Online Resources

Online research tools and books at your fingertips. Any time, anywhere, courtesy of Vail Public Library.


Automotive | Biography | Business and Investing | Consumer Information | Demographics | Do It Yourself | Downloadable Audio, eBooks, eMagazines, Music and Video | Encyclopedias and Dictionaries | Genealogy | Government | Homework Help | Jobs, Career, and Education | Language Learning | Legal | Literature, Reviews, and Author Information | Local History | Local Information | Magazines and Newspapers | Medical Research and Health | Science | Statistics | Weather and Road Conditions

A-Z database listing

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, and many more.

America’s News

Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people, and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. This database features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the United States. Includes access to The Denver Post and other national and local newspapers, such as the Boulder’s The Daily Camera.

Denver Post Collection

Explore Denver history through local news, events, and people with the Denver Post Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Ancestry Library

Provides records and genealogies from across the globe. Its valuable content is a complement to HeritageQuest Online (see below).

Library use only suspended during COVID-19

Auto Repair Source

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source 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.


BookBrowse guides readers to the best new and current books, includes reviews, excerpts, reading lists, author information and information for book clubs. You can even subscribe to receive an e-newsletter from BookBrowse to keep up with its reviews, “beyond the book” articles, book club information, and giveaways by email.

Sign up for the BookBrowse newsletter.

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.

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Britannica School

This resource provides great research material appropriate for elementary school, middle school, and high school students.  Content from the high school level of Britannica will also appeal to adults.

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Business Searching Interface

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

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. Or watch a tutorial on advanced searching in Business Source.

 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.

Consumer Reports

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


Online video arts and crafts workshops. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screenprint, and more. Enjoy thousands of art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. These classes never expire, so you can start and stop projects at your own pace from anywhere. Use the links below to create an account and start taking classes.

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 EBSCOhost Web

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

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

Project GutenbergProject Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free eBooks with over 60,000 available titles. All titles available on Project Gutenberg are within the public domain. You can download them to an e-reader or read them online.

Environment Complete

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

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.

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.

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.

Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia

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


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 environment.


HeritageQuest Online

Use HeritageQuest Online to find your ancestors, trace their paths across America and Canada, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled.

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History Reference Center

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

Watch a tutorial on using History Reference Center.

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 access for Vail Public Library cardholders is integrated into the Libby app.

Learning Express Library

This valuable service is available 24/7 from any Internet-enabled computer at your library or from your home! The Learning Express Library includes academic testing and career testing. It also includes GED test materials.

Tutorials to help you use Learning Express

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 and Technology Abstracts

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


 Mango Languages

Choose from 70+ world languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, German, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and Korean.

Video on how to use Mango

To get started, set up an account by visiting VPL’s Mango login page. Sign in or click the ‘Sign up’ button. You can register for a free account provided by the library from this page with just an email address and password.

Choose a language and have fun!


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

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.

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.


  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.

With your New York Times account, you can also access Times Machine, a database of every New York Times newspaper published before December 31st, 2002.

You will need to create a New York Times user account (unless you already have one) using either link below.

For unlimited access from within the library, click the At library link button and enter your NYT account user name and password.

For remote access, click the At home link button and log in with your library card number and then your NYT account user name and password for a 72 hour pass. When that pass expires, repeat the process for a new pass.

NYT at library link NYT at home link


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.

NoveList K-8

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


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.

Points of View

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

Tutorial on using Points of View

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.

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.


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 using your library card.

ReferenceUSA training videos and webinars are also available.

Regional Business News

This premier resource provides access to 50 regional business publications.

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.

Tutorial on using Science Reference Center

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.

Tutorial on using Small Engine Repair Reference Center


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.

Wall Street Journal

Vail Public Library patrons with active library cards can create a Wall Street Journal account that is valid for periods of 10 days. Just renew your access from the above link when access needs to be renewed.

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