Libraries' Network Down

Beginning at noon on Fri, May 14, through mid-morning Mon, May 17, the FBCL network will be down at ALL LOCATIONS because of HVAC (a/c) replacement at the main library.

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Phase 3 Gradual Re-Opening

Five library buildings now open to the public. For more information, click here.

Curbside Pick-Up Service continues at all locations.

Biographical & Historical Information Databases

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African-American History (Infobase)

Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Users can start their investigation of a topic with a video or slideshow overview, use the key content called out on the home page to find an entryway into the database, or dig deep into a subject or era through the Topic Centers. Read about key figures and events, examine famous speeches and other primary sources, and get context from the in-depth timelines.

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Biography in Context

Biography in Context (Gale)

A comprehensive database of biographical information on more than 185,000 people throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. 

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Explora Elementary and Middle School (EBSCO)

A research database for elementary and middle school students, featuring encyclopedias, a dictionary, magazine articles, pictures, and more.

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Explora Public Libraries

Explora Public Libraries (EBSCO)

Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books, including primary source documents, news articles, and Associated Press videos.

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History Reference Center (EBSCO)

Provides access to full-text articles in more than 2,000 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, and more than 130 leading history periodicals. Also includes historical documents, biographies, photos and maps, plus historical videos.

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Lincoln Library Biography and History Collection

These six databases provide biographical information on sports champions, Greek and Roman mythological figures, men and women who shaped the world, important people and events in American history, and biographies of people around the world. All six databases can be searched at the same time. 

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New Handbook of Texas Online

Search or browse through articles on Texas history, geography, culture, and biographies of famous Texans.

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Something about the Author

Something About the Author (Gale)

A database containing illustrated biographical articles covering more than 10,000 contemporary authors and illustrators for young people in electronic book format. Enter your library barcode number to begin.

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Texas Reference Center

Comprehensive database containing full-text journals, publications, newspapers, books and primary source documents covering Texas history, ethnic & cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, biographies, public health, business as well as home & garden and sports & leisure. 

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