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. (not accessible from patron's home - only available within the Lake Oswego, Oregon city, and Wilsonville Public Libraries)

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

Fold3 *Subscription ends 6/30/19
Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Gale Courses *Subscription ends 6/30/19
Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. Lake Oswego Public Library card holders get access to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

Gale Literary Sources (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.
A leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. LOPL members have access to the video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

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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