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Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library

Current as of Nov. 30, 2021


The MWR Digital Library provides service members and their families with worldwide access to an extensive selection of online resources that are Department of Defense funded, so zero cost to members. The digital collection includes e-books, audiobooks, movies, academic support, professional development, career transition and a vast array of learning resources and online content for all ages and interests.

Accessing the MWR Digital Library is easy, just log in to your Military OneSource account or create a username and password to get started.

Note that the list provided here includes just some of the resources available. The categories are only guidelines. Many of the resources can be useful or entertaining across age groups.

  • BookFlix® (from Scholastic) is a digital literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction titles to reinforce early reading skills and develop real-world knowledge. This cultivates key reading skills, supports reluctant readers and English Language Learners, and builds fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension.
  • Britannica® Library allows users to find the most suitable content for school projects or for learning something new through its Children, Young Adults or Reference Center sections.
  • ComicsPlus® Library Edition offers access to more than 20,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 100 publishers. All major genres are represented ─ fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, thrillers, romance, indie comics, Sunday funnies and manga.
  • Gale in Context: Elementary introduces elementary students to database searching with resources featuring age-appropriate, curriculum-related content.
  • Gale in Context: Middle School is a reference resource for grades 6-12 by national and state curriculum standards.
  • Gale: National Geographic Virtual Library brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazines — every page of every issue — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos. The magazine collection includes National Geographic Archive, 1888-2015; National Geographic Current, 2016-present; National Geographic: People, Animals and the World; and National Geographic Kids, 2009-present.
  • Gale Presents: Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an award-winning, online kindergarten-readiness solution for children ages 3 to 6. The program lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning success, building strength in core subject areas: language and literacy, math, science and social studies, art and music, social and emotional learning, and fitness.
  • NoveList® K-8 Plus provides a trusted source of information curated specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests.
  • Primary Search® through Explora, EBSCO’s dedicated interface for schools and public libraries, provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books. Designed for elementary school libraries, Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness and space exploration. It is available on library computers and from mobile devices.
  • Scholastic ScienceFlix (grades 4-10 with a STEM middle and high school focus) offers science for the next generation.
  • TrueFlixTM (grades 3-5) brings award-winning true books to life to help students master social studies and science content knowledge through literacy.
  • Tutor.comTM for U.S. military families provides eligible students with free 24/7 live, one-to-one expert tutoring in more than 150 subjects, including AP® and SAT®/ACT® prep resources, in a safe and secure environment. Due to pandemic-related academic disruptions, tutoring services were temporarily expanded to support additional DOD populations. Visit the Tutor.com/military site to verify eligibility.
  • World Book Online is the premier suite of digital resources for schools and libraries, with content to engage and excite all minds, from prereaders to advanced researchers. The databases are progressive and align users with their appropriate learning level. It also seamlessly integrates with popular single sign-on providers and learning management systems, or links content to other platforms for teaching and learning. The built-in tools are accessible, flexible and easy to use. Use the virtual training guide for support material, promotional items and free resources. World Book Online is for all ages and reading levels.

Teenagers can also take advantage of the library through a wide variety of resources.

  • ArtistWorks for Libraries provides patrons with world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award–winning music and artistic professionals.
  • Britannica® Academic edition delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information.
  • Britannica® Annals of American History offers a rich and varied history of the United States.
  • Britannica® ImageQuest includes 3.3 million images from 62 leading collections that aren’t freely available on the web. Users can search by keyword, collection, image type and image ratio.
  • Britannica® School Edition offers a safe, up-to-date and age-appropriate information resource for Primary, Middle and High School. Contains encyclopedia articles, journals and periodicals, multimedia, primary sources, games, and other learning resources that are curriculum aligned and support student research and classroom teaching.
  • ComicsPlus® Library Edition offers access to more than 20,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 100 publishers. All major genres are represented ─ fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, thrillers, romance, indie comics, Sunday funnies and manga.
  • FreedomFlix: Who says history has to be boring? FreedomFlix (grades 4-10) features dynamic e-books of the Children’s Press bestselling Cornerstones of Freedom series!
  • Gale: National Geographic Virtual Library collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazines — every page of every issue — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos. The magazine collection includes National Geographic Archive, 1888-2015; National Geographic Current, 2016-present; National Geographic: People, Animals and the World; and National Geographic Kids 2009-present.
  • LearningExpress Library® (DOD Test Prep) is specifically tailored to accommodate the needs of current and retired service members. Available test preps include: ASTB-E, ASVAB, Military Flight Aptitude Test, Officer Candidate Tests, CLEP, DSST, TOEFL iBT, IELTS and the SAT. This library offers resource guidance for service members transitioning to civilian careers; career certification prep for occupations ranging from air traffic controller, firefighter and electrician to border patrol. Test prep resources are available for elementary, middle school, high school and college students; GED, HiSET and TASC prep; popular software programs tutorials (i.e., Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop); and more. Note: Account creation required for access.
  • Scholastic ScienceFlix (grades 4-10 with a STEM middle and high school focus) offers science for the next generation.
  • The Great Courses Library Collection offers access to hundreds of courses taught by internationally recognized university faculty members from leading institutions of higher learning across the globe.

For adults looking to advance their education or careers, there are even more resources available through the digital library.

  • Ancestry.comTM Library Edition offers access to more than 7 billion names from more than 4,000 genealogical databases. Censuses from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and more than 150 million military records are available.
  • Britannica® Library allows users to find the most suitable content for school projects or for learning something new through its Children, Young Adults or Reference Center sections.
  • Consumer ReportsTM offers expert buying advice, ratings, reviews and product descriptions. It also includes consumer reviews and product video clips.
  • EBSCO Audiobooks has more than 2,000 audiobooks in different subjects and categories available for download. Log in with your EBSCO host account to start downloading today (software download required).
  • EBSCO eBook Collection contains more than 3,000 titles in areas such as fiction, history, health and medicine, self-help, business, economics and law.
  • Fold3TM allows users access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos and personal documents of those who served from the Revolutionary War onward.
  • Freegal Music is a free music service from your library. Freegal offers access to
    15 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. Download up to five songs or videos per week with a 24 streaming-per-day limit. No software installation is required. Freegal is compatible with Windows Media, iTunes and other popular media players.
  • Gale: Academic OneFile covers technology, medicine, engineering, arts and literature. Considered a premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text scholarly content.
  • Gale: Chilton Library provides step-by-step automotive repair procedures for nearly every vehicle make and model. Includes manufacturer recommended maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins.
  • Gale: eBooks offers access to thousands of full-text e-books. They are cross-searchable with select periodical databases and Gale Resource Centers.
  • Gale: General OneFile provides a broad collection of news articles, magazines, books, academic journals, images and videos that support general interest research and exploration.
  • Gale: Health and Wellness is a first-stop resource for all health-related questions. It offers curated content on diseases and conditions, drugs, diagnostics and tests, therapies, treatments and surgeries.
  • Gale: Legal Forms provides access to state-specific (and multistate) legal documents from across the most popular, commonly encountered legal areas. Find forms for real estate contracts, wills, premarital agreements, bankruptcies, divorces, landlord-tenant contracts and more.
  • Gale: National Geographic Virtual Library collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazines — every page of every issue — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos. The magazine collection includes National Geographic Archive, 1888-2015; National Geographic Current, 2016-present; National Geographic: People, Animals and the World; and National Geographic Kids 2009-present.
  • Gale Business: Entrepreneurship offers comprehensive access to all aspects of starting and operating a business from accounting, finance, marketing and personnel management. Use the password “usaf” if prompted.
  • Gale Business: Plan Builder offers a step-by-step strategy for building a successful business from the bottom up. The intuitive user interface guides entrepreneurs through all major phases of business creation. Account creation is required for first-time users. Use the password “usaf” if prompted.
  • Gale in Context: Biography offers access to thousands of contemporary and historical biographies.
  • Gale in Context: Science offers broad coverage of all scientific disciplines. It includes full-text articles, national and global publications and hundreds of experiments. Use the password “usaf” if prompted.
  • Gale OneFile: Military and Intelligence provides scholarly, peer-reviewed content covering current and historical military intelligence and strategy. Use the password “usaf” if prompted.
  • GreenFILETM offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and recycling. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as open access to full text for more than 4,700 records.
  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference CenterTM offers detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.
  • Home Improvement Reference CenterTM provides users with detailed, user-friendly, how-to information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.
  • Kanopy allows you to select from more than 30,000 award-winning films and documentaries. Choose from classic films, world cinema, popular movies, educational and entertainment films and many other genres.
  • LearningExpress Library® (DOD Test Prep) is specifically tailored to accommodate the needs of current and retired service members. Available test preps include: ASTB-E, ASVAB, Military Flight Aptitude Test, Officer Candidate Tests, CLEP, DSST, TOEFL iBT, IELTS and the SAT. This library offers resource guidance for service members transitioning to civilian careers; career certification prep for occupations ranging from air traffic controller, firefighter and electrician to border patrol. Test prep resources are available for elementary, middle school, high school and college students; GED, HiSET and TASC prep; popular software programs tutorials (i.e., Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop); and more. Note: Account creation required for access.
  • Mango® Languages provides access to more than 70 languages. It offers English Language Learning courses and films, along with numerous specialty courses.
  • Morningstar® Investment Research CenterSM allows users to research mutual funds, stocks and exchange-traded funds. Track investments, access daily market news and snapshot investments. Gain access to fundamental investor research for more than 1,500 companies, and more than 50,000 domestic and international stocks.
  • NoveList® Plus helps readers discover books they want to read and connects them to library collections. Currently, the NoveList Plus database includes information on more than 500,000 popular fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages.
  • O’Reilly®  is a leading e-reference resource for technology and business professionals. It offers access to more than 57,000 e-books, videos and tutorials. Technology, digital media and professional development topics are all heavily emphasized.
  • PressReaderTM delivers unlimited digital access to more than 7,000 full-text, full-page format newspapers and magazines from more than 120 countries in more than 60 languages.
  • Magazines OverDrive offers a package of more than 3,000 popular titles (The Economist, Canadian Living, National Geographic, The New Yorker and more) in a variety of languages and up to three years of back issues available for unlimited simultaneous access.
  • Scholastic Teachables (Pre-K to grade 6) offers printable activities for any subject, including math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games, puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, teacher supports and skills sheets. Find more than 25,000 teacher-created and vetted printables to support your instruction.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference CenterTM from EBSCO offers more than 400 reference books with original photos and illustrations for small engine repair assistance. This collection of full-text content provides detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all types of small engines.
  • Teacher Reference CenterTM is a research database for teachers that provides indexing and abstracts for more than 230 peer-reviewed journals.
  • Universal Class® offers more than 500 online courses on a wide range of subjects and levels. Courses are available 24/7, are instructor-led and self-paced. Some courses offer CEUs. Subject areas include Computers and Technology, Personal Finance, Crafts and Hobbies, Homeschooling and Professional Development.
  • The Wall Street Journal provides coverage of U.S. and world news, politics, arts, culture, lifestyle, sports and health. It’s available in print, online and through mobile apps and includes breaking news streams, interactive features, videos and blogs.
  • Weiss Ratings Financial Ratings Series offers financial literacy tools for retirement planning, home and mortgage strategies, insurance policy overview and saving for your child’s education.

The MWR Digital Library is an incredible free resource for service members and their families. Just log into your Military OneSource account or create a username and password to get started.

Access updates

RBDigital eBooks and audiobooks have moved to DOD’s OverDrive/Libby site. Here’s how to access these great resources by service branch:

RBDigital eBooks and Audiobooks Have Moved!

Head to to the DOD OverDrive/Libby site and access your favorite RBDigital eBooks and audiobooks through your individual service library account.

  • Army MWR Library customers can access Libby and dod.overdrive.com with their web login and PIN. For those without library accounts, contact or visit your nearest Army MWR Library location for assistance.
  • Navy and Marine Corps customers can use their Navy MWR OverDrive account to sign in to the DOD OverDrive site or the “Department of Defense” library in the app. Unregistered Navy or Marine Corps MWR customers can register for OverDrive through NavyMWRDigitalLibrary.org.
  • The Department of the Air Force customers can use their OverDrive account to sign in to the DOD OverDrive site. If you do not have an Air Force OverDrive account, visit your Air Force Base library to register, visit the Air Force portal for instructions or email SVPL.aflibraries@us.af.mil for assistance.

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