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Your library card gives you access to a variety of online resources. You will need to enter your library card number to use many of these resources. For NC LIVE resources, remember to choose “Orange County Library” as your library.

Career & Business Information | Consumer Resources

eBooks & Digital Media | Genealogy & NC Records

Homework Help | Language & Literature

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eBooks and Digital Media

Overdrive eBooks Library Card Required

Download eBooks to read on your Kindle, NOOK, iPad, computer or mobile device.  These eBooks check out for three weeks at a time.  You will need your library card number to log in to OverDrive.

Borrow a Kindle Library Card Required

Orange County residents can borrow Kindle eBook readers from the library that come preloaded with a long list of popular titles.  Kindles are checked out for three weeks, and can be requested online through the library's catalog. 

NC LIVE eBooks Offered through NC Live

A collection of online fiction, reference and professional books on a variety of topics including art, language learning, literature, medical, health, history, and more.

Open Library Internet Resource

A downloadable eBook collection with books contributed from libraries across the country. Create a username and password to borrow up to five books at a time.

Download AudioBooks Offered through NC Live

Downloadable audio books on a variety of topics, including language learning, history, biography, classic literature, and more. Compatible with most iPods and WMA compatible MP3 players.

PBS Video Collection Offered through NC Live

Online videos from PBS including Ken Burns documentaries, Masterpiece Theater, Scientific American, American Experience, and more.

Digital Art Collection Offered through NC Live

Browse ArtNC, an educational resource from the North Carolina Museum of Art, for lesson plans, concept maps and portfolios. Search CAMIO for photographs, paintings, sculpture, drawings, jewelry, textiles, architecture and more.

Career & Business Information

There are even more online resources available through NC LIVE at

Business Link North CarolinaInternet Resource

Provides programs and resources for people starting a new business or moving a business to North Carolina.

Hoover's Offered through NC Live

Business research database that provides information on foreign and domestic companies and industries. 

Job & Career Accelerator Offered through NC Live

Create resumes and cover letters, learn interviewing techniques, and prepare for related exams. Access millions of job listings.

Learning Express Library Offered through NC Live

Provides online classes for the SAT, ACT and GED preparation, as well as practice tests for the ASVAB, high school AP exams, graduate school entrance exams, and more.

Morningstar Investment Research Center Offered through NC Live

Covers mutual funds, stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for the individual investor. Read in-depth, independent stock and fund reports written by experts with the proprietary Morningstar Rating and Style Box. Test your investing ideas with the Portfolio X-Ray Overview. Career Center Library Card Required
Job-seekers work one-to-one with professional tutors for help with job searching, resume writing, interview preparation and much more. Also includes 24/7 access to resume templates, cover letter samples, and online job search tools.

Consumer Resources: Home & Health

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Auto Repair Reference Center Offered through NC Live

Contains repair procedures, service bulletins, service recalls, wiring diagrams, labor and quick tips for cars produced between 1945 to the current date.

Consumer Health Complete Offered through NC Live
Full-text content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine as well as the perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Consumer Reports Offered through NC Live

Provides ratings, reviews, recommendations, and buying advice for cars, home & garden items, electronics, baby & children’s products, food, health and more.

NC Health InfoInternet Resource

Online guide to quality health and medical information and local health services throughout North Carolina.

Medline Plus Offered through NC Live

Provides information on common diseases and conditions, general health and wellness, medications, medical definitions and more.

Property Tax Relief EvaluatorInternet Resource

Developed by the Orange County Tax Office, this tool allows taxpayers to answer a few pre-defined questions and see if they qualify for some of the county's most popular tax relief programs.

Genealogy & NC Records

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Ancestry.comLibrary Use Only

Provides a searchable collection of census records, birth records, death and marriage records, newspaper articles, historical stories, photos, historical maps, and more. Main Library and Carrboro Branch customers should minimize this window and use the shortcut on the computer desktop to access this resource.  This resource is only available inside the library.

Cemetery CensusInternet Resource

Provides free listings of cemetery surveys along with photographs of grave markers.

EverythingNC! Offered through NC Live

A collection of websites related to local government, business, jobs and other state facts.

HeritageQuest Offered through NC Live

A resource for census data, family records, and local history. The collection provides access to U.S. federal census data, as well as a family genealogies, local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage, and death records, and more.

North Carolina General StatutesInternet Resource

Searchable listing of North Carolina laws maintained by the North Carolina General Assembly.

Homework Help

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Biography Reference Center  Offered through NC Live

A collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies, with full-text bios from of Biography Today and Biography, as well as thousands of others.  Search for a specific individual, or browse genres like actors, authors, composers, explorers, U.S. & world history, Presidents, world leaders and more.

CAMIO Offered through NC Live

Provides high-quality images of paintings, sculpture, clothing, jewelry and other pieces of art which have been licensed for non-commercial, educational use.

CultureGrams Library Card Required

CultureGrams provides concise, reliable, and up-to-date reports on more than 200 countries, each U.S. state, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. It goes beyond mere facts and figures to deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Offered through NC Live

Searchable collection of full-text reference ebooks for the arts, education, environment, medicine, religion, science social sciences and more.

Points of View Offered through NC Live

Provides essays that present multiple sides of more than 280 current issues. For each issue the user is provided with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide.

NC LIVE Offered through NC Live

Provides access to high quality information, including a searchable collections of magazine, newspaper, and journal articles, electronic books, historical materials, maps, and much more.

PBS Video Collection Offered through NC Live

A collection of more than 250 high quality documentary and educational video programs produced for the Public Broadcasting Corporation. Student Center Library Card Required
Students can get help with homework, test preparation, skills and concepts they are learning in class, and standardized test preparation and college entrance exams. Subjects include math, science, English, social studies, and writing.

Languages & Literature

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NoveList Plus Offered through NC Live

A readers' advisory service which provides author read-alikes, book discussion guides, reading lists and more for all genres of fiction. Search by author, title, series name and plot to retrieve descriptions, reviews, discussion guides and feature articles related to books of interest.

NoveList K-8 Offered through NC Live

A fiction database that contains enhanced subject access for over 60,000 titles and is designed especially for elementary and middle schools. The “Working with Kids” section provides curricular materials such as Grab and Go Book Lists, BookTalks, Picture Book Extenders and more.

Transparent Language Online Library Card Required

A language-learning service that includes pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing, and vocabulary building lessons for over 80 languages. Transparent Language products are used in more than 12,000 civilian and government educational institutions, including major universities and government agencies, such as the US Navy, US Marine Corp, Special Operations Command, and the Defense Language Institute.



Remote Access Key

Library Card Required

Library Card Required: Available from any computer with internet access;

You will be prompted to enter your library card number.

Library Use OnlyLibrary Use Only: Available only from the public computers at

any Orange County Public Library location.

Offered through NC Live

Offered through NC LIVE: Available through NC LIVE.  You will be prompted to

select your Library (Orange County) and enter your library card number.

Internet Resource

Internet Resource: Available from any computer with internet access;

No library card required.