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NC LIVE

Our main database is NC LIVE. NC LIVE is a public service that provides North Carolinians free 24/7 online access. This access is to reliable information and resources that enhance:

  • education
  • statewide economic development
  • quality of life

NC LIVE resources are online library resources. They can be used from the convenience of your own home with an Internet connection. NC LIVE saves NC libraries money and puts all North Carolinians in a better position to:

  • make decisions
  • take action
  • find the information they need

What’s available:

  • 25,000 eBooks
  • 18,000 full text journals, magazines, newspapers
  • 400 videos
  • Thousand of images and maps
  • Interactive tests and tools

Career and Job Search

Centralina Career Headlight

Learn about careers that are available in the Centralina region, pay well, and are a good fit for you and your life goals.

See career information in visual, interactive, and easy-to-understand dashboards.

Universal Class

Learn something new today! Over 600 online non-credit continuing education courses.

NC Live

NC LIVE offers free electronic access to resources for all ages on topics ranging from careers, business, and investing, to health, history, and genealogy. EBooks, audiobooks, videos, magazines, newspapers, journals, language-learning tools, and other online materials available through NC LIVE are designed for at-home use, and are available from any Internet connection via library websites

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

Cypress Resume is the simplest, most effective tool for resume creation on the market today. Specifically designed for job seekers skittish about writing, Cypress Resume allows anyone to create a professional resume in a matter of minutes.

LearningExpress Library Complete and PrepSTEP Academic

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 US citizen and much more.

Cypress Resume

Cypress Resume is the simplest, most effective tool for resume creation on the market today. Specifically designed for job seekers skittish about writing, Cypress Resume allows anyone to create a professional resume in a matter of minutes.

Business

NC Live

NC LIVE offers free electronic access to resources for all ages on topics ranging from careers, business, and investing, to health, history, and genealogy. EBooks, audiobooks, videos, magazines, newspapers, journals, language-learning tools, and other online materials available through NC LIVE are designed for at-home use, and are available from any Internet connection via library websites

ABI/Inform Complete

Business research of journals, trade publications, market research reports, dissertations and working papers.​

Business Market Research Collection

Company, industry, economic and geopolitical market research from three sources: OxResearch from Oxford Analytica, Snapshots and Hoover's Company Profiles.

Consumer Reports via MasterFile Premier

Collection of product reviews and recommendations for cars, appliances, electronics, personal finance and health information.

Data-Axle Reference Solutions

Reference and research tool providing instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses and 235 million U.S. residents. Data-Axle makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more

ProQuest Entrepreneurship Database

Information for entrepreneurs and researchers that includes business start-up plans, video clips, journals, business cases, and more.

Wall Street Journal

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

CQ Researcher

Reports on issues shaping our world, with in-depth coverage of political and social issues, such as health, education, the environment, technology, and the U.S. economy.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

An authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.

Genealogy

NCPedia

Information about North Carolina, its history, government and educational institutions.

Ancestry Library Edition

A genealogy resource of military, court, land, probate, vital and church records, directories, passenger lists and more.

Chronicling America

Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

DigitalNC

Explore original materials from 304 libraries, museums, and archives across North Carolina.

Family Search

Discover your family history through the world's largest collection of free family trees and genealogy records compiled by the Church of Latter Day Saints.

Find A Grave

A free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folds, friends and family members. With millions of names, it's an invaluable tool for genealogical research.

Fold3

Features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and other international records.

HeritageQuest

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

Independent Tribune Archives

Full-text, searchable, local news content, 2008-present, from the Independent Tribune via NewsBank, including special reports about current topics.

Legacy

The newspaper industry's leading provider of online obituaries.

Map Cabarrus

Interactive, data-layered county map.

NC Gazetteer

The North Carolina Gazetteer is a dictionary of North Carolina's geographical place names documenting their location, history and origins.

