Explore a range of free online resources to help you with your learning, research and information needs, as well as curated guides linking you to materials in our collection and relevant websites on topics like genealogy, elections, health, business, investing and employment.

albanyherald Albany Herald (Search 10/20/2009-Current)

The Albany Herald is the daily newspaper for metro Albany, GA. It is distributed in metro Albany and in southwest Georgia. The newspaper was founded in 1891. Circulation is 21,701 on weekdays and 24,820 on Sundays. Find information on community issues and events, business, education, government, sports and more. Coverage of the Albany Herald is from October 20, 2009 to Current.

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

favpng_new-york-city-the-new-york-times-newspaper-logo-symbol NY Times

The New York Times is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership. Founded in 1851, the paper has won 122 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper. Find breaking news, multimedia, reviews & opinion on Washington, business, sports, movies, travel, books, jobs, education, real estate, cars & more at

USA_Today_Logo.svg USA Today

USA Today is an internationally distributed American daily middle-market newspaper that serves as the flagship publication of its owner, the Gannett Company. USA TODAY delivers current local and national news, sports, entertainment, finance, technology, and more through award-winning journalism, photos, videos and VR.




Do you enjoy James Patterson Author Read-alikes
John Sandford, Greg Iles, Ridley Pearson, Jeff Deaver, and Joseph Garber.

Do you enjoy Robert B. Parker Author Read-alikes
Raymond Chandler, Stephen Cannell, Robert Crais, Steven Brust, and Loren Estleman.

Do you enjoy David Baldacci Author Read-alikes
James Grippando, Stephen Cannell, John Grisham, Michael Connelly, and Kyle Mills.

Do you enjoy John Grisham Author Read-alikes
Scott Turow, Steve Martini, Lisa Scottoline, Brad Meltzer, David Baldacci, and Stuart Woods.

Do you enjoy Stuart Woods Author Read-alikes
Lawrence Sanders, Jeffrey Archer, Sidney Sheldon, Stephen Cannell, and James Patterson.

Do you enjoy Zane Author Read-alikes
Mary B. Morrison, Brenda Jackson, Noire, Rochelle Alers, Donna Hill, and Eric Jerome Dickey.

Do you enjoy Omar Tyree Author Read-alikes
Donald Goines, Nelson George, E. Lynn Harris, and Travis Hunter.

Do you enjoy John Sandford Author Read-alikes
Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, David L. Lindsey, and John Dunning.

Do you enjoy Nicholas Sparks Author Read-alikes
Emily Grayson, James Michael Pratt, Richard Paul Evans, Lynne Hinton, and K. C. McKinnon.

Do you enjoy Danielle Steel Author Read-alikes
Barbara Deminsky, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Fern Michaels, and Nicholas Sparks.

Do you enjoy Francine Rivers Author Read-alikes
Angela Elwell Hunt, Ellen Gunderson Traylor, Beverly Lewis, and Taylor Caldwell.

Do you enjoy Nora Roberts Author Read-alikes
Suzanne Brockmann, JoAnn Ross, Anne Stuart, Christine Feehan, and Jayne Ann Krentz.

Do you enjoy Fern Michaels Author Read-alikes
Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, Dannielle Steel, and Luanne Rice.


Black Life in America NewsBank logo  Black Life in America Series 1-3

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


kbb-kelleybluebook Kelley Blue Book

If you’re searching for used car pricing information, then you’ll want to use the most trusted source in the car business: Kelley Blue Book. The Blue Book® is the vehicle information resource used by consumers and the automobile industry to establish price guidelines.

driving_tests-300x172 (1) Driving Tests

This program provides unlimited access to official state driver’s manuals, online practice tests for car, motorcycle and commercial driver’s license (CDL), an exam simulator, and a DMV-related FAQ.




Research the latest new car prices and used car book value. Find the latest car deals and see what’s available before you buy a new car. Many car incentives and rebates can greatly reduce the final purchase price for the car.


 aielogo    Adventure in Education

Providing support resources that help students navigate their financial lives to reach the educational goals they desire. AIE has college planning resources, financial aid information, career guidance, and money management tips to help families and students achieve their goals. You can also search their database of more than 15,000 scholarships.

 logo2022 Campus Tours

CampusTours provides virtual tours of 1700+ colleges and universities and builds virtual tours and interactive maps for schools and organizations worldwide.

