It’s National Library Week! Months ago, the American Library Association set this year’s slogan as “Find Your Place at the Library”, which is a bit ironic now. Now they’ve changed the slogan to “Find the Library at Your Place”, which is really awesome because there is so much the Brownwood Library offers that you can access from home. Despite the library buildings being closed due to COVID-19, the library is still here for you.


Welcome to the Brownwood Library’s Virtual Branch!


The Brownwood Library just launched its Virtual Branch, a new name for services we’ve had for years. Visit the Virtual Branch at http://www.brownwoodpubliclibrary.com/virtual-branch.html. Online resources available from the library include:


eBooks and audiobooks: Download to read or listen to any number of thousands of books on your Kindle, iPad, tablet or more! We have a wide selection of books for kids, teens and adults, in both fiction and non-fiction.


Supplement Your Kids’ School: Does your child need a little extra practice in a subject? Before hiring a tutor, check out Learning Express Library’s School Center. This includes subject- and grade-specific study guides, practice tests, eBooks and more.


Ace That Test: Whether your teen is studying for the SAT or you are studying for a career move, check out the great resources at Learning Express Library. There are hundreds of practice tests, study guides and eBooks for Commercial Driver’s License, ASVAB, plumbers, real estate agents and much, much more.


Genealogy Resources: Now is a great time to dig into your ancestry! Visit the Virtual Branch to use Heritage Quest and Sanborn maps. Also, did you know that the Brownwood Library has partnered with the Brownwood Bulletin and University of North Texas to digitize all of the back issues of the Brownwood Bulletin. Visit Portal to Texas History (https://texashistory.unt.edu/) to search or browse. More years will continue to be added to this ongoing project.


Business Resources: If you have a business, you need to check out ReferenceUSA, which gives you real-time access to more than 24 million businesses and 262 million consumers making research both easy and fast. Additionally, find business eBooks, Harvard seminars at places like the Small Business Reference Center.


Do-It-Yourself Resources: The Hobby and Crafts Reference Center contains books and magazines with details on a wide range of Hobbies and Crafts. ChiltonLibrary offers engine repair guides for most makes and models of vehicles. The Small Engine Repair Center provides engine guides for all manner of tractors, lawn mowers, ATVs, boats and more. The Home Repair Reference Center is a great resource for any home repair needs.


Legal Resources: Gale Legal Forms offers Texas-specific legal forms that are specifically used in law offices. If you are selling a boat, renting a room, or any number of transactions for which you want a form, download the form and customize it for your use.


Improve Your Computer Skills: Learning Express Library’s Computer Center includes classes at various levels to improve your skills in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop and more.


Most of these resources require a library card, but Brown County residents can easily apply for a free digital library card at the Virtual Branch. Please contact the library if you have any problems with your account.