Resources for Adults

Online Help

Free online tutoring, test prep, and skills building designed for the adult learner. Includes help with writing, Microsoft Office, US Citizenship Test, high school equivalency tests, and more. Available 2:00 p.m. to midnight. Spanish-speaking tutors available, too.

Please note: in September 2016, the library will switch from to a similar service called Brainfuse. Both are available to use at this time. Please ask staff if you need help getting started.

Online Courses

Pick up new skills for work or learn fun and productive hobbies with thousands of online video courses. can even lead to certificates in fields like project management, design, and software development. Please note: this service will be discontinued in April, 2018.

Online Language Learning

These conversation and film-based resources can help you learn more than 70 languages (including English) from just about any location.

Consumer Reports

Access the full text version of Consumer Reports for ratings, product reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, and user reviews. Click “Search within this publication” to find specific topics.

Online Research

NC Live offers in-depth databases on a comprehensive list of subjects.