Digital Library

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A valid Richardson Public Library Card is required to access most of these resources
from outside the library.

Mobile apps 


  • hoopla
    Richardson residents--Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7, with your Library card--up to 7 items per month!  Choose from thousands of Hollywood blockbusters, best selling authors and music artists, and from an extensive catalog of educational materials, children’s titles, foreign films, and hard-to-find content. 
  • OverDrive
    Popular eBook titles that can be downloaded to your PC, mobile device, or eBook reader.  Get started with OverDrive.  Download the Libby app to make using OverDrive easier than ever!  Libby overview (short video) 
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
    Access to 27,000+ eBook titles, including the latest information technology titles, reference essentials, business and economics resources, bestselling fiction, and more.  Users will need to create a free "My EBSCOhost" account from an RPL library computer.  Once an account has been set up, eBooks on EBSCOhost can be accessed from home, school, or office.
  • ProQuest  Ebook Central
    Over 70,000 titles from more than 500 publishers, 95% from Latin America and Spain--in Spanish. 
  • RBdigital (Zinio) Digital Magazines 
    Install the new RBdigital app from your app store and start reading popular magazine titles in a variety of subject areas. For Desktop, iPad, iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire devices.
    Short video overview of RBdigital services.
  • OneClickdigital
    A collection of classics in eBook and eAudio formats.

Online Databases




  • Newsbank Dallas Metro web buttonDallas Morning News and other area newspapers, including the Dallas Examiner, the Plano Examiner,  the Dallas Observer, and many more.

  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
    Access to 28,000+ eBook titles, including the latest information technology titles, reference essentials, business and economics resources, best-selling fiction, and more. Create a free "My EBSCOhost" account from a Library computer; once an account has been set up, eBooks on EBSCOhost can be accessed from home, school, or office.   
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
    Over 25,000 encyclopedia entries covering a variety of subject area.
  • MasterFILE Premier
    A multidisciplinary database providing full-text for nearly 2,000 general reference publications;
    includes Consumer Reports
  • Military & Government Collection
    Cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals, and indexing and abstracts for nearly 400 titles.  Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government.
  • Newspaper Source
    Selected full text for nearly 30 national (U.S.) and international newspapers.  The database also contains full-text television & radio news transcripts, and selected full-text for more than 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers, updated daily.
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
    Nearly 575 full-text publications, including nearly 550 peer-reviewed titles.  Covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.  Updated daily; nearly every full-text title included in this database is indexed in PsycINFO. 
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection
    Extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.  Offers more than 300 full-text journals, including more than 250 peer-reviewed titles, making it an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies; updated daily.
  • Richardson Echo web button  Historical archive of Richardson's newspaper.



  • Artemis Literary Sources An integrated search of literary databases, including Contemporary Authors; Dictionary of Literary Biography; Literature Criticism; Literature Resource Center; Scribner Writers Series; and Twayne's Authors.  Provides reliable biographical and critical content for ancient through contemporary authors worldwide.
  • Book Review Digest Plus
    Brings together book reviews on subjects such as art, biography, business, education, general interest, history, humanities, literature, music, and more--with coverage back to 1983. 
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism - Select
    More than 11,000 critical essays on contemporary authors.  Each CLC-Select entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, a list of principal works, critical essays, and sources for further study.  Updated monthly.
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
    Access to 28,000+ ebook titles, including the latest information technology titles, reference essentials, business and economics resources, best-selling fiction, and more. Create a free "My EBSCOhost" account from a Library computer; once an account has been set up, eBooks on EBSCOhost can be accessed from home, school, or office.
  • Essay and General Literature Index
    Spans the entire range of the humanities and social sciences; cites records in collections of essays and works published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada dating back to 1985.
  • Humanities Full Text
    Includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries and original works of fiction, drama and poetry in all fields of the humanities--from art, classical studies, film, journalism, and more.
  • Literary Reference Center
    Provides information on thousands of authors and their works through a collection of author biographies, plot summaries, poems, short stories, and author interviews.
  • Literature Criticism Online ImageThe largest curated online collection of literary criticism in the world, this resource brings together 10 acclaimed multidisciplinary series representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres. 
  • NoveList
    A place for book discovery, with reading recommendations, series information, book reviews, and more.
  • Play Index
    Covers over 31,000 classic and historical plays dating from 1949, including one-act plays, pageants, plays in verse, radio and television plays, classic drama and monologues from famous playwrights. 
  • Short Story Index
    Information on short stories by author or genre, providing detailed indexing for more than 117,000 stories from more than 4,200 collections and anthologies.
  • WorldCat  WorldCat (Access inside the Library)
      WorldCat (Access outside the Library)



