos. Normally, using requires a paid subscription, but as a VPL library cardholder you can access content from any computer with an Internet connection simply by entering your 13-digit VPL library card barcode. Once you have logged into with your library barcode, you must create a personalized account by entering your name and email address.

Note that you can only access course content through the VPL’s website, and not by directly visiting the homepage. Bookmark accordingly. Also note that while the VPL’s accounts are accessible through mobile devices, they are not accessible through apps. Use your mobile device’s browser to connect to through the VPL website.

What is is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.

 Mango Languages

Learn a language from the following list: Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Greek, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and English for Polish, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish speakers.

Watch a Mango tutorial here.

Mango Languages Mobile APP

There’s now an APP for Android devices, iPhone, iPod and iPad from Mango. Follow the easy steps below to set up an account and be directed to the correct app website:

1st: set up an account from the link on our homepage or this Mango Languages link by entering an email address and password.
2nd: Mango sends an email to the address entered. You must click the link in the email to activate the account.
3rd: Once you activate your Mango Languages account, you will be taken to a welcome page with links on the page to download the app for android or iOS.


masultra1001.gif MAS Ultra School Edition

Specifically designed to provide high school students with full text access to periodicals, reference books, primary source documents, biographies and more.

MasterFILE-Premier-button100x50.gif MasterFILE Premier

MasterFILE™ Premier contains nearly 1,750 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Also find nearly 500 full text reference books and biographies. Use this resource to access Consumer Reports online for free.

middlesearchplus1001.gif Middle Search Plus

Middle school students can access biographies, historical essays, encyclopedias and popular, middle school magazines. Provides access to full text for more than 140 middle school magazines, 85,639 biographies, 104,481 primary source documents and an image collection of 285,912 photos, maps and flags.

My Heritage

Diverse genealogy databases providing access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries. This genealogy database is available to Vail Public Library card holders from home.

National Library of Medicine National Library of Medicine

Discover a wealth of information at the National Library of Medicine. Beside links to Medline and other free databases, there are links to historical medical documents, historical photos, videos, books, journals and historical medical statistics.

   New York Times

Get access to the New York Times courtesy of the Vail Public Library. Read the daily New York Times online. Enjoy access to articles, blogs, videos, podcasts, multimedia features and historical content dating back to 1851. Once you have created an account with New York Times, you may download and use the app and the TimeMachine in 72 hour intervals.

Inside the library, please use this link and save the remote access through the title and icon above for remote library users.

NewspaperSource1.gif Newspaper Source Plus

Digital collection of the world’s major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.

novk8-1001.gif NoveList K-8

Read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are right for their reading level and interests.

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This is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations and much more for over 135,000 titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, What We’re Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks and Annotated Book Lists. For school media specialists and teachers, there are Picture Book Extenders and articles on Teaching with Fiction.

OverdriveLogo.jpg OverDrive AudioBooks, eBooks, Video and Music

Download audio books, eBooks, videos and music from OverDrive using your Vail Public Library library card. Access to the OverDrive platform is shared between 20 Western Slope libraries and our patrons can browse for titles, check out titles, place holds and renew titles all within OverDrive. Vail library patrons can check out 5 titles through OverDrive using their library card account number.

OverDrive offers 2 apps for mobile devices: the OverDrive App and Libby. Libby is the newer of the two apps. OverDrive encourages library patrons to start using Libby especially if you have OverDrive accounts from multiple libraries because Libby makes that user experience easier to navigate.

Getting Started and Support from Overdrive – This link takes you to the OverDrive help pages. This is where you can find OverDrive platform help, including help for eAudiobooks and eBooks.

pov100.gif  Points of View

This excellent resource helps students research multiple sides of current issues including affirmative action, cloning, DNA profiling, HIV/AIDS status disclosure, immigration, Iraq and much more.

Watch a tutorial on using Points of View here.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

This premier resource contains full text for more than 560 journals concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

primarysearch100.gif Primary Search

Designed for use in elementary schools, this database provides access to primary sources, articles and information from popular, elementary school magazines, encyclopedias and dictionaries.

RBdigital Magazines (formerly Zinio)

RBdigital provides a collection of magazines which are available online to Vail Public Library patrons. Follow the link above to authenticate your Vail Public Library card, and set up a free account at RBdigital to view any of the magazines in the Marmot shared collection. Vail library patrons have access to over 150 popular and specialty magazines. Your Vail library card will give you unlimited access to this entire collection. As an added bonus, RBdigital magazines do not have to be returned and do not expire.


This database is a resource for accurate information on 44 million businesses and 271 million consumers. It can be used for research and reference. Access information 24 hours a day by using your library card from the library website links in this entry.

Training videos and webinars are also available from ReferenceUSA by clicking here.

regional-business-news-button100x50.gif Regional Business News

This premier resource provides access to 50 regional business publications.

  science-ref-center1.gif Science Reference Center

Designed to meet every student’s science research needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics and more.

Watch a tutorial on using Science Reference Center here.

small-engine-repair-ref-center-button.gif Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Small Engine Repair Reference Center is your online tool for small engine repair assistance, including ATVs, commercial mowers, farm tractors, generators, motorcycles, marine (boats), outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft/jet ski (PWC), snow blowers, snowmobiles, tillers and other small engines. A library card is required to use this resource from home.

Watch a tutorial on using Small Engine Repair Reference Center here.

Social Sciences Full Text

Covering the latest concepts, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences, including addiction studies, ethics, public welfare, urban studies and more.

Topic Search TOPICsearch

This current events database allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints.

Tumble Books

Tumble Books databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Patrons can read as many books as they want on any device. There are no check-outs, holds or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.


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