Books and Reading

Find your next great read, learn about authors and literary genres and find rare books online.

America's News: Local and Regional Newspapers

Full-Text access to Ohio newspapers including the Toledo Blade, Cincinnati Post, Dayton Daily News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and many newspapers through the U.S. and approximately 30 news magazines.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

24/7 access to hundreds of books and topics including art, biography, business, history, literature, medicine and religion. Email, download, print or save pages. App available.

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Hathi Trust

Hathi Trust is a partnership of academic and research institutions offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. All users are able to read open access or Creative Commons-licensed works and U.S. works published prior to 1923.

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Internet Archive

Over 16 million files – text, video, audio, software and images. Use the live music archive to listen to favorite artists. Watch news coverage or entertainment programs. Search various books published before 1923 in American and Canadian libraries.

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Literary Reference Center

Contains articles/essays of literary criticism, biographies, literary journals, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, book reviews, actor interviews, and classic novels.

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New York Times (current issue only)

Read today's national, international and business news plus the latest in science, technology, health, fashion and the arts in the nation's newspaper.

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Newspaper Source

Provides articles from national and international newspapers, television & radio transcripts, and 200 regional newspapers including the Akron Beacon Journal, Boston Globe, Columbus Dispatch, Washington Post and more.

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NoveList Plus

Find that next great read! Sort by age level, popularity, curriculum-driven material, recommended reads, book discussion guides and searchable award lists. Also includes suggestions for audiobooks.

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World Book eBooks

The World Book eBooks platform includes a rich library of beautifully illustrated titles for kindergarten through grade 12. Limit by subject and/or grade level. Titles can be checked out for three weeks. Create an account and download the app so you can access anywhere.

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