  • Academic Search Complete
    Provides full-text for more than 9,500 scholarly publications.
  • Business Abstracts and Full Text
    Full-text articles from hundreds of key publications, with access to product evaluations, interviews, biographical sketches, corporate profiles, statistical rankings and more.  
  • Business Collection
    Coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. Users will understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through business and trade publications, complemented by a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications.
  • Business Source Complete
    A scholarly business database, providing a collection of bibliographic and full-text content.  Contains far more active, peer-reviewed, business related journals than any other database currently available.  As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back to 1886 are included in addition to the searchable cited references provided for more than 1,200 journals.  
  • Dallas Morning News & NewsBank
    Index to--and full-text articles of--The Dallas Morning News, and selected articles from other newspapers.  
  • General Business File ASAP
    Analyzes company performance and activity and industry events and trends, as well as the latest in management, economics and politics.  Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals, and company directory listings.         
  • ReferenceUSA
    Profiles of more than 13 million U.S. businesses and 120 million U.S. residents.  Includes demographics and healthcare listings; useful for compiling mailing and contact lists; search by zip code, city, state, sales, number of employees, and other options.  Video tutorials available. 
  • Regional Business News
    Coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States; updated daily.
  • Small Business ReferenceProvides detailed "how-to" instructions on small business topics, such as buying or selling a business, managing employees, writing business plans, understanding legal issues, and more. 



  • link image for Learning Express LibraryAn interactive online database that provides the most comprehensive selection of career-oriented and academic resources available to help with job preparation, career advancement, career changes, and re-entry into the workforce.  Includes practice tests and tutorials for professional certification and licensing, college admissions, GED preparation, and for refreshing basic reading, writing and math skills.  
  • Gale Courses buttonOnline, interactive, instructor-led classes that cover computer software applications and many other topics.  Courses run for six weeks and new sessions of each course begin every month.



  • Ancestry Library Edition (only available inside the Library)
    Coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records; record collections from Canada and other areas, as well.
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans
    All aspects of native North American culture, history, and life.  Covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy.  More than 80,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada, from the sixteenth century to the present.
  • Handbook of Texas
    A multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association.
  • HeritageQuest OnlineA collection of genealogical information covering America since the late 1700s.  Includes census images from 1790 to 1930; 25,000 family and local history books; Revolutionary War records; Freedman's Bank Records; and the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) covering over 6,500 genealogical periodicals since 1800.
  • Texas Sanborn MapsLarge-scale historical maps of selected towns and cities. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods.  Includes information about buildings, including their sizes, shapes,  construction materials, heights, and functions.  The maps give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers.
  • Texas Reference Center
    More than 80 full-text journals and books about Texas history, ethnic and cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health, and business, as well as home & garden and sports & leisure. 



  • Alt HealthWatch
    Alternative health database providing full text for 180 publications in the collection, including many peer-reviewed journals.  In-depth coverage of complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.  
  • Health Reference Center AcademicFor nursing and allied health students, as well as consumer health researchers.

  • Health Source - Consumer Edition
    Consumer health information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, child care, sports medicine and general health.  Full text for nearly 150 journals; updated daily.
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
    Nearly 550 scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines (abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals); updated daily.
    Authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. 
  • Natural & Alternative Treatments
    A complementary and alternative medicine database designed specifically for the consumer health researcher.  Contains evidence-based articles covering medical conditions, alternative therapies, herbs & supplements, functional foods, drug interactions, and homeopathy.  The articles are based on double-blind, placebo-controlled studies and other forms of meaningful scientific evidence.



  • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
    Offers "how-to" instructions for virtually every hobby enthusiast with full text for more than 1,500 leading hobby books and craft magazines--covers arts & crafts, collecting, home & garden, indoor recreation, kids' crafts, model building, needlecrafts, and more.
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
    Provides users with user-friendly "how-to" information covering a range of home improvement and repair projects.  Features full-text content from leading magazines, images not found anywhere else online, and videos of popular home repair projects.   
  • Small Engine RepairRepair guides for small engines and routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly).  Allows users to search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type, and model numbers.



