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  • Britannica ImageQuest (inside library link)---rights-cleared images
  • Britannica ImageQuest (home access link)---rights-cleared images
  • Louisiana Digital Library—digital treasures from archives, libraries, etc.
  • from LinkedIn (tutorials: animation, video, design...)


  • Audiobooks (catalog)
  • eAudiobooks (catalog)
  • OverDrive’s collection
  • Hoopla’s collection
  • Freegal’s collection


  • Free practice driving permit tests (auto/motorcycle)
  • Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • Louisiana Driver’s Guide
  • Edmunds
  • Kelley Blue Book
  • NADA Guides


  • Biography in Context
  • Biography Collection (Gale)--includes Encyclopedia of World Biography
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index--entries in 1,000+ volumes of reference sources
  • Biography Reference Center--full text bios & narrative bios
  • Books/eBooks

  • Books (catalog)
  • eBooks (catalog)
  • Freading eBooks (fiction/nonfiction)
  • Hoopla eBooks
  • Britannica eBooks
  • Literati by Credo (reference eBooks)
  • OverDrive eBooks

    Books/eBooks (Kids)

  • Accelerated Reader/Lexile Room
  • Tumble Book Library Premium (K-6)
  • Find it in the Kids Catalog
  • eReading Room for Kids (OverDrive)
  • NoveList Plus K-8; library card needed for remote access.

    Books/eBooks (Teens)

  • Explore the Teens Catalog
  • Tumblebook Cloud (grades 6-12)
  • eReading Room for Teens
  • Find author read-alikes, award winners and more with NoveList Plus; library card needed for remote access.

    Book Clubs

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Teens
  • Anime or Manga
  • Online Book Club (Dearreader)
  • ALA’s Book Club Central
  • OverDrive’s Big Library Read
  • hoopla’s Book Club Hub

    Braille, Audio and other aids

  • LA State Library’s Talking Books and Braille Library Service
  • Library of Congress’ National Library Service for Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • Exceptional Lives offers free, easy-to-read resources for parents/caregivers of those with disabilities


  • ValueLine (limit: 8 simultaneous users)
  • MorningStar Investment Research Center (in library link; limit 2 simultaneous users)
  • MorningStar Investment Research Center (remote link; limit 2 simultaneous users)
  • Weiss Ratings & Grey House Publishing--finances, investments, etc.
  • Legal Forms Library—DIY legal assistance
  • Business Searching Interface
  • Small Business Reference Center

  • from LinkedIn (tutorials: business, management...)
  • LearningExpress Library (explore tons of practice tests)>

  • Alliance SWLA
  • LA Economic Development
  • Moss Bluff Economic Development
  • SCORE: Southwest Louisiana Counselor to America’s Small Business
  • U.S. Small Business Administration: Grants
  • for non-profits (Grants)

    Calcasieu Parish (community info)

  • Calcasieu Parish Police Jury
  • DeQuincy News
  • Iowa
  • Lake Charles
  • Lake Charles/Southwest LA Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
  • La Familia Resource Center
  • Moss Bluff Economic Development
  • Mossville History Project
  • Sulphur
  • Vinton
  • Westlake
  • Community Resources/Services
  • Register to Vote


  • from LinkedIn (tutorials: IT, Software, Developer, and Web)
  • LearningExpress Library (practice tests)
  • Additional resources

    Comics and Graphic Novels

  • Manga titles in Catalog
  • Hoopla comics; includes DC and Marvel
  • Comics and Graphic Novels (OverDrive)
  • Comics and graphic book collection (Freading)
  • Tumblebook Cloud (grades 6-12)

    Education and College Prep

  • from LinkedIn (tutorials: elearning, higher education...)
  • LearningExpress Library (explore tons of practice tests)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant Practice Tests
  • Homework Louisiana (available tutors: Sun.-Thurs. 2 PM-midnight)
  • Exceptional Lives offers free, easy-to-read resources for parents/caregivers of those with disabilities


  • Britannica Library—inside library link
  • Britannica Library—outside library link
  • 64 Parishes (former encyclopedia of LA


  • About the SWLA Genealogical and Historical Library
  • Resources and Services
  • Mossville History Project
  • Collections (Obits and Directories)


  • Government Printing Office
  • Government Collection (Gale)
  • Calcasieu Government Channel
  • GPO’s MetaLib--federated search engine for multiple U.S. Federal government databases)
  • Municipal Code of Ordinances


  • Smarter Brain with brainHQ
  • Medigap—customized Medicare Supplement Insurance Planner (Weiss Ratings & Grey House Publishing); subscription ends January 2019
  • Consumer Health Complete--medical encyclopedias, reference books, etc.
  • Health Collection (Gale)—medicine, health and disorders
  • Dept. of Health & Hospitals
  • Affordable HealthCare Insurance Marketplace
  • LSU Health Sciences Center Genetics and Louisiana Families
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
  • Exceptional Lives offers free, easy-to-read resources for parents/caregivers of those with disabilities


  • Celebrating History Month
  • Genealogy Resources and Websites

    Hobbies and Crafts

  • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
  • from LinkedIn (tutorials: photography, music, video...)

