Cramming for a Test? Upgrading Professional Skills? Our Free Resources Can Help

Don't forget about one of the biggest perks available to you as a library cardholder—free online resources.

If you're a student, you can be connected to live online tutoring, research databases, and tools to help you find a college major and more. If you're an adult, you can be connected with professional development resources, eBooks and customized learning plans on a variety of professional skills.

And best of all, it's all free through your library card. Here are just a few of our more popular online resources:

  • Skillsoft offers eBooks, courses, and videos focusing on computer software, business skills, and personal development. Skillsoft lets you quickly locate content based on your needs, learn from peers and customize your own learning plans. You can access its resources through your web browser or downloading the Skillsoft appopens a new window.
  • Brainfuse HelpNow is a fantastic resource for students with live tutoring in both English and Spanish, writing labs for online writing assistance, private virtual study rooms, and resources to help you find a college major or career. It also has a variety of adult skill resources. HelpNow can be accessed through your web browser or appopens a new window.
  • Safari Books Online's on-demand digital library provides access to technology, business books, and videos from leading publishers. When you have a question, use Safari Books Online to gain immediate access to many books with lots of answers. All its content is vetted, reliable, and provided by the world’s leading publishers.
  • NicheAcademy provides online courses on popular social media services and our eResources. This user-friendly platform is particularly helpful for those with a limited digital background.

Generally, for each online resource, you will need your 14-digit library card number and your four-digit library PIN to log in and create an account.

In addition to these online resources, you can find thousands of books on career development, technology skills, and creative growth using our catalog.

You can also find a complete list of our online resources—from digital movie streaming to driver’s permit practice tests—at smcl.org/online-resources/.

Happy exploring! Let us know in the comments below if any of these resources help you ace a test or gain a new skill.

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