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Whether you are interested in the safety of a bank, credit union or insurance company, or looking for a way to identify and monitor investments, you need a reliable source.

With access to more than 40,000 investment ratings on stocks, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and 16,000 safety ratings on banks, credit unions and insurance companies, you’ll enjoy unprecedented coverage of the companies and investments you want to follow.

Weiss Financial Ratings is a new resource available to SFPL cardholders through AVL.

Weiss Ratings is THE source for accurate, unbiased, and safest ratings that you can rely on to make sound, informed financial decisions. Weiss helps guide consumers, individual investors, and business professionals toward the best investment, banking and insurance options, always with an eye to avoiding unnecessary risks that could lead to financial losses.

Weiss does not accept any compensation from the companies or investments it rates for issuing the rating. Nor does it give them an opportunity to preview the ratings or suppress their publication for any reason. Weiss is totally independent and unbiased because its loyalty is to you — the customer.

We encourage you to use our ratings and analyses to avoid the potential dangers of the weakest investments and financial institutions — to find those that you can trust now and well into the future.

Weiss Financial Ratings is a new resource available to SFPL cardholders through AVL.



FREE on-demand adult learner tutoring available through your library with HomeworkAlabama through the Alabama Public Library Service. Click image for information
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FREE Writing & Resume drop-pff service 24/7 at CareerAlabama from APLS provides free career and job search assistance and academic tutoring seven days a week from 10AM to 10PM. Career Alabama's Writing Lab and Career & Study Resources have services such as Resume Review and multiple ESL study guides and lessons available online 24/7.

CareerAlabama is a special component of HomeworkAlabama, a statewide effort made possible by the State Library of Alabama (APLS) through local public libraries, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through their Library Services and Technology Act grant program as well as state funds appropriated by the State Legislature specifically for this program.

Get FREE help with legal matters from GALE

Gale LegalForms provides professionally written legal documents used by attorneys and law firms. You’ll find downloadable forms covering real estate, wills, power of attorney, bankruptcy,
small business—practically any area of law—alongside helpful tools like a Law Digest and Attorney Directory.

Take charge of your legal affairs with Gale LegalForms.

Go to the ADULT RESOURCES page of Alabama Virtual Library by clicking this link or use any AVL link on our website, select Adult Resources and look for the GALE button labeled "LEGALFORMS" 

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Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) is available for use at all Alabama public libraries.

This puts billions of genealogical resources at the fingertips of any Alabama resident with a library card. (Please note that Ancestry Library Edition is not available offsite due to licensing restrictions with

Need some tips on how to get started, check out the ALE Learning Center

link to the Chilton Library of Auto repair manuals provided by the Alabama Public Library Services and the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Chilton is the world’s most comprehensive and trusted automotive repair database with easy-to-follow, step-by-step repair guidance on thousands of cars and trucks from 1940 to the present.

Chilton Library is available remotely on all platforms, including mobile devices, so you can use it wherever you are!

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

is an all-digital library that aggregates metadata — or information describing an item — and thumbnails for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States.

DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

link to the Learning Express Library

Take practice tests for the GED, SAT, citizenship and more.
Improve your job skills and explore career options.

Learning Express has more than 1,000 practice tests and skills tutorials for elementary school through adult learners.

Create an account and track your progress.

Creating an account is NOT required, but a LearningExpress profile will record your test scores, track progress and provide recommendations for improvement.
link to Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps.

We've also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

link to Alabama Virtual Library

The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources.

It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research. Through the AVL, an equitable core of information sources is available to every student and citizen in Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state.



Searching for the perfect image photo graphic

Try one of these sources of public domain, royalty-free images

Pixabay logo with link to website is an international, copyleft and free-to-use website for sharing photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and film footage. Users can find and contribute quality images and footage films. For uploading files and downloading full sized images, a free registration is required. By uploading files, the contributors waive their copyright and related image rights.
All video and image files available on the platform can be used without attribution requirement and also for commercial aim.

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Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Pexels license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.

AlabamaMosaic is a repository of digital materials on Alabama's history, culture, places, and people. Its purpose is to make unique historical treasures from Alabama's archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories electronically accessible to Alabama residents and to students, researchers, and the general public in other states and countries.
AlabamaMosaic was initiated under a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and is now administered by the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL).

NASA Image Galleries

NASA's image library,, consolidates imagery and videos in one searchable location. Users can download content in multiple sizes and resolutions and see the metadata associated with images, including EXIF/camera data on many images.

Open Access at the MET

In February 2017, The Met introduced its Open Access Initiative which makes all images of public-domain artworks and basic data on all accessioned works in its collection available for unrestricted use under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Now anyone can download, share, and remix images and data about artworks in The Met collection.

The Open Access initiative represents an incredible body of ongoing work by curators, conservators, photographers, librarians, cataloguers, interns, and technologists over the past 151 years of the institution's history—new images and data are added each year.

If you are in need of assistance or emergency services due to financial needs, please click on the HELP button for a list of community agencies and organizations that provide assistance to persons who find themselves in in a situation where they need a little help. 


"We have to tell people who need help that it's OK to ask for it." - Macklemore

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