Databases at the Library

Learn how to access and use three unique databases as part of our Library 101 series.

Get more out of your Plano Public Library card by accessing more than 50 unique databases and online resources. Get homework help, advance your career, find a new hobby, and so much more. Our powerful digital tools can help you harness your potential and develop your skills — all for free with your Plano Public Library card.

See our Library 101: Databases workshop below for details on accessing three useful databases. GALE Chilton Library provides detailed information to help you tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. GALE Legal Forms includes access to thousands of forms within hundreds of categories. EBSCO Consumer Health Complete offers information on a variety of health topics as featured in nearly 80 full text health magazines. Each is available on-demand, when you need it.

Instructions for accessing databases are also included in this article.


How to Access Databases

Head to the Library website.

Select Learn from the main page, then open Research & Learn.

Databases are organized into ten main categories:

Click the links above, or browse the entire selection of databases.

Most databases require you to have a Plano Public Library card. Have your full barcode ready when accessing databases from your home computer.


Questions about how to access or use a database? Ask for help from a librarian. Ask a librarian a short reference question for an email or phone answer, or book a librarian to receive more extensive one-on-one help.


Select databases, such as Ancestry Library Edition, are available via library computer only, as indicated by the note beneath relevant entries. To access library computers during closure, make a 2-hour computer access appointment. Instructions and restrictions are on our website, or call any Plano Public Library location for more information.

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