Iris Brammer Library

Research & Learn

You can use your library card to access a wealth of online resources for student research, job and career help, and lifelong learning. Use the links below to get started on your path.


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Research & Explore

Explora Public Libraries — Explora is a user-friendly search tool that offers access to thousands of magazine and journal articles on a wide range of topics for both students and lifelong learners.

Gale in Context: Elementary — Gale In Context: Elementary meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through grade 5, with age-appropriate content from magazines, newspapers, and more.

NoveList Plus — Can’t decide what to read next? Need a book or author recommendation for a child, student, or family member? Use NoveList Plus to discover your next favorite author, series, or title!


two men working on laptopsJobs & Careers

Accel5 — Explore a unique business library, featuring videos, book summaries, and articles on professional development, leadership theory, and business best practices.

Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative — Use these self-paced, online classes to learn how to launch a small business venture, from marketing to human resources and government regulation to finance.

Gale Legal Forms — Find downloadable, fillable forms for basic legal transactions, current to Virginia code.

JobNow — Connect LIVE with a certified career coach, seven days a week between 2 and 11 pm, for help with résumé writing, applications, searches, and skill development needs. Also find unemployment assistance, résumé templates, career assessments, and more.

Peterson’s Career Prep — Identify potential career fields; create a professional résumé for downloading and emailing; view webinars on interview skills, and search for available jobs near you with an instant connection to Indeed.com.

Universal Class — Online, self-paced learning, with over 100 classes relating to business and entrepreneurship skills.

VetNow — Connect LIVE with a military benefits navigator, seven days a week between 2 and 11 pm, for help with eligibility questions, connecting with veteran’s benefits and community resources, and more.


young woman looking at library shelvesLearn

Homework Help Now — Connect LIVE with a certified tutor, seven days a week between 2 and 11 pm, for assistance with assignments, research and writing. Also find practice tests, study plans, and more. Tutoring is available in English and Spanish.

Rocket Languages — Learn to speak one of 12 languages, including Arabic, Hindi, and American Sign Language as well as English for Spanish speakers.

This site is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is managed by the The Library of Virginia Library Development and Networking Division.