To search for books in the Alabama Virtual Library, access the library’s website, or log on with a virtual library card, which is available to Alabama residents, and then search the EBSCO Nonfiction Book Collection. This database contains 4,100 full-text editions of popular nonfiction books. The library also offers some historical nonfiction books through its EBSCO History Reference Center database, as of 2016.
The Alabama Virtual Library mainly offers magazine, newspaper and journal articles used for research, as of 2016. To search for items in the Alabama Virtual Library, users must access the library’s page with an IP address registered in Alabama. Geolocation tracking allows for automatic authentication of users without using passwords or usernames. After accessing the website from a geo-approved location, users follow the prompts to search for items in the library’s databases.
Databases available through the Alabama Virtual Library include information for both students and adult users in schools and communities throughout Alabama. Some databases include General OneFile, MedlinePlus, Military & Government Collection, and Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts. Others include Oxford Reference Online, Professional Development Collection, World Almanac for Kids, World Data Analyst and Britannica Learning Zone.
The virtual library is a free service available to all Alabama residents.