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Digital Library


Helps kids learn through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music and much more.  In library access only.

American Ancestors

Access to more than 1.4 billion records spanning twenty-two countries covering the United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American genealogical records, the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines, and the largest collection of U.S Catholic records online. Available only at the William H. Jervey, Jr. Venice Library.

Ancestry Library Edition 

Fill in your family tree. Access 200 plus billion images in 7,000 unique databases. In library access only.

APS (American Physical Society) Journals

Founded in 1899, the American Physical Society (APS) strives to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics. In support of this objective, APS publishes primary research and review journals.

ArtistWorks for Libraries

Step-by-step instruction for beginner, intermediate and expert level musicians on a wide variety of instruments, including vocal and DJ(scratching) lessons. The tutorials are provided by knowledgeable artists, well-known in the music industry. Some courses provide Lesson Study Materials.


Portal to library reading and activity programs.

Business Economics and Theory Collection

Academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics and related fields.

Business Plans Handbook Series

Search hundreds of actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Includes templates, fictional business plans, and a listing of organizations, agencies and consultants.

Career Transitions

Career Transitions provides guidance and essential activities for job seekers and those investigating new careers options, including the college bound, enrolled students, and soon to be graduates and alumni.

A Citizen’s Guide to Sarasota County Codes

Information about the most common violations in Code Enforcement, Environmental Protection, Building, and Land Development. 


Download eBooks and eAudiobooks to your computer or portable device using the cloudLibrary app. 

Computer Database

Computer-related product news and reviews.


Unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes. Learn a new skill, get inspiration, and follow step-by-step instructions to sew, paint, draw, knit/crochet, and more. The platform is easy to use. Classes cover all skill levels and are provided by renowned artists and creative experts

Culinary Arts Collection

Thousands of recipes, restaurant reviews, articles and industry information.

Demographics Now, Library Edition

Analyze the market potential of any area in the USA.

Dramatic Learning (part of World Book Online)

Classics and original scripts, skits, monologues and lesson plans.

This resource provides the current Florida Driver’s Handbook, Florida Motorcycle Handbook, and the CDL Handbook in English and Spanish. It also offers thorough practice tests to help prepare for the upcoming exam.

Early World of Learning (part of World Book Online)

Games, stories and videos for preschoolers and early elementary students.


Search and view full text eBooks, browse historic and contemporary dissertations and theses, access more than 2000 full text publications as far back as 1922 and more than 502,000 photos, maps and flags.  Topics include biography, history, careers, cooking, literature, genealogy, health, parenting, personal finance, politics, architecture, science, current events, social-emotional health, sports, and travel.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (parte de World Book Online)

La Enciclopedia estudiantil hallazgos en línea es una enciclopedia de conocimientos generales.

Educator's Reference Complete

Over 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text academic journals, and premier reference sources focused on educational principles, child development and psychology.

Expanded Academic ASAP

Scholarly journals, news magazines and newspapers.


Let your research take flight with Explora™, the place to find information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects. You’ll find magazine articles, book chapters, biographies, primary source documents, images, videos and more.


Sarasota County Libraries are Family Search affiliate libraries with access to additional digital records not available outside a family history center or an affiliate library. These digital records include images and names indexes. Currently, there are about 400 million original records available in a digital format that affiliate libraries have access to. In library access only.

Fine Arts and Music Collection

Full-text magazines and journals with resources to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history and film-making.


Digital access to the most popular magazines. If prompted to enter "Patron Number," use your library card barcode. 

Florida Electronic Library

Electronic magazines, newspapers, almanacs, encyclopedias and books.

Florida Digital Newspaper Library

Current Florida newspapers (including the Venice Gondolier), digitized from 2005 - present, historic Florida newspapers, and more.

Florida Memory

Resources from the State Library and Archives that illustrate significant moments in the state's history.

Florida Small Business Development Center Network

Delivers consulting, training and information to help businesses succeed and create positive impact for the Florida economy.

Foundation Directory Online

Foundation Directory Online (FDO) delivers quality funding prospects.  By combining exhaustive data with intuitive search functionality and informative data visualizations, FOD delivers the information needed to reach fundraising goals quickly and efficiently.  FDO includes 189,000+ Grantmakers, the majority do not have websites and would otherwise be impossible to find.  The data in FDO is compiled from IRS forms 990 and 990-PF, Grantmaker websites, annual reports, printed application guides, the philanthropic press, and various other sources.  Grantmaker Profiles include private & Independent foundations, corporate foundations, U.S. Federal funders, public charities, and international foundations.  FDO further includes a built-in LinkedIn integration that allows you to see who can help you make that connection as well as maps and charts to build a better perspective on foundation activity.  Available at the Selby and Jacaranda locations only.

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection

Practical and scientific theory articles on horticulture.

General BusinessFile ASAP

Covers business, management, industry, economics, politics and investments.

General OneFile

Full-text articles updated daily on a wide range of topics.

General Reference Center Gold

General interest database.


Tools to understand and write effective grants.


Find out how to secure funds and operate effectively.

Grow with Google

Free training, tools, and resources to help you grow your skills, career, or business.

GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Encyclopedias and reference sources.


Digitized collections of some of the nation's research libraries.

Health & Wellness Resource Center (with Alternative Health Module)

Medical and statistical information.

Health Reference Center Academic

Full-text nursing and allied health journals, newsletters and more.

HeritageQuest Online

Discover your family history. Access genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700's.


Digital access to thousands of movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, ebooks and comic books. With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded hoopla to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.

InfoTrac Junior Edition

Full-text information designed for junior high and middle school students.

InfoTrac Student Edition

Full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books designed for high-school students.


Con textos completos abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.


Thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers and issue briefs addressing some of the world's most pressing social problems.

Junior Reference Collection

In-depth coverage of middle grades curriculum subjects includes biographies, topic overviews, plot summaries and primary sources.

Kelley Blue Book

Pricing and information on land vehicles, snowmobiles and personal watercraft.

Kids InfoBits

Help on homework assignments, science projects and fun for students K-Grade 5.

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library features online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more. LearningExpress also includes a Citizenship Center to fully assist with the preparation of the U.S. citizenship exam, and includes practice tests in English and Spanish

Literature Resource Center

Full-text articles, critical essays and author biographies.

Mango Languages

A self-paced online language-learning system that teaches conversation skills for over 70 different languages. It includes English as a Second Language for speakers of 19 languages.

MasterFILE Complete

Masterfile provides full text for more than 2,000 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1922. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Complete also contains full text for more than 1,000 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags


Updated daily with information on diseases, drugs, hospitals and physicians; includes encyclopedia, dictionary and more.

MedlinePlus en español

Se actualiza diariamente e incluye enfermedades, medicamentos, hospitales y médicos, enciclopedia, diccionario y más.

Mergent First Research

If prompted, username = sarasota, password = mergent - Profiles on industry segments with in-depth information.

Merck Manuals

Point-of-care medical reference journals, articles, and medical information for medical professionals and consumers.

Mergent First Research

(If prompted, username = sarasota, password = mergent)

Tools for enhancing presentations and quickly learning a company's key business issues.

Morningstar Investment Research Center
(at a library computer or outside the library)

Real-time access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on investments.

Access to auction, trade, loan and retail values for any new or used vehicle.


Access the Sarasota Herald Tribune archived articles starting in 1995 through NewsBank at any location and America's News Magazines.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Helps younger readers find books for their reading level and interests.  
Search Tips.

NoveList Plus

A resource to find fiction or non-fiction reading recommendations. Locate books to read by describing a plot or find similar titles and authors for books already enjoyed. Novelist contains book reviews and book lists for all ages: children, teens and adults. Users can also search a series name to get a list of titles in the series.  It also includes book discussion questions.  Search Tips.

Nursing and Allied Health Collection

Academic journals and reference content covering all aspects of the nursing profession, from direct patient care to health care administration.

Obituary Index

Search from the Sarasota County History Center - Begins January 2000 and is updated periodically.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Covers hundreds of occupations and employment projections.

Occupational Outlook Handbook en Español

Cubre cientos de ocupaciones y las proyecciones de empleo.


Download eBooks and eAudiobooks. 

Philanthropy News Digest

Articles and features culled from print and electronic media.

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection 

Periodicals with comprehensive information supporting physical therapy and sports medicine.

Popular Magazines

Full-text articles from more than 1,000 of the most searched magazines.


Includes over 30 million U.S. and Canadian business profiles, including address, phone number, NAICS and SIC codes, number of employees, sales volume, product lines and corporate structure. Also provides lists of new business, physicians and dentists, and residential white pages, and new homeowners. Helpful for finding job postings.

Right Service at the Right Time (aka Right Service Florida)

A free online database providing information to people looking for assistance with daily needs, housing, healthcare, transportation and employment.

Sarasota County Schools' Library Catalogs

Search the catalogs of books and materials in Sarasota County Schools.

Sarasota Herald Tribune 

Access the E-Edition of the Sarasota Herald Tribune. In library access only.

Science and Medicine

Series of eBooks covering Medical and Science.

Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration provides support, including information on starting and managing a business, loans and grants, and training, to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Small Business Collection

Academic journals and magazines perfect for both business school students and entrepreneurs.

Small Business Resource Center

Tools for conducting industry research, financial planning, marketing, and franchising a business.


Popular children's stories funded by the Kiwanis Club of South Sarasota.

U.S. History Collection 

Scholarly journals and magazines covering events in the United States.

Value Line Investment Survey

Regularly updated and representing about 95% of total U.S. stock market capitalization.

World Book Online

Includes World Book resources, Encyclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos, Early World of Learning and Dramatic Learning.

World Book Online for Kids

Engaging content to bring the text to life for children.

World Book Online Reference Center

Articles, web links, videos, interactive maps, and much more.

World Book Student

For school-age patrons’ homework and research needs.

World Book Timelines

Hundreds of customizable, interactive timelines of important events throughout history.

Search the collections of libraries around the world.

World History Collection

Scholarly journals and magazines covering events in world history and scholarly work.