Databases for Online Research

Here you will find online access to magazines, newspapers and reference materials on a wide variety of subjects. Use the Apply Filter button to narrow down your resources even faster by entering KEYWORDS and/or selecting SUBJECTS. Use the Visit button to access the database resource. These resources are available to all DC Public Library cardholders and are accessible from home, work or in the library. Please enter your card number (without spaces) when prompted.

View streaming world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and instructional videos from PBS, BBC, History Channel, A&E, National Geographic, Ken Burns and other respected sources.

Find and stream music from America's past. Includes songs by and about Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protest and much more.

Best-selling fiction and nonfiction, classic literature, children’s and young adult, language learning, drama, classic radio programs and self-help are available for download and streaming. For instructions visit our OverDrive guide.

Fiction and nonfiction eBooks, Audiobooks and Video which can be read, listened to, and watched on computers, smartphones, e-readers and other portable devices. For instructions visit our OverDrive guide.

Find and stream over 1000 hours in over 1500 classical music performances, masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world.

Find and stream over 12,000 albums covering music from the earliest times to the 21st century.

Find and stream over 6800 albums sounds from every continent. Includes genres such as worldbeat, Balkanic Jazz, African Film, Bollywood, Arab Swing, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku and more

Find and stream hundreds of  dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies from the 20th Century.  Includes ballet, tap, jazz contemporary, experimental, as well as forerunners and pioneers of modern concert dance.

OverDrive offers a wide range of popular adult, teen, and children's eBooks and audiobooks in fiction and nonfiction. For mobile and tablet customers titles are available to download using the OverDrive app for iOS and Android. Select titles are available to download on Kindle devices. Use OverDrive Read or Listen to access titles directly in a web browser on desktops and laptops. For instructions visit our OverDrive guide.  

Download up to three (3) songs a week and stream up to twenty-four (24) hours every day from ten thousand labels including Sony Music, with your library card and pin number. Access to over seven million songs, compatible with all MP3 players and computers. For additional information visit Freegal Music Streaming 1-2-3.

Find and stream thousands of award-winning independent movies, shorts, documentaries and web series from major film festivals from around the world.

Find and stream over 8400 albums of every jazz genre and time period.

The library provides a number of downloadable audio titles through Overdrive. These audio titles provide language learning in multiple languages, including German, Italian, Japanese, Arabic and English. The titles are available for download to PCs, laptops and an array of Windows Media-compatible portable devices. For instructions visit our OverDrive guide.

Offers practice tests and courses designed to help students and adult learners improve skills and pass academic and licensing tests.

Find and stream over 2800 opera performances from staged productions, interviews and documentaries.

Find and stream hundreds of the most valuable documentary films and series from PBS. Including Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, as well as films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.

Over 1000 current and up-to-date eBooks in Computer Technology, Programming, and Personal and Professional Development. Includes content from top publishers such as O’Reilly, Sams, Microsoft Press and more.

Find and stream over 3000 albums from a virtual encyclopedia of the world's music and aural traditions.

Fiction and nonfiction eBooks and Audiobooks which can be read and listened to on smartphones, e-readers and other portable devices. For instructions visit our OverDrive guide.

Prepare for tests, plan for higher education, explore career paths, build a resume, and find job interview tools and tips.

Feature films, classic films, documentaries, children’s videos and more available for online streaming.

Read popular magazines on your tablet, mobile device or computer.  Over 175 magazines available. For instructions see: A guide on accessing Zinio Digital Magazines.