All libraries will resume their normal hours of operation on Monday, July 15, with the exception of the Fulshear Branch, which remains temporarily closed.

FBCL Offers Online Exploration of Far Reaches of History

July 2024

Explore the far corners of history with Fort Bend County Libraries’ collection of online resources by Infobase. From ancient and medieval times through modern world history, these resources offer a portal through time for students, educators, and researchers who wish to delve deeply into the events, cultures, people, and places that shaped the course of history around the world.

The Infobase History resources cover four distinct areas: African-American History, American History, Ancient and Medieval History, and Modern World History. All four of the digital collections are fully cross-searchable.

History researchers get online access to thousands of subject entries, biographies, primary sources, videos and slideshows, images, timelines, and maps/graphs. These comprehensive resources offer authoritative, award-winning content with a user-friendly interface for desktop or mobile devices.

With a Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) card, access to this invaluable resource is FREE anytime, anywhere, with any computer or device with an Internet connection, whether at the library or at home or school.

Library cardholders can access the Infobase history resources remotely through the Fort Bend County Libraries website. Simply click on the “Research” tab, then “Digital Resources & Databases.” Select the Subject option, and choose “Geography, History, & Social Sciences.”

Demonstrations of this free online resource will take place at the following locations in July, but those who are interested may also inquire about this resource at any time at any FBCL location.

•    Monday, July 1, 6:00 pm – Albert George Branch Library (Needville) Registration is NOT required.
•    Monday, July 8, 2:00 pm -- First Colony Branch Library (Sugar Land) Registration is NOT required.
•    Thursday, July 18, 10:30 am – Cinco Ranch Branch Library (Katy) Registration required; click here to register.
•    Monday, July 22, 10:00 am – George Memorial Library (Richmond) Registration required; click here to register.
•    Tuesday, July 23, 2:00 pm – Sienna Branch Library (Missouri City) Registration required; click here to register.
•    Monday, July 29, 6:00 pm – University Branch Library (Sugar Land) Registration required; click here to register.

African-American History



About African-American History (Infobase)

Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, this resource offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Read about key figures and events, examine famous speeches and other primary sources, and get context from the in-depth timelines. Topic Centers include different eras and subjects, such as the Harlem Renaissance, Landmark Court Cases, Great Black Migrations, and much more.


Logo of the American History database from Infobase.

About American History (Infobase)

This comprehensive resource spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history in the Americas, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience. Primary sources – ranging in format from letters and speeches to testimony, peace treaties, diary entries, reports, proclamations, and more – add great value by making history more immediate and real. Topic Centers provide good starting points for research on subjects, such as America at War, Early America, Daily Life in America, Multicultural America, Society and Social Issues, Foreign Affairs and U.S. Government, and much more.


Logo of the Ancient and Medieval History database from Infobase.

About Ancient & Medieval History (Infobase)

This robust resource provides thorough coverage of world history, from prehistory through the mid-1500s, with special Topic Centers on key eras, civilizations, and regions. Explore the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome; ancient and medieval Africa, Asia, and the Americas; and medieval Europe and the Islamic World. Each civilization’s history is brought to life through a variety of tablet/mobile-friendly media.    


Logo of the Modern World History database from Infobase.

About Modern World History (Infobase)

This resource offers a comprehensive look at world history, from the mid-15th century to the present. Topic Centers include categories for regions of the world, eras, and subjects, such as the European Renaissance, the British Industrial Revolution, Apartheid in South Africa, French and Mexican Revolutions, and much more. Learn about featured people, such as women in world history, enlightened thinkers, or dictators and tyrants.