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Use the menu to the right to learn about all available resources for a particular format (like e-books!), or click on a specific resource icon (like Hoopla!) to begin exploring available titles. With just a few simple clicks, you can access thousands of free e-books, audiobooks, music albums, videos, and more.
This local, historical newspaper source provides genealogists, researchers, and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts from the Louisville Courier-Journal and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society, and events of the time. Available content spans from 1830 through 2000, including not only articles but also editorials, comics, obituaries, classifieds, legal notices, and more. For researchers seeking an authoritative, regional perspective on national and international events, as well as local perspectives on community news, the full-text, digitized pages of this newspaper (1830–2000) are a valuable resource in a variety of fields including history, political science, African-American studies, and genealogy.
Relevant focus areas include:
African American Studies
The US Civil War
Your library barcode will be required for remote access.
Powered by Ancestry and distributed by ProQuest, Newspapers.com– World Collections provides online access to 4,000+ historical newspapers.
Dating from the early 1700s into the 2000s, the database contains full runs and portions of runs of well-known regional and state titles as well as small local newspapers from the United States and other countries. It offers invaluable content for researchers, historians, genealogists, teachers, and students. With ongoing updates and new issues continually being added, there’s always more to be discovered.
Find newspapers by country, state, and city
Discover interesting clipping from other users or create and save your own
Link clippings to your family trees on Ancestry.com
Set Search Alerts to automatically run your search on newly added newspapers
Follow a paper’s “page” or another user’s profile to catch new discoveries related to your own research
ArtistWorks offers instrumental and voice lessons from world-class professionals. From beginner instruction to advanced classes, aspiring musicians of all skills levels are provided a guided path of video lessons containing everything they need to reach their musical goals.
Learn at your own speed and enjoy the instructional videos on desktop or mobile devices. ArtistWorks is available as a Kentucky Libraries Unbound/Libby Extra. You will need to log in to KLU/Libby with your library card number and PIN to access Extras. Once your ArtistWorks account is created, it will need to be renewed through Libby every 30 days.
Bluegrass, Blues, Classical, Country, Jazz, Rock, and more
Hundreds of hours of high-quality video instruction
Studio quality play-along tracks
Downloadable written materials, tablature, and sheet music
Universal Class offers more than 500 lifelong-learning courses in over 30 subject areas—many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). Courses are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter through a variety of mediums including videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and interactive opportunities with other learners. Universal Class is a great choice for both serious students and casual learners.
Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace. Universal Class is best accessed through a desktop computer and is available as a Kentucky Libraries Unbound/Libby Extra. You will need to log in to KLU/Libby with your library card number and PIN to access Extras. Once your Universal Class account is created, it will need to be renewed through Libby every 30 days.
A wide variety of courses span everything from homeschool courses for the kids (and parents) to business and accounting to dozens of cooking, baking, arts & crafts, and gardening courses. Examples include:
Understand the world. Navigate life. Access The New York Times here.
Whether you’re managing finances, tackling tough parenting problems, or simply looking to make sense of this moment, rely on original, quality journalism from The New York Times to lead the way. It’s an essential source for fearless reporting, varied perspectives, and practical advice on nearly every topic—from the vital issues shaping our world to the simple pleasures that make everyday life better.
The New York Times Digital subscription provides unlimited access to current New York Times articles but does not include New York Times Cooking or Crosswords.
Selected articles are also available in Spanish and Chinese.
ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS *Please note, the READ ON link on NYTimes.com leads to a newsletter subscription page. However, you can bypass or navigate away to explore all that the New York Times Digital subscription has to offer!
Inside the library:
Use a BCPL computer or connect your device to our Wi-Fi.
LinkedIn Learning is a premier online learning resource featuring tutorials from recognized experts in their fields covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, career development, and more. Learning is self-paced and courses and tutorials are broken up into short videos, so it’s easy to squeeze in just a few minutes of learning a day if that’s all the time you have.
Please note: LinkedIn Learning requires that users be at least 16 years old, but a public LinkedIn profile is not required for access.
You just need your library card and PIN to get started! If you have a public profile you do not want linked to your LinkedIn Learning account, you may be asked to provide a Library ID instead of your e-mail. Our Library ID is bcplibky.
AtoZdatabases is a premier online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, up-to-date information on US businesses and residents, including marketing and sales leads; mailing lists; employment opportunities; background searches; and profiles on companies, executives, and healthcare professionals. Database search results and lists can be easily and conveniently downloaded, printed, or e-mailed in Excel, CSV, or PDF formats.
Plus, use Platinum Search to find or search by historical addresses, attend live training webinars with AtoZ University, or send your own marketing e-mails for free with pre-designed templates for events like family reunions, youth sports, or wedding announcements.
Access profiles on over 30 million companies and executives
Perform industry research, find competitor information, and more with the US Business database
Search over 240 million residents to compile mailing lists or perform market research including income, household, and lifestyle data
Discover over 12 million new movers or 2 million new homeowners
For Job Seekers:
Search the database of over 7 million real-time job listings, powered by Indeed
Discover full-time, part-time, internship, temporary, and contract opportunities
Find resumé and cover letter templates and examples
Get interview tips, including how-to videos
Pinpoint local companies in your desired industry
Do your research; access company and executive profiles to identify human resources contacts and prepare for interviews
Locate friends and family, including addresses and phone numbers
Research home market values and neighbors in the US Residents database before buying or selling a home
Perform background and criminal checks
Search for and view profiles for over 12 million healthcare professionals
Send free group e-mails using pre-designed templates
Legal Information Reference Center is an EBSCOhost database specifically geared to help everyday citizens understand the complex world of law, providing the necessary tools and detailed how-to instructions to navigate wide range of legal issues. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. Plus, with the Legal Forms by U.S. State feature, you can search state-specific legal forms by top subject areas.
Find inspiration and instruction with video classes taught by recognized artists, crafters, designers, and makers! With over 1,000 delectable, quick classes and in-depth workshops, Creativebug is the perfect creative companion for those who like to mix imagination and step-by-step DIY instruction.
Learn easy ways to practice your craft every day.
Nurture your creative soul by learning new skills.
Access an extensive pattern library for knitters and crocheters.
Enjoy guilt-free, inspirational screen time with 27/4 unlimited access!
Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins, and recalls. A valid library card is required for use outside a BCPL library location. Get started with Auto Repair Source now »
Indie movies. Critically-acclaimed documentaries. Classic films. Celebrated educational series like NOVA, Ken Burns America, and The Great Courses. BCPL’s newest streaming service offers all of this and more.
Kanopy provides easy access—free with your Bullitt County Public Library card!—to a cinephile’s dream library of more than 26,000 films, many of which cannot be found on popular streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video. While the Kanopy collection includes some blockbuster films and shows, such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Call the Midwife, Kanopy’s biggest claim to fame is their unique and extensive collection of independent, international, and classic films.
Of particular interest, 420 Janus Films—art house and classic films from the Criterion Collection—are included, allowing you to stream cinematic masterpieces like 8 ½, City Lights, Eraserhead, A Hard Day’s Night, Seven Samurai, Stagecoach, A Woman Under the Influence, and more on your smartphone, tablet, PC, or smart TV. The documentary selection—featuring titles like I Am Not Your Negro, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, Super Size Me, The Red Pill, Don’t Look Back, and Hoop Dreams—is equally impressive.
Another highlight is the wide variety of educational and training videos from suppliers like The Great Courses and PBS. You can browse and explore videos covering Business Skills, Dance, Engineering, History, Photography, Religion & Philosophy, Sports & Fitness, and more. Plus, find instructional videos on topics ranging from refrigeration and air conditioning to first aid and therapeutic massage. There are even curated collections for educators and students that provide lessons in mathematics, languages (including ESL), and science. Teachers can use these in their classrooms with no concerns about licensing—group viewing rights are free!
So next time you have Netflix fatigue and think there are no good movies left to watch, reconsider. Even if indie films and documentaries aren’t usually your go-to for movie night, you could give it a shot. You never know what great entertainment you can find if you step outside your comfort zone.
This database, provided by Kentucky Virtual Library and ProQuest, contains full-text newspapers and magazines from alternative, independent presses rather than the mainstream media.The database features over 670,000 articles from more than 230 publications, offering a wide range of unfettered, critical coverage of the news. All of these varied alternative and independent presses are presented in 100% full text, allowing researchers total access to regional, rural, and metropolitan perspectives on local, national, and international issues. Providing an alternative to corporate controlled media, the Alt-Press Watch database presents big stories from small sources.
Alt-Press Watch gives readers and researchers access to distinctive, thought-provoking titles, many of which cannot be found in any other database. Magazines and journals of the independent press such as Broken Pencil, which focuses on zine culture, Dissent, Solidarity’s Against the Current, The American Conservative, Left Curve, The Braille Forum and Earth First! provide in-depth coverage of a broad range of critical issues confronting contemporary society, including environment activism, disabilities, public policy, and facets of the political spectrum. And alternative newsweeklies like Eugene Weekly, Missoula Independent, and The Village Voice offer non-mainstream perspectives on government, policy, and culture; report on local, national, and international issues; and cover hot-button topics like hunger, abuse, religion, and pop culture. The Alt-Press Watch database includes these titles and many others, providing an unmatched, multi-disciplinary resource for researchers seeking an alternative to mainstream media perspectives.
Alt-PressWatch is accessible through the Kentucky Virtual Library Proquest portal. A special username and password are required for home access; ask at any BCPL service desk for the login credentials or call the main library at 543-7675.
The Job & Career Accelerator offered by LearningExpress Library can help you accelerate your career by offering expert guidance on interviewing skills, résumé writing, and searching for the right job for you.
Build résumés and job letters with step-by-step online builders, or use expert tutorials to create a great résumé or cover letter on your own.
Find your career match through interest and skills quizzes.
Explore a variety of occupations, including STEM jobs and the most in-demand fields with the highest growth potential. Also includes how-to guides for new veterans.
Learn to interview with confidence or negotiate a salary with video tutorials, plus access a variety of interview-related sample letters.
Find schools and scholarships matching your career goals and background.
LearningExpress Library’s Adult Core Skills offers resources for busy adults who need to brush up on their math skills; improve their writing, speaking, or grammar; and even offers assistance to become a US citizen.
Find out what your favorite BCPL staffer is reading, what they recommend, and what books, movies, and music you should ask us about! Through this initiative, you can connect with library staff over our shared love of reading and we can introduce you to awesome books and movies—from new releases to a few of our all-time favorites—that you might have never discovered if we hadn’t “picked” them.
Every year, a panel of BCPL staff members come together to read and discuss the hottest releases of the year. We chase down the most talked about and most raved about new releases, read them, and decide collectively if they’re worth all the fuss. From this fun cooperative comes our “Best of the Year” Lists. Categorized as Young Readers, Middle Grade/Tween, Young Adult/Teen, and Adult Fiction and Nonfiction, these five lists gather the definitive books we think you shouldn’t miss!
Our intention with this list is to provide a guide to some of the best and most enduring literature written for teens, as well as highlight adult and classic titles with special teen appeal. Plus we couldn’t resist sneaking in a few of our own personal favorites just for fun! This is by no means a complete list and will be updated on an annual basis. In fact, we encourage you to share with us favorite titles you feel would improve the list (see back page). While the materials on this list have been selected for ages 12–18, the books span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We have tried to give a general indication of the appropriateness of each title for different age levels, but these are entirely subjective labels and may vary from individual to individual.
ProQuest’s Career & Technical Education Database includes career advice and insider knowledge on popular industries, as well as resources you might need to get the job you want. This resource is consistently growing to help professionals, students, and job seekers research and build knowledge in their selected field(s) using content from magazines, journals, e-books, and blogs.
Sales and retail
Careers & Vocations
Trade & Industry
The Career & Technical Education Database is accessible through the Kentucky Virtual Library Proquest portal. A special username and password are required for home access; ask at any BCPL service desk for the login credentials or call the main library at 543-7675.
The Small Business Reference Center is an EBSCOhost database specifically for small business owners and aspiring owners. The site offers a multitude of articles and videos regarding planning and starting a business (or nonprofit); the basics of running a business and keeping it relevant in an ever-changing climate; information on legal issues, marketing, and taxes & accounting; as well as start-up kits and forms to help you from your first steps into business to your last.
Build job search and workplace skills, prepare for occupational exams, and more. From the job search and résumés, cover letters, and interviewing to succeeding once you have the job, this collection is designed to help you build the skills and confidence you need to get started in a new career,
Includes military and officer exam training and aptitude tests, plus e-books and practice exams in several other fields ranging from nursing and allied health to culinary arts.
Featured career overviews include:
Also: Changing careers and career information for veterans
In addition to useful skills reviews in math, reading, grammar, and writing, the College Students portal offers practice tests for college placement exams and graduate school admission exams. Includes GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, and PCAT.
Be ready for college entrance exams! Discover e-books, video tutorials, and practice tests to help you prepare for the ACT, SAT, and PSAT/NMSQT. The College Admissions Test Preparation portal also covers AP exams and the TOEFL iBT.