Athens-Limestone Public Library

Athens-Limestone Public Library

Free Digital Resources

Digital Libraries and Archives

  • The Alabama Virtual Library: Online access to essential library and information resources
  • Black Freedom Struggle in the United States: Featuring expertly selected open primary source documents. Visitors will find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.
  • BlackPast: This 6,000 page reference center is dedicated to African American history. 
  • Comic Book Plus: Thousands of Golden and Silver Age comics that have entered the public domain.
  • Digital Public Library of America: Discover more than 37 million images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States.
  • Farming for a Better Future: History of African-American farmers in North Alabama.
  • International Children’s Library: Offers children’s books in a huge number of languages.
  • LibriVox: free, high-quality audiobooks of public domain works like Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, and H. P. Lovecraft
  • Open Culture: Free cultural and educational media
  • Project Gutenberg: A library of over 60,000 free eBooks 

Legal Resources

  • Alabama Legal Help: Legal Services of Alabama
  • Alabama Access to Justice: The Alabama Access to Justice Commission was created by order of the Supreme Court of Alabama in April, 2007 to serve as a coordinating entity for the legally underserved, the legal community, social service providers and the private and public sectors.
  • Alabama State Bar Association: The Alabama State Bar is committed to promoting public access to high quality legal services regardless of financial or other circumstances. Find links to lawyer referrals, legal information, and self-help forms.

Skill Development / Lifelong Learning

  • ALISON: An online community with free resources to develop certified workplace skills
  • American Sign Language Browser : An online sign language resource
  • BBC Languages: Online language resource
  • Chilton Auto Repair Guides: The world’s most comprehensive automotive repair database with easy-to-follow, step-by-step repair guidance on thousands of cars and trucks from 1940 to the present
  • Codecademy: Learn to write computer code interactively
  • COURSERA: Free online course from the nations top universities
  • Drawspace: Learn how to draw
  • DuoLingo: Learn another language for free
  • edx.org: Online courses from top universities
  • Free Computer Books: Free computer books and resources
  • GED Classes: Calhoun Community College offers free GED classes on both their Decatur and Huntsville campuses.
  • How Stuff Works: Find out how the world work
  • iFixit: iFixit maintains free repair manuals for thousands of household appliances, computers, and more.
  • Learning Express Library: Practice tests, college prep, and other online help for all academic level
  • Lifehacker: Tips and downloads for getting things don
  • MIT Open CourseWare: Web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content
  • Open Learn: Free learning from The Open University
  • Open YALE Courses: Free lectures and materials from Yale course
  • Scitable: Online science resource
  • Shodor: A national resource for computational science
  • Smarter Every Day: Destin explores the world using science. That’s pretty much all there is to it
  • TED: Ideas worth spreading
  • UDACITY: Interactive online courses with a focus on technology
  • Udemy FREE Courses: Free online courses
  • VideoLectures.net: Various lectures from around the world
  • Zooniverse: Home of the citizen science projects

Homework Help / Kids Resources

  • Disney Junior Online: Play games featuring Mickey, Jasmine, Han Solo, and more.
  • FunBrain : Offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.
  • Homework Alabama: Free online tutoring and academic resource
  • International Children’s Library: Offers children’s books in a huge number of languages.
  • Khan Academy: Learning help
  • Meddybemps.com: High quality educational resource for families with young children.
  • PBS Kids: PBS Kids is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children through curriculum-based entertainment.
  • Social Justice Books: Multicultural and social justice books for children, YA, and educators.
  • Virtual Field Trips: Visit other states, countries across the globe, and even other planets

Useful Information


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