Consumer Information

BCPL Resources

  • Do-It-Yourself: Home Projects

    Are you ready to update your home? Our BCPL staff has gathered the best books, DVDs, planning kits, and online resources we have to offer for all your DIY home improvement needs.

  • ReferenceUSA

    ReferenceUSA is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses and U.S. residents.

  • Flipster

    Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that lets users browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines for free, courtesy of the library. Flipster offers convenient access and a user-friendly reading experience. Magazines can be read online with your computer, smartphone, or tablet or downloaded to your mobile device for offline access.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

    Find authoritative, full-text reference materials online with a simple keyword search or browse available materials by category (biography, business, literature, science, etc.). Some materials include MP3 audio files and translation tools.

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Automotive

Auto Repair Reference Center Database - Library database; provides do-it-yourself auto repair help, technical service bulletins, recalls, etc.

Automotive.com

Better Business Bureau Auto Line

Cars.com

Edmunds Car Prices

Fuel Economy Guide

Green Vehicle Guide

Kelley Bluebook

NADA

General Sites for Consumers

Better Business Bureau

Consumer Action Website - How to file a complaint; a federal government site.

Consumer Price Index

Consumer Reports (some info requires subscription)

Consumer World

ConsumerSearch

Kentucky Consumer Protection Division

U.S. Consumer Information Gateway

Home & Energy

Consortium for Energy Efficiency

Consumer's Guide to Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Energy Savers (U.S. Department of Energy)

Energy Star (EPA)

Green Guide

Home Fair - Relocation help and information; financial calculators for mortgage payments, home affordability, etc.

Home Tips - Home improvement buying guides and reports, maintenance info, and DIY projects

Kentucky Real Estate Commission

Sperling's Best Places

Sweets Network - Product and manufacturer info, details on green products and trends, etc.

Zillow.com - Free online real estate site to search homes for sale, find home prices, see home values, view recently sold homes, and check mortgage rates.

Money & Financial Issues

Bank Rate Monitor

Charity Reports (BBB)

Consumer Price Index

Free Credit Report

Home Fair - Offers financial calculators for mortgage payments, home affordability, etc.

Identity Theft (FTC)

Insurance Ratings

Lowermybills.com - An Experian company, free online service to help consumers reduce their cost of living.

Mortgage and Financial Calculators

Shopping Spot - Compare prices, locate coupons, etc.

Motley Fool - Investment, personal finance, and retirement information.

MyMoney.gov

Product Safety & Recalls

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

CPSC Recall Announcements

Recalls.gov