Student School Resources Toolkit

April 03, 2020 | By Baltimore County Public Library

Beginning April 6, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) students will officially begin “remote learning” and the library is here to help. Baltimore County Public Library features several online tools and e-sources for students and their families.  

While all Baltimore County residents are able to obtain free library cards online, BCPS student identification numbers already serve as library cards. With a library card, materials and myriad e-sources are available instantly. Read below to learn more or explore our youth offerings by age group.


Overdrive for Kids is a comprehensive collection of e-books, including award-winning children's novels, read-alongs, picture books and more. Learn more about how to download e-Content.


Kanopy Kids, or K-Kids, is a tightly curated collection of the best children’s programming available today that's tailored to your community's kids. From Sesame Street to Weston Woods, to programs for early literacy, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and learning new languages—Kanopy Kids inspires empathy, critical thinking and self-esteem in young viewers. 

Homework Help

Learn more about the following homework help resources:

  • Brainfuse—Get expert help from tutors through a live chat from 2 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Send a question and get an answer within 24 hours.Spanish-speaking tutors are available.  Have your library card number and password available.
  • SkillSurfer—Practice long division, improve reading comprehension and learn other key skills. 
  • Writing Lab—Submit a writing sample and receive feedback on structure, grammar, style and content to help you better organize and present your thoughts and information. 
  • Ask Us Now!—Chat with a librarian for homework help any time of the day or night. 

Research Databases  

Use our online databases for research and school assignments. Many contain full-text articles from magazines, journals, current and historic newspapers, encyclopedias and more. A valid library card is required to access some databases. 

Birth to 5 Years 

World Book Kids: An online encyclopedia for students in Pre-K to grade 5, including easy-to-read articles, engaging multimedia, games, science projects, maps, interactive tools and activities. 


  • Kids InfoBits—A search tool for students in kindergarten through grade 5 to find full-text articles from popular magazines and facts from reference books for research papers or homework.
  • NoveList K-8 Plus—Find fiction and nonfiction recommendations for picture books, children's chapter books, young adult titles and more categorized by age and genre. Includes book reviews, book lists and teaching guides for Common Core and curriculum connections. 
  • Primary Search—Designed for elementary school libraries, a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness and space exploration. 
  • World Book Student—Content designed for elementary and middle school homework and research needs. Features multimedia on a variety of topics, science fair projects, a biography finder, links to world newspapers and more. 
  • Middle Search Plus—Designed for middle school libraries, a full-text database providing popular middle school magazines and reference books. Covering subjects such as history, current events, science and sports, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags. 
  • Gale In Context: Middle School—Students find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects, including literature, science, social studies and history. 
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil—Enciclopedia estudiantil en español. Esta obra de consulta incluye artículos básicos sobre temas generales, gente, lugares, cosas e ideas. 


  • Gale in Context: High School Edition—Full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience. 
  •—Unlimited training on a wide variety of topics, including business skills and software, web design and development, music and audio, photography, video editing and animation. 
  • Mango Languages—Online language-learning system that teaches conversation skills for over 71 different languages as well as English as a second language for speakers of 19 languages. 
  • Science Reference Center—Full-text science-oriented content for student research. Content is available from science encyclopedias, reference books, magazines, journals and more. Topics include biology, chemistry, Earth-space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science and more. 
  • Testing and Education Reference Center—Features online practice tests and study materials for GED, SAT, ACT, Praxis, NCLEX, TOEFL, citizenship, postal or military exams, law enforcement, occupational tests, certification and licensing tests and more. 

Category: Collection and Materials