Arts & Humanities

BCPL Resources

  • Universal Class

    Learn skills for business and life! Universal Class offers more than 500 lifelong-learning courses covering everything from wellness and personal growth to homeschooling, parenting, hobbies, and finance. Many courses even offer continuing education units (CEUs).

  • Ultimate Teen Booklist

    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!

  • OCLC FirstSearch Databases

    FirstSearch is a collection of databases that includes access to magazine articles. World Cat lists books and materials kept in other libraries around the world. If you are looking for material that is not available in Bullitt County and have a Bullitt County Library card, you may request that an item be “Interlibrary Loaned” using the online request form from World Cat.

  • NoveList Plus

    Look up authors or specific books. Discover readalikes, recommendations, book discussion guides, book reviews, and more for fiction, narrative nonfiction, and audiobooks.

  • New York Times Digital

    Free access to all current New York Times articles online. Read the New York Times on any library computer or Wi-Fi network, or get an access code good for 24 hours to read outside the Library or through the New York Times app. You will need to set up a New York Times account with your e-mail address to read unlimited articles.

  • Literary Reference Center Plus

    This comprehensive database provides information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames. Includes full texts of classic works alongside synopses, critical essays, author biographies, study guides, lesson plans, and more. Plus access a variety of literary journals, reference books, and even video lessons and drama productions.

  • LinkedIn Learning

    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: The Library ID is bcplibky if you need it to sign in to your existing account.

  • Kentucky Libraries Unbound/Libby

    Kentucky Libraries Unbound powered by OverDrive allows you to download or stream audiobooks, e-books, and video to your PC, Mac®, or one of many mobile devices. You can check out up to 10 items at a time with your library card and PIN. You can also take books, audiobooks, and more on the go with the Libby app!

  • Kanopy

    Kanopy offers a unique and extensive collection of indie flicks, world cinema, classic films, and award-winning documentaries. Plus, enjoy celebrated educational series like NOVA, Ken Burns America, and The Great Courses and explore educational videos covering Business Skills, Dance, Engineering, History, Photography, Religion & Philosophy, Sports & Fitness, and more. Instructional video topics range 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!

  • Hoopla

    Hoopla is a streaming video, music, e-book, and audiobook service bringing thousands of movies, TV shows, full music albums, and audiobooks directly to your computer or mobile device—with instant, simultaneous access and NO WAITLISTS or late fines, ever! Plus, with the recent addition of the BingePass, Hoopla now offers digital magazines!

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Arts Organizations

Americans for the Arts

Bullitt County Arts Council

Kentucky Arts Council

National Endowment for the Arts

Regional Arts

Kentuckiana Theatre Guide

Kentucky Author Forum

The Kentucky Center

Kentucky Shakespeare

LOOK - Consortium of fine arts galleries in Louisville.

Mellwood Arts Center


Art Institute of Chicago

The British Museum

Bullitt County History Museum

Frazier History Museum

Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium

Guggenheim Museums

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA)

J. B. Speed Art Museum

Kentucky Derby Museum

Louisville Slugger Museum

The Louvre Museum (Paris, France)

Locust Grove Historic Home Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)

Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)

The Muhammad Ali Center

National Gallery of Art

Portland Museum (Louisville, KY)

Smithsonian Institution - 14 individual museums.

United States Holocaust Museum

U.S. Museums by State

The Ancient World

Internet Classics Archive - Greek, Roman, Chinese, and Persian classics in English translation.

Art & Fashion

Artcyclopedia - Search for museums, artists, or artwork by titles, or browse by movement/period. You can also browse artists by gender, nationality, popularity, medium, or subject.

Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institute)

Art Through Time: A Global View - A thematic approach to art history and appreciation, featuring thirteen half-hour programs, a guide, text, and other Web resources.

AskArt: The Artists Bluebook

The Costume Gallery Research Library


Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

WebMuseum: Famous Artworks Exhibition - Glossary, artist index, and theme index.

Drama & Dance

Broadway: The American Musical (PBS) - Index of modern playwrights and plays.

Internet Broadway Database

Inter-play - Online index to plays in collections, anthologies, and periodicals.

Tony Awards

Film & Television

Academy Awards Database (Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences)

AdViews - Digital archive of vintage television commercials (1950s–1980s).

Emmy Awards (Academy of Television Arts & Sciences)

Literature & Poetry - Literature, reference, and verse.

Cambridge History of English and American Literature

Favorite Poem Project - View archived videos of notable and ordinary Americans reading and discussing their favorite poems.

Invitation to World Literature -  Offers up literature from "a range of eras, places, cultures, languages, and traditions," hosted by Professor David Damrosch. For each text, visitors can watch the 30-minute corresponding program, read selections from each work, and also explore the historical and cultural context of each work through interactive maps and other features. Performers and artists such as Kristin Chenoweth, Philip Glass, and Wole Soyinka are featured.

Literary Criticism Collection on IPL - Search by author, title, or literary period.

LitQuotes - Search by subject, title, or author.

Poetry America - Read poetry, learn to understand it, and hone your writing skills. Features a special teen section.

Poetry Foundation - Poem search tools, audio & podcasts, Poetry Magazine online, etc.

Poetry Society of America - The nation's oldest poetry organization. Links to poetry journals, publishers, and literary magazines - Searchable indexes, audio, and video. Writing and reading resources.

Wright American Fiction, 1851-1875 - Nearly 3,000 volumes of 19th century American fiction.

Shakespeare Resource Center

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All About Jazz

American Memory Music Collection - 32 digital collections from the Library of Congress

American Roots Music

The Blues Foundation

Country Music Hall of Fame

Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers - Abridged of not, this site has information on over 500 composers, plus links to other websites, books and CDs about composers, and even sheet music.

Eric Weinstein's Treasure Trove of Music - Information about musical instruments and notation, scales and chords, and much, much more.

Folk Music Archives

Grammy Awards

Music for the Nation: American sheet music collections from 1820–1860 and 1870–1875 - Part of the Library of Congress American Memory project.

National Jukebox - Free streaming audio of historical recordings, including blues, classical/opera, ethnic music, jazz/ragtime, musical theater, and traditional/country music as well as a large selection of religious and spoken word recodings.

Ricci Adams'

Philosophy & Religion - Statistics and religious geography information, plus a detailed list of the influential people in over 100 religions.

The Association of Religion Data Archives

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Internet Sacred Text Archive

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy