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Academic Search Complete 
Comprehensive, multi-disciplinary resource of scholarly research. Coverage on a wide range of topics. Includes peer-reviewed full text resources for STEM research. Social sciences and the humanities also covered. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

America's News Explore and stay informed on local, national and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from around the world to around the corner, including Troy Times. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Ancestry Library Edition [access available in Library only] 
A genealogical and local history source that includes the U.S. Federal Censuses from 1790-1930, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, passenger lists and more.

A-Z Databases 
Detailed information on 30 million businesses and executives and 2 million new businesses. Includes data on over 200 million residents as well as new movers/homeowners. Special features include a background and criminal history search. Information provided on U. S. healthcare professionals. Includes a jobs database and email marketing. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Auto Repair Source 
Automobile repair information and schedules, diagrams, parts and labor estimates, service alerts, and recalls. Covers thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


Biography Reference Center 
More than 450,000 biographies. Includes complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine as well as thousands of narrative biographies. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

An interactive experience for beginning readers to explore fiction and non-fiction. Designed to increase understanding and fluency, increase reading comprehension, and have fun at the same time.

Book List Newsletters
Sign up for our book list newsletters to have lists of reading recommendations automatically delivered to your inbox.

Britannica Fundamentals 
Pre K - 2nd grade. Play and read to learn letters, numbers, shapes, and more. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Britannica School 
Nonfiction content geared for K-12 students. Includes over 132,000 encyclopedia articles, 103,000 images, 7,500 multimedia elements, more than 27,000 eBooks, and novels and essays. Tools include translation for 50+ languages and read-aloud functionality. Includes Lexile ranges and alignment with Michigan Department of Education Academic Standards across a variety of subjects. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers 
Search and view newspaper pages from 1897-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program.

Code Academy 
Code Academy is the easiest way to learn how to code. Code Academy helps millions of learners around the world get the skills they need to succeed in today’s digital world — all in a way that’s fun, free, and accessible anywhere.

Consumer Health Complete 
Supports the health and wellness information needs of patients. Covers mainstream medicine as well as complementary and holistic medicine. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL). 
Access subscription-level content from the website of this leading consumer products review magazine. You can also browse issues from the current year.

Creativebug offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more.


Demographics Now 
Business and residential tool providing access to demographic data. Drill down to the city or even neighborhood level. Identify markets and audiences in your community. Ideal for supporting small business and local economic development activities. Strong tool for businesses and non-profits alike.

The Detroit Free Press Full image edition of The Detroit Free Press, 2008 to the present. This full image edition runs about one week behind.

The Detroit Free Press Database offers full-text coverage of national and international finance from 1999 to the present. Full text edition runs up to today.

The Detroit News Explore Detroit through local news, events and people with The Detroit News Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device. 
Free online test prep for students preparing for their Michigan driving tests or for anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of Michigan’s traffic laws or interested in getting their motorcycle license.


The Economist (via PressReader) Read The Economist for free with your TPL card! The Economist focuses on current affairs, international business, politics, technology, and culture. To access within the library, simply follow the link and get reading. From home, you will need to click "sign in," select Library or Group, then enter your library card. You can also use the PressReader app.

EdX offers free interactive online classes from the world’s best universities like MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, and UTx. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more.

Unlimited access to more than 1.4 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added multiple times per week.

Explora for Public Libraries 
Provides hundreds of popular magazines and reference books. Covers subjects such as art, history, sports, and music. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


FamilySearch Troy Public Library is a FamilySearch affiliate library! FamilySearch is a genealogy resource that can be used in the library and gives access to over 6 billion searchable names and 2 billion images of historical genealogical records. Create an account and start your family research! (Note: affiliate status is only accessible on-site of the Troy Public Library)


Free, live interactive online classes. The classes focus on the use of digital devices such as computers, smartphone, tablets, as well as other services such as Zoom, social media and more.

Government Printing Office Federal Digital System 
Free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive department.

This site, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides links to realiable health resources and customized health recommendations.

Heritage Hub
Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. Access is available 24/7.

Hobbies & Crafts Source 
Subject areas include arts & crafts; games & electronics; models; needlework; outdoors & nature; and scrapbooking & paper craft. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Home Improvement Source 
Includes maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects, outdoor improvements, decorating, home & garden, etc. Includes more than 130 reference books. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Download and read ebooks, emagazines, and digital comics to your tablet or mobile device. You can also stream music, movies, and TV shows.


IRS Small Business Website 
Industry specific information and links to provide answers and guidance on common business tax questions for small businesses or the self-employed individual.


Stream movies and TV shows for free with Kanopy.

Kelley Blue Book 
Price guides for new and used vehicles.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, or an adult returning to the classroom after 20 years. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.


LearningExpress Library 
Practice tests and tutorial course preparation for academic or licensing tests. Provides immediate scoring and complete answer explanations. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Legal Information Source 
Search over 12,800 state-specific legal forms by topic including Adoption, Bankruptcy, Name Changes, and more. A majority of the full text legal reference books provided through NOLO. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Libby by OverDrive
Download audiobooks, ebooks, and magazines with an easy-to-use app.

Literature Resource Center 
Biographical information, overviews, literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods around the world.

