Resources A to Z

Your Library card is the gateway to the full array of free electronic resources.  Some resources require a PIN, a password, or are accessible only from the Library’s public computers. Unless noted below, all resources are accessible 24/7 from anywhere.

Questions?  Give us a call at 828-884-3151 ext. 4.

African American Heritage provides key genealogical and historical records specific to tracing the lives of African Americans. This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.

Ancestry is the world’s largest online family history resource with more than 20 billion records allowing users to search genealogy and family history records. Ancestry is available on the Library’s computers in the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room and the Adult Reference area or on laptops through the Library’s wi-fi connection. In Library use ONLY.

BiblioBoard eBooks (via NCLIVE) has access to thousands of simultaneous-use ebooks of all types (fiction and non-fiction). Includes the Home Grown Collection containing E-books published in NC. Includes popular and scholarly nonfiction, novels by well-known local authors, and award-winning short fiction and poetry.

DigitalNC contains thousands of items from libraries, archives, and museums around the state and is a terrific resource for students, teachers, researchers, and anyone interested in the history and culture of NC.   The images are part of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.  Approximately 2000 of our local images, 1994-1966 Brevard High School annuals, 1948-1966 Rosman High School annuals, 1940-1954 Ecusta Echo, 1900-1916 Sylvan Valley News, and 1917-1923 Brevard News are available here as well as material from Brevard College and the Brevard Music Center.

FEMA Flood Documents These documents are available for flood insurance holders to read and review. Adobe Acrobat Reader needed to open documents.

Flipster is a digital e-magazine service featuring a wide variety of titles for all ages (currently 51 titles). Use your library card to access current and back issues of popular titles from the link on our website.  (App available for phones, tablets, and iPad)

Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of men and women who served.  It also includes some international records as well as a variety of non-military records (e.g. passport applications and Homestead Records).

Funding Information Network provides access to The Foundation Directory Online – the premier resource for locating in-depth information about non-profit funding and almost one million grant opportunities from about 90,000 grantmakers. The Funding Information Network also provides access to The Foundation Maps resource as well as The Foundation Directory for Individuals.  Users MUST use this link from the Library’s website to access the resource.  In Library use ONLY.

Heritage Quest is accessible through NC LIVE on ANY of the Library’s public computers in the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room, the Adult Reference area, and through the Library’s wifi connection. HeritageQuest contains the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1940; over 28,000 fully scanned family and local histories indexed by title, individual name, place and keyword; local history articles;  selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files;  the searchable files of Freedman’s Bank (1865-1874), founded to serve African Americans; city directories, immigration records, military records, the U.S. Serial Set—Memorials, Petitions, and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress in LexisNexis ® U.S. Serial Set, and more.

Library Catalog is our online catalog where patrons can search for material owned by TCL, see current checkout status, place holds, check fines, and more.

Lynda.com is an online educational site that includes over 3,000 courses (and over 130,000 videos) in popular fields like web design and development, Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.) and more. Transylvania County Library cardholders can access Lynda.com content  FREE from anywhere with their library card number. Users should always use the link from the TCL website to access the resource.

NCKids Digital Library is a statewide eBook consortium specifically for kids, pre-K through elementary.  It includes over 7,400 eBooks, eAudiobooks, videos and Read-Alongs  through OverDrive’s digital reading platform. These resources are always available for every child across North Carolina.

NC LIVE, our statewide information gateway, offers free online access to ebooks, eaudios, videos, online magazines, newspapers, journals, and most importantly, full-text access to thousands of articles from hundreds of magazines, newspapers, and journals.          NC LIVE includes ProQuest Central which searches for full-text articles; Pronunciator, an interactive language learning module for 80+ languages; RefUSA; Morningstar Investment Research Center; SIRS Researcher, Learning Express Library, and much more.

The North Carolina Digital Library (NCDL) lets you download audiobooks, ebooks and other media 24/7 with your Library card number and PIN via the Overdrive platform.

NoveList Plus offers suggestions for reading and read-alikes for your favorite books and authors.  This service is also integrated into the Library’s online catalog using the “Similar Titles” feature in the catalog.

TCL Writes includes resources for both readers and writers from the Biblioboard platform via NC LIVE.  TCL cardholders have access to additional resources.
     Indie North Carolina Collection is a digital ebook collection that includes great reads from North Carolina independent authors. It includes mysteries, romances, memoirs, local histories, children’s books and much more.  No waiting, no holds; just find, download and read.

     SELF-e Select is a curated collection from staff at Library Journal that includes ebooks in all genres and recognizes the very best Indie Author submissions nationwide.  Includes Library Journal Top Indie Picks in General Fiction; Non-Fiction; Young Adult Fiction; Mysteries, Thrillers & Horror; Sci Fi and Fantasy; Children’s Books; and Poetry!

    Are you an Indie Author?  Connect with readers by joining the community of writers publishing works on the BiblioBoard Self-e digital platform.  Local Indie Authors can explore this FREE service and publish their e-content using their TCL library card on any BiblioBoard Collections webpage. Use your TCL library card on any BiblioBoard Collections webpage to set up an account.  If you are interested in publishing your book on a digital platform, start HERE to find out how SELF-e works and how you can submit your file.  Includes helpful FAQs for aspiring indie authors.

TumbleBooks is an online collection of ebooks and read-along picture books, non-fiction, graphic novels, math stories, language learning, educational videos, and games designed for pre-K through elementary.

 

Additional Online Resources including Local Links and Links to Other Libraries