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


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The Alabama Virtual Library

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.
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eBooks (Overdrive/Camellia Net)

Overdrive and Libby provides access to the statewide Camellia Net Consortium which houses an expansive collection of more than 40,000 digital Books, Audiobooks, Magazines, and Videos.Note: You must have a DHCLS library card in good standing*.

RBdigital Comics

RBdigital provides digital access to multiple popular comic titles. Comics borrowed from RBdigital can be downloaded and are yours to keep for 30 days. Note: You must have a DHCLS library card in good standing*.

Homework Alabama

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

Freegal Music

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*.

Alabama Legal Forms

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

America’s News & America's News Magazines

Full-text newspaper and magazine content from around the state and the world. Includes titles such as The Dothan Eagle, Birmingham Examiner, Birmingham News, Newsweek, Popular Science, Foreign Affairs, Science Illustrated, Science News, Smithsonian and much more. Note: You must have a DHCLS library card.

Chilton Library

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

Learning Express Library

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.

The Merck Manuals

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.


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

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.
  • If the resource states that your card has been barred, your library privileges have been suspended as a matter of library policy. This is usually temporary and due to missing or invalid information in your account (for instance, if we find that we do not have a valid address, phone number, and/or date of birth on file). However, a card can be barred for other reasons, including legal action and as a result of a patron being permanently banned from DHCLS property. If your card has been barred, please speak to a staff member to determine why your card has been barred.

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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