Career & Test Prep

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
Explore careers and best practices for job searching, take a career interest assessment.

LearningExpress Library
Practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks for students adult learners. Includes practices tests such as GED, GRE, SAT, TEAS, and supports those looking to improve core academic skills, pass a high school equivalency test, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen and much more.

NC Driver License Practice Test
Review the NC Driver's Manual and practice for the test with sample questions.

NCWorks Online
Complete set of employment tools for job seekers in North Carolina. Search jobs, create résumés, find education and training.


eBook Central
Find scholarly eBooks on all subjects.

HomeGrown eBooks Collection
Ebooks from a variety of North Carolina publishers. Includes popular and scholarly nonfiction, novels by well-known NC authors, and award-winning short fiction and poetry.

Audio and eBooks on a variety of topics. An app is available. Users will need to make a personal account to use this resource. Select NC Live as your library.

Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. Read free library books online.

History & Genealogy

Ancestry Library
Search family records, census records and other historical records from one of the largest family history resources available.
Please note: This resource is only available while in the library.

Clayton History
The library has collected an ongoing historical collection of the Clayton area homes, businesses, and family heritage.

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is a statewide digitization and digital publishing organization housed at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library.

Treasury of American genealogical sources: unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. Includes historical census, PERSI, Revolutionary War records, and more.

Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection North Carolina Collection. 3.5 million pages of digitized content from over 1,000 NC county newspapers. Years 1751-1999

Sanborn Maps
Produced for over a century, more than 660,000 Sanborn maps chart the growth and development of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. Sanborn maps are large-scale plans of a city or town, drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch.

Language Learning

Transparent Language Online
Transparent Language Online provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language. With over 110 languages to choose from, including English for speakers of over 30 languages, there is something for every learner. 

Newspapers & Magazines

MasterFILE Premier
Magazines and other publications covering many subject areas including business, health, education, science and culture.

New York Times
Full articles from the New York Times (1980-current).

US Newsstream
News content from many national and international newspapers, newswires and selected news magazines.

Wall Street Journal
Full articles from the Wall Street Journal (1981-current).

Washington Post
Full articles from The Washington Post (1996-current).

Readers' Advisory

NoveList Plus
A readers’ advisory resource that uses appeal factors and expert reviews to offer read-alike and listen-alike recommendations for fiction, nonfiction, and audiobooks. 

Reference & Homework Help

Credo Reference
A premier virtual reference collection including encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, images, audio files, and videos in a wide expanse of subject areas.

Consumer Reports
Popular collection of product reviews and recommendations for cars, appliances, electronics, personal finance, and health information.

SIRS Discoverer
Articles, nonfiction books, activities, and websites intended for elementary and middle school students.