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Accel5 Business Video Library

Accel5 Business Library features short videos on career topics including business essentials, leading & managing, and personal effectiveness.  It also provides summaries for business and leadership books and articles by industry leaders on current working world issues.

If you prefer not to make an individual account, you can log in with these Library of Virginia credentials:
Username: [email protected]
Password: Password: V1rgin1a (note the numeral 1 in place of the letter i for the first and last instance of i)


Ancestry Library provides genealogical and historical resources from sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. 

Access is available inside the library at any of our locations.


Black Freedom Struggle in U.S. (from ProQuest)

ProQuest’s Black Freedom website features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. Browse approximately 1,600 documents focused on six different phases of Black Freedom from 1790 to today.

Brainfuse HelpNow

HelpNow from Brainfuse provides on-demand e-learning anytime, anywhere for all ages and levels.  Features include Homework Help with live tutors, a 24-Hour Writing Lab, an Adult Learning Center, and a Foreign Language Lab and Spanish-speaking support.

Brainfuse JobNow

JobNow from Brainfuse offers live, anytime, anywhere job assistance, including live job coaching, real-time interview practice and tips, a full-service resume lab, professional resume critiques, resume templates, expert feedback via live interaction, and job search engines.

Brainfuse VetNow

VetNow from Brainfuse helps veterans to learn more about eligible VA benefits and community resources.  Features include a Live Veteran Navigator, tutors, live job coaching, real-time interview practice, full-service resume lab, resume templates, and interview tips and resources. 


Circle Round Podcast

WBUR’s Circle Round is a podcast that adapts selected folktales from around the world into entertaining radio plays for kids. Stories include a transcript to read along, coloring page, musical instrument spotlight, and activities to enjoy together afterward.

Consumer Reports (from MasterFILE)

Consumer Reports is a non-profit organization dedicated to testing and reporting on products so consumers can make informed choices. Use the search box to discover reviews and information on products through MasterFILE. Please enter your library card number if a patron ID is requested. 

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Coronavirus Research Database

ProQuest is providing free access to its research database specifically addressing Coronavirus. This resource was built in response to the rapidly growing need for authoritative content related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Document Bank of Virginia

Document Bank of Virginia (DBVa) is the Library of Virginia’s initiative to get documents into classrooms.  Using primary sources, DBVa helps users to be critical thinkers as they analyze original documents and draw their own conclusions about Virginia’s past.

Driver Testing

Driving Tests provides driver manuals online and in downloadable format.  The practice tests cover every section of the driver manuals and the exam simulator is designed to feel just like the official exam.  State-specific tests help users improve chances of passing the DMV exams.

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Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative

Based on the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, this self-paced course presents 8 core concepts to develop entrepreneurial attitudes and skills. Unlock the mindset and methods to cultivate ambition, confidence, and resourcefulness for a more meaningful and prosperous life.

Explora Secondary Schools

EBSCO Explora’s easy interface provides one portal for middle and high school students to explore thousands of articles, e-books and multimedia. Sources include encyclopedias, journals, magazines, newspapers, books, e-books, primary source documents and videos.

Explora Public Library

EBSCO Explora’s easy interface provides one portal to explore thousands of articles, e-book, and multimedia. Sources include encyclopedias, journals, magazines, newspapers, books, e-books, primary source documents and Associated Press videos.



FamilySearch provides a large collection of digitized records to aid in genealogical and historical research. Chesterfield County Public Library is a Family Search affiliate library and access to restricted records is available inside the library at any of our locations.

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Gale in Context: Elementary (formerly Kids InfoBits (K-5))

Gale’s Elementary research tool is a stimulating, colorful resource for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade. Young learners can explore the visual topic tree to enjoy age-appropriate book, magazine, and newspaper articles, as well as charts, graphs, pictures, and videos.


Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. The lessons cover K-12 math and high school to early college grammar, science, history, economics, computing, AP®, SAT®, Praxis, and more.

Explore Khan Academy with Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox.

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Learning Express Library

LearningExpress Library provides interactive tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards and articles for academic skill-building, standardized test preparation, and career development. These tools help improve scores in math, reading, writing, and on career certification exams.


LegalForms provides resources including Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, and Real Estate forms covering most legal subjects and issues. They are used by attorneys and law firms and are ideal for legal tasks relevant to business owners and personal affairs.

Lexis Nexis Library Express

LexisNexis Uni features review articles, legal newspapers and magazines, broadcast transcripts, blogs, court decisions, federal regulations and codes, patents, and more. Find news, business and legal information from 10,000+ sources. 

