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1 Million Cups

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their businesses to the Lawrence community.

1940 U.S. Census 

Accessible anywhere. This website allows you full access to the 1940 census images, in addition to 1940 census maps and descriptions.

2018 Elections Guide 

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Elections Guide offers a roundup of links to candidate websites. 

2018 Lawrence Journal-World Voters Guide 

Comparisons between candidates running for office and coverage of ballot measures for the 2018 general election. (Note: Unlimited access to Lawrence Journal-World content is available on-site at the Lawrence Public Library.)

211 of Kansas

Call 211 or search for assistance by location. Mentoring, after-school programs, senior care, counseling, food pantries, disability services and much more. A service of United Way.


Agency for Health Quality and Research

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this website provides data resources, publications, research findings and reports, and other resources in an effort to improve safety and quality in healthcare. Información en español.


Bibliographic records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library, encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines.

American Academy of Pediatrics Edit

Comprehensive site for parents of infants to young adults, covering physical/mental development, health, safety and more.  Información en español.

Ancestry Library Edition Edit

This database of genealogical resources includes the complete U.S. Census, a multitude of city directories, Find-A-Grave records, military records such as draft registration cards and muster rolls, immigration records such as passenger lists and naturalization records, the Social Security Death Index, and birth, marriage, and death records (coverage varies by state).

Only available at Lawrence Public Library


The Audio-Reader Network is a reading and information service for blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals in Kansas and western Missouri. Services are offered free of charge to anyone in our listening area who is unable to read normal printed material.


Ballard Center 

Ballard Center provides a variety of services, including employment assistance, a food pantry, a free clothing pantry, a professional work attire closet, and household items such as kitchenware.

Ballotpedia Sample Ballot Lookup

Use Ballotpedia's Sample Ballot Lookup tool to research candidates, including information about the donors funding their campaigns.

Find out where candidates stand on the issues and who has endorsed them. Create a personalized voting guide to take with you to the polls!

Designed to help citizens find out what government benefits they may be eligible to receive, with access to information from across 17 Federal agencies. Links to benefit programs for all types of people: elderly, veterans, low-income citizens, students, farmers, parents, disaster victims and many more.

Britannica Academic

Trusted encyclopedia with information written for college-level learners, researchers, and faculty.

Britannica School 

Trusted online encyclopedia with information written for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Burroughs Creek Trail Hike Through History

This series of National Park Service-quality panels are the first of their kind on the Lawrence Loop trail and serve as an outdoor museum. They feature original historic narratives written and researched by academics and local historians. Vintage photographs, maps and other images from local, state and national archives enhance the exhibits. Installed along the paved 1.7-mile Burroughs Creek Trail and Linear Park path running from 11th Street to 23rd Street, the panels provide insight to Lawrence’s unique history and cultural identity.

Business Source Premier 

Publications covering a wide variety of business topics, including marketing, management, accounting, finance and economics. Includes access to the Harvard Business ReviewAvailable in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.

C Being a Caregiver 

Resources, tips and information about caregiving for patients with cancer from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.


Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this resource provides tools for exploring career options, finding training, and searching for a job.

Caring Conversations

From the Center for Practical Bioethics, this free workbook for talking about end of life concerns, plus links to healthcare directives.

Census Business Builder

Selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau to help you start or grow a business or understand the business landscape for a region, presented in a simple to use format. Freely available online.

Chronicling America

The Chronicling America project offers a searchable U.S. Newspaper Directory which can be narrowed by geographic coverage, date, language, ethnicity, and labor press (i.e., published for readers of a particular occupation or political philosophy, such as coal miners, dairy farmers, and/or socialists). Chronicling America also offers free access to a handful of digitized Kansas newspapers (such as the Kansas Herald of Freedom).

City of Lawrence

A hub for information about new and services of the city government of Lawrence, Kansas.

A National Institutes of Health database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.

Common Ground

In addition to community garden plots, the City of Lawrence's urban agriculture program also offers an Incubator Farm for beginning market growers.

Common Sense Media

Looking for guidance in the search for books, movies and other media for your family? Get expert information from this extensive site!

Compassion & Choices

Advance Healthcare Directive Forms by state as well as other resources to enable and protect end-of-life choices.

Computer Source

Provides researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology, and also includes content from leading technology-related consumer magazines. Available from any computer with a Kansas IP address, or with your Kansas Library eCard.

A resource for information about current and past activities of the U.S. Congress.


A resource that allows you to read, search, and compare constitutions from around the world.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

This federal agency provides a wide variety of resources to help consumers make informed financial decisions, including guides to choosing and managing credit cards, buying a car or house, managing student loans, and preparing for retirement. You can also submit complaints about financial products or services here.

Consumer Health Complete

Browseable medical database including drug information, topic fact sheets, medical dictionaries, and eBooks. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.

Consumer Reports 

Consumer Reports is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.


Digital Douglas County History

Accessible at home or at the library. The local history portal for Douglas County history, featuring a growing collection of photographs, genealogy resources, and oral history projects. A partnership of the Lawrence Public Library, Watkins Community Museum, and the Douglas County Genealogical Society.

Computers are an essential tool for all types of tasks. Learn how to use them via easy to digest online courses.
Las computadoras son un herramiento esencial para hacer todo tipo de tareas. Aprende como usarlas en una manera sencilla.

Double Up Food Bucks

Double Up Food Bucks is a SNAP (food stamps) matching program providing dollar-for-dollar matching at regional farmers’ markets.

Douglas County, Kansas

A hub for information about news and services of the county government of Douglas County, Kansas.


ECM Veggie Lunch

Free vegan lunch every Thursday while the University of Kansas is in session.


A one-stop resource for researching everything from health issues to the latest solar power technology.

Explora for Kids

A research website for designed for kids, available through the State Library of Kansas.


A “nonpartisan, non-profit ‘consumer advocate’ for voters…[that monitors] the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players.” ( is funded by the Annenburg Foundation, the Flora Family Foundation, and by public donation.)

Family Caregiver Alliance, The 

Information, services, and support for caregivers including fact sheets on specific health conditions, statistics, public policy information, and reports. English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. The FCA is a nonprofit, community-based

Fantastic Fiction

A comprehensive reader’s advisory resources, containing bibliographies for over 30,000 authors and information on over 350,000 books.

Federal Digital System

Free online access to official publications from all three branches of the federal government.

Federal Student Aid

Learn about and apply for financial aid options available from the federal government.

Five Wishes 

From non-profit agency, Aging With Dignity, this resource provides simple, straight-forward approach to designate end-of-life choices. Información en español.


Digital editions available anytime! View current issues of over two dozen of the most popular magazines.

Fold3 Library Card Required. 

Fold3 Library Edition provides convenient access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Accessible at home or at the library.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

This U.S. government site provides information on drug safety and availability, clinical trials, specific medications, and health updates.

Foundation Directory Online

Searchable database of over 100,000 grantmakers. Available in the library on our public computers, or on your device via our wireless network.

Only available at Lawrence Public Library

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online 

Geared towards individuals and small organizations seeking funding, includes over 10,000 foundations and public charity programs. Also includes educational resources for learning about grant writing. Available in the library on our public computers, or on your device via our wireless network.

Only available at Lawrence Public Library

Foundation Maps 

Uses aggregated data and demographic maps to reveal patterns of foundation giving and funding relationships. Available in the library on our public computers or on your laptop via our wireless network.

Only available at Lawrence Public Library


Gale Genealogy Connect 

Accessible at home or at the library. Gale Genealogy Connect offers access to a wide range of fully searchable genealogical reference publications.

Gale Health Reference Collection 

A collection of eBooks on a variety of health-related topics. Available from any computer with a Kansas IP address, or with your Kansas Library eCard.

Data-driven resource for searching scholarship opportunities.


Gently used clothing and household items.


Provides easy-to-use, self-service tools and learning resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations.

Great Websites for Kids 

Find a selection of quality websites for kids recommended by the American Library Association.

Growing Growers Kansas City 

A farm apprenticeship program and an annual workshop series provides educational and networking opportunities for beginning and experienced growers.



A collection of millions of titles, many freely available in full-text, digitized from libraries around the world.

Health Finder 

From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, a consumer health resource with news, articles, personal health recommendations, and more.

Health Source Consumer 

Provides full-text access to consumer health magazines, reference books and health pamphlets. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.

Health Source: Nursing and Academic 

This full-text database offers a trusted source of nursing and allied health literature, as well as drug information written for consumers. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.

Heartland Community Health Center 

Provides health care on a sliding fee scale for residents of Douglas County and certain portions of Jefferson, Franklin, Leavenworth, Shawnee, and Osage counties.

Heritage Quest

Accessible at home or at the library. HeritageQuest offers access to federal census records and city directories, U.S. Indian Census Rolls, slave schedules and Freedman’s Bank records, mortality schedules, agricultural and industrial schedules, and a variety of published family and local histories.

History Reference Center 

A comprehensive history reference database containing biographies of historical figures and historical documents, photos, maps, and video. Available from any computer with a Kansas IP address, or with your Kansas Library eCard.


Search job postings from across the country.

Independence, Inc. 

Advocacy, peer support, training, transportation, and community education in support of people with disabilities. Resources include a publicly accessible computer lab with a variety of assistive technologies, a medical equipment loan bank, and a selection of specialized phones available through the Telecommunications Access Program (TAP).

Internet Archive 

A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Issue Lab 

Free research from social sector organizations around the world on a variety of subjects.


Jubilee Cafe 

Free breakfast served from 7-8am on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

Just Food 

Food pantry available five days a week to qualifying Douglas County, Kansas, residents.


Kansas Digital Newspapers (KDN) Program

Accessible anywhere. The Kansas Digital Newspapers program, managed by the Kansas State Historical Society, makes over 3 million Kansas newspapers freely available online.

Kansas Division of Vehicles

Information about Kansas driver's licenses, vehicle titles and registration, and other topics related to driving in Kansas.

Kansas Legal Services

Free and low cost legal assistance and resources, including legal forms, for Kansans.

Kansas Library Catalog 

Search materials held at libraries across Kansas. If you are interested in borrowing an item found in this catalog, please contact Lawrence Public Library for Interlibrary loan.

Kansas Memory

Accessible anywhere. This database offers a broad, statewide selection of digitized Kansas maps, photographs, and other primary documents from the collections of the Kansas State Historical Society.

Kansas State Library: Databases 

This is a grouping of all of the online databases offered to Kansas residents through the Kansas State Library. A Kansas State Library eCard is required to access these databases.

Kansas Statutes 

Searchable database of statutes passed by the Kansas Legislature.

The official website of the government of the State of Kansas.


Search Kansas job postings. Also includes a searchable database of training and education providers.



Reliable and straightforward health, behavior and development information about children and teens, designed for parents, kids, teens, and educators. Información en español.

Websites are extensively reviewed before they are included on kidsites. Presentation, content, and subject matter are all considered when reviewing the sites. 

Register to vote, update your registration, or check your voter registration. 

KU Libraries Resources for Kansas Residents 

You don't have to be a KU student or staff member to use the KU Libraries! Use this guide to find out about the resources that are available to Kansas residents, as well as information about how to get to campus and find the library you need.


Lawrence Journal-World 

Unlimited free access to the Lawrence Journal-World online is available at the Lawrence Public Library.

Lawrence Workforce Center 

The Lawrence Workforce Center connects career seekers with employers. Whether you’re looking for your first job or looking to change careers, the Lawrence Workforce Center can help you on your career journey. 

A resource for information about the transit services provided by the City of Lawrence and the University of Kansas.

LearningExpress Library 

Practice tests and exercises for everything from the GED to TOEFL to the U.S. Citizenship Test. Plus, help identifying career paths and preparing for a job search.

Legal Collection 

A collection of scholarly peer-reviewed publications including law journals, documents, and case studies.

Literary Reference Center 

Browse and search full-text literary works alongside journal articles, author biographies, and reviews.

Lynda Library Card Required. 

Online tutorials on a wide array of professional and technology skills, from crafting a business plan to designing a website. Available in the library or remotely with your Lawrence Public Library card number and PIN.


Major Employers 

A list of the largest employers in Lawrence and Douglas County.

Mango Idiomas 

Un sistema de aprendizaje de idiomas en línea que incluye inglés, español, francés, japonés, chino mandarín, griego, italiano, ruso y más. Úselo en su computadora en casa o como una aplicación en su celular.

Mango Languages 

An online language-learning system that includes Spanish, French, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. Use on your desktop, or as an app on the go.

MasterFile Premier 

Delivers articles, reference books, and an extensive image collection for every subject area. Also includes access to Consumer Reports articles.

Meals on Wheels

Lawrence Meals On Wheels serves hot, nutritious meals to the homebound elderly and/or disabled Monday through Friday.


Información sobre la medicina, la enfermería, la odontología, la medicina veterinario, la sistema de cuidado la salud, y más. Creado por la National Library of Medicine (Biblioteca Nacional de la Medicina).

A full-text medical database of research and scientific journals from renowned Latin American and Spanish publishers. Información en español. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.


Information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and more. Created by the National Library of Medicine. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.

Medline Plus 

The National Library of Medicine’s user-friendly health database created for consumers. It includes information about health topics, medicine, and supplements, as well as a collection of videos and health tools.

Medline Plus en Español 

Una base de datos sobre la salud hecho por la National Library of Medicine (Biblioteca Nacional de la Medicina) por el uso de los consumidores. Incluye información sobre tópicos de salud, la medicina y suplementos, y también una colección de videos y herramientos de salud.

Mergent Intellect Library Card Required. 

This powerful tool is a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs and business researchers, offering industry research, consumer and demographic data, as well as tools for effective job searching. Available in the library or remotely with your Lawrence Public Library card and PIN.

Military and Government Collection 

Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. Available from any computer with a Kansas IP address, or with your Kansas Library eCard.


National Geographic Kids 

Explore the world through amazing videos, games and articles created by the amazing  Nat Geo team!

Needy Meds 

An information clearinghouse of assistance programs for affordable medications from pharmaceutical manufacturers and government resources.

Newspaper Source Plus

Access full articles from over 850 newspapers. This database also includes transcripts of television and radio news. 

The Kansas State Historical Society provides Kansas residents with free access to historical Kansas newspapers through A valid Kansas driver's license or ID is required to access this resource. 

Check safety ratings and recalls for specific makes and models of automobiles on this lookup tool from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


A handy way to find something new to read.



A directory of repositories of freely accessible academic research. 

A project of the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan and nonprofit research group that “tracks money in U.S. politics and its effects on elections and public policy.”

Oxford House

Housing resource for individuals recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction.


Paying for College 

A guide to evaluating student financial aid offers and repaying student debt from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

PDR Health 

Browsable and comprehensive database of medication information including use, dosage, safety, storage and more about prescription and nonprescription drugs, herbal medicines, and supplements.

Peaslee Tech 

Technical training school with programs in a variety of vocations, as well as workplace and academic skills.


From the National Library of Medicine, an easy to use pill identification database with information about drug labels, clinical trials, breastfeeding safety, and more.

A fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. (PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida.)

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection 

This database provides full-text coverage for a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.

PubMed Central 

A free full-text archive of peer-reviewed biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the US National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).


RECAP Archive

A freely accessible database of documents and dockets from PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records).

Regional Transit 

A guide to regional transportation options in Douglas County, Kansas.


Sage Knowledge 

This cross-media platform allows users to search and browse over 10,000 items, video, book and reference titles within the Social Sciences, including CQ Press resources focusing on American government, politics and current affairs. Available from any computer with a Kansas IP address, or with your Kansas Library eCard.

Sage Stats 

Easy access to statistical data series created from more than 400,000 government and non-government datasets, covering popular topics of research interest for U.S. states, counties, cities, metropolitan areas, and ZIP codes. Available from a computer with a Kansas IP address, or with your Kansas Library eCard. 

Sanborn Maps (1867 – 1970) Library Card Required. 

This database is a vital resource for anyone researching the history of a home or building. Accessible at home or at the library. 

Easy-to-use tools and resources to help you make informed decisions about saving and investing your money.

Senior Resource Center 

SRC informs about and creates opportunities that allow older residents of Douglas County to remain independent and active in their homes and communities and assists them with necessary transitions.

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides free counseling to start-up companies, existing small businesses, and those who wish to sell or purchase a small business on topics including the startup process, business planning, financing and funding, marketing, accounting, human resources and taxes.

Small Business Reference Center 

Business basics, start-up kits, industry information, and access to ebooks on a variety of business and career topics. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address.

Soldiers and Sailors Database

Accessible anywhere. The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Other information on the site includes histories of Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records.

SuperKids Nutrition

Offering health information for parents, kids and health educators with tips, toolkits, recipes, activities to promote healthy living for kids.


Tax Information 

A roundup of resources for state and federal tax return preparation.


Unite for Literacy 

Nonfiction kids’ books read aloud! You can choose from 18 different languages. Made available by the State Library of Kansas.

Universal Class 

Video-based courses for developing professional skills, such as accounting basics, managing rental properties, or crafting an effective presentation. Available in the library and remotely from any computer with a Kansas IP address. 

Search and apply for employment with the federal government.


Vocational and Career Collection 

This collection provides full text coverage for nearly 340 trade and industry related periodicals including American Machinist, Pediatric Nursing, Wireless Week, Drug Store News, Reeves Journal, Hotel and Motel Management, Restaurant Business, Advertising Age, plus indexing and abstracts for hundreds more. Available from any computer with a Kansas IP address, or with your Kansas Library eCard. 

Voting and Elections in Douglas County

The Douglas County Clerk's Office is responsible for overseeing all national, state and local elections conducted in Douglas County. Go here for information about getting registered to vote, finding your polling place, or becoming an election worker.


Wheat Law Library 

The University of Kansas law library is open to the public, and offers access to a variety of legal resources, including databases, and research assistance.

WIC Nutrition 

Nutrition program for eligible pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5.

Work at KU 

Search job openings at the University of Kansas.


Search for books, movies, genealogy resources, and other materials in libraries worldwide. If you are interested in borrowing an item that Lawrence Public Library does not have and need assistance placing an interlibrary loan request, please contact us. 

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