    Homework Helpers

  • Research (Calcasieu 1 Search)
  • Homework helps for kids
  • Homework helps for Teens
  • Accelerated Reader/Lexile Room

    Image Collection

  • Britannica ImageQuest
  • Louisiana Digital Library

    Jobs and Careers

  • Library’s Employment page
  • Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Employment page
  • Louisiana Workforce Commission--2424 3rd St., Lake Charles 337-721-4010
  • from LinkedIn (tutorials: marketing, communication...)
  • LearningExpress Library—job skills/tutorials
  • Cypress Resume--create professional-quality resumes in 3 quick and easy steps
  • Chronicle Guidance—browse occupational info
  • Certified Nursing Assistance practice tests
  • LinkedIn Job Search
  • Job Search Assistance is available Sun.-Thurs. 10 AM-midnight; online job search, resumes, interviews, and applications
  • GCFLearn---tutorials on resumes, job searching, etc.
  • SWLA Economic Development Alliance Resource Guide

    Learning Languages

  • Mango Languages--learn conversation skills with over 60 languages
  • Freading---find essential foreign language study eBooks
  • Pronunciator—80+ languages plus ESL; includes Pro-Live & Pro-Citizenship
  • Duolingo---free foreign language-learning website
  • La Familia Resource Center— local organization meeting the needs of Latino and other multicultural families

    Legal Info

  • Legal Forms Library—DIY legal assistance
  • Legal Collection (Gale)--learn about the law and the American judicial system
  • Legal Information Reference Center--consumer legal reference books, full-text publications & forms
  • Louisiana Law Library--400 Royal St/French Quarter; (504) 310-2400/(800) 820-3038
  • Louisiana Revised Statutes
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Legal Education and Assistance Program
  • SWLA Law Center--1011 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Charles; 337-436-3308

    Library Catalogs

  • Find it in the Library’s catalog
  • Research (Calcasieu 1 Search)—search entire collection of popular material, research sources, etc.
  • Accelerated Reader/Lexile Room
  • Loanshark--search catalogs for all public LA libraries
  • Destiny--browse the Calcasieu Parish School Board library catalog
  • Louisiana Digital Library
  • Louisiana State Library
  • Library of Congress


  • Gale Literary Sources--a literary cross-search resource
  • Literature Collection (Gale)--major authors and works in multiple genres
  • Literary Reference Center Plus (eBSCO)--browse info from major reference works, books and literary journals


  • Hurricanes and Hurricane Season
  • INFO Louisiana
  • 64 Parishes (former KnowLA)—encyclopedia of Louisiana
  • Louisiana Library of Digital Media
  • Louisiana Dept. of Revenue
  • Louisiana DMV
  • Louisiana’s Driver’s Guide
  • Visit Southwest Louisiana
  • Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana
  • Register to Vote


  • Library Catalog—find the paper and/or electronic copy
  • RBDigital Magazines
  • General One File—one stop source for news/journal articles
  • eBSCO’s magazine collection
  • Bayou Periodical Index—index to LA popular periodicals


  • Hoopla’s eMovie collection
  • Hoopla’s eTV collection
  • OverDrive’s videos
  • physical DVDs/movies at the Library


  • Hoopla’s eMusic collection
  • Freegal’s collection; download or stream
  • physical CDs at the Library
  • from LinkedIn (tutorials; studio setup, music lessons ...)

    News and Newspapers

  • American Press ePaper (inside access only); no password required
  • America’s Genealogy Bank from Newsbank
  • Newspapers in the library (physical)
  • Historical Newspapers—dating back to the 1700s
  • General One File—news/journal articles
  • State Library’s access to free newspapers

    Online Video Tutorials

  • from LinkedIn (tutorials: film-making, visual effects...)
  • LearningExpress Library (explore tons of practice tests)

    Public Display Documents

  • There are no current documents (electronic form) for public display. You may visit a local branch to view any available physical documents.


  • Self Help/DIY

  • Smarter Brain with brainHQ
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
  • from LinkedIn (tutorials: photography, music, video...)
  • Driver’s Permit Practice Tests
  • LegalForms Library
  • MorningStar Investment Research Center (inside library link)
  • MorningStar Investment Research Center (home access)
  • Learn a new language with Mango Languages
  • Investments, stocks, etc. with Value Line (8 simultaneous users)
  • Finances, investments, etc. with Weiss Ratings & Grey House Publishing

    State Library Databases

  • State Library’s online subscription databases available to LA citizens

    Tax Information

  • All about TAXES
  • Test Prep/Tutorials/Online Learning

  • from LinkedIn (tutorials; Business, Education, Marketing, Video)
  • LearningExpress Library (explore tons of practice tests)
  • Driving permit practice tests (auto/motorcycle)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant practice test
  • LA Driver’s Guide
  • GEE/LEAP/iLEAP/PARCC practice tests
  • Dept. of Education Family Support toolbox
  • Library class guides
  • Computer classes at the Library


  • Global Road Warrior
  • Learn actual conversations with Mango Languages
  • Learn before you travel with Pronunciator

    U.S. Citizenship

  • Pronunciator's ProCitizen--prepare for the Naturalization Test
  • LearningExpress Library (explore tons of practice tests)
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • USA Learns Citizenship—free prepare for all aspects of the naturalization interview
  • Language learning with Mango Languages
  • Language learning with Pronunciator
  • Duolingo—free language-learning website
  • La Familia Resource Center—meeting needs of Latino and other families locally

    What to READ next (Reader’s Advisory)

  • Find it in the CATALOG
  • Online Book Club
  • Track your favorite authors (Author Check)
  • find new titles (Book Alerts by Dearreader)
  • find new eBooks (eBook Alerts by Dearreader)
  • Find author read-alikes, award winners and more with NoveList Plus; library card needed for remote access.
  • NoveList Plus K-8; library card needed for remote access.
  • Find author read-alikes and titles in a series with Books and Authors
  • READing Suggestions

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