Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library

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Current as of Nov. 30, 2020


Military OneSource provides free, online resources to service members and their families via the morale, welfare and recreation Digital Library. You’ll find eBooks and audiobooks on virtually every topic, as well as databases and reference books that can help you learn a new skill, keep kids engaged and help with their homework, or prepare you to land your next job.

The MWR Digital Library is a free resource for service members and their families. 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 guidelines only. Many of the resources can be useful or entertaining across age groups.

For children

The digital library offers online resources that can help children learn to read and keep their grades up, research topics for writing assignments or just find a great story for a long afternoon.

  • BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction titles to reinforce early reading skills and develop real-world knowledge.
  • Britannica Library offers three sites in one — Children, Young Adults and the Reference Center — where you can conduct research, complete school assignments, work on special projects or explore your unique interests. You can even store your research in your personal My Britannica account.
  • Comics and Graphic Novels offers a free library of comics and graphic novels for all ages.
  • Explora Primary features a database of colorful and fun resources designed to help children in grades K-5 learn about animals, music, health, history, people and places, science, math and sports.
  • Gale in Context: Elementary introduces elementary students to database searching with resources featuring age-appropriate, curriculum-related content. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale in Context: Middle School provides reference content to help students complete assignments in literature, science, social studies and history. Offerings include videos, newspapers, magazines and primary sources. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • National Geographic Kids provides reputable, authoritative and appropriate content that shows children ages 6-14 the world in a way they’ve likely never seen it before. National Geographic Kids will take them on adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology and space. Use the code “1source” if prompted.
  • National Geographic: People, Animals, World provides access to content that attracts, engages and informs students, educators, researchers and general readers. It includes full-text books on travel, science and technology, history and the environment as well as videos, more than 650 maps and 600 downloadable National Geographic images.
  • NoveList K-8 Plus offers recommendations specifically for younger readers, helping them find books that are appropriate for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers and librarians can also find tools to use to engage young readers.
  • ScienceFlix offers more than 50 complete units of study with more than 6,500 science-related assets in a variety of media, providing students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types and interactive features.
  • Tutor.com for military children gives kids free access to online tutoring and homework help from live, expert tutors across more than 100 subjects. Tutors can help with a homework assignment or catch your child up on missed concepts and lessons.
  • World Book Online offers a collection of resources for all ages and reading levels. Explore content to engage and excite all minds, from prereaders to advanced researchers.

NOTE: Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy has temporarily expanded program eligibility to Tutor.com beyond Department of Defense Education Activity students and active-duty children to ease academic disruptions due to coronavirus disease 2019. Please visit the site for additional information on eligibility and tutoring support.

For teens

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

  • Artistworks Music Lessons provides access to hundreds of video lessons, including ones for guitar, piano, drums, ukulele, bluegrass, classical, jazz and hip-hop scratch. Submit practice videos and get direct feedback from your video instructor.
  • Britannica Annals of American History offers a rich and varied history of the United States, providing a year-by-year documentary of American thought and action. Read the original words of more than 1,500 authors who made and analyzed American history through their speeches, writings, memoirs, poems and interviews.
  • Britannica Image Quest brings lesson plans, assignments and projects to life with more than three million rights-cleared images from 62 leading collections.
  • Britannica Library offers three sites in one — Children, Young Adults and the Reference Center — where you can conduct research, complete school assignments, work on special projects or explore your unique interests. You can even store your research in your personal My Britannica account.
  • Britannica Online Academic allows fast and easy access to thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images and websites.
  • Comics and Graphic Novels offers a free library of comics and graphic novels for all ages.
  • EBSCO Learning Express Test Prep provides eLearning tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards and articles to help users build their skills in a wide array of core subjects for success in the classroom, on the job and in life, including preparation for CLEP, DSST, ACT, SAT and GRE.
  • FreedomFlix brings history to life by capturing the dramatic and defining moments in American history through ebooks with embedded popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos and audio clips.
  • Great Courses provides access to free video courses covering a wide variety of topics presented by engaging professors.
  • National Geographic Kids offers reputable, authoritative and appropriate content that shows children ages 6-14 the world in a way they’ve likely never seen it before. National Geographic Kids will take them on adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology and space. Use the code “1source” if prompted.
  • National Geographic: People, Animals, World provides access to content that attracts, engages and informs students, educators, researchers and general readers. It includes full-text books on travel, science and technology, history and the environment as well as videos, more than 650 maps and 600 downloadable National Geographic images.
  • ScienceFlix offers more than 50 complete units of study with more than 6,500 science-related assets in a variety of media, providing students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos and interactive features.
  • TrueFlix offers dozens of units to supplement social studies and science core curricula learning, helping students improve literacy skills, build content-area knowledge and cultivate the critical skills necessary for academic success and college and career readiness.
  • Unlimited offers eBooks, audiobooks, comic books and online courses for checkout and download (check for device compatibility). When registering to browse and download audiobooks to your home computer or mobile device, use the access code “MOSDOD.”

For adults

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

  • Ancestry® Library allows you to unlock the story of your family through billions of U.S. and international records.
  • Britannica Library offers three sites in one — Children, Young Adults and the Reference Center — where you can conduct research, complete school assignments, work on special projects or explore your unique interests. You can even store your research in your personal My Britannica account.
  • Consumer Reports helps you find the best deals, ratings and reviews on thousands of popular consumer items from one of the most respected sources.
  • EBSCO Audiobook Collection offers downloads on more than 2,000 audiobooks across different subjects and categories. Log in with your EBSCOhost account (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.
  • Fold3 Library Edition is a premier collection of historical U.S. military records and unique military content that brings to life the details of America’s military veterans with stories, photos and personal documents from the Revolutionary War through today.
  • Freegal Music provides access to 15 million songs. Download up to five songs or videos per week. No software installation required. Compatible with most media players.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia offers a vast reference library with full articles covering thousands of topics. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Academic OneFile includes articles from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources, with extensive coverage in key subject areas such as biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science and psychology. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Business Entrepreneurship shows you how to plan, fund, start or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles and websites. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Chilton Automotive Maintenance Library offers the most authoritative car repair information available, including thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus coverage of specialty models. ChiltonLibrary.com gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicle. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale eBooks is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, which can be accessed remotely 24/7. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale General OneFile provides a broad collection of news articles, magazines, books, academic journals, images and video in support of general interest research and exploration.
  • Gale Health and Wellness offers access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works and multimedia covering a full range of health-related issues from current diseases and disorders to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale in Context: Biography includes more than 600,000 biographical entries covering figures from all time periods and areas of study. Reference content is offered alongside videos, audio selections, images and magazine and journal articles from hundreds of major periodicals and newspapers. This resource is continuously updated. Use the code “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Legal Forms offers a wide selection of state-specific and multistate forms across the most popular legal areas ─ including real estate contracts, wills, premarital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce and landlord tenant. It also includes a state directory of attorneys and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen’s language. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Military and Intelligence provides military personnel access to scholarly journals, magazines and reports covering all aspects of past and present military affairs. Updated annually, this library contains hand-selected content supporting subject areas such as governmental policies, the socioeconomic effects of war and the structure of the armed forces. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Small Business Builder helps readers interested in planning and optimizing their businesses or nonprofit groups. Compiled for aspiring entrepreneurs and those with existing small businesses, it provides a step-by-step process supported by a variety of recognized tools that enable users to produce complete business plans and other documents essential for gaining access to capital and growing their enterprise. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • GreenFILE contains well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment.
  • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center provides creative ideas and detailed how-to instruction on a wide range of hobbies, including ones involving performing arts, science experiments model building and arts and crafts.
  • Home Improvement Reference Center includes tips and tricks on how to fix a leaky faucet, install a new fan or plan your outdoor projects. The user-friendly database offers full-text content from leading home improvement magazines, images not found anywhere else online, and nearly 100 videos of popular home repair projects.
  • Kanopy provides access to more than 30,000 award-winning films and documentaries anywhere, anytime using any device. To set up an account, click Add Your Library Card and enter the username dod and password dod11978. Set up your own profile from there.
  • Library, Information, Science and Technology Abstracts includes references on librarianship, bibliometrics, online information retrieval and information management.
  • Magazines allows you to read or download a wide assortment of popular news and special interest digital magazines on your PC, smartphone or laptop. Use the access key MOSDOD to create your account.
  • Mango Languages is a digital language learning program for learners of all levels, with courses in more than 70 different foreign languages, 21 English language courses and 44 specialty courses. Mango’s language-learning methodology is designed to simulate the way people learn a foreign language when actually immersed in everyday conversation.
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center offers information on stocks and mutual funds. Visit the Investment Classroom to hone your investing skills and explore dozens of articles and videos about the stock market.
  • National Geographic Archive (1888-1994) provides comprehensive, timely articles and photos documenting life on our planet and beyond. Includes more than 100 years of history told through articles on culture, global events, nature, science, technology, the environment and gripping first-person accounts of exploration and discovery.
  • National Geographic Current (1995-present) includes every article of National Geographic magazine since in the mid-1990s. Search the vivid photographs and historic articles as well as engaging videos and detailed maps.
  • National Geographic: People, Animals, World provides access to content that attracts, engages and informs students, educators, researchers and general readers. It includes full-text books on travel, science and technology, history and the environment as well as videos, more than 650 maps and 600 downloadable National Geographic images.
  • NoveList Plus is a trusted source for expert reading recommendations covering fiction and nonfiction titles.
  • O’Reilly Online Learning (previously Safari Books Online) offers access to more than 57,000 eBooks, videos, live learning and interactive coding sandboxes and tutorials.
  • PressReader Digital Newspapers provides interactive, digital access to about 7,000 of the world’s best newspapers and magazines. Readers can browse articles, photos, advertisements, classifieds and notices in full color.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center offers hundreds of reference books with original photos and illustrations of engines including motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, tractors and generators.
  • Teachables provides access to more than 15,000 teacher-created, vetted printables to support instruction. Download activities for pre-K to sixth-grade subjects including math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, teacher supports and skills sheets.
  • Teacher Reference Center has indexing and abstracts for more than 270 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines.
  • Universal Class provides lifelong learning courses across more than 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units. More than 500 courses are available, designed and led by professional instructors. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.
  • Unlimited offers eBooks, audiobooks, comic books and online courses for checkout and download (check for device compatibility). When registering to browse and download audiobooks to your home computer or mobile device, use the access code “MOSDOD.”
  • 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 Financial Ratings offers access to financial literacy tools on retirement planning, home and mortgage, insurance strategies 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 and enjoy browsing.

Take Advantage of Online Learning Resources With Many Children Still Stuck at Home

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Current as of September 29, 2020

Coronavirus disease 2019 continues to disrupt school and library schedules, presenting challenges for parents to keep their children engaged in learning actitivies. But the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library offers resources to supplement virtual and in-classroom learning.

The MWR library system offers access to many easy-to-use online resources for children, youth and teens. You’ll find eBooks and audiobooks for your child (parents and teachers, too) on a variety of topics, as well as databases, reference books, tutoring services and materials.

These resources are available free of charge to military service members and their families. Some libraries may require you to register and create an online account, but the resources are still offered for free.

Below are descriptions of some of the available resources.

  • BookFlix This library from Scholastic 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 ELL students, and builds fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Please check to make sure that every computer that will access BookFlix meets the necessary technical requirements.
  • Britannica Academic Enjoy fast and easy access to thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images and websites. Includes ImageQuest, with more than three million images, all rights-cleared for educational, noncommercial use.
  • Britannica Annals of American History This valuable online chronicle provides the original words of more than 1,500 authors who made and analyzed American history through their speeches, writings, memoirs, poems and interviews.
  • Britannica Library Provides three sites in one — Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center — where you can conduct research, complete school assignments, work on special projects or explore your unique interests. You can even store your research in your personal My Britannica account.
  • Explora Primary Want to learn more about animals, arts, music, health, history, people and places, science, math and sports? Explora Primary can help. Grades K-5.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia Explore this vast reference library for full articles about thousands of topics. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Academic OneFile This premier periodical resource provides millions of articles from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources with extensive coverage in key subject areas such as biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science and psychology. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale eBooks is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale In Context: Middle School This library combines the best of Gale’s reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects, including literature, science, social studies and history. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale In Context: Science is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. The solution merges Gale’s authoritative and continuously updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Mango Languages Check out this digital language learning program for learners of all levels, with courses in more than 70 different foreign languages, 21 English language courses and 44 specialty courses. Mango’s language-learning methodology is designed to simulate the way people learn a foreign language when actually immersed in everyday, practical conversation. Mango Languages also offers more than 40 streaming international movies via its Mango Premier feature.
  • 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.
  • NoveList Plus helps readers discover books they want to read and connects them to library collections. Currently, the NoveList Plus database contains information on more than 500,000 popular fiction and readable nonfiction titles for all ages.
  • ScienceFlix Offering more than 50 complete units of study with more than 6,500 science-related assets in a variety of media, ScienceFlix (from Scholastic) provides students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types, interactive features and more.
  • Teachables This library offers printable activities for any pre-K to sixth-grade subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, teacher supports and skills sheets. Access more than 25,000 teacher-created, vetted printables to support your instruction. Enter “military” for your user ID and password if prompted.
  • Teacher Reference Center Access indexing and abstracts for more than 270 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines.
  • TrueFlix Offering dozens of units to supplement social studies and science core curricula learning, TrueFlix (from Scholastic) helps students improve literacy skills, build content-area knowledge, and cultivate the critical skills necessary for academic success and college and career readiness.
  • Tutor.com Tutor.com for military children gives kids access to online tutoring and homework help from live, expert tutors in more than 16 subjects. Tutors can help with tonight’s homework or catch your child up on missed concepts and lessons, all for free.

Explore the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library today with your family to discover what adventures await your minds.

Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments

Our understanding of COVID-19 is changing rapidly. Stay up to date by checking the Coronavirus Updates for Our Military Community page for updates. For updates and information specific to your location, visit your installation’s official website. You can also follow your installation’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram platforms. For Department of Defense updates for the military community regarding the virus that causes COVID-19, visit Defense.gov and follow Military OneSource’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms.

From Audiobooks to Academic Research, the Digital Library Has It

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These days, your computer or mobile device gives you easy online access to books anywhere in the world, anytime your curiosity strikes. The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Digital Library has valuable and easy-to-use databases to help military members and their families meet their research needs or simply download a book to enjoy.

Audiobooks, eBooks and more

  • FreedomFlix brings history to life by capturing the dramatic and defining moments in American history through dynamic ebooks with embedded popup features.
  • Gale eBooks is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, which can be accessed remotely 24/7.
  • O’Reilly Online Learning (previously Safari Books Online) provides access to more than 57,000 eBooks, videos, live learning and interactive coding sandboxes and tutorials.
  • PressReader Digital Newspapers provides interactive, digital access to more than 7,000 of the world’s best newspapers and magazines. Viewers can browse articles and other key elements, including full-color pictures, advertisements, classifieds and notices.
  • RB Digital eBooks and Audiobooks offers a wide selection of unabridged books for you to read or listen to.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center helps you complete those do-it-yourself maintenance projects using reference guides, photos and illustrations.

Research resources

  • Ancestry® Library allows you to unlock the story of your family with billions of U.S. and international records.
  • Academic OneFile provides millions of articles from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources with extensive coverage in key subject areas, such as biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science and psychology.
  • Entrepreneurship connects you to resources essential to learn how to plan, fund, start or manage your small business.
  • Gale Health and Wellness offers access to thousands of full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia and much more, covering a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.
  • Legal Forms provides access to a wide selection of state-specific and multi-state legal forms across popular legal areas.
  • Military and Intelligence is a library containing scholarly journals, magazines and reports covering all aspects of the past and present military affairs.
  • GreenFILE lets you dive into topics covering all aspects of human impact on the environment.
  • Explora Primary provides a fun and easy, kid-friendly database on a range of topics for grades K-5.
  • Fold3 Library Edition is a premier collection of historical U.S. military records and unique military content, bringing to life the details of America’s military veterans with stories, photos and personal documents from the Revolutionary War through today.
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center gives you reliable information about mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds and market returns.
  • National Geographic Virtual Library Archive includes every article of National Geographic magazine from 1888 through 1994.
  • O’Reilly Online Learning (previously Safari Books Online) provides access to more than 57,000 eBooks, videos, live learning and interactive coding sandboxes and tutorials.
  • Teacher Reference Center lets you dig up education standards, best practices and curriculum development to enhance your education or teaching career with access to more than 270 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines.
  • Weiss Financial Ratings provides independent ratings covering stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, insurance companies banks and credit unions.

These are just some of the many resources available through the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library. Check out their site today to find more.

MWR Digital Library Helps Keep Families Engaged

Man at home on his laptop

Current as of Sept. 29, 2020


The risk of coronavirus disease 2019 is causing many of us to spend more time at home. You may get by for a while watching TV or playing board games, but to get ideas for other activities, you can tap into a whole other world of entertainment from the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library.

Free to service members and their families, the MWR Digital Library offers an array of resources to keep adults, teens and children busy and engaged. And if your kids’ classroom time is limited, there are plenty of learning resources to help them keep up. Here’s a small sample of what you’ll find:

Titles and resources for adults

  • Ancestry® Library allows you to unlock the story of your family with billions of U.S. and international records.
  • EBSCO Audiobook Collection offers more than 2,000 audiobooks in different subjects and categories available for download.
  • EBSCO eBook Collection contains more than 3,000 titles in the areas of fiction, history, health and medicine, self-help, business, economics, law and more.
  • EBSCO Learning Express provides eLearning tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards and articles that help users build their skills in a wide array of core subjects for success in the classroom, on the job, and in life, including preparation for CLEP, DSST, ACT, SAT, GRE and more.
  • Fold3 Library Edition is a premier collection of historical U.S. military records and unique military content, bringing to life the details of America’s military veterans with stories, photos and personal documents, from the Revolutionary War through today.
  • Kanopy provides access to more than 30,000 award-winning films and documentaries anywhere, anytime with any device.
  • Mango Languages is a digital language learning program for learners of all levels, with courses in more than 70 different foreign languages, 21 English language courses and 44 specialty courses.
  • RBdigital Magazines allows you to read or download a large assortment of popular news and special interest digital magazines on your PC, smartphone or laptop.

COVID-19 may mean that your local library is closed or that access is limited, but the MWR Digital Library is always open. Just log in to your Military OneSource account or create a username and password and start browsing.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs and Eligibility

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From fitness and sports to tickets and travel, Morale, Welfare and Recreation has something for everyone. Programs vary by location and whether you’re stationed on an installation or off, you’ll always have a way to access these offerings to relax, have fun and connect with others.

  • Fitness, aquatics and sports programs: Hit the gym, try yoga, swim laps at the pool or join an organized sport. If you aren’t near an installation gym, work out at any of the more than 3,000 YMCAs and private fitness facilities that offer military memberships to those who are eligible.
  • Boating programs, bowling centers, golf courses, stables and special interest recreation programs: Now’s the time to try something new. Get a great deal on a boat rental, horseback riding or another special interest program, like scuba diving or flying. Get a group of friends together for a night of bowling or an affordable round of golf.
  • Individual skills development programs: Get in touch with your creative side with arts and crafts, check out a program at a performing arts center, or learn some handy automotive skills while working on your car.
  • Libraries: Check out a bestseller, read a magazine article or study for an upcoming test with library resources. Visit your installation library or log in to your Military OneSource account to access the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library from anywhere in the world. Download select titles to your smartphone or tablet or get an audiobook for your next road trip.
  • Information, Tickets and Travel: Get tickets to a movie or an amusement park at a reduced rate or ask an Information, Tickets and Travel employee for help planning your next vacation, from airfare to resort reservations. Use your discounts to see sporting events or go to a concert you’ve wanted to see.
  • Recreational lodging: Rent a beach cabana, find the perfect ski chalet or take your family members camping — all at significant savings.
  • Outdoor recreation programs: Whether it’s mountain biking, paintballing or hunting, your Morale, Welfare and Recreation program can help you get out there. Rent a tent and sleep under the stars, or rent a few coolers, tables and chairs and host a backyard BBQ (equipment rental varies by location). If there’s not an installation near you, consider checking out the no-cost annual pass offered by the National Park Service that provides you with access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites.
  • Recreation centers: Get your video game fix with a tournament against your friends, watch the big game with good company or just take advantage of free Wi-Fi at your local rec center.
  • Single service member programs: Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs offer a variety of single service member programs that support singles ages 18 to 25 with sports, trips and tours, concerts, holiday and special event activities and much more.

For more information about your local Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS.

Eligibility

Now that you’re ready to have some fun, here’s some information on how to make it happen:

Unlimited use: The following persons and their immediate families generally have unlimited access to all Morale, Welfare and Recreation services and programs.

  • Service members on active duty
  • Members of the Reserve Components (Ready Reserve, National Guard and reservists in training)
  • Cadets of the service academies and Merchant Marine cadets
  • Retired service members and their family members
  • Honorably-discharged veterans with a 100 percent service-connected disability
  • Medal of Honor recipients
  • Unmarried surviving spouses and orphans of personnel who died on active duty or in retired status, or who were married to the service member for 20 years while they were on active duty
  • Department of Defense and Coast Guard civilians stationed outside the United States

Limited use: The installation commander establishes limited use eligibility requirements that are subject to local demand and capacity. Here’s a list of the groups who may have limited access to Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs and services based on local installation policy:

  • Department of Defense and Coast Guard civilians and their families stationed inside the United States
  • Retired Department of Defense civilians and their families
  • Department of Defense contract personnel and technical representatives when working full time on the installation
  • Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets when participating in field training or practice cruises
  • Former prisoners of war or those missing in action, along with their family members
  • Military Housing Privatization Initiative employees and residents, and privatized Army lodging employees
  • Foreign national employees
  • Guests and members of the public (when established criteria have been met)

For more information on limited use eligibility, check with your installation Morale, Welfare and Recreation program.

Explore the Library

Woman looking at books in library

Your installation library is a great resource for professional development and learning. There’s so much there beyond books, including resume help, events information and research capabilities. And today, the libraries’ digital offerings allow you to access these resources from anywhere, at any time. For your family, the library is a great place to connect with the community and help kids begin lifelong learning.

Whether you’re new in town or want to maximize your downtime, here are ways to enjoy your installation library or access its online resources.

  • Take your next career step: Get resume help, find examples of cover letters, and look up new professional fields with the research tools available here. If you need to read up on a certain topic before a big meeting, take some quiet time here and settle in with the right materials. If you’ve made it past the resume stage, use one of your library’s private areas to do some interview prep.
  • Study: If you’re taking an exam or certification of any kind, the library offers plenty of study guides and books on a wide range of topics to help you sharpen your test-taking skills. Use your library’s research tools to dig deeper into any subject or find a tutor to get some one-on-one help.
  • Find afterschool activities: The library is a great place for kids and teens, with plenty of things to keep them busy, including help with homework and school projects. With its quiet atmosphere, it’s the perfect location for study groups. Your children also can find plenty of material for research papers.
  • Make new friends: Beyond just book clubs, the library is home base for many local groups and community organizations. Get involved and join one of these groups to strengthen your local connections.
  • Do research: If you’re unsure how to tackle a new home project or looking into a new hobby, dig into the books, periodicals and even academic research available at your local branch. Become an expert and master your next task.
  • Entertain your kids: Even for the youngest of children, the library offers reading hours, local authors and playgroups. With e-books, movies and music to check out too, there’s plenty to enjoy and even take home.

Online, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation digital library offers countless free resources to service members and their families. For children and teens, there are reading guides and homework helpers. For service members and spouses, there are research and reference materials on hundreds of subjects from car repair to mutual funds. Everything’s digital, searchable and accessible 24/7.

Make your next career move or keep your kids happy on a rainy day by taking advantage of everything the library has to offer. It’s a centerpiece of your military community and even from home, the digital library can provide a wealth of resources to tackle any project.