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America's News- 2022

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. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S.

America's News

Ancestry Library Edition

Available in library only –ProQuest extended from-home access to Ancestry Library Edition through December, 2021. Email Librarian@IrondaleLibrary.org for access instructions.

Discover your family history with access to over 7 billion genealogy records from around the world through Ancestry Library Edition. Made possible by the Alabama Public Library Service.

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Birmingham News

Explore Birmingham history through local news, events and people with Birmingham News 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.

Birmingham News

Black Freedom Struggle

Black Freedom Struggle features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. Appropriate for a wide range of students, from middle and high school students to college students and independent scholars. Freely available from ProQuest.

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Black Life in America

The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media.

Black Life in America

Career Alabama

Career Alabama offers free online career and job search assistance, writing and résumé support, academic skills tutoring, and career and study resources. Live assistance is available 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily, and the writing lab and career and study resources are available 24/7.

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Chilton Library

Chilton Library offers the most authoritative automotive repair information available with thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. Made possible by the Alabama Public Library Service.

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CreativeBug

Thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

CreativeBug

Hispanic Life in America

The experience and impact of Hispanic Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today.

Hispanic Life in America

Homework Alabama

Homework Alabama offers free online tutoring and academic resources, test prep, citizenship and language resources, help with your job search, and more to Alabama residents from kindergarten students through college, plus adult learners. Tutors are available 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Drop off writing for review and access the study center 24/7.

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Hoopla

Stream digital movies and TV shows and download or stream music, eBooks, comic books, and audiobooks with Hoopla. For Irondale residents. Up to 8 titles may be checked out per month.

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Kanopy

Everyone from film scholars to casual viewers will discover remarkable and enriching films on Kanopy.

Log in with your library membership and enjoy our diverse catalog with new titles added every month. For Irondale residents. Up to 8 titles may be checked out per month.

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Learning Express Library

Learning Express Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification, exam prep, college entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.

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Libby Overdrive

Download audiobooks and eBooks or listen/read in your browser with Overdrive Libby. For all residents of Jefferson County with current library card. Up to 10 titles may be checked out at a time.

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Mango Languages

A personalized, adaptive language-learning experience that provides the tools and guidance you need to expand your language skills wherever and however you learn best. More than 70 languages including Spanish, English, Italian, Russian and Mandarin Chinese.

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Niche Academy

Niche Academy is an online learning platform that gives IPL patrons access to ready-to-use tutorials for common library services. You’ll find tutorials on Microsoft Office apps, Libby/Overdrive, CreativeBug, and Hoopla to name a few. Look for the orange “Tutorials” tab on the right side of the web page.

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Public Libraries

Visit for research tools, learning resources, and more.

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The New York Times

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Viewspace

Viewspace is a web-based collection of digital interactives and videos highlighting the latest developments in astronomy and Earth science. ViewSpace is made freely available by the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute , in partnership with the NASA’s Universe of Learning project and NASA’s Earth Observing System, Hubble Space Telescope Project, and James Webb Space Telescope Project.

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