Online Resources



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.



RBDigital,  our one stop for both e-books and online audiobooks. Download the free RBDigital App to your Apple, Android and Computer devices to have easy access to over 1100 E-Books and over 4000 online audiobooks. Current users will be sent a notification of the new RB Digital app to download.  Access to Zinio e-magazines will be included in this new app.


Download the app that works with your device and have RB Digital on the go!


Testing & Education Reference Center With Career Module  – Enter library-card bar code number when logging in from outside the library.

Testing & Education Reference Center is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.

  • Over 300 practice tests and courses
  • Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
  • Information on over 4,000 accredited schools
  • Scholarship search featuring $8 billion in available scholarships
  • Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started
  • Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiations

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.

Download the app that works with your device and have TumbleBooks and TumblebooksCloud on the go!


TumbleBookCloud is an online database of eBooks and educator resources perfect for your middle school, high school, or public library. We offer a robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. The collection is available online around the clock. No downloads, no waiting! If you can access the internet, you can be reading, watching, or listening to fantastic content.


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).


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.

Portsmouth Yearbooks

Yearbooks – The Portsmouth Public Library Yearbook Collection includes a variety of schools and institutions among 157 volumes dating from 1926 to 1977. These yearbooks were digitized through a project with the Library of Virginia and are made available via the Internet Archive. The yearbooks were donated to our Local History Room, and we do not have every year for every school – but- if you are interested in donating yearbooks to the permanent history collection, please call us at 393-8501 x 6521.

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.