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Access World News

Access World News

Find information on topics related to business, health, education, government and more from a variety of news media including newspapers, videos, blogs and web-only content including the Lawton Constitution, Daily Oklahoman, USA Today and more. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, and real estate so you can research topics and subjects, find events and milestones, and more.

Password: 14 digit Library Card Number


Ancestry.com Library Edition

Explore family history research resources. A comprehensive online source of information for conducting genealogical research. 

Ancestry can only be accessed inside of the library through our computers or the library WIFI. 





Sign up for challenges & contests including 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Readers can earn virtual badges by tracking books or minutes read & completing activities to earn real prizes. 

You can access Beanstack through the link or download the Beanstack App in your iTunes or Google Play store.
In the app, Select Organization Type—School, Library, or Bookstore.  Click on ‘Find a Site’ & enter Lawton Public Library.  Select Lawton Public Library & sign up!

Brainfuse HelpNow for Students

Brainfuse HelpNow for Students

Brainfuse HelpNow provides live tutoring and assistance, skill building, test prep, study plans, and more for elementary through college students and adult learners. 

  • Live expert help: live tutoring, writing lab, and language learning lab. 
  • SkillSurfer: study for high school or college classes, high school equivalent tests, college entrance and placement tests, ASVAB, Nursing school exams, ESL, and more. 
  • Studying: LEAP Learning Platform for customized study plans, lessons, and tutoring. 
  • Adult Learning Center - Click on adult learners in the top blue bar for high school equivalency, skill building, career resources, citizenship test prep, and more. 

Some services require creating a free account. Live services are restricted to use in Oklahoma only. 

HelpNow Demo Video

Brainfuse JobNow

Brainfuse JobNow

Brainfuse JobNow offers resume, job interview, and career help.

  • Resumes: Live resume experts, resume templates and creation, resume review, and more.
  • Job interviews: Live interview coaching, interview tips, and more.
  • Careers: Live job coaching, unemployment assistance, careers assessments, and more.

Some services require creating a free account. Live services are restricted to use in Oklahoma only. 

Brainfuse VetNow

Brainfuse VetNow

Brainfuse VetNow offers job, academic, and benefit assistance for veterans transitioning from military to civilian life. 

  • Live Veteran Navigator connects with experts to learn more about VA benefits and community resources.  
  • For veteran students, there is live online tutoring, writing and language labs, and Skillsurfer to improve math and other subjects or prepare for tests, like ACT, SAT, GED, GRE. 
  • For veteran job seekers, there is live interview and resume help, job coaching, unemployment assistance, resume template and creator, and more.

Some services require creating a free account. Live services are restricted to use in Oklahoma only. 

VetNow Demo Video

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete contains convenient access to health care information: patient fact sheets, complete health reference books, health pamphlets, health magazines, drug information, alternative health journals, image collections, and animations.

Patron ID: 14 digit Library Card Number

Consumer Health Complete Tutorial

Creativebug: Get Making with Creativebug.

Creative Bug

Creativebug offers high-quality arts and crafts instructional videos and more. Access an on-demand library of over 1,000 art and craft classes for makers at all levels. Instructional videos are taught by experts with resources on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, baking and more! New classes are added daily with downloadable patterns, templates, and recipes.

Authentication will be via 14 digit patron ID.

Oklahoma Driving Tests

Driving Tests

Permit Practice Tests will help you to prepare to take your driving exam. The handbooks are also available.



Includes full text journals, newspaper and magazine articles, reading guidance, children's information sources, maps and more.

Patron ID: 14 digit Library Card Number

EBSCO Basic Search Tutorial

EBSCO Advanced Search Tutorial

Explora Primary

Explora for Grades K-8

Explora K - 8 provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books. Searches may be limited by lexile reading level.

Patron ID: 14 digit Library Card Number

Explora Video Tutorial

Explora Public

Explora Public Libraries

Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

Patron ID: 14 digit Library Card Number

Explora Video Tutorial



Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to a growing collection of US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3.

Call the library at 580-581-3450 for the username and password. 

Hobbies and Crafts

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center (EbscoHost)

Want to try a new craft or learn more about your current hobby?- dig in! This database offers detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading lobby and craft magazines.

