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.



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.




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.


zinioZinio 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.


hwrc-web.pngHealth and Wellness Resources

Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module – Password:  portsmouth
Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

Teen Health and Wellness

The NEW Teen Health & Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers—the award-winning, critically acclaimed online resource—provides middle school and high school students with nonjudgmental, straightforward, standards-aligned, curricular and self-help support. Topics include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, green living, financial literacy, digital literacy, and more. Articles are correlated to state, national, and provincial standards, including Common Core English Language Arts.


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.