Research & Learning

Find full text articles, take online classes, explore your family tree and learn something new by using the resources listed below. In addition to the countywide databases, the library provides access to the following exclusively for LOPL card holders. Be sure to have your library card number handy.

Ancestry produces what is often considered the preeminent genealogical database. In addition to fully indexed census records of all US census years, Ancestry contains thousands of other databases, including ship's records, banking records, vital statistics, and many, many more. (Through December 31, Lake Oswego Public Library patrons can access this resource from home!  Normally, this resource is only accessible within the library building.)

Creativebug
Nurture your creative side with more than 1,000 award-winning video classes in painting, knitting, crafting, sewing, and more!

kanopy streaming movies
On-demand streaming service that offers more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema.

Note: Kanopy play credits will return to 5 per month on 8/1/2020.

Literature Criticism & Literary Biography
Provides literature criticism articles that have been published from June 2007 to the present in Gale Contemporary Literary Criticism, as well as Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. The Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online provides authoritative information while placing writers in the larger perspective of literary history.

ReferenceUSA
Contains detailed information on more than 14 million U.S. businesses and 97 million U.S. residents. Company information is searchable by company name, type of business, geography, and size. Individuals can be searched by name, address, and phone number.

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