It operates a directory of information about tours of higher education institutions including virtual tours, and a directory of information about the campus maps of Higher education institutions.

 FAFSAPilot_Badge-9-1024x479  FAFSA

Apply for scholarships and grants, which don’t need to be repaid, as well as student loans, by submitting the FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the form that the federal government, states, colleges and other organizations use to award financial aid.

Learning_Express_Library_new_logo   Learning Express

The Learning Express Library is a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help you succeed.



Live Homework Help ® is available through the Dougherty County Public Library both in the library and remotely via the website daily 3:00pm – 10:00pm. Live Homework Help ® is closed on July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.


 GACE Study Materials: Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators’ free study official materials. There is also free full length practice tests.

 Georgia 2019-20 Driver Manual: Learn how to drive and pass the driving test from the GA Dept of Driver Services.

 Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): a great resource for writing resources, including help with citations.


logo-atozfoodamerica  A to Z Food America

Explore America’s regional food culture and recipes, as well as state specialties and ethnic cuisine. It’s a movable feast in a digital cookbook. Learn to make salads from the South, appetizers from Alaska, and desserts from the Dutch. This database cover the country!

logo-atozworldfood  A to Z World Food

Explore food culture and traditional recipes from around the world. It’s a movable feast in a digital cookbook. Recipes from 174 countries! Learn to make classic dishes from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.


ACFAmerican Culinary Federation

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) is the premier professional chefs’ organization in North America, with more than 230 chapters nationwide and 19,000 members. ACF offers culinarians of all ages, skills levels and specialties, the opportunity to further their career, as well as enhance their life. It promotes the professional image of current and future chefs and pastry chefs through educational resources, certification, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation.

logo-albany-tech-college    Albany Technical College

Albany Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and provides education services for a seven-county service area in southwest Georgia. Albany Tech offers certification in the following areas of the culinary arts: Culinary Arts, Culinary Nutrition Assistant, Culinary Nutrition Manager.


Epicurious is a digital brand for consumers interested in food and cooking-related topics. The website was created by Condé Nast in 1995 and is now part of the publisher’s Food Innovation Group. Epicurious also serves mobile content through apps available across multiple platforms, including Android, Windows, and iOS . The self-anointed site is for people who like to eat, is the ultimate food resource for the home cook, with daily kitchen tips, fun cooking videos, and, oh yeah, over 33000 recipes.

Food_Network_logo_red   The Food Network

Love Food Network shows, chefs and recipes? Find the best recipe ideas, videos, healthy eating advice, party ideas and cooking techniques from top chefs, shows and experts. Recipes, party ideas, and information on the Food Networks many programs abound on this jam-packed Web site. Users can search the extensive recipe database for recipes from their favorite chef or do a search on basic knife skills.

foodsafety logo  Food Safety

The federal government will enhance to better communicate information to the public and include an improved individual alert system allowing consumers to receive food safety information, such as notification of recalls. Agencies will also use social media to expand public communications. Government Web site with everything you need to know about the latest and food recalls and safe food preparation.



Dougherty County Law Library Forms.

GA County Guide 
Dougherty County School Transcripts Form and Information
Dougherty County Restaurant Inspections
Dougherty County Tax Assessor Office, search tax and property records
Worth County Tax Assessor Office, search tax and property records
Lee County Tax Assessor Office, search tax and property records
Terrell County Tax Assessor Office, search tax and property records
Mitchell County Tax Assessor Office, search tax and property records
Calhoun County Tax Assessor Office, search tax and property records
Baker County Tax Assessor Office, search tax and property records
Georgia Tax Assessors, to access tax assessors

Tax Forms and Information

IRS Tax Forms
Georgia Tax Forms


Learn how to fill a sample ballot, who is running and what the amendments are that you will be voting on before you go out to vote


Accessing credit scores and reports may be confusing and frustrating for some consumers. And understanding credit scores and how to improve them can also be challenging. Until recently, consumers couldn’t easily access their credit scores and often had to pay to get them. But over the last few years, many credit card issuers and other companies have begun to offer free credit scores to their customers. The CFPB has information on ways to access credit scores and reports, along with tools and resources to help your patrons understand and improve their credit profile.

