Online Resources

Catalogs

Austin Public Library and SELCO regional libraries

MnLink – catalogs of Minnesota libraries outside of SELCO

WorldCat – catalogs of libraries worldwide

Car Repair

Chilton – Quick online access to repair, maintenance, and service information for hundreds of cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today.

Children & Students

Brainfuse – Get live homework help with an online tutor. If you don’t have a library card, call the library and we will help you get set up.

InfoTrac – Magazines and reference sources for K-12 students, educators, librarians, and also a Spanish language collection.

Little Pim – Offered through Mango Languages, Little Pim is an easy-to-use and fun language learning tool designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Ten languages are available, including Spanish, French, and English/ESL.

TumbleBookLibrary – The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), TumbleTV, which consists of pre-set playlists of a sequence of books, and Tumble Puzzles & Games.

Downloadables —ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, videos

hoopla – videos, music, and audiobooks.

Freegal Music – songs and music videos. For help to get started, click here.

Overdrive – audiobooks and ebooks.

Genealogy

Ancestry Library – Includes the United States census; military, court, land, probate, marriage, and church records; passenger lists; and more. Available at library computers only.

HeritageQuest Online – Includes the United States census, digitized family and local history books, PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) of genealogy and local history periodicals, Revolutionary War and Freedman’s Bank (African Americans) records, and more.

Newspaper Archive – Access newspaper articles from throughout the United States and the world, with a focus on historical newspapers for research and genealogy. All are full page and fully searchable. The Austin Daily Herald is covered from 1896 to 1977. Available at library computers only.

Lifelong Learning

AskMN – An online service for information and research help available to all Minnesota residents and students 24/7.

Biography Resource Center – Includes biographical information on thousands of people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Citizen Academy – The Austin Police Department is offering its third annual Citizen Academy this fall. If you are interested in learning more about your local law enforcement, please follow the link.

ELM – Electronic Library for Minnesota. Search ELM for magazine, newspaper, and journal articles, ebooks, and information from reference sources.

Free Online Classes – Improve your computer, literacy, and math skills here. Learn how to use a mouse, practice reading and learn English, and more. Hundreds of topics.

Grolier Online – Access to Grolier databases, including Amazing Animals of the World, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, and The New Book of Popular Science; plus dictionaries, international news, and more.

How-to Index – Locate magazine articles containing how-to information, instructions, plans, suggestions, and tips on how to solve and prevent problems, construct projects, pursue an art, craft, hobby, etc. Click on Introduction for searching tips and Union List for magazines covered. Begin a search by clicking on Search the HTDI Index.

LearningExpress Library – Access resources for skill building in reading, writing, math, speaking, grammar, and science. Prepare for the ACT, SAT, GED, citizenship, ASVAB, and civil service exams. Learn Microsoft Office, Windows and Mac operating systems, the Internet, and more computer skills.

Little Pim – Offered through Mango Languages, Little Pim is an easy-to-use and fun language learning tool designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Ten languages are available, including Spanish, French, and English/ESL.

Live Homework Help – Get free help online from real tutors. One-on-one help with math, science, social studies, and English for grades 4 through college introductory classes. Logon password for home access: homework. Available daily 3-11 p.m., in English and Spanish.

Mango Languages – Online language-learning system that teaches actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages.

Magazine & Newspaper Articles

EBSCO – Full text or citations for popular magazines and scholarly journals in all subject areas. Includes reference books, book reviews, biographies, primary source documents, and images.

InfoTrac – Magazines and reference sources for K-12 students, educators, librarians, and also a Spanish language collection.

ProQuest – Full text for the Star Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Barron’s, USA Today, and hundreds of other newspapers.

Regional Newspapers – Search for articles in the Austin Daily Herald and other newspapers in the region (click on the About tab for coverage).