Online Resources

SCPL provides a diverse range of online databases to support individual research, schoolwork, and reading.  A library card is required to access most of the databases; most can be accessed anywhere while a few are only available in library locations.  

Family Research is a free database for genealogy research provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Basic services are available to anyone via the website; additional features are available at over 5,000 local family history centers, including the Smyth County Public Library.  Patrons can create a family tree and search other family trees in the database.  Patrons can search books, images, census records, birth records, marriage records, and much more.  Information dates from pre-1700 to the present.  There are over 500,000 free genealogy books, family histories, maps, yearbooks in the Family Digital Library.  The full database is available only in SCPL locations.  

Heritage Quest

Heritage Quest online is a genealogy database available over the internet with a SCPL library card.  Patrons can search census records, a Family and Local Histories Book Collection, wills and probates, city directories, military records, immigration records, and more.  There is a section for research tips and tricks, and a map section that show the changes over the years in each state. Library Edition

This database is available only at library locations.  This database offers message boards, a learning center section, charts and forms, and numerous collections.  A few of the collections available include Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills; Stories, Memories and Histories; Pictures, and Newspaper Obituaries. Members can also make their family trees publicly searchable if they wish.



NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of more than 12,000 local U.S. newspapers covering a wide range of topics and issues.  Within NewsBank, SCPL also offers patrons access to America’s News Magazines and to back issues of the Smyth County News & Messenger.  The database can be accessed from anywhere with an SCPL library card.

Find It Virginia

Find it Virginia

Find It Virginia is a collection of databases (all listed below) provided by the Library of Virginia to all public libraries in the state.  A library card from any Virginia public library is required to access these resources.  Simply click on the Find it Virginia link above or any of the links below from any internet connection and start exploring! 


Explora Public Libraries

EBSCO’s Explora is a user-friendly search tool that supports both research and instruction. Explora searches across the following resources.

  • MasterFILE Complete – A comprehensive collection of full-text general interest articles from periodicals, newspapers, and books. This authoritative general information database is the best place to start your research project.
  • Read It!– Research while practicing reading skills. Read It! helps students who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need level-appropriate reading material. Read It! is also a great tool for English Language Learners.

Explora Students

Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with age-appropriate content for middle and high school learners with an easy-to-use interface and great accessibility tools, including translation and text to sound.

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 reference materials, covering current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, and more.

Gale Legal Forms

Find downloadable, fillable forms for basic legal transactions, current to Virginia code. Leases, sales contracts, powers of attorney, and more. Legal Forms, its publisher, Gale Cengage, the Library of Virginia, Virginia public libraries, and their funding bodies assume no liability for actions resulting from the use of these forms.


Junior Library Guild Digital 

JLGDigital is an ebook and digital audiobook collection, offered 2/1/21 to 9/30/22, with new titles added every month that can be read in a browser or on any device. You can download the app from Google Play or the Apple Store for free or view in your browser. For app users, please use the username VirginiaReader and the password VirginiaReader. Use the filter symbol to search by grade level. English and Spanish language materials are available.

Novelist Plus

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

Novelist Plus K-8

Looking for your next great read for your child? Use NoveList K-8 to discover your new authors, series, or titles!


Read ebooks and magazines and listen to e-audiobooks on your mobile device, tablet, or computer with your public library card. Get the Libby app for iOS and Android devices.

OverDrive Kids

Use your library card to access LVA’s OverDrive Kids Reading Room with age-appropriate popular magazines, ebooks and digital audiobooks. Get the Libby app for iOS and Android devices.

OverDrive Teens

Use your library card to access LVA’s OverDrive Teens Reading Room with a great collection of YA popular magazines, ebooks and digital audiobooks. Get the Libby app for iOS and Android devices.

Dial a Story

Call 833-690-0646 (toll free) to hear a story read in both English and Spanish.  Each Wednesday, a new story will be available to listeners around the state. 

Life & Career


Explore a unique business library, featuring videos, book summaries, and articles on professional development, leadership theory, and business best practices. Create an individual account to keep track of your reading materials and progress. Or, login as a guest using the link in the heading with these credentials:

  • Username:
  • Password: V1rgin1a (note the numeral 1 in place of both “i”s)

Access Video: Just for Kids

Enjoy TV shows like Arthur, Sesame Street, Odd Squad, SciGirls, and much more, including: read-along storybooks and learning videos to explore topics like reading, writing, math, arts and science.

DayByDay VA

A family activity calendar with new suggestions every day for stories, songs, activities, and games! En Espanol!

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. (Completion of the ELI curriculum is the equivalent of 3 college credits).

Homework HelpNow

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.


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

Take an interest and skills assessment to identify potential career fields; create a professional résumé for downloading and emailing; view webinars on interview skills, search for available jobs near you with an instant connection to

Rocket Languages

Learn to speak one of 12 languages, including Arabic, Hindi, and American Sign Language as well as English for Spanish speakers. Rocket Languages is perfect for business travelers or tourists, as well as supplementing classroom lessons for students.

Technology Instruction

  • Digital Learn
    • If you are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.
  • Northstar Digital Literacy
    • Test your computer skills, build skills in key areas, and demonstrate your knowledge by earning certificates and badges. Prepare for your future now!

Universal Class

From photography to physics and computers to calligraphy choose from over 500 online classes. Learn something new or update your existing skills. Access classes from the link above or by using the Libby app on a mobile device or tablet, or on your computer at


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.

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