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Visit The Library From Home

It should come as no surprise that magazine editors and writers love words, reading, writing, spelling, grammar….well, maybe not grammar. So naturally, the Southport and Leland Magazine families are already big fans of the Brunswick County Library system.

With so many people teaching their children at home or looking for new ways to keep themselves entertained, we’re all relying more on what we can find online, and one of the best available to Brunswick County residents is the library system. Don’t have a library card? Though the branches are closed for the time being, you may still be able to get your library card. Just call your local branch to see what information you’ll need to provide.

One of our favorite online resources is the e-book service, which allows patrons to borrow books for the e-readers. There’s also a digital library for children, where they can access e-books, videos and audiobooks. NCLive offers media access, tools for learning a new language, and much more. There are lots of teacher and education resources, and access to newspapers and periodicals, including Our State magazine, a periodical filled with feature stories and fabulous photography of North Carolina. There are even online tools for learning new trade skills and how to build a resume.

The County has done a great job compiling a list of all the online resources availab

le to library card holders. Read on, and check it out for yourself.

•Library System main webpage:

•Harper Library (Southport): 910-457-6237 /

•Rourk Library (Shallotte): 910-754-6578 /

•Leland Library: 910-371-9442 /

•Barbee Library (Oak Island): 910.278.4283 /

•Southwest Brunswick Branch Library (Carolina Shores): 910.575.0173 /

From Brunswick County:


•E-books and Audiobooks – Access our collection on the Axis 360 For desktop or laptop users, you can also access the collection online at

•NCKids Digital Library – Browse, borrow, and enjoy titles from the NC Kids Digital Library collection comprised of E-books, audiobooks, streaming videos, and read-alongs. Access the collection at

•TumbleBooks: In addition to our own Axis 360 collection, TumbleBooks is now available with free eBooks and audiobooks for all ages, to keep you well stocked with reading material during your time at home. You do not need a library card or login information just click the links below for access:

•TumbleBook Library: children’s eBooks, kindergarten through 6th grade

•TumbleMath: eBooks for math learning, kindergarten through 6th grade

•TeenBookCloud: young adult eBooks, 7th through 12th grade

•AudioBookCloud: audiobooks for all ages

•RomanceBookCloud: a collection of romance eBooks for older readers

1. NC LIVE RESOURCES provides content, products, services, professional development, and technical support to North Carolina’s libraries. Content includes an online collection of 1.4 billion full-text articles, eBooks, streaming videos, digitized newspapers, language learning tools, and more. Here are some resources you can access on the website:


•SIRS Discoverer is designed specifically for elementary and middle school students, SIRS Discoverer offers articles, nonfiction books, images, activities, and websites curated for educational relevance, age appropriateness, and readability.

•ProQuest Research Companion is an award-winning, cloud-based information literacy solution that enables educators and librarians to guide students through research projects efficiently.


Medline Plus is an online health information resource for patients and their families and friends. It is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library, and a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their mission is to present high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted and easy to understand.


Research your ancestry with HeritageQuest which provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.


With Mango Languages, you can learn over 70 languages right from your own computer (or smartphone!). Mango has courses in Spanish, French, Mandarin, German, even Biblical Hebrew, plus many more – and not only will you learn the language, you’ll learn about the culture. Mango also has courses for learning English in more than 20 foreign languages. To go with the Mango Language courses, there are foreign language films with learning modes and subtitle options to help with language comprehension and learning.


Thousands of high quality videos on business & economics, health and medicine, humanities and social sciences, and science and mathematics, as well as travel and fitness programming, home and how-to videos, indie films, and popular music performances. Includes Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award winning documentaries, interviews, instructional and vocational training videos, historical speeches and newsreels. Also includes content formerly in the NC LIVE Video Collection.


•Access newspapers such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, more than 660 of the world’s top newspapers, and over 1,000 North Carolina county newspapers.

•Magazine titles include Our State, Consumer Reports, Kiplingers, National Geographic, Readers Digest, Highlights for Children, and hundreds more.


•Cypress Resume is the simplest, most effective tool for resume creation on the market today. Specifically designed for job seekers skittish about writing, Cypress Resume allows anyone to create a professional resume in a matter of minutes.

•Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is a comprehensive resource that enables users to explore industries and careers, plan their education, and research best practices for résumés, cover letters, interviewing, networking, and salaries/benefits. The database includes articles, career advice blogs, and streaming video.


Testing & Education Reference Center is a valuable online tool library patrons and students of all ages can use for standardized test preparation, researching and selecting college and graduate schools, finding tuition assistance, and exploring careers. Help students in your community turn future goals into realities with test prep assistance for career certification exams (such as teacher, real estate, cosmetology, postal, law enforcement, and firefighter), as well as, advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing and networking, and so much more.


•DIGITALNC helps you to explore the history and culture of North Carolina through original materials from cultural heritage repositories across the state.

•LawHelpNC helps you to find information and links about your legal rights, the law, the courts, legal forms and more.

•Our State Magazine Collection allows you to search or browse Our State magazine, North Carolina’s premier travel, food, and culture publication celebrating the best of life in the state. Every issue from 1933 to 2011 is online in the North Carolina Digital Collections, and articles and advertisements are full text searchable.

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