Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library

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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 serve as a homework source, or prepare you to land your next job.

The Morale, Welfare and Recreation 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.

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 to help children learn to read or 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.
  • Explora Primary features a database of colorful and fun resources that help children in grades K – 5 learn about animals, music, health, history, people and places, science, math and sports.
  • 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, primary sources and much more.
  • NoveList K-8 Plus offers recommendations specifically for younger readers, helping kids find books that are appropriate for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.
  • 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.

    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 COVID-19. Online tutoring is available 24/7 through Tutor.com to any adult or child member of DOD civilian, National Guard, reserve or wounded warrior military families. Students, kindergarten through college, can receive live, on-demand tutoring, homework help and test preparation from expert tutors in more than 100 subjects.

For teens

Teenagers can take advantage of the library’s resources too, including:

  • 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.
  • FreedomFlix brings history to life by capturing the dramatic and defining moments in American history through dynamic ebooks with embedded popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos and audio clips.
  • ScienceFlix offers more than 50 complete units of study with over 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, interactive features and more. This is also a great resource for young children.
  • 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. This is also a great resource for young children.

For adults

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

  • 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.
  • Ancestry® Library allows you to unlock the story of your family with billions of U.S. and international records.
  • Britannica Academic allows fast and easy access to thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images and websites. The inclusion of ImageQuest offers more than three million images, all rights-cleared for educational, non-commercial use.
  • 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 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.
  • Business Plan Builder provides help for aspiring entrepreneurs, and individuals interested in planning an optimizing their small businesses or nonprofits. It provides a step-by-step process supported by a rich 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.
  • Chilton Automotive Maintenance Library gives you the information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs with confidence. The library covers thousands of year, make and model combinations, including the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years.
  • Consumer Reports help you find the best deals, ratings, and reviews on thousands of popular consumer items from one of the most respected sources.
  • EBSCO Audiobook Collection offer more than 2,000 audiobooks in different subjects and categories available for download. Log in with your EBSCOhost account (software download required).
  • EBSCO eBook Collection contains more than 3,000 titles in the areas of fiction, history, health & 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, ASVAB, GRE and more.
  • Entrepreneurship can help you learn how to plan, fund start or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles and websites.
  • 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.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia offers a vast reference library with full articles about thousands of topics.
  • Gale eBooks is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, which can be accessed remotely 24/7.
  • Gale Health & Wellness offers 24/7 access to 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.
  • Gale in Context: Science is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. Content includes full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos and more.
  • Gale Online Resources features 160 million full-text articles from leading books, journals, magazines, newspapers and primary sources, multimedia assets including videos, podcasts, tutorials and images and daily updates of new content. Additional resources are available through Gale include Opposing Viewpoints in Context, National Geographic Virtual Library and much more.
  • GreenFILE contains well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment. It is provided by EBSCOhost.
  • ImageQuest brings lesson plans, assignments and projects to life with over three million rights-cleared images from 62 leading collections.
  • Kanopy provides access to more than 30,000 award-winning films and documentaries anywhere, anytime with any device.
  • Legal Forms offers a wide selection of state and multi-state-specific legal forms. Users can draft specialized documents in many legal subject areas including: pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord/tenant and many others. A comprehensive attorney state directory and dictionary of legal definitions are also included.
  • Library, Information, Science & Technology Abstracts contains references on librarianship, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.
  • 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.
  • Military and Intelligence provides military personnel with access to scholarly journals, magazines and reports covering all aspects of the past and present military affairs. Updated annually, this library resource contains hand-selected content supporting key subject areas such as, governmental policies, the socioeconomic effects of war, the structure of the armed forces and more.
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center gives you information on stocks and mutual funds. You can visit the Investment Classroom to hone your investing skills, explore dozens of articles and videos about the stock market.
  • National Geographic Virtual Library includes every article of National Geographic magazine from 1888 through 1994. Users can search vivid photographs and historic articles.
  • NoveList Plus is a trusted source of expert reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, and for all ages.
  • PressReader Digital Newspapers provides interactive, digital access to nearly 7,000 of the world’s best newspapers and magazines. Just like reading a print edition, viewers can browse articles and other key elements, including pictures, advertisements, classifieds and notices in full-color.
  • RBdigital eBooks and Audiobooks provides a library of digital content that you can download or your home computer or mobile device.
  • 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. Use the access key MOSDOD to create your account.
  • 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.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center offers hundreds of reference books with original photos and illustrations of engines for motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, tractors, generators and other small engines.
  • Teachables provides access to more than 15,000 teacher-created, vetted printables to support instruction. Download activities for any pre-K to 6th 8th 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.
  • Teacher Reference Center has indexing and abstracts for more than 270 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines.
  • Universal Class offers lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. 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.
  • 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 Morale, Welfare and Recreation 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 http://bookflix.scholastic.com/browsercheck.
  • 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 September 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.