Provides over 3000+ picture books in 65 world languages, including English translations, with new digital books and languages released each month. Download the LOTE4Kids App today!


The Making of Modern Michigan
Michigan’s unique heritage is represented through photographs, family papers, oral histories and genealogical materials.

Medline Plus 
Consumer-focused site from the National Library of Medicine that provides information about various health topics, a medical encyclopedia, drug information, directories of doctors, and much more.

Michigan Memories
Michigan Memories provides access to collections from cultural institutions throughout the state of Michigan. These collections are created and maintained by archivists, librarians, and curators who are dedicated to the preservation of Michigan's history and heritage. Michigan Memories celebrates the diverse voices and communities of our state and serves to inform and enlighten students, teachers, genealogists, history buffs, and everyone with an interest in the Great Lakes State.

A collection of more than 10 million unique historical records that - through digitized source documents, maps, films, images, oral histories and artifacts - creatively tells the stories of Michigan's families, homes, businesses, communities and landscapes.

Morningstar Investment Research [accessing within Library] 
Investment information on mutual funds and stocks.

Morningstar Investment Research [accessing outside Library] 
Investment information on mutual funds and stocks.

MyHeritage Library Edition 
Family history resource including more than 6 billion historical records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Includes the full USA federal census (1790-1940); census of England and Wales (1841-1901); U.S. World War II Army Enlistment as well as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Over 2 billion family trees. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


Nada Guides 
Price guide information for new and used cars, motorcycles, boats, and more. 

The New York Times Enjoy access to The New York Times, compliments of Troy Public Library! [accessing within the library] (NOTE: this will not work with the NYT News app)

The New York Times Enjoy access to The New York Times, compliments of Troy Public Library! [accessing outside the library] (NOTE: this will not work with the NYT News app)

Novelist Plus Get help finding your next book to read based on books you’ve read or topics you’re interested in. Includes reviews from 1996-present, book discussion guides, and book talks. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Novelist K-8 Plus
Get help finding your next book to read based on books you’ve read or topics you’re interested in. Includes reviews from 1996-present, book discussion guides, and book talks. For K–8 readers. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


Opposing Viewpoints in Context 
Features magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, topic overviews, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to websites. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

O'Reilly for Public Libraries
O’Reilly for Public Libraries gives your users on-demand access to a vast collection of titles (including O’Reilly books in early release), courses, videos, case studies, expert playlists, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 other publishers.


Each database features expertly-leveled text and navigation specifically designed for your beginning researchers. Enriched with spoken-word audio, text highlighting and audio/video media, PebbleGo builds a foundation of research skills for every learner.

Points of View Reference Center 
Presents multiple sides of over 400 issues. Helps students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills. 

With over 100 instructional videos each, plus interactive drills and quizzes, ProCitizen provides the civics, vocabulary, plus reading and writing practice that new citizens need to succeed at the citizenship test.

Customizable language courses for everyone. Over 160 languages to learn including ASL and ESL lessons. Pronunciator also has courses in over 140 home languages.


A statewide eBook collection consisting of 300 eBooks published by local university presses about Michigan and the Great Lakes region. This collection also includes Michigan Notable titles and is available to all Michigan residents.

Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) 
Online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses (59 million) and U.S. residents (310 milliion). Reference Solutions makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.


Scholastic Teachables 
Offers worksheets, lesson plans, learning games, and more with printable activities for any subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, and skills sheets for kids in any grade.

SLC Digital Media Archives
Historical and genealogical materials in digital form. View old pictures, maps, and documents from Macomb County, Troy, and Harper Woods.

Small Business Source 
Covers all aspects of starting and operating a business. Includes information on accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. State-specific information included. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).


Troy Times Search full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of Troy Times. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

An award-winning resource that helps students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century skills through the inquiry process. provides on-demand tutoring, homework help, test preparation and writing assistance for students in grades K-12 in over 40 subjects. No appointment is needed. Tutors are available 4–11 pm. You can also use their practice quizzes and SkillsCenter Resource Library to study 24/7. Login to get help today.


USA TODAY Explore the USA through local news, events and people with USA TODAY Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.


A complete, multidimensional investment management solution that enables both new and experienced investors to make timely, better-informed decisions.

VIN Decoder
In partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this tool will allow you to get information on any VIN.


Wall Street Journal 
Database offers full text coverage of national and international finance from 1982 to present.

Weiss Financial
Use Weiss Financial Ratings to find information about budgeting, investing in stocks and mutual funds, and managing debt. Check the financial strength of your bank, credit union, or insurance company. Explore the Financial Literacy Tools section for valuable tips and information on buying a home, saving for your child’s education, planning for retirement, protecting yourself from identity theft, and more. You can also research Medigap Plans and learn how to select a Medigap plan that works for you as well as which insurance company has the lowest rates. (Use your library card to access this resource at home.)

World Book Early Learning

For preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. Early Learning offers rich resources designed for easy integration into the classroom curriculum, public library programming, or learning at home. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

World Books Kids 
With thousands of articles, multimedia content, and a collection of biographies, World Book Kids is designed to encourage the young learner to be curious. This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Online catalog of books and other materials available at libraries worldwide.