Online Resources

Movies, TV Shows, Music Albums, E-Books, E-Audio Books and Comic Books


Hoopla is now active!!  Members of Portsmouth Public Library are now able to download up to six times per month, movies, TV shows, full music albums, e-books, e-audiobooks and comic books.  Some details:

  • All the offerings from Hoopla are simultaneous access, so no holds.  Multiple people can use the same items at the same time.
  • Movies and TV Shows check out for 3 days.
  • Music Albums Checkout for 7 days
  • E-Books, E-Audiobooks and Comic Books check out for 21 days
  • Hoopla materials can be streamed or viewed on computers through the library website or streamed, viewed or downloaded to apps on apple and android tablets and phones.  This is the link to access Hoopla:



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.

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


Flipster is a an e-magazine subscription service.  The magazines currently available include the following: Black Enterprise, Ebony, Essence, Hispanic Network, US Veterans Magazine, Black EOE Journal, Rolling Stone, Motor Trend, Interweave Crochet, three adult coloring books and many more magazines.




Through RB Digital patrons of Portsmouth Public Library have digital access to seventy-two popular magazines.  Enjoy them online or download them to the RB Digital App.




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





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



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

Foreign Language

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

Pronunciator will not be available after December 14th 2017


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.