I grew up with a passion for reading Encyclopedia Britannica, the alluring leather volumes (brown for adults, red for the “Junior” version) proudly on display in our living room. I especially relished every picture, every article about dog breeds and animals of all kinds. I decided being an international Zoologist would be a good career for me. Actually, becoming an Adult Services Librarian was a great fit for my lifetime curiosity about, well, pretty much everything.

Can the library’s subscription to the NEW online Britannica Library, the award-winning resource for children and adults, compare to the experience of those books?  Yes it can, and I’d even venture to say it’s quite a bit better for the curious.

Here’s why… You can choose three levels (Children, Young Adults, Reference Center) to tailor the results to the reading or depth level you prefer, making it super user friendly for young people or adults wanting a simplified article or reading in their second language. You can double-click on any word to get either a definition or a translation into Spanish. You can see articles, images, videos, magazines, Web’s best sites, Year in Review and my personal favorite – Primary Sources and e-books. You can increase or decrease the font size easily, share through email, and go back and forth between Level 1, 2 and 3 results with simple icon tools. There is a robust Research Tools section to keep any researcher, novice to expert, enthralled, with a great Atlas, too.

So here’s how it works: I wanted to explore Natchez, Mississippi, a place I want to know everything about (my inner child is alive and well), since my new son-in-law grew up there. Not only is there the same fabulous content Britannica is famous for, but so much more.

D’Evereux mansion    Reconstruction of a Natchez house (foreground) and a granary.Reconstruction of house & granary

I chose "Tour the USA" under “Research Tools & Materials, entered Natchez, MS, and enjoyed a detailed map, summary, profile and related links, multimedia content, and primary sources like “The Confederate States of America – Mississippi Secession “A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union” – what a thrill to read the original document word for word!

Britannica Library online has brought everything you wanted to know right onto your phone, tablet, laptop, right with you on your plane trip or hotel room bedside, right into your living room, making history come alive, and traveling to wherever your imagination takes you.

See for yourself: choose Britannica Digital Learning under Research on our home page.

And, don’t get me started on dogs….Newfoundland (dog breed)

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