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Fun activities covering reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music, including options in Spanish, for young learners.

Academic OneFile (Gale)

Peer-reviewed, full-text articles from leading journals covering science, technology, medicine, literature, and many other subjects.

Academic OneFile Select (Gale)

Covering everything from art and literature to economics and the sciences, this resource for academic research integrates publications from across disciplines and includes vocational/technical titles used by community college students.

African American Heritage

A comprehensive mix of resources, records exclusively devoted to African American family history research, and tools was created in partnership with leading genealogists.

America's News Magazines

Hundreds of millions of current and archived full-text articles in a single database, including electronic editions of more than 2,700 U.S. news sources.

America's Newspapers

Current and archived newspaper articles from around the United States, organized by state.

Ancestry Library Edition

In Library use only

Billions of records in census data, vital records, military records, directories, photos, and more powered by Ancestry.com.

Black Life in America

The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media.

Bloom's Literature

Browse thousands of full text poems and literary classics and includes hundreds of full length videos of literary works and a Shakespeare Center including performance videos.

Books & Authors

Looking for a good book? Browse reviews and recommendations by genre, character, subject, location and time period. Powered by What Should I Read Next?

Boundless (formerly Axis 360)

eBooks for kids and young adults available on your mobile device or PC.

Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection

Over 20,000 historic images of Tampa Bay from the late 1800s to the early 1960s.

Business (Gale OneFile)

Full-text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy.

Business Insights: Essentials

Authoritative information and statistical data with analytical tools on U.S. businesses, industries and products.

Chilton Library

Repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.

Consumer Reports

Make smarter purchasing decisions with reviews, ratings, and buying guides for consumer products.

Criminal Justice (Gale OneFile)

Research for those studying law, law enforcement, terrorism, homeland security, forensic science, and more.

Data Axle Reference Solutions(formerly Reference Solutions)

Accurate data on 65 million businesses and 298 million consumers, including business directories, white pages, health care providers, and more.

DemographicsNow (Gale Business)

Robust and detailed U.S. demographic data with reporting that allows you to easily compile information.

Digital Collections

Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library's digitized archives, including Burgert Brothers photographs, oral histories, and other historical records and images.

Digital Sanborn Maps

Historic, large-scale fire insurance maps of Florida towns and cities from 1867 through the mid-20th century.

Educator's Reference Complete (Gale OneFile)

Full-text articles from more than 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports for educators, from school teachers to administrators to education students.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

A beginner’s Spanish-language reference tool offering all the best elements of World Book Kids Student Encyclopedia.

Entrepreneurship (Gale Business)

An easy-to-browse, comprehensive database covering all aspects of starting and operating a business.

Entrepreneurship (Gale OneFile)

Periodicals supporting business school students and entrepreneurs seeking insights, tips, strategies and success stories.


HCPLC is an affiliate library providing access to digital genealogical collections that are otherwise accessible only through a FamilySearch center. Create an account to access these collections from the library.

Fiero Code

Learn to code and build websites, video games, apps, and animations. For ages 8-18.

Florida Legal Forms

Sample legal forms for family law, wills & estates, business, landlords and tenant, and much more, tailored to the state of Florida.

Florida Newspaper Database

Full-text newspaper and journal articles from Florida publications.

Fold3 History & Genealogy Archives Plus

Premier collections of original military records including the stories, photos, and personal documents of those who served.

Foundation Directory Online Professional

Includes Grants to Individuals. John F. Germany Library use only.

Gale Directory Library

Includes Biography and Genealogy Master Index.

Gale eBooks

Unlimited access to nonfiction and reference eBooks with no waiting.

Gale in Context: Biography

Over 650,000 biographical entries covering a range of historically significant figures and present-day newsmakers.

Gale in Context: Elementary

Authoritative content on a broad range of educational topics, making it easy for young users to explore and gain comfort with database searching.

Gale in Context: Middle School

Combines reference content with videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and more, specifically for middle schoolers.

Gale Literary Index

A master index to literature products published by Gale containing complete biographies on authors and critical essays on their writings.

Gale Literature

Research authors and their works, literary movements and genres. Search across literature databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews.

Gale Literature Criticism

Centuries of scholarly and popular literary analysis and commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, books, periodicals and hard-to-find essays.

Gale Literature: LitFinder

Literary works and secondary-source materials, including over 150,000 full-text poems as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.

General OneFile (Gale)

A wide-ranging, general-interest periodical database with more than 8,000 titles, most in full text.

Health and Medicine (Gale OneFile)

Periodicals and reference book content designed for both nursing and allied health students as well as consumer health researchers.

Health and Wellness (Gale)

Authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.


Tutoring services designed for a wide range of academic needs including homework help, study skills, and writing papers.


Explore your family history with this collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices, 1704 – today.

Hispanic Life in America

Comprehensive news media coverage of the Hispanic American experience from the early 18th century to the present day.

Historical Newspapers: Black Newspaper Collection

An archive of articles essential to the study of American history and African-American culture, history, politics, and the arts, spanning 1893 to 2005.

Historical Newspapers: St. Petersburg Times

An archive of articles from The St. Petersburg Times / Tampa Bay Times from 1901 - 2009.

Historical Newspapers: U. S. Southeast

An archive of newspapers from Florida and the Southeast from the 19th century forward.


Streaming and downloadable movies, television, audiobooks, music, eBooks and comics.

Informe Académico (Gale OneFile)

A wide range of full-text Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines from and about Latin America.


Services designed for a wide range of career needs including resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and career resources.

JSTOR Ireland Collection

In Library use only

Journals and publications across the arts, humanities, and sciences with a focus on Ireland.


Stream independent, foreign films and documentaries. Also available in the Libby app.

Kanopy Kids

Enjoy unlimited streaming of educational and enriching movies, TV series, and animated storybooks for children of all ages. Also available in the Libby app.

LearningExpress Library

Test prep for college entrance and high school equivalency, workplace tools, reading, writing, math and science.

LinkedIn Learning

An online platform that helps you learn business, software, technology and creative skills. Use LibraryID = hcplclib for the app.

The Mailbox® Plus

Worksheets, crafts, forms, songs, games, and more covering a diverse range of subjects for parents and educators of Pre-K through 6th grade students.

Mango Languages

Courses that prepare you for realistic conversations and everyday communication in over 70 languages.

Morningstar Investing Center

Morningstar cannot continue its service with the library as they have been placed on Florida’s “Scrutinized Companies” List by Florida’s state government. We will provide more information as we receive updates.


Genealogy information including family trees, photos, and altogether more than 6 billion exclusive records from all over the world.


Personalized eBook reading for students with recommendations based interests, reading level, and ratings.

National Geographic Kids

The complete run of the magazine from 2009 to the present along with books, images, and videos.

National Geographic Virtual Library

The complete archive of National Geographic magazine along with a cross-searchable collection of books, maps, images, and videos.

New York Times

Free access to the New York Times online is available to all Hillsborough County residents with a library card. Now including NY Times Cooking and Games.

Newspapers.com World Collection

Full and partial runs of regional, state, and local newspapers in the United States and other countries, dating from the early 1700s into the 2000s.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers, helping kids find books for their reading level and interests.

NoveList Plus

Read-alike book recommendations for title, authors, and series crafted by experts. Reviews, top ten lists, and award winners all in one place.


Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines on any major computer system or device.

Peterson’s Career Prep (Gale Presents)

Learn about careers, receive personalized career recommendations, create resumes and cover letters, search for jobs, explore schools and training programs, and get advice to help find a job or advance your career.

Popular Magazines (Gale OneFile)

The most searched magazines focusing on current events, sports, science and health issues.

Power Search (Gale)

Search or browse more than 20,000 publications across multiple Gale resources.


Digital newsstand with thousands of the world's most popular newspapers.

Science Online

A full range of coverage of scientific disciplines through learning modules, interactive experiments, articles, videos and research tools.

Something About the Author Online

The critically-acclaimed series that examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults.

Tampa Bay History Publications Index, 1925-1999

Index of articles relating to the history of Florida and the Tampa Bay area.

Tampa Bay Obituary Index, 1855-1990

Obituary index that covers pre-1990 newspapers.

Tampa Bay Times Collection

Newspapers from 1987-present with images (2018-present) and web content (2002-present).

Tampa Tribune

Archive of Tampa Tribune newspaper articles from 1990 to 2016.


A curated collection of children’s eBooks for grades K-6 including animated picture books, read-along chapter books, graphic novels and math stories.

Universal Class

Self-paced online courses for Continuing Education providing lessons, assignments, discussion boards, grades and feedback. Also available in the Libby app.

Value Line Research Center

Stock market research, investment information, reports and rankings on mutual funds and options, and historical financial data.

Wall Street Journal

Access the Wall Street Journal from anywhere.


Available only at James J. Lunsford Law Library, Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, and Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library.

Primary and secondary law source materials for Florida and all other states along with Federal cases, statutes and court rules.

Westlaw Patron Access Remote

Remote access to all primary State and Federal laws, for use by self-represented litigants, non-attorneys, and attorneys who are not working on behalf of a client.

World Book Encyclopedia

A collection of encyclopedic resources including World Book, World Book for Kids, World Book Discover and Timelines.


Search the collections of libraries across the country and around the world.