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.


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, Real Estate, 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

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.