Our State Magazine Collection

Explore past issues of Our State, one of North Carolina's longest running and most popular magazines. First published in 1933, The State (as it was known until 1996) features stories about North Carolina's people, places, and history. 1933 - 2018

Register of Deeds

Online access to Cabarrus County deed transactions dating from 192 to the present.

NC Live

NC LIVE offers free electronic access to resources for all ages on topics ranging from careers, business, and investing, to health, history, and genealogy. EBooks, audiobooks, videos, magazines, newspapers, journals, language-learning tools, and other online materials available through NC LIVE are designed for at-home use, and are available from any Internet connection via library websites

Archive Grid

Primary source information, including birth, death and cemetery records and ship logs.

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) provides access to millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images and more from libraries, archives and museums across the U.S. Find primary sources to use in school projects, academic research, family history research and more.

Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection

Newspapers.com North Carolina Collection. 3.5 million pages of digitized content from over 1,000 NC county newspapers.

Sanborn Maps

Digital Sanborn Maps (1867-1970) for North Carolina delivers detailed property and land-use records that depict the grid of everyday life in 158 North Carolina towns and cities across a century of change.

eBooks and eAudio

Hoopla

A Wide range of eBooks, comics, audiobooks, music, movies and more. Hoopla spans genres and age groups with titles that entertain and are educational.

Overdrive

A collection of eBooks and digital audiobooks that can be downloaded to your computer, tablet (including Kindle) or mobile device. Also accessible via Overdrive's Libby app.

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook Library is a collection of animated, talking picture books. TumbleBook Library can be read by you or read to you! Our collection includes storybooks, books in French and Spanish for language learning, read-along books, non-fiction books, puzzles and games, math stories and graphic novels.

NC Kids Digital Library

NC Kids Digital Library offers e-books, audiobooks, streaming videos, and Read-Alongs. This collection was designed for youth ages pre-K through 4th grade and includes picture books, youth fiction, youth non-fiction, and more. No holds are allowed on NC Digital Kids Library items.

NC Live

NC LIVE offers free electronic access to resources for all ages on topics ranging from careers, business, and investing, to health, history, and genealogy. EBooks, audiobooks, videos, magazines, newspapers, journals, language-learning tools, and other online materials available through NC LIVE are designed for at-home use, and are available from any Internet connection via library websites

ABC-CLIO Ebook Collection

History and literature ebooks, including the series Daily Life, Critical Companions, Literature in Context, as well as American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography.

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.

Students

NC Kids Digital Library

NC Kids Digital Library offers e-books, audiobooks, streaming videos, and Read-Alongs. This collection was designed for youth ages pre-K through 4th grade and includes picture books, youth fiction, youth non-fiction, and more. No holds are allowed on NC Digital Kids Library items.

NC Live

NC LIVE offers free electronic access to resources for all ages on topics ranging from careers, business, and investing, to health, history, and genealogy. EBooks, audiobooks, videos, magazines, newspapers, journals, language-learning tools, and other online materials available through NC LIVE are designed for at-home use, and are available from any Internet connection via library websites

ABC-CLIO Ebook Collection

History and literature ebooks, including the series Daily Life, Critical Companions, Literature in Context, as well as American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

An authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.

Gale in Context: Biography

Discover the world's most influential people by searching narrative biographies, news, magazine, and multimedia content.

Just for Kids Streaming Collection

The Just for Kids Streaming Collection gives children - and their parents - a thoroughly kid-safe, advertisement-free media platform they can freely explore and enjoy.

Science Database

Applied and general science articles covering topics such as global warming, alternative energy sources, robotic engineering, genetically modified food, and more.

SIRS Discoverer

Designed specifically for elementary and middle school students, SIRS Discoverer offers articles, nonfiction books, images, activities, and websites curated for educational relevance, age appropriateness, and readability.

SIRS Issues Researcher

Research the pros and cons of current issues and enduring social issues through full-text articles, multimedia, primary sources, government documents and reference materials.

Credo Reference

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

LearningExpress Library Complete and PrepSTEP Academic

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 US citizen and much more.