Get the learning tools you need for any age on computer skills, crafts, languages, and literacy; tutorials; homework help from a live tutor; and more. To access a wealth of other resources, including encyclopedias, newspapers, magazines, genealogy, career help, and more, see our list of All Resources. Access to many online resources outside the library requires a valid York County Library card.
Brainfuse is an online tutoring service offering help from real, live tutors, with powerful tools for learning, writing assistance, and test preparation for students and learners of all ages. Also included is a Language Lab for those who are learning a foreign language, along with expert tutoring currently offered for Spanish. Live tutors are available daily from 2:00–11:00 p.m.
DigitalLearn.org is full of video courses that show you how to use computers, the Internet, and other technology-related resources. Each course consists of several short videos (5–25 min.), activities, and handouts. Learn at your own pace. There are also courses for technology trainers. An email address is required to use this resource.
Gale eBooks, provided by Discus, offers an award-winning, hassle-free eBook experience — anytime, anywhere, and on any device, with comprehensive support from many top publishers. Optimized for search and discovery, Gale eBooks integrates with library educational programs for a better learning experience and includes these selections and more for middle school students through adults:
Drama for Students, a 38-volume collection, features critical overviews of the most-studied plays of all time periods, nations, and cultures, including discussions of themes, characters, critical reception, dramatic devices, and traditions, as well as cultural and historical context.
Novels for Students, a 69-volume guide to novels from various cultures and time periods, features discussions of plot, characters, themes, critical overviews, and style, as well as the work’s cultural and historical significance.
Poetry for Students, a 63-volume collection, features an overview, discussions, and analysis of poems from all time periods, nations, and cultures.
Short Stories for Students, a 52-volume collection, provides synopses of the story's plot, characters and themes, author biographies, criticisms, and cultural and historical significance.
Gale Presents: Udemy offers thousands of continuously updated, on-demand videos from world-class instructors across 75+ categories in business, technology, design, and more. All courses offer a tailor-made learning experience for those who want to learn new technologies and skills for a changing workforce or further develop a personal interest. (requires a Google or Microsoft account)
Learn360 gives teachers, students, and parents access to more than 148,000 multimedia resources — including high-quality full-length videos, video clips, images, audio files, articles, activities, worksheets, interactives, and more — on any Internet-enabled device, anytime, anywhere.* Provided by Discus.
Little Pim is an award-winning online language-learning system for children that provides a fun, easy way to learn and follow along with parents, with 12 languages to choose from and a proprietary method for teaching 360 words and phrases.
Mango Languages is an online language-learning system for over 60 world languages, with lessons that use conversational and grammar goals, cultural notes, intuitive pronunciation, recordable speech, and audio from native speakers.
PebbleGo – Animals, ideal for students in grades K–3 and available in English and Spanish, supports animal classification, behavior, and habitat lessons, and provides engaging read-aloud audio and videos with articles appropriate for young learners. Children may explore amphibians, dinosaurs, fish, mammals, and more through over 300 articles. Provided by Discus.
PebbleGo – Science lets early readers and researchers from grades K–3 discover physical, life, earth, and space sciences, along with engineering and technology in an easy-to-navigate, engaging resource. It also correlates with SC Standards and includes read-aloud articles, videos, and games, as well as lesson plans and activities for educators. Provided by Discus.
SC Codes is a learning platform and coding community that not only gives all South Carolina residents free access to code education, but also connects, trains, and empowers programmers across the state.
Study SC is an image-rich resource for students of all ages, educators, and parents that supports the study of South Carolina-related topics, including famous people, geography, history, facts, and more. Find multimedia, primary documents, Discus resources, interactive content, subjects in the S.C. curriculum standards, and more links to quality online content. Provided by Discus.
TeachingBooks offers ebooks with voice, "meet the author" videos, games, and puzzles for K–12 students. Educators can filter results based upon grade level, curricular area, cultural experience, author, year published, and special collections, and they can also create classrooms for groups. Provided by Discus.
ValChoice lets you estimate your South Carolina car insurance costs customized to your age, location, driving record, vehicle, etc., or your home insurance costs based on home replacement value and location. Your personal information is only used to calculate insurance price. Click here for video tutorials on using the ValChoice calculators and web apps.