Explore Online Library Resources

Explore Our Online Library Resources

Your library card is more powerful than you know! Your YCL card gets you access to dozens of online databases, just by using your YCL card number.
You may be familiar with some of our online databases already. Families with kids in school are probably familiar with Academic OneFile, Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government, Black Freedom Struggle, and the Khan Academy

Image of the login page to access POWERLibrary databases.
If you see this screen, just type in your YCL card number with no spaces.

But what about the book and language lovers? Or people who aren’t formally enrolled in school? We have databases for you too! 


NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus offer you curated lists of books… organized the way book lovers talk about books! You can filter by age range if you’re looking for books targeted for your kids’ reading level, find books that make you feel the same way as your favorite TV shows, or just books that are popular among fellow readers.

NovelList also allows you to find books that have been mentioned recently on TV or the radio (Books in the Media), get suggestions for your next book club read, or even use their “mixer” function to find a book that suits your mood right now. 

SCreencapture of the front page of NovelList K-8


Gale LitFinder is a wonderful resource for those who love hunting for a work that’s just right. LitFinder has the full text of 650,000 ebooks, plays, poems, speeches, and more. The dates of publication span from prehistoric times to the present, so there’s a lot to look through! You can filter by words used, author, time frame, and more.

Books and Authors

This database allows you to discover the newest books, discover debut authors, or learn everything you ever wanted to know about your favorite author! Books and Authors is an easy-to-use resource. Click a title to learn more; click an author to find their full title list, biography, and even information about which of their works have been made into TV shows or movies!

Learning is Life-Long

Adults can stay informed and keep learning! NewsBank offers access to thousands of news articles from across the country and international newspapers! The Gale Business, Gale Entrepreneurship, and PA Learning databases are great resources for adults looking for career-oriented information without the big price tag. Start your next project with a strong base of knowledge!

Screencapture of the Visual Search Topic Finder in Gale databases
Gale Databases offer a visual search when you use the “Topic Finder” tool

Rocket Languages

Rocket Languages gives you access to basic language courses (Level 1), for free! Listen to real native speakers and be able to communicate with the locals the next time you get a passport stamp. This resource helps you learn (or improve) your reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills in a new language.

Automotive How-Tos

Check out the Auto Repair Source database for manufacturer repair guides for automotive repairs. 

The Small Engine Repair Reference Center is your go-to guide for small engine repair projects. 

More to explore

These suggestions just scratch the surface! Your York County Libraries goes way beyond books. Explore an online database today!