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RB Digital Magazines

Digital Collection

The following services are FREE to library cardholders:

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Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium (OverDrive)

Download eBooks and digital audiobooks to a computer, mobile device or your MP3 player.


Stream and temporarily download movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers. Follow the "Sign Up" instructions to begin and then "Sign In" on subsequent visits.

RB Digital Magazines

Current and past issues of dozens of different magazines to read on a computer and/or download to a variety of mobile devices.

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Business and Investing

Business Source Premier Access more than 2,300 journals and magazines in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, and finance.

Regional Business News

Find articles from more than 80 local business publications from across the United States and Canada.


Used by entrepreneurs, businesses, students, job-seekers or anyone wanting access to information on tens of millions of businesses and hundreds of millions of consumers in an easy to search format.

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Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

The online version of this classic source of fast facts.

Grzimeks Animal Life Encyclopedia

A completely revised and updated version of the original work published in Germany in 1960, this edition incorporates recent developments in the animal world.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations

Easy-to-understand information on 194 countries and dependencies from around the world. Entries discuss a variety of topics in detail, from banking and securities to climate, from government data to demographic statistics.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States

Details current geographical, social, and political data, historical narrative, and statistical information on the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Caribbean and Pacific dependencies of the United States. Maps, tables, flags and official state seals are included.

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History, Genealogy, and Culture

Ancestry.com Library Edition

Find billions of records from around the world, including census and vital records, immigration and passport records, plus periodicals, books and photos. Only available within the library.

Biography Reference Center

A collection of biographical information on over 400,000 people throughout history, around the world, and across disciplines.

Genealogy Connect

Features research and e-books on topics such as genealogy best practices, immigration, Atlantic states, the American Revolution, and much more.

Heritage Quest

Some overlap with Ancestry.com, but this tool has a strong collection of family and local history e-books, and is also accessible from your home computer.

History Reference Center

Search for historical information from around the globe and across time periods. Includes info on topics such as the Renaissance, the modern Middle East, Latin America, and more.

Literary Reference Center

A comprehensive collection of author biographies, plot summaries, and book reviews, plus short stories, author interviews, and much more.

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Homework Help & Education


Live tutoring homework help and writing lab available seven days a week between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., EST. Spanish-speaking tutors available.

Brainfuse Adult Learning Center

Designed to support adult learners and job seekers with services that include GED prep, 24/7 Writing Lab, Live Tutoring, Skills Building, Career Resources, U.S. Citizenship Prep, Microsoft Office Essential Skills Series, and 24/7 Question Center.

Explora - Educator's Edition

Highlights content relevant to teachers, including lesson plans, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources.

Explora - Secondary Schools

Offers the most complete collection of full-text reference resources available for middle schools.

Gale Courses

More than 300 six-week online classes on a variety of topics, including business, technology, health care, personal development, the arts, and hobbies.

Testing and Education Reference Center

Practice tests, courses, and test prep e-books for SAT, ACT, GED, and other major job tests, plus a scholarship and college search tool.

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Literature & Book Recommendations


Get one book recommendation every week tailored to your young child's reading level and interests sent directly to your inbox.


Adults and teens can find books of interest by searching for favorite authors or genres. Read book reviews and see best-of lists.

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Newspapers & Magazines

Explora - Public Libraries

This easy-to-use online tool supports successful research by providing access to reputable articles, essays, and primary source documents on topics ranging from arts and literature to science and math.

Newsbank Local Newspapers

Search full-text current and archived articles. Publications include the Bay Times (8/2/06-Current), The Capital (1/1/02-Current), Dorchester Star (6/30/06-Current), Kent County News (11/30/06-Current), Record Observer (8/4/06-Current) , Star Democrat (11/16/05-Current), Sunday Star (11/13/05-Current), and the Times Record (8/2/06-Current).

RB Digital Magazines

Download full digital copies of your favorite magazines and view them on your computer or mobile device -- just create a free account with your library card via RB Digital.

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Science Reference Center

Search science oriented reference sources, science journals, biographies, and science related animations, videos, and images.

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Special Interests

Auto Repair Reference Center

Find step-by-step auto repair procedures written specifically for the Do-It-Yourselfer, but comprehensive enough for professional technicians.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Includes detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

Home Improvement Reference Center

This database provides users with detailed, user-friendly "how-to" information covering all manner of home improvement/repair projects.

Professional Development Collection

This database provides a highly specialized collection of information especially for educators, professional librarians and education researchers.

Rosetta Stone Library Solution

Use the award-winning interactive approach to learn any one of 30 languages.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) and allows users to search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type, and model numbers.

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ESRL's content combines educational games, videos, and interactive books to create engaging experiences for children and their caregivers.


Get one book recommendation every week tailored to your young child's reading level and interests sent directly to your inbox.


Read along with an animated picture book from Weston Woods, then test your knowledge with puzzles and quizzes.

Explora - Primary Schools

Designed specifically for elementary school students, this database provides access to popular full-text magazines for elementary school research.

Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium (Overdrive)

For Kids Download eBooks and digital audiobooks, and read-along picture books to a computer, mobile device or your MP3 player.


Children can watch a streaming video, read a nonfiction book, then further explore and research the subject matter through TrueFlix. TrueFlix also provides ideas and goals to assist beginning researchers with projects and homework assignments.

Tumblebook Library

TumbleBooks are interactive picture books that children can read or have read to them.

ESRL purchases many professional development items, including ALA handbooks, computer books, and instructional DVDs and videos. Here is our Collection Development Policy 2016.