County Adds More Databases to Assist with Learning from Home

Library users in Allegheny County now have more digital resources at their fingertips. Public libraries in Allegheny County added several online databases to the shared digital collection over the past few months.  The databases provide additional learning resources for students studying both in-school and from home. The new additions include:

World Book Online –  An online encyclopedia filled with facts and information on many subjects. World Book Online contains thousands of informational articles with illustrations, videos, interactive maps, research help, and activities for kids, students and adults.  – Although the Sewickley Public Library offered access to for several years, the resource is now available to all library card holders in Allegheny County. Users will experience the same homework help & skill-building benefits of with expanded service hours! Live tutoring help is now available from 12pm – 12am.

Historical Black Newspapers  An excellent resource that provides information and perspectives which were excluded or marginalized in mainstream news sources. These newspapers include articles, obituaries, photos and editorials. Newspapers available through this resource include: Pittsburgh Courier, Philadelphia Tribune, Cleveland Call & Post and others.

Udemy – An online learning platform that provides instruction for college students & adults who want to upskill for a new job, advance in their current profession, or deepen a personal interest. Udemy connects you to more than 6,000 video-based courses in business, technology, software, and personal development—and nearly 2,000 courses are taught by instructors in their native language (French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish). Learn how to code, prep for IT certifications, sharpen leadership skills, produce a podcast, increase office productivity, tap into your creativity, and more. Please note: A Microsoft or Google email address is required to set up an Udemy account.

These resources are in addition to the dozens of databases already available to all Allegheny County library card holders. Students and adults can use these reliable information sources to find  information on almost any topic, including: history, social sciences, art, language arts, economics, psychology and more.

Visit to see all of the online resources available through the library.

Questions about these resources? Contact the Reference Department at 412-741-6920 ext. 3.


New Digital Resources Added