Search databases, articles and documents in journals, newspapers, and online archives for free with your MY Link Library card. Some resources are only available in-house or specific Research Center, but most are available online from home.
Powered by EBSCO Discovery Service, this search system provides full text access to ebooks and ejournals from over 70 databases currently available to Houston Public Library customers. Note: Content is also generally available via the eResources & Articles tab in the Houston Public Library online catalog search results.
Search all the databases supplied to Houston Public Library by Gale simultaneously or select particular resources to cross search. Includes ebooks, literary research, periodicals, primary sources, and business tools. Search for any term or phrase to find articles from thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, documents, and ebooks plus videos, images and podcast content.
Searchable recent digital issues of the Houston Chronicle, October 2017-present. Select See Related Sources for recent issues of Houston Community Weeklies (90-day embargo) and the Houston Chronicle Historical Archive (1901-2017).
Download or stream e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines, comics, Kanopy videos and a variety of educational tools. Get the Libby app for iOS and Android or use OverDrive or Libby in browser. (*NOTE: The original OverDrive app was discontinued on May 1, 2023, for all users and all devices except Kindle Fire. )
A vast library of over 16,000 video tutorials in multiple languages covering software, technology, hard and soft business skills and many other topics, all taught by recognized industry experts. LinkedIn Learning for Library provides 24/7 access to online learning to help you achieve personal and professional goals. Use via browser or get the app for iOS or Android mobile devices. (Use Library ID: houstonpubliclibrary if prompted by app.)
NOTES: 1) On 3/25/2021, Lynda Library/LinkedIn Learning upgraded to LinkedIn Learning for Library. Former Lynda Library users are no longer able to migrate course completion records from the old Lynda Library platform. 2) This is a very popular resource and occasionally all of HPL's allowed number of simultaneously-use "seats" are occupied. If you have difficulty logging in this is likely the cause and we recommend trying again later. 3) This resource does not work with the Internet Explorer browser.
New / Trial Databases
The following databases are newly acquired or being evaluated for a future subscription.
The key to academic success is establishing and maintaining good habits, developing study skills and effectively managing time. This course is designed for all students to help with organizing, planning and executing their academic and extracurricular lives. NOTE: Log into his course for 30 days through the Libby website or app with your HPL library card and PIN. Find it in the Extras section.
Improve your SAT and ACT scores with Method Learning's prep courses. NOTE: Log in for 30 days through the Libby website or app with your HPL library card and PIN. Find it in Libby's Extras section and follow the checkout instructions.
A safe and secure learning environment for children, designed to promote kindergarten readiness and early literacy. Teachers, parents and caregivers can guide young learners in exploring hundreds of lessons and activities across language and literacy, art, music, math, science, and social studies, Includes downloadable and printable resources for off-line learning. Accessible via laptops, smartphones, iPads, and tablets.