Alabama Virtual Library

The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research. Through the AVL, an equitable core of information sources is available to every student and citizen in Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state.

If you enjoy the benefits that AVL brings to your school, college, library or home, please take a few minutes to thank your local legislators for providing this resource for the State of Alabama.

Specific Databases

Alabama Driver’s Test

Free DMV Practice Tests

Birmingham News

Search nearly 26 years of  Birmingham and Alabama history with The Birmingham News. Coverage from 1993 through current. Explore current and archived issues of The Birmingham News with full-color newspaper pages and individual articles, as well as content only published online.


Chilton Library – Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. 


Heritage Quest –  Here is a comparison of Heritage Quest and Ancestry. Heritage Quest is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. The collection consists of six core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank Records, LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set. – Ancestry Library Edition – Ancestry is only available onsite, inside the library. Unparalleled genealogy collection. 200+ billion images in 7,000 unique databases. The world’s most popular online genealogy resource.

Homework Alabama

Homework Alabama offers FREE online tutoring and academic resources from for Alabama residents from kindergarten students through college, plus adult learners. Get help in math, science, English, social studies or writing from a live tutor. Tutors are available 3p.m. – 10 p.m., seven days per week. The SkillsCenter Resource Library is available 24/7. The services can be accessed from an Alabama public library, from your home computer or from your mobile device.

Receive one-to-one, real-time assistance with your job search. Online tutors are available to help navigate job sites, complete applications, write/review resumes and cover letters and even practice for an interview. You can take a career assessment, search job openings and download resume samples and templates on the 24/7 SkillsCenter Resource Library.

Job & Career Accelerator


A to Z Maps database
AtoZ Maps Online is the world’s most comprehensive collection of royalty-free downloadable maps for schools, academic institutions, and public libraries.


Novelist – Reader’s Advisory

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NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world. A comprehensive source of information about books and audiobooks that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more, NoveList Plus helps you find the right books for your readers.


Pronunciator is an online language learning platform that allows users to learn 163 languages with personalized courses, movies, and more. Learn online, either on your desktop computer or mobile device!

Test Preparationd

Learning Express Library – First time? You will have to register as a new user using your Library Card Number as your Username, then select a password.

Test Prep Preview – Free Test Preparation website

Touch-type Read & Spell

Touch Type Read Spell
TTRS is a comprehensive touch-typing course based on a structured program of phonics. The program aims to build literacy skills and increase confidence and self-esteem in users as they master the art of keyboarding.

Web Resources – General

General Web Resources

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