Patron ID: 14 digit Library Card Number

Video Tutorial

Home Improvement

Home Improvement Reference Center (EbscoHost)

HIRC provides detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering all manner of home improvement/repair projects. HIRC features full-text content from leading home improvement magazines, images not found anywhere else online, and videos of popular home repair projects.

Patron ID: 14 digit Library Card Number



Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card. You have up to 8 checkouts per month. 

Please note: Not all Hoopla titles appears in the library catalog. Check Hoopla to see more titles. 

Email address required. PIN is LAST NAME in ALL CAPS. 

How to install the app and create an account

Video tutorials:  Getting Registered,  Hoopla for... AndroidiOS, FireTV, Roku, Apple TV

Lawton Constitution

Lawton Constitution Through Access World News

Search the Lawton Constitution archives from 1985 – today. Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues. Includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections. Available from inside the library or from home.

Password: 14 digit Library Card Number

Legal Information Reference Center

Legal Information Reference Center

Providing exclusive online full-text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of publications and thousands of multi-state legal forms, with more content added on a regular basis.



LibriVox has recordings of public domain literature. Plays anywhere!



March2Success is a free website from Peterson's and the Army that provides online study materials for high school, college readiness, college entrance exams (ACT and SAT), STEM, and healthcare (MCAT, DAT, PAX, TEAS, & PSB-RN). Students and parents can sign up for free accounts at the website. There is no obligation to join the Army. You won't be contacted by an Army recruiter unless you indicate you are already enrolled in the Army's Future Soldier Program. 

Help and demonstration videos

MedlinePlus Trusted Health Information for You


Find Information on health conditions, wellness issues, & more in easy-to-read language with up-to-date, trusted health information from the National Library of Medicine. 

Introduction to MedlinePlus

Mometrix eLibrary

Mometrix Test Prep Elibrary

Practice tests and study materials for ACT, ASVAB, EMT, GED, GRE, HiSET, insurance, LSAT, nursing, real estate, teaching, and TOEFL. Must be accessed by logging into the library catalog with your library card number and last name.  For high school and college tests, see also March2Success. 

News for You by Proliteracy

News for You

Learn English while reading the news. Read and listen to news stories in simple English. Do puzzles and quizzes related to the news stories. 
Teachers can access activities and other resources. 

Introduction to News for You

Oklahoma Digital Prairie

Oklahoma Digital Prairie

Unique digital content spanning more than 100 years of Oklahoma history. Content ranges from the late 1800s to the present day.



You must have a valid library card to access e-books, audiobooks, and e-magazines.

Please note that not all OverDrive titles appear in the library catalog, so check OverDrive for more titles. 

Thanks to the generousity of the Laura Fields Trust, the Friends of the Lawton Public Library purchased OverDrive e-books through the Oklahoma Virtual Library Consortium.

Go to okvirtuallibrary.lib.overdrive.com to create an account and start reading!

If you are having a problem accessing OverDrive, here are a few helpful hints:

  • Use the entire library barcode number.
  • Your password is your last name in ALL CAPS.
  • Once a year, your information will need to be updated in order for you to have access to OverDrive.

How to Install the Libby App or Use OverDrive on a PC

OverDrive Getting Started Guides

Poetry and Short Story

Poetry and Short Story Reference Center (EbscoHost)

This full-text database provides a historically rich collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques — including contemporary content from the finest publishers.

Patron ID: 14 digit Library Card Number


Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg

Want 30,000 free ebooks? Download to your own device using PDFs, HTML, epub, Mobipocket and more. Enjoy!

Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center (EbscoHost)

Information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.

Browse by category, popular resources, state, and small business videos.

Patron ID: 14 digit Library Card Number

Transparent Language

Transparent Language Online

Learn over 100 languages (including English) through listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Mobile apps are available for learning on-the-go.

Create an account at the link above with your email address and library card number, then you can either use it on the website or download the mobile app. 

Get Transparent Language Online as a mobile app.

Introduction to Transparent Language Online



Request an interlibrary loan from the world's libraries. Customers must have a Lawton Public Library card in good standing (active card with no more than $1.00 in late fees) before requested material will be ordered.

For more information on interlibrary loan policies, procedures, and instructions.

Authorization: 100