Online Resources

AVL LogoAlabama Virtual Library

The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research.

Ancestry LogoAncestry Library Edition

This resource can only be accessed while in the Thomas B. Norton Public Library.  Ancestry Library Edition brings the world's most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

ARBookFinder LogoAR Book Finder

 A free and easy online tool for searching Accelerated Reader books 

AtoZ Database Logo Opens in new windowAtoZdatabases

Sales leads, employment, friends, relatives, and much more with a valid library card!  AtoZdatabases allows you to quickly find detailed profiles on businesses and residents across the U.S.  This tool can be used to search individual job postings or to conduct research on various business marketing interests.

atoz maps online logo Opens in new windowAtoZ Maps Online

View world, continent, country, and state maps.  You need a Thomas B. Norton library card to use this resource. 

atoz the usa logo Opens in new windowAtoZ the USA

An encyclopedia that contains images for download. You will need a Thomas B. Norton Library card to use this resource. 

atoz world food logo Opens in new windowAtoZ World Food

Explore food culture and traditional recipes from around the world.  You need a Thomas B. Norton Library card to use this resource.

BCLC Banner Logo Opens in new windowBaldwin County Libraries

Search our catalog and the catalog of the entire Baldwin County Library Cooperative. 

camelianet logo Opens in new windowCamellia Net - Get Ebooks

Camellia Net provides access to thousands of digital downloads, including MP3 audiobooks, and Ebooks.   You need a Thomas B. Norton library card to use this resource.

JobCenterHomeworkAlabama Opens in new windowCareer Alabama - Adults

Career Alabama is an on-demand, free online tutoring program for adult learners. Prepare for the GED and much more!

Career Street Sign - BlueCareer Development Journey and Baldwin County

This slide presentation is designed to guide patrons on their journey of career development with special emphasis on job search in local companies of the Gulf Shores and Baldwin County region.

OOH-CareerInfo-iconCareer Exploration with Occupational Outlook Handbook

This is one of the most extensive resources for exploring careers and occupations.  Most entries include a summary, description, environment, education, training, pay, outlook, state and area data, similar occupations, and more.  Whether deciding upon your first job, changing careers, or just curious about a profession or occupation, this is a great place to start.

chilton library logo Opens in new windowChilton Auto Repair & Maintenance

ChiltonLibrary provides access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today, as well as, many new vehicles. This continuously updated resource provides step-by-step repair procedures, troubleshooting guides, diagnostic trouble codes, photos, illustrations, diagrams, and multimedia (videos and animations) to simplify even the most complicated tasks.   You need a Thomas B. Norton library card to use this resource. 

cypress resume logo Opens in new windowCypress Resume

Free resume building resources for job seekers, with a full database of jobs and job descriptions to help you put your best foot forward. 

Cypress Resume Flyer

DriversEd Opens in new windowDriver’s Ed

Driver’s Ed has the information and resources you need to pass your permit or driver’s license test. Includes DMV practice tests with similar questions that you will face. 

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The volunteers at are committed to providing accurate and timely information on property displaying the flag of the United States of America.


Health Reference Series Online

Searchable database to answer your health questions including those about COVID-19.   This resource is available to Gulf Shores Library card holders only.  You will be prompted to type your library card number.  

HomeworkAlabama Opens in new windowHomework Alabama

For Alabama school kids. Live tutors to help with homework available daily from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

learning express library logo Opens in new windowLearningExpress Library

Gain access to practice tests, exercises, skill building course, eBooks, and other information. Register to receive credit and print your certificates of completion.   You need a Thomas B. Norton library card to use this resource. 

Learning Express Handout

Gale Legal Forms Logo  Legal Forms from Gale

Gale LegalForms offers a wide selection of essential state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms that may be customized for the most common legal procedures.

librarything logo Opens in new windowLibraryThing

View our new books on the Thomas B. Norton Library Library page. 

mango logoMango Languages

Our online language learning program. You need a Thomas B. Norton library card to use this resource. 

Mango Languages Access Directions

gutenbergProject Gutenberg 

This is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.   When you cannot obtain print copies of classics, they can many times be found here. 

Spark IconSparkNotes

These guides contain thorough summaries and insightful critical analyses. They offer more than 500 guides for English literature, Shakespeare, and a vast number of guides for history, math, biology, and other subjects. The most popular guides now include quick quizzes, so you can test your retention before the test.

Universal Class Logo Opens in new windowUniversal Class

Take free classes online for continuing education credit, or just for fun.   You need a Thomas B. Norton library card to use this resource. 

Universal Class Handout