Access is currently available inside the library at any of our locations.

Library Journal

Library Journal provides news and information on all facets of library science, along with reviews of books, ebooks, audiobooks, movies, databases, and websites. It is a leading publication on issues, trends, and efforts of public, academic and institutional libraries. 

Access is currently available inside the library at any of our locations.

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MasterFILE provides full text for 2,000+ general reference publications as far back as 1922. Covering most subject areas, it also includes 160,000+ primary source documents and an Image Collection of 500,000+ photos, maps & flags. 

Please enter your library card number if a patron ID is requested.

MedlinePlus (from National Library of Medicine)

MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). It presents high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted, easy to understand, and free of advertising, in both English and Spanish.


Morningstar provides up-to-date, comprehensive financial information on stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds. It includes stock charts, portfolio-building tools, independent analyst reports, and an Investing Classroom. 

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NASA Resources (from NASA)

NASA provides a wealth of resources, lessons, videos, infographics, articles, experiments, digital tools and more to help students and educators better understand science. Explore a universe of learning at your fingertips.

NASA Space Place (from NASA)

Enter a colorful and interactive fun zone of learning and discovery. Here young learners can enjoy games, hands-on activities, informative articles, and engaging short videos about our planet and our solar system.


Newsbank provides access to the Richmond Times-Dispatch with both full color images and text-based article formats. You can e-read your daily hometown paper on your computer, tablet, or phone anywhere and anytime, and research in the text archives back to 1985.


U.S. Newsstream provides access to most of the major U.S. newspapers like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, and more. Content is updated each day, so you can search by publication to e-read articles from your daily preferred paper. 

NoveList K-8

NoveList K-8 is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and to engage young readers.

NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers' advisory resource that features book discussion guides, recommendations, reviews, award listings, series information, and more. Through an easy-to-use interface, NoveList Plus answers the question: What should I read next?


OverDrive's Always Available Classics

Enjoy nearly 200 ebooks and audiobooks with no holds and no wait lists! These “Always Available Classics” include favorite tales for all ages that you can read anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

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PBS Learning Media

VPM and PBS have curated free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers and students. Search under Subjects for specific areas of school curriculum or by Grades for appropriate age-level materials. 

Public Library Quarterly

Public Library Quarterly is a peer-reviewed journal for public library leaders, staff, and friends. It addresses best practices, service models, case studies, marketing, fund-raising, budget tools, financial analysis, technology, quality programming, and more. 

Access is available inside the library at any of our locations.

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Read It!

Read It! is designed for students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material. Explore science, history, culture, civics, literature, and life skills, and enjoy worksheets, quizzes, and guides to support comprehension. 

Please enter your library card number if a patron ID is requested.

Reference Solutions

Reference Solutions provides business and residential information for reference and research. It helps users find jobs, companies, business opportunities and executives, homeowners, addresses, phone numbers, healthcare providers, and historical market trends. 


School Library Journal

School Library Journal provides news, information and reviews for librarians and media specialists who serve children and young adults in school and public libraries. Access is available inside the library at any of our locations.


SelectReads allows library users to browse the newest CCPL titles in 40+ categories and to subscribe to newsletters to stay informed of additions to our collection. All titles link to the CCPL catalog so users can check availability or place a hold immediately.

Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business. It provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Each book includes supplemental curriculum aimed to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

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Teacher Certification and Licensure Pathways | Teacher Certification Degrees

Teacher Certification Degrees is a comprehensive certification guide for individuals who want to learn how to become a teacher or further their teaching career by earning an advanced degree.

Transparent Language

Transparent Language Online is an interactive language learning experience with a growing collection of 120 languages for English Speakers and ESL/ELL materials for speakers of 34 different languages. It supports all four core language learning skills, listening, reading, speaking, and writing for the beginner and the intermediate learner.


Universal Class

Universal Class is the place to continue your education online and to fulfill your lifelong learning goals. Courses are not just tutorials; they are real classes that include lessons, exams, assignments, discussion boards and actual assessments to help you learn and grow.


Value Line

Value Line provides reliable, unbiased financial information. It offers accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies so users can evaluate investments with confidence and make smarter, more profitable financial decisions. 

Virginia Judicial System Self-Help

Judges, court employees, and librarians must be neutral and can't give legal information. Only a lawyer representing you can give you legal advice. Virginia Judicial System Self-Help provides neutral legal information only as a public service for self-represented litigants. Always check with your local court about its procedures.

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