In addition to the resources listed below, DHCLS also provides several genealogical research resources. For more information, please see our Local History Room page.

 

Ancestry

Discover your family history and start your family tree. Try free and access billions of genealogy records including Census, SSDI & Military records.

 

HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.

You must have a library card in good standing to access this resource from outside the Main and Westgate Branch libraries.

 

Articles & Databases

Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

 

The Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) is a state-sponsored program that provides FREE access to a large collection of research databases for all Alabama residents of all ages. No library card required.

 

Online database for automobile repair and maintenance. No library card required.

 

ConsumerAffairs provides expert resources and verified reviews to help people make smarter buying decisions. No library card required.

 

The Merck Manuals (MSD Manuals outside US & Canada) are the global standard in medical reference for Doctors, Students & Consumers – since 1899. No library card required.

 

eLearning

Homework Alabama offers free online tutoring and academic resources from Tutor.com for Alabama residents from kindergarten students through college, plus adult learners.

 

Collection of tutorials, prep-tests, and e-resources to help students and adult learners achieve academic and career success. Includes practice tests for ACT, GRE, SAT, etc. No library card required.

 

Collection of tutorials, prep-tests, and e-resources to help students and adult learners achieve academic and career success. Includes practice tests for ACT, GRE, SAT, etc. No library card required. For access, please email: dhcls@dhcls.org.

 

TumbleBooks’ (K-6th) databases are easy to use! Read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device without the requirement of a library card! TumbleMath has a comprehensive collection of math picture books complete with animation and narration. No library card required.

 

eMagazines

Explore and stay informed on local and state topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning Alabama, including The Dothan Eagle Collection. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device. Note: You must have a DHCLS library card.

 

Click here to search the Birmingham News archives from 1993 – today. Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the Birmingham News. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections. Read the paper in the original PDF or find content that was only published on the web. Available from inside the library or from home. Note: You must have a DHCLS library card.

 

A unique digital archive of news media presents the broad sweep of African American history in ways no textbook or other online resource can match. By offering balanced coverage from diverse sources published from 1704 through present day, this multi-disciplinary resource is crucial for the study and interpretation of historical and current events. Note: You must have a DHCLS library card.

 

Explore Dothan history through local news, events and people with The Dothan Eagle Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device. Note: You must have a DHCLS library card.

 

Enjoy The New York Times, courtesy of Dothan Houston County Library System. Discover original, quality journalism that helps you make sense of this moment — and make everyday life better.
Simply create an account with an email address and password. Access is good for 24 hours each time of use.

 

Entertainment

OverDrive and Libby provides access to the Southeast Alabama Digital Library consortium which houses digital books, audiobooks, and videos. Note: You must have a DHCLS library card in good standing*.

 

Freegal provides digital access to a library of music from a variety of genres and artists. Note: You must have a DHCLS library card in good standing*.

 

Get free access to thousands of movies with your library card. Simply add your Dothan Houston County Library System card number.

 

TumbleBooks’ (K-6th) databases are easy to use! Read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device without the requirement of a library card! The TumbleBook Library has a selection of children’s favorite story books and provides enrichment to students who are reading independently with a variety of high interest material. No library card required.

 

Job and Career Resources

Brainfuse JobNow provides users with a host of services to help in every step of the job search process including job searching, resume templates, professional resume review, and live interview coaching. … In addition to live interview coaching, you have 24/7 access to interview tips and career resources.


For a library card to be in good standing, it must:

  • Not be expired.
  • Not have bills/fines exceeding $20.00.
  • Not be manually barred from the system.

 

When you attempt to login to a resource which requires your library card number, that resource will inform you if your card cannot be used. It may state that your card can’t be used for one of several reasons:

  • If the resource states that your card has expired, your library privileges have expired and you will need to come in to a library branch and renew your privileges. Please see our Get a Library Card page for more details, including information on required documentation to renew your card, and validity periods for different card types.
  • If the resource states that your card has been blocked, you have fines and/or bills in excess of $20.00. You will need to pay these fines/bills before you can use online resources again. Please speak to a staff member for more information.
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If you receive another message or error when trying to access a resource, please speak to a member of library staff.


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