About Premium Sites
- Premium sites are FREE to use with your Arlington Public Library card
- Premium sites are found in the Research Portal
What are Premium Sites?
Premium Sites are websites that are usually only available to paid subscribers – but the Library subscribes, so you don’t have to!
Arlington Public Library cardholders can access 85 premium sites for free, like Consumer Reports, Ancestry, Encyclopedia Britannica, ValueLine, and many more.
What do I use them for?
Some premium sites – like article databases – are great for research. You’ll get results from from newspapers, magazines and journals that aren’t found on the free web.
Other premium sites might help you learn a language, study for an entance exam, or find a good read. Use the Research Portal to browse all of our premium sites by topic.
Why not just use Google for research?
The web offers a tremendous quantity of information, but some of the best information is not free or findable through Google. Some content on the web is biased, incomplete or out-of-date. Our premium sites are purchased from known publishers, and the information is generally more reliable than simply searching the Internet.
How do I access the Premium Sites?
Find our premium sites in the Research Portal. Once you select a premium site, you’ll be prompted to enter your library card number and PIN. These sites can also be accessed by guest users from within any Arlington Public Library facility, no library card required.