Online Resources


ChiltonChilton Library – use the password:  portsmouth
Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs.
Maintenance and specification tables that provide the unique data you need for each specific vehicle.
Step-by-step service and repair procedures, and labor estimating tool to help you confidently determine your next move.


EBSCOhost – Access and search the full text of a collection of over 20,000 electronic books (eBooks).
Titles focus on career development (interviewing, resumes, etc.), business, and general reference.



Flipster is a an e-magazine subscription service.  The magazines currently available include the following: Black Enterprise, Ebony, Essence, Hispanic Network and two adult coloring books.



Freading is an E-book service for Portsmouth Patrons, download books to your  phone  or computer including Apple , Android, and Windows.



Overdrive – Access a collection of popular (eBooks).
Titles focus on Popular Fiction, Nonfiction and Biography.

Our contract with Overdrive will terminate as of today 10/14/2016.  We will be going with a new e-book service called One Click Digital.  In making this move we will be able to buy more e-book titles  at a faster rate than we were able to with Overdrive.  The new service will not be ready for approximately two weeks.  We apologize for the short notice but believe this change will improve service to our customers in the long run.  Thank you in advance for your patience.


OneClickDigital has recorded books to download to your ipod , Phone or Computer.



Click Here for TumbleBooks Tumblebooks – A wonderful resource that allows children to read, listen and follow along.  It can be used by anyone and encourages comprehension with follow-up questions.


zinio-square-web-buttonZinio is a e-magazine subscription for your electronic devices.


Cypress Resume’s
Log in with your Library barcode from inside the library and create a professional looking resume.


Education and Testing

Learning Express Library – Practice career and educational tests and access practice guide eBooks for hundreds of tests including:
ACT, Advanced Placement, ASVAB, Civil Service, Cosmetology, EMT/Paramedic, ESL (Spanish) Skills Improvement Courses, Firefighter, GED, GMAT, GRE, Law Enforcement, LSAT, Nurse Aide, Postal Worker, SAT, Teacher Certification, TOEFL, US Citizenship.

Literary Index (Gale Group) – An author and title index to thousands of literary reference resources.


Foreign Language

Pronunciator – Patrons can learn a foreign language over 50 to choose from.


Ancestry Library Edition – (Only available inside the library)
7 billion genealogical records from across the globe and millions of family trees.
Historical records + family trees + helpful tools + support

HeritageQuest Online – Access genealogical resources including:
United States Census, Freedman’s Bank Records, Revolutionary War Pension Records, United States Congressional Serial Set, and PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).

Newspapers and Magazines

NewsbankVirginian Pilot archived from 1990 to current, search by year then date. Log in with Library Barcode.


Find It Virginia – Find magazine and newspaper articles, encyclopedias and other reference works, TV & radio transcripts, and homework help, plus photos, charts, maps, diagrams & illustrations.

Reference and Research

Literati – A host of resources, such as educational content for K-12 students and adults, informational videos and tutorials, and interactive discovery tools as well as Homework Help.