NRL Blog

As North Carolina remains under a stay-at-home order, we want to remind you again that there are many online digital services available using your library card that you can use from home. Our eBook, eMagazine, and eAudio collection, available through the app Libby, have remained very popular as a way for our users to access books remotely. Other online resources such as Mango Languages and Ancestry (available for a limited time this month from home) have also been very well used and can be accessed through our website at

Today I would like to highlight more resources that are available through our website or at NC LIVE is a statewide consortium that allows libraries across the state to access an incredible array of online resources that they otherwise would not be able to access.

For example, the resource Films on Demand offers you access to over 20,000 online streaming video titles. While the focus is largely educational, there are also a number of popular entertainment shows available as well. For example, much of the content produced by PBS over the years is available through this resource. There are also some incredible documentaries you can watch from your home computer, including many that focus on nature and science. To check out Films on Demand, go directly to or access NC LIVE through our website, then click on the “Videos” logo on the front page.

The easiest way to see every resource available through NC LIVE is by clicking “Browse All Databases” on the front page of NC LIVE, and then browsing using the categories listed on the left side of the page. One valuable resources that is located under the “Business & Management” category is Morningstar Investment Research Center. With the stock market currently in a volatile state, doing your homework on investments is as important as ever, and this is a valuable research for anyone wanting to learn more about potential investments.

One resource that many of our users may find valuable is the Auto Repair Source located under the “Science & Technology” category. This is a resource very similar to the old Chilton’s manuals that used to be required reading for anyone hoping to fix or otherwise work on an automobile. Auto Repair Source gives you access to the same kind of repair information as those manuals at home through the Internet.

Don’t forget that NC LIVE offers access to back issues of thousands of magazines and periodicals. In addition to the academic journals available through ProQuest, Masterfile Premier, available under the “Magazines and Newspapers” subject offers access to the archives of thousands of more popular publications. Archives of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are also available under this same category.

Finally, one valuable resource you can access with your library card is Universal Class. This resource is accessible through our website ( the “Databases” tab. This resource offers real classes on thousands of subjects under a wide array of topics, including technology, business and accounting, crafts and hobbies, career training, and much, much more. Classes are quick but thorough and CEU continuing education credits are available for those who require them.

For assistance with any of the above resources, please call 252-527-7066, Ext. 134. We hope you will take advantage of all of these incredible resources your library card opens up for you.