Reference Services

Nonfiction and Reference Services maintains non-fiction, reference, and classic books. Additionally, adults can acquire and sharpen computer skills during computer classes offered through the department.

Website and Database Resources


Almanacs & Factbooks


Auto Repair


  • Auto Repair Reference Center - Online full text of Chilton's Automobile Repair Manuals from 1954 - 2004. Auto Repair Reference Center has step by step instructions and diagrams to assist in repairing all types of cars. You will need a Shelby County library card number to access this resource remotely.
  • Chilton Auto Repair Manual - Chilton is the world’s most comprehensive and trusted automotive repair database with easy-to-follow, step-by-step repair guidance on thousands of cars and trucks from 1940 to the present. Chilton Library is available remotely on all platforms, including mobile devices, so you can use it wherever you are. 

Business


Genealogy


  • HeritageQuest Genealogy Database - You will need a Shelby County library card number to access this resource remotely.
  • Ancestry Library Edition  – Ancestry has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world. Ancestry Library Edition is only available from computers within the library.

Health


Homework Help


  • Homework Alabama - Live Tutors answer math, science, social studies or English questions for grade levels 4th - College.

Identity Theft


Job Search


Library and Research Resources


  • Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) - Materials are available for all ages; no password required! Visit this site for online materials including encyclopedias, full text magazine articles, and reference materials on:
    • Business
    • Education
    • Government
    • Health
    • Literature
    • Science
    • Social science
In-State Access
The AVL now uses GeoIP for geographic location information so if you are in Alabama when you access this resource it should function.

Out of State Access
If you access the AVL from out of state, or have problems connecting, please come by the library to get an AVL card and password.

Senior Sites


  • Generations on Line - This site is both a service for access and a product for learning to use computers on the Internet
  • First Gov for Seniors–This official U.S. government site provides easy, one-stop shopping for seniors looking for government information about topics of interest to older adults

Test Preparation


  • Learning Express Library 3.0 - Test preparation materials and interactive practice exams, based on official tests, that will help you improve you scores on academic, civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams.