World Book Online is Now Even Better!

By Sharyl O. RSS Tue, March 19, 2024

World Book Online is a great resource for children and teens. If you want to go directly to one of the four modules on our database page, now you can!

You can find biographies of notable people such as congressman and civic rights activist, John R. Lewis, learn about topics like artificial intelligence (AI), and much more!


  • Kids from Work Book Online: Search or browse for articles (with citations) on anything from sharks to art and architecture to Greek mythology and more. Pictures, videos, maps, illustrations, and sounds can be found on the left-hand side of most articles. This resource also includes access to science projects and games.
  • Student from World Book Online: This resource is for elementary school-aged kids to teens, and includes My Research to save your search results, Citation Builder, Maps and Atlas, a Browse by Subject tool, and Current Events. Check out the Biography Center for biographies of your favorite scientists, celebrities, and more. 
  • Timelines from World Book Online: View events chronologically in a single chart to better understand topics such as the Westward Movement in America, or the History of Rock and Roll, or other historical events, notable people, fields of scientific research, and artistic movements. You can even create your own timeline — such as the story of your life — or a timeline to add to a school project.
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos: This resource is the beginner's Spanish language reference tool. Search by keyword or browse for articles. Every article provides a bilingual feature that allows you to switch between Spanish and English content. Periodicos del Mundo Hispanico features web links to newspapers from Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Mundo de Animales (World of Animals) lets you compare animals side by side and view an extensive collection of animal facts, videos, images, and web links.
  • La Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos: Este recurso es la herramienta de referencia en español para principiantes. Busque por palabra clave o busque artículos. Cada artículo ofrece una función bilingüe que le permite cambiar entre el contenido en español e inglés. Periódicos del Mundo Hispánico presenta enlaces web a periódicos de países de habla hispana en todo el mundo. Mundo de Animales le permite comparar animales y ver una extensa colección de datos de animales, videos, imágenes y enlaces web. 


You will need a Free Library of Philadelphia library card and PIN to access all the World Book Online databases. If you do not have a library card, you can sign up today. You will find the links to all the World Book Online databases on our database page.

It’s a fun way to learn and explore the world around us on your computer, phone, or tablet. Check it out!

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Thank you
Keenan Crane, PhD - Philadelphia
Thursday, March 21, 2024

I want to study English
Lancei Kouyate - Philadelphia
Monday, April 1, 2024

Hi Lancei, the Languages and Learning Department can help with resources for language learning. You can contact them at 215-686-8664 or Thank you for reaching out.
Sharyl O. - Free Library of Philadelphia
Wednesday, April 3, 2024