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Locations & Hours

Main Library

MON - THU 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
FRI 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SUN 2 p.m - 5 p.m.

Damascus Library

MON - FRI 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SUN closed

Glade Spring Library

MON closed
TUE - FRI 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SUN closed

Hayters Gap Library

MON closed
TUE - FRI 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SUN closed

Mendota Library

MON closed
TUE - THU 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
FRI closed
SAT 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SUN closed


Databases A to Z

Free access to research databases. Get the facts. Find and cite sources.

All databases are available at all locations.

A  | B  |  C  |  D  |  E  | F |   |  H  |  I  |  J  |  K  |  L  |  M |  N   | O  |  P  |  Q  |  R  |  S  | T  |  U  |  V  |  W  |  X  |  Y  |  Z

Available for a limited time:

World Book Databases
Access 13 incredible databases through 5/31/2020, including Science Power, Social Studies Power, Activity Corner and more! Use library card to access.


Ancestry Library Edition

The world’s biggest genealogy database. Billions of records to search to put together your family history. Start by typing an ancestor’s name and the place of any major event in his or her lifetime.

On our Ancestry Home Access page, enter the password ancestrywcpl and click the link.


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Career Transitions

Hands on guidance for the job seeker! Create a professional résumé for downloading and emailing, take a skills and interest assessment to identify potential career fields; view webinars on interview skills, search for available jobs near you with an instant connection to database.

Library card required for access outside the library.

Cypress Resume

Cypress Resume

Cypress Resume is a simple and effective tool to build professional resumes, cover letters, and reference sheets. All you need to log in is your library card. Cypress provides dozens of examples of cover letters, various styles and formats for resumes, and step by step instructions for each task. You can also store your documents for one year.

Library card required for access outside the library.


World Book Early Learning

Early World of Learning

An interactive and playful environment that encourages reading comprehension and mastery of phonetic skills. Early World of Learning is full of stories, videos, songs, and games to provide a firm foundation for 21st-century learning and digital citizenship.

UNTIL APRIL 31, 2020, use this link to access 13 World Book databases for children.

Library card number required for access outside the library.

Explora Public Libraries

A general information resource that includes articles, essays and primary source documents. Provides topic overviews that provide researchers and students a starting point for high-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers. Videos and suggested research topics included, too!

For use outside the library:
Username: valib
Password: va@lib1

Explora Primary

Provides a safe, age-appropriate environment for students and educators to find articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework from leading magazines and reference books.

For use outside the library:
Username: valib
Password: va@lib1


Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library

A collection of electronic reference books that cover many subject areas, including arts, biography, business, environment, history, literature, multicultural studies and social science.

Library card required for access outside the library.


Heritage Quest

HeritageQuest Online

Includes U.S. Census images for 1790 through 1930, as well as indices for 1790 through 1920 and part of 1930. Also includes 7,922 family histories, 12,035 local histories and 258 primary sources.

Library card number required for access outside the library.


Kids InfoBits
A content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics including Animals, Literature, Science, Technology, etc.

Library card number required for access outside the library.



Create accurate and reliable legal documents such as Power of Attorney, Divorce, Real Estate, etc. The documents are customizable and easy to use with a step by step approach.

Library card number required for access outside the library.


Offers legal and public-records related information including current United States statutes and laws and a large volume of published case opinions dating from the 1770s to the present, as well as publicly available unpublished case opinions from 1980 on. This resource also provides full-text access to more than 26,000 premium sources, including trusted news outlets, company profiles, public records, industry information and social media content.

In-library use only, at any library location.


Newsbank Access


Read news from across the country with our free trial of Newsbank! Access includes the Washington County News (link on right side of screen), Bristol Herald Courier, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Roanoke Times, etc. Keep up with news from your hometown wherever it is!

User ID = 5322
Password = 5322 


NoveList Plus has information on 200,000 fiction and nonfiction books. Search by author, title, subject or genre. Find out what books are in a series. Get book reviews and book group discussion guides and discover new authors with read-alines (e.g. “if you like Debbie Macomber, try these similar writers”).

Library card required for access outside the library. When prompted for “Patron ID” enter your library card number.


Reference USA

Reference USA contains detailed information on more than 14 million U.S. businesses and 210 million U.S. residents. Get all the facts about potential employers and companies for your job hunt, especially prior to your job interview.

Library card required for access outside the library.

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Rocket Languages

Use Rocket Languages to speak and understand a new language better. Choose from 12 different languages, including American Sign Language, Rocket Languages also features modules in Spanish and Chinese to learn English. Rocket Languages is perfect for the business or traveler learner, as well as extra practice for students.

Library card required for access outside the library.


Salem Press

This database collection includes books on literature, history, health and science. Examples of books in this database:

To access, use this password: creeper


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Universal Class

Learn something new today! Universal Class offers hundreds of online continuing education classes. The courses are not just tutorials; they include lessons, exams, assignments, discussion boards and actual assessments of your progress.

To use Universal Class, create an account with your library card.

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