1. Where to find free access to a credit score
We released a list of companies that told us they offer their existing credit card customers free access to one of their credit scores. This list also includes information on other ways to get credit scores for free. You can access this list here.

2. Credit reports and scores web portal
Our new portal helps your patrons find information and learn about credit scores and reports while providing links to additional resources. It includes sections on the difference between credit scores and credit reports, what to look for and how to dispute errors on credit reports, and tips for building and keeping a good credit score. You can access the portal here.

3. Other resources on credit reports and scores
We have additional tools on credit reports and scores that you can share with your patrons:
Understand your credit score: An overview of credit scores and tips on how to build and improve credit scores. You can access the guide here.
How to rebuild your credit: Steps and tips on how to rebuild credit. You can access the guide here.
Sample letter to dispute information on a credit report: Letters and instructions to help consumers dispute errors on their credit report here.
My credit report rules to live by: Help your client create their own credit rules to live by that fit their financial situation. You can download the worksheet here.


ancestry-library-edition   Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. Ancestry Library Editionbrings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library.

gale power search    Gale Power Search

Gale PowerSearch is a search platform unlike any other, providing libraries with a sophisticated yet simple solution for managing a wealth of periodical, reference, multimedia and primary source information.

gale ebooks   Gale eBooks

Gale Virtual Reference Library offers an online collection of premier reference eBooks including encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. The collection contains the following subjects: art, biography, business, education, environment, history, information and publishing, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nation and world, religion, science, social science, and technology.

Gale literature resource center   Literature Resource Center

Full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews on over 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.



healthcare-gov-logo is the online marketplace to sign up for insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act.

affordable healthcare     FAQs: Health Insurance Marketplace and the ACA

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.  The link is a list of common questions and answers involving the Marketplace and the Affordable Care Act.

digital learn   Digital Learn on

Digital learn provides self-guide lessons to assist participants in tasks. This lesson is only 18 minutes and will cover eligibility, creating accounts, enrolling, and where to seek assistance.


ABC Mouse  ABCMouse

Stop into your local Dougherty County Public Library branch, and try this fun learning website with young children! Our agreement with does not allow for use at your home, but every Dougherty County Public Library has free access to this great resource on the library’s public computers. You may also bring your personal devices (laptops, smartphones, tablets) and use the site while at the library when you download the app available at

galileologo       GALILEO

GALILEO provides access to multiple information resources, including secured access to licensed products. Participating institutions may access over 100 databases indexing thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals. Over 2000 journal titles are provided in full-text. Other resources include encyclopedias, business directories, and government publications.

tutor   Live Homework Help

Live Homework Help is available for Kindergarten – 12th grade, college introduction level students, and adult learners seven days a week. Also, there is Proof Point where you can get a document reviewed by a live English Tutor. This program connects you to a real live tutor.


2019eReadKids_Web_Tile    eReads Kids

Build confidence, reading skills, and have fun, with eRead Kids.  This free collection of of ebooks and audio books is for kids in pre k through 4th grade.  Its a mix of fiction and nonfiction titles that can be downloaded onto computers, tables, and smartphones.


  Job & Career Guide

tutor    Live Homework Help

Live Homework Help is available for Kindergarten – 12th grade, college introduction level students, and adult learners seven days a week. Also, there is Proof Point where you can get a document reviewed by a live English Tutor. This program connects you to a real live tutor.

learningexpress-library-large - Copy     Learning Express

The Learning Express Library is a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help you succeed. Has job search, networking, interviewing, resumes and cover letters, etc. courses, as well as skill development and licensing, certification, and aptitude practice tests, online career preparation, and information for a wide variety of occupations.

Official_ELI_Logo  The Ice House Entrepreneurial Mindset Course

Whether you want to build a business, transform your organization, or reinvent your career, an entrepreneurial mindset provides a new perspective; one that will expose new opportunities, ignite your ambition and cultivate the confidence and the creativity, the self-reliance and the resourcefulness that are essential for anyone to adapt and thrive in today’s rapidly changing world.


mango-logo-wide  Mango Languages

Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages, such as Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portugese, German, Greek, Italian and many more.


albanyherald     Albany Herald (Search 10/20/2009-Current)

Find information on community issues and events, business, education, government, sports and more. Coverage of the Albany Herald is from October 20, 2009 to Current.

americas new     America’s News

America’s News Find information on topics related to business, health, education, politics and more from a variety of news media including newspapers, newswires, blogs, videos and web-only content featuring the Albany Herald, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Augusta Chronicle and USA Today.


Albany Humane Society     Albany Humane Society   |   The Humane Society

The Albany Humane Society is dedicated to the welfare of animals who cannot speak for themselves. If they are to continue meeting the needs of hungry, sick and homeless animals, they will need your help. They presently provide housing for the animals of Albany and Dougherty County.

American_Kennel_Club_Logo     American Kennel Club

Discover more things to enjoy with your dog with the American Kennel Club. Visit to find information on dog breeds, dog ownership, health, nutrition, exercise, training, behavior and grooming as well as news from AKC clubs, competitions and sporting events.

American Veterinary Medical Association       American Veterinary Association

The American Veterinary Medical Association, founded in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 91,000 U.S. veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services.


Learn more about the ASPCA’s work to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide. Join our fight today!

Petfinder_logo      Pet Finder

Petfinder has helped more than 25 million pets find their families through adoption. Search our extensive list of dogs, cats and other pets available for adoption and rescue near you.

  Ready Reference Guide

Anywho, good resource for looking up phone numbers. a resource of and for the Washington D.C. foreign embassy community

CIA World Factbook (Great Country Information)

Occupational Outlook Handbook: a great resource for career guidance

Career One Stop : a great resource for career guidance sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor

Chronicling America : a great resource for searching historic newspapers from 1836 – 1922.

Reference and User Services Association’s Top Online FREE resources 2015

Reference and User Services Association’s Top Online FREE resources 2014

Reference and User Services Association’s Top Online FREE resources 2013

Great resource for anything related to Movies/TV

Webopedia: Great resource for Technology


christies-logo-black-and-white      Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s offers premier auctions and private sales of the finest art, antiques & interiors, jewelry & watches, wine and more. Browse and bid online, or contact our salerooms in London, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Geneva and worldwide.


Kovels Antiques was founded by Ralph and Terry Kovel. Hailed as “the duke and duchess of the antiques world,” they have written more than 100 books and special reports about collecting. is the go-to source for information on antiques and collectibles since 1953. Research your antiques using our FREE price guide.Their guides include the annual Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, which has sold over 4 million copies since its first edition.


Sotheby’s is a British multinational corporation headquartered in New York City. One of the world’s largest brokers of fine and decorative art, jewelry, real estate, and collectibles, Sotheby’soperation is divided into three segments: auction, finance, and dealer. View auction details, art exhibitions and online catalogues bid, buy and collect contemporary, impressionist or modern art, old masters, jewellery, and more.



Consumer Health Complete: Full-text articles, reports, videos, and other content on consumer-oriented health topics

MasterFILE Elite: Articles in general reference, business, consumer health, general science, and multi-cultural periodicals.

Medline: Index and Abstracts of journal articles in the health sciences with some links to full text.


Georgia Division of Aging Services
Georgia Golden Olympics
Georgia Medicaid Information
Georgia Senior Programs
Jackson Heights Fitness Center



“A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping older Americans live lives of independence, dignity and purpose.”

Administration on Aging

“A federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons and their concerns.”

NIH Senior Health

Designed specifically for seniors, this site contains information on a wide range of topics of interest to seniors.

Reverse Mortgages for Seniors

Safe Senior Citizen Driving

This site explains the risk factors associated with driving as you age.

Senior Housing Net

Guide to retirement communities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. Resources

Compilation of Web sites of interest to Seniors.


 A to Z World Travel

Experience the World’s Wonders!  A comprehensive travel guide providing practical information for experiencing the world and all its wonders, for travelers and students alike.

 Global Road Warrior

The world’s most extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, travel, history, customs, and language.  The world awaits.