  • Explora button for Elementary Explora button for Jr. High and High School Studentsexplora  is a comprehensive search interface of age-appropriate databases, with results that include maps, videos, graphics, journal and newspaper articles, and more. 

  • Explora button for Public LibrariesTopical search interface; easy to use!  Search a variety of databases at once to find journal articles, encyclopedia entries, maps, videos, health information and more.

  •  Gale Courses buttonOnline, interactive, instructor-led classes that cover computer software applications and many other topics.  Courses run for six weeks and new sessions of each course begin every month.

  • link image for Learning Express LibraryStudy for tests--including the Texas STAAR test--and improve skills in math, reading, and writing.  Study preparation for the GED, or to become a U.S. citizen, as well.        
  • TeachingBooks provides original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators, and a wealth of multimedia resources on K-12 books to support reading and library activities for all grades and content areas. 
  • Vocational and Career Collection
    provides full text coverage for nearly 340 trade and industry related periodicals including American Machinist, Pediatric Nursing, Wireless Week, Drug Store News, Reeves Journal, Hotel and Motel Management, Restaurant Business, Advertising Age, and many more.



  • Pronunciator buttonA fun way to learn any of 80 languages! Includes comprehensive course modules (with videos and pronunciation feedback) for children, healthcare providers, travelers, and students.


  • LAW 

    Gale Legal Forms ImageA comprehensive resource of legal documents, continuously updated to reflect the latest state laws.  Features include personalized forms, comprehensive descriptions of each form and its use, and state-specific legal information.
  • Legal Collection
    Full text for nearly 250 of the world's most respected, scholarly law journals; an authoritative source for information on current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world.
  • Legal Information Reference Center ImageOnline full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, hundreds of publications, and thousands of multi-state forms to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds. Includes 530 Texas-specific forms and 60 forms with Spanish content. 
  • ProCitizen button in EnglishPreparing you for U.S. Citizenship; reviews and practice tests.



  • Directory of Open Access Journals
    Provides indexing, abstracting, and free full-text access for selected international scholarly journals in many subject areas, including agriculture and food science, biology, chemistry, health science, languages and literature, mathematics, physics, engineering, the arts, business, environmental science, history, law, political science, philosophy, religion, and social science.
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • Professional Development Collection 
    For Educators and Librarians, a comprehensive collection of full-text journals, including Educational Research, School Library Journal, Reading Teacher, Booklist and more.
  • Serials Directory 
    Provides access to the most up-to-date and accurate bibliographic information as well as current pricing structures for popular serials.  It contains over 212,000 U.S. and international titles, including newspapers; data from over 108,000 publishers worldwide, including e-mail and Internet addresses.
  • WorldCat (Access inside the Library) 
  • WorldCat (Access outside the Library)



  • Agricola
    Bibliographic records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library. 
  • Computer Source
    Information and current trends in technology, offering full text for nearly 300 publications.  
  • GreenFILE
    A collection of scholarly, government, and general-interest titles, including content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.   
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
    Nearly 575 full-text publications, including nearly 550 peer-reviewed titles.  Covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.  Nearly every full-text title included in this database is indexed in PsycINFO; updated daily.
  • Science and Technology Collection
    Contains over 800 leading full-text journals covering relevant aspects of the scientific and technical community.  Topics include aeronautics, astrophysics, chemistry, computer technology, geology, aviation, physics, archaeology, and materials for science.
  • Science in Context Image

  • Science and Technology ProQuest Image



  • Fuente Academica
    Esta base de datos multidisciplinaria ofrece contendio completo en negocios y economia, ciencias médicas, ciencias politicas, leyes, ciencias de computación, ciencias de información y bibliotecas, literatura, linguística, historia, filosofía y teologia.
  • MedicLatina
    Esta exclusiva base de datos proporciona acceso al texto completo de casi 100 revistas especializadas en medicina y arbitradas.
  • Salud en Espanol (Consumer Health Complete in Spanish)
    Designed to support the information needs of patients and provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine by covering topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, and men & women's health in Spanish.    
  • ProCitizen button in SpanishPreparación para obtener la ciudadanía estadounidense. 


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