Access World News

The most comprehensive collection of full-text newspapers globally, Access World News provides extensive coverage at every level—international, national, regional, state and local. This fully searchable Web-based resource features news content from all 50 U.S. states as well as more than 5,900 international news sources from 172 countries. News content may be included in its original published language or translated into English.

Ancestry Library Edition

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Proquest and are providing home access to Ancestry Library Edition. You will need a password to access this resource. Please use our Ask a Librarian service 9-5 M-F to get the password and then go to Ancestry Remote Access to connect. Access is available until 12/31/20, and will be evaluated for further extensions at that time.

Please note: Ancestry is only available in the library. Wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. Includes US census records, military records, court, land and probate records, vital and church records, directories, passenger lists, and more.


Access to nine unique business and reference databases within a single search

  • 30 Million Businesses & Executives
  • 7 Million Jobs
  • 15 Million Executives Email Addresses
  • 2 Million New Businesses
  • 12 Million Healthcare Professionals
  • 240 Million Residents
  • 90 Million Homeowners
  • 350,000 New Movers & New Homeowners Added Weekly

Auto Repair Source

Your source for the most current, accurate, authoritative auto service and repair information, including:

  • Step-by-step repair procedures
  • Wiring diagrams
  • Component location diagrams
  • Maintenance schedules
  • Labor estimates
  • Engineering specifications
  • Diagnostic trouble codes
  • Parts pricing
  • Technical service bulletins
  • Recall notices


Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. This engaging resource for children in grades PreK-3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Career Preparation

Learn about specific careers, find practice entrance and certification exams (including ASVAB, Civil Service, Nursing, Praxis, and more), strengthen workplace skills, and get that new job or career with WRL’s Learning Express.

Computer and Technology Training

Learn a new skill or brush up on an old one with our online tech and computer learning resources.

Creative Bug

Improve your crafting skills or develop new ones with more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Cricket Media Collection

The Cricket Media Collection includes 700 ebooks suitable for children grades Pre-K through 8th. Cricket is an internationally recognized education company with award winning print content for children, families and educators. Cricket engages children in a wide variety of subjects and disciplines helping them explore and expand their worlds.

Daily Press

Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of Newport News Daily Press. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements and other sections. Coverage is from 1989-present.

Daily Press Obituary Index

The main source of these obituaries is the Daily Press, which has been the City of Newport News’ local paper since 1898. The current obituary index covers 1898 through 1988. This index also covers obituaries from the Times-Herald from 1902 to 1915.

eBook High School Collection

This package contains more than 11,000 e-books that support a quality learning experience across all academic subject areas, including history, language, literature, science and technology. Content includes a selection of classic literary works, important historical documents and general reference materials. The collection also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators. Titles align with Common Core Curriculum Standards (for participating U.S. states).

eBook K-8 Collection

The eBook K-8 Collection contains more than 14,000 titles chosen to support a quality learning experience for K-8 students across all subject areas taught in elementary and middle schools, and content aligns with Common Core Curriculum Standards (for participating U.S. states). The collection also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators.

Ebsco Masterfile (including Consumer Reports)

Includes the full text of Consumer Reports, search Consumer Reports. Magazine database covering many general topics such as news, legal, entertainment, science, business, and consumer issues. Includes image searches.

Encyclopedia Britannica for Kids

Elementary and middle school students will find great resources for school projects from this classic reference source.

Encyclopedia Britannica Reference Center

Find articles, photographs, downloadable videos, illustrations, maps, flags, and more from a classic reference source.

Explora Middle and HS Edition

Explora is designed to meet the unique needs of middle and high schoolers for student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content on a variety of current and historic topics as well as easy-to-use functionality.

Eyewitness Travel Guides

107 travel guides to take you from Alaska to Washington DC and Andalucia, Spain to Vienna, Austria with lots of places in between. You can download sections and chapters of books as pdfs to your tablet or mobile device.

FamilySearch Affiliate Library

WRL is pleased to announce that both our library locations are now registered FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries, meaning that many records that would otherwise be locked can now be accessed on computers at either library location. FamilySearch includes the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world, and is international in scope. A free, easy-to-set-up FamilySearch account is required to access all of these resources.


Fold3, available from WRL, is the premier collection of US military records from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Additionally, Fold3 includes a variety of international military records as well as non-military records, including naturalization records, Native American and African American records collections, passport applications, and more. Military records include not only registers and service records but also letters, maps, and photographs. Fold3 is a treasure trove for anyone researching a family member who served in the armed forces, and is available in the library or from home with a valid WRL card.

Funding Research Center

The Funding Research Center, developed by the Williamsburg Regional Library, is intended to assist area nonprofit organizations in their search for funding opportunities as well as to provide “how to” information about developing and administering a fund raising program. The Center includes print and online resources. All print materials are available in the reference and circulating collections at the Williamsburg Library (515 Scotland St, Williamsburg VA, 23185).

Gale in Context ( formerly Kids InfoBits)

A great resource for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Features a visually graphic interface. Students can search for age-appropriate articles on current events, arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.


Comprising scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE focuses on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond.

Heritage Quest

Examine census data and search through genealogical books and magazines. Explore special resources devoted to African-Americans and to the Revolutionary War.

Job Resource Center

Employment resources for local job-seekers, including WRL job training classes, links to local employers, job search sites, and resume tools.

Learning Express Library

Practice tests include ACT, SAT, GED, GMAT, GRE, civil service exam, firefighter, police, paramedic, ASVAB and many more. You can also access LearningExpress’s collection of test preparation ebooks. Subjects include job skills tests, ASVAB testing, nursing tests, SAT, GRE, and many more. Just type a subject in the search box and then click on the title you wish to read.

Legal Forms

Gale Legal Forms offers thousands of legal forms for use in Virginia with more forms added daily, including Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. A Law Digest, Legal Q&A, and an Attorney Directory provide additional legal information for users. Public users should consult an attorney in their state for serious legal matters.

Literary Reference Center Plus

Writing an English paper? Need to find out about authors or books? Literary Reference Center is a full-text database that brings together information from major literary encyclopedias and reference works and hundreds of literary journals. Also available with a mobile interface for handheld devices.

Local Organizations Directory

A directory of organizatons and and community groups in Williamsburg and James City County

Mango Languages

Learn a language on your computer for free. Click the access the database link above to go to the Mango site and set up an account to start learning. You can also download the app for Android or iPhone. Mango offers courses in 77 languages, including English as a Second Language courses for 15 non-English languages.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Find information on mutual funds, stocks, and more from Morningstar. WRL has access for two simultaneous users, so if you get a message that you cannot get in, try again a bit later.

NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus offers readers of all ages a variety of tools for finding new authors and titles to enjoy, now including audiobooks. You can get suggestions for books and/or authors similar to your current favorites. You can also search by subject or theme, see award lists, and read book reviews.

Peterson’s Career Prep

This new, robust jobs resource is created in partnership between Gale and Peterson. It provides users access to the core career tools and includes new features for improved usability:

  • Personalized career assessments focused on user’s interests, values, personality, and workplace preferences
  • Comprehensive career information including videos, articles, best practices, and downloadable worksheets
  • Job searching capabilities via integration with that match listings based on a user’s assessment results
  • Resume editing software powered by VisualCV Resume Creator that provides 5,000 resume templates and cover letter samples

Phillip West Memorial Cancer Center

Phillip West (1931-1997), a Williamsburg, Virginia resident, had a recurrence of melanoma in May 1995, after a period of about 20 years.  He fought his cancer in every way possible before his death in August, 1997.  Throughout his illness, Mr. West sought medical information and resources concerning the treatment of melanoma, nutrition, stress management, and clinical trials available throughout the U.S.  He wanted to be an informed patient in order to feel he had some control over his course of treatment.  Finding resources in the community proved difficult and frustrating.  Mr. West bequeathed a donation to the Williamsburg Community Hospital, and it was the wish of his wife that it be used for cancer-related projects.  The Phillip West Memorial Cancer Resource Center was developed with the Williamsburg Regional Library as a fitting tribute to him. 

Points of View Reference Center

Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue on over 400 contemporary, hot-button topics, Points of View Reference Center provides rich content that can help users of all ages realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.

Reference USA

Provides detailed information on more than 14 million U.S. businesses, searchable by company name, geographic location, business type, and more.


Offering more than 50 complete units of study with over 6500 science-related assets in a variety of media, ScienceFlix provides students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types, interactive features and more.

Tax Information Center

In partnership with the AARP, the Williamsburg Regional Library offers assistance filing taxes from February through filing day in April. The links below will direct you to information about the AARP program as well as a variety of other local tax resources.


TrueFlix pairs engaging ebook and video content in science and social studies for students in grades 3-6.

Universal Class

From Bartending to DIY to Real Estate to Career Training, Universal Class brings libraries lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Users may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.

ValueLine Investment Survey

Get “a wealth of in-depth financial information, intelligently presented, plus objective research, insightful commentary, proven price projections, and advanced analytical tools” with the library’s subscription to ValueLine Investment Center. Our subscription allows access to much, though not all, of the content on the ValueLine site.

Virginia Gazette Obituary Index

Available obituaries were published in Williamsburg’s Virginia Gazette from 1930-2015.

Virtual Reference Library

A searchable collection of electronic books covering topics such as art, business, geography, health, history, literature, science, and social issues.

World Book Early World of Learning

Early World of Learning, World Book Online’s early childhood digital resource, is a child’s first encyclopedia, eBook, and introduction to core early concepts. With read-aloud across all functions, the 60 stories in “World of Reading” and “Trek’s Travels” tie learning together through videos, games, and printable activities. Twelve stories are available in both Spanish and English, and the worksheets also offer written instructions in Spanish. Classic songs, nursery rhymes, and fairy tales complete the program, and are often included in the lesson plan for each story.