Read, Listen, Watch & Learn

Check out an A-Z list of online resources available through Chesapeake Public Library.

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Acorn TV

Stream world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond.
Enjoy up to two channels each week.

America's Newspapers

Search full-text articles from local and national newspapers and news magazines.

America’s Obituaries & Death Notices

Search national obituaries and death notices ranging from 1999 to present.

Discover your family history by searching the US Census Records, Vital Records, Military Records, Immigration Records and more.
Available in Library only.


Business Plans Handbook

Find samples of actual business plans geared to entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses.


Career Transitions

Engage in helpful information regarding job searches, career exploration, internships, writing a resume and cover letter and interviewing best practices.

Chesapeake Code of Ordinances and Zoning

Access the City of Chesapeake’s Code of Ordinances and Zoning.

Code of Virginia

Access laws enacted by the Virginia General Assembly within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Includes Charters, Authorities, Compacts and Uncodified Acts.


Hone your hobby with more than 1,000 arts and crafts classes taught by design experts and artists.


Early World of Learning

Engage children in stories, games and other activities for early literacy.


Read full text books including reference works, scientific monographs, literature and fiction.


Search the online encyclopedia that pulls together books and articles from Academic Journals, Magazines and more.


The Great Courses

Keep learning with college level lectures spanning a variety of subjects.
The Great Courses use one play credit for a thirty-day period. Enjoy up to five play credits each month.


Heritage Quest

Discover images of primary source materials such as: US Census, Census maps, family history books, City Directories, Slave schedules, Freedman’s Bank and more.


Stream movies, music and TV shows as well as comics, ebooks and audiobooks.
Enjoy up to five checkouts each month.



Stream box-office hits, pop culture favorites, award-winning feature films, documentaries and shorts.
Enjoy up to two channels each week.



Stream independent films, documentaries, kid shows and the Great Courses.
Enjoy up to five play credits each month.

Kid InfoBits

Explore the online encyclopedia with topics and interests geared toward kids.


Help your kids learn to speak languages through Transparent Language. Sign up for online classes in English, Chinese- Mandarin, French, German, Italian and Spanish.



Access live, online classes covering topics in health, wellness, chronic disease, career success, relationships, spirituality and more.
Enjoy up to two channels each week.

Legal Forms

Access thousands of legal forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues such as: divorce, real estate and power of attorney. Also includes legal definitions, state tax forms, a legal Q&A and more.

Lexis Advance

Access all state and federal statutes, cases, Virginia secondary materials and forms.
Available in the Library only.

Literature Criticism Online

Navigate through centuries of literary analysis – spanning all time periods, genres and regions of the world.

Due to technical issues between and the Library’s Integrated Library System, we are unable to provide access to classes at this time.

We hope will be able to rectify the technical issues quickly. Please check back for updates.


MasterFILE Complete

Search more than 1,000 reference books, over 160,000 primary source documents and an image collection of over 500,000 photos, maps and flags.

Method Test Prep

Help students navigate the SAT and ACT and build their fundamental reading comprehension, grammar and math skills.
Enjoy up to two channels each week.


NoveList K-8 Plus

Help connect young readers with their next favorite read. Explore read-a-likes, genres and subjects for kids.

NoveList Plus

Discover your next favorite read, find read-a-likes or delve in on your favorite subjects.



Borrow ebooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere.
Enjoy up to six checkouts at a time.



Stream the largest collection of Spanish-language telenovelas and translated movies.
Enjoy up to two channels each week.



Stream the ultimate live concert experience from the comfort of home.
Enjoy up to two channels each week.



Stream movies, TV shows, concerts, classes, magazines, ebooks and audiobooks.
Enjoy up to two channels each week, unlimited magazines and/or six ebook and audiobook checkouts at a time.

RBdigital Magazines

Visit the world’s largest newsstand offering digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading with no holds, no checkout periods and no limits.

Read It!

Read short articles, written to support reading skills, on topics needed for school and everyday life.


Transparent Language

Learn to read and speak a new language from over 100 choices with a variety of courses and activities.

Access one-on-one live tutoring from noon until midnight. Prep for tests, practice skills and polish your resume or cover letter.


Universal Class

Earn Continuing Education units with more than 500 self-paced classes.


Virginia Law Portal

Learn everything you need to know about laws in our state with access to the Code of Virginia, Virginia Administrative Code and the constitution of Virginia plus Charters, Authorities, Compacts and Uncodified Acts as pertains to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginian Pilot

Read the daily local newspaper exactly like the one delivered to your door. Gain quick access to articles published in the Virginian Pilot. Covers 1990 through present.



Access statues, case law and secondary sources. Includes practice aids for Virginia attorneys with strong federal and national secondary resources.
Available in the Library only.