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Ancestry.com

Historical records and photos hold so many answers about the fascinating people in history. Ancestry Library Edition puts them at your fingertips, enabling both research and inviting critical thinking.

Beloit History

Rare and historic books unique to Beloit from BPL, Beloit Historical Society, and Beloit College Library Archives Department, including early city and phone directories, farm directories, plat books, and more.

Edgewater Flats Photo Gallery

Photos of African American families who moved up north to Beloit, Wisconsin, from Pontotoc, Mississippi, to work at the Fairbanks Morse factory in Beloit and lived in the Fairbanks Flats.

Gale Courses

A wide range of highly interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online. Library card holders are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks with new sessions beginning every month.

HeritageQuest

A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources rich in unique primary resources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

History Reference Center

Full-text history reference resource covering both U.S. and world history topics. Features reference books, magazines, journals, and thousands of primary source documents.

Hoopla

A groundbreaking digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows for free with your library card. Titles can be streamed immediately.

LearningExpress Library

A collection of web-based test preparation tools and skill-building materials, including full-text ebooks, courses, and tutorials. Includes access to eight learning centers.

Lynda.com

A leading online learning platform offering video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills. All courses are free for library card holders.

NewsBank-Beloit Daily News

Web-based, full-text access to articles and video clips from Beloit’s hometown paper, The Beloit Daily News, from 1996 to the present. Paid advertisements are excluded.

Newspaper Source Plus

A full-text digital collection of the world’s major news content, including articles from newspapers, newswires, and news magazines as well as TV and radio transcripts from popular news sources.

Newspapers.com Library Edition-World Collection

Historical newspaper archive from the 1700s through 2000s, containing thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries.

NoveList
K-8

A trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers to help find books that are just right for reading level and interest. Also provides tools for adults to engage young readers.

Overdrive

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video for free using your library card and an electronic device. OverDrive’s catalog includes more than 2 million digital titles from more than 5,000 publishers.

Pronunciator

The world’s largest language-learning service with 80 languages and 4,000 courses. Learn how to speak a foreign language with the help of pronunciation analysis, virtual coaches, and simulated conversations. Includes interactive ESL.

ProCitizen

More than 100 informative videos, practice exercises, and quizzes to help prepare New Americans for the Civics, Reading, and Writing portions of the Naturalization Test for U.S. Citizenship.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

A full-text database of instructions for repairs including routine maintenance as well as extensive repairs. Search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area, and model numbers.

Stateline Genealogy Club

An original Beloit Public Library service that offers resources and support to those doing research on their genealogy. Programs are held regularly throughout the year.

TumbleBooks eBook Library

Animated, talking picture books that teach children the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. Children can read these electronic picture books … or have them read to them.

U.S. Newsstream

U.S. news from the 1980s to current, featuring content from key national and regional sources including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, and more than 80 Gannett titles.

Wisconsin Historical Society Family History

Family history-related government records from the Wisconsin Historical Society’s collections made available for free to Wisconsinites through a partnership with Ancestry.

Wisconsin Newspapers Archive

Full-text archived from more than 250 daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers from 90 days ago to 2005, as well as 13 historical newspapers from the 1800s and 1900s.

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