Online Resources & Databases


We are pleased to offer several databases for research and enjoyment. 


To access some of the databases below, you must have an active library card with The Festus Public Library. You may also have to create an account in the database to access all of the features.

When prompted to enter your library card number, entire the entire 14 digit card number.

Festus Public Library Building


EBSCO E-books website

Find fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children with more than 33,000 titles with unlimited simultaneous downloads. 21-day check out period. *Note: an EBSCOhost account is needed to check out materials.

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Learning Express Library website

EBSCOhost is a powerful online reference system accessible via the Internet. It offers a variety of proprietary full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers. The comprehensive databases range from general reference collections to specially designed, subject-specific databases for: 

  • Academic
  • Corporate
  • Medical
  • Public
  • School libraries

LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. 

It offers: 

  • Career certification and licensure exam pre
  • College and grad school entrance test prep
  • GED® test prep
  • Job search and workplace skills improvement
  • Skill building in: 
    • Basic science
    • Math
    • Reading
    • Writing

*Note: A Learning Express account is needed to access materials


With the new Explora interface, you’ll not only have access to the same research content from EBSCO, but also additional content including grade level topic overviews, health videos and Associated Press videos that are not currently available in the Kids Search and Student Research Center interfaces.

Explora - Elementary

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Explora - Middle School

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Explora - High School

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Explora - High School

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Access to: 

  • eBook Kindergarten through 8 Collection
  • Primary Search (magazines)
  • Topic Overviews Kindergarten through 5

Access to Primary Search (magazines), eBook Kindergarten through 8 Collection, and Topic Overviews Kindergarten through 5.  

Access to Academic Search Elite (magazines)

Book Collection Nonfiction:

High School Edition

Book Collection Nonfiction: 

  • Consumer Health Complete
  • eBook High School Collection, 
  • eBook Kindergarten through 8 Collection
  • MAS Ultra - School Edition
  • Middle School Edition
  • Middle Search Plus (magazines)
  • Newspaper Source
  • Science Reference Center Topic Overviews 6th through 12th grade

Access to Book Collection Nonfiction:

  • Book Collection
  • High School Edition


  • Consumer Health Complete
  • eBook Public Library Collection
  • MasterFILE Premier (magazines)
  • Middle School Edition
  • Newspaper Source
  • Science Reference Center


HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources-rich in: 

  • Convenient research guides
  • Interactive census maps
  • Local and family histories
  • Unique primary sources
  • And more

Teen Health and Wellness

Teen Health and Wellness This award-winning resource provides middle and high school students with up-to-date, nonjudgmental, self-help support. Articles are correlated to state, national and provincial standards. Topics covered include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying and LGBTQ+ information. It has recently been updated to meet the needs of today’s teens and with new content on bullying, suicide, vaping, opioid abuse, gender identity, school safety, sexual harassment, COVID-19 and more.

Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy Empower learners with digital citizenship skills to navigate today’s virtual landscape. Interactive activities guide students through project-based learning activities using digital tools to create podcasts, multimedia presentations, social media campaigns, and more. Database articles explore cyberbullying, digital research skills, citizen journalism, and more. Digital Literacy will give your students and patrons the skills to be savvy digital citizens!

Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy The Rosen Financial Literacy database makes economics and personal finance easy to understand and highly engaging. Articles explore macro-, micro-, and global economics as well as personal and household finance. Users will learn to manage credit and debt, save and invest with confidence, plan for college and retirement and avoid fraud and scams. Financial Literacy is online economics and personal finance resource specifically designed for students in grades 7–12, but can easily benefit adults.

thumbnail_VetNow_140x140Brainfuse VetNow

Brainfuse VetNow is an all-in-one suite of services designed for a wide range of veteran needs: whether it’s updating a resume for civilian life, navigating the VA system, or seeking local resources and support for veterans and their families. VetNow services include expert coaching and self-study tools to empower users. Users may access live, on-demand assistance from expert Job Coaches or Veteran Navigators. With VetNow, users communicate in real-time in our online whiteboard by typing, drawing, and marking-up lessons and web content. Plus, users can use our secure file sharing feature in the resume lab to submit career documents to our Job Coaches any time of the day. The Brainfuse full-service test center offers practice tests for all levels in math, reading, and writing as well as college preparatory tests - including the SAT. 

thumbnail_Book_Connections_140x140Book Connections             

Book Connections offers over 269,000 digital materials about books for children and teens. This service includes a reader's advisory tool, resources for homework help, summer reading, diverse book selections, and more! Meet authors and illustrators with exclusive movies and recordings, hear authors pronounce and tell the stories of their names, and explore book trailers!


Access to EBSCOhost, HeritageQuest, LearningExpress Library, Teen Health and Wellness, Digital Literacy, and Financial Literacy is provided to eligible MOREnet members through funding by the Missouri General Assembly for the REAL Program. This appropriation is made to the Secretary of State's Office and is administered by the Missouri State Library. Additional funding for these resources is provided by MOREnet member fees.

Online Resources

Tax Forms

Federal Tax Forms

IRS website

Missouri Tax Forms

Official Missouri State Website
Missouri Jobs website

Job Searching is the web portal for information and online services provided by the Missouri Division of Workforce Development (DWD). DWD provides workforce services for businesses and job seekers. In Missouri, DWD serves as the state agency that administers the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Wagner-Peyser funding for workforce activities.

Jefferson County Libraries

Festus Public Library cardholders have reciprocal borrowing privileges with Crystal City Public Library. Cards may be purchased at De Soto Public Library and Jefferson County Library.

Crystal City Public Library

Crystal City Public Library website

De Soto Public Library

De Soto Public Library website

Jefferson County Library

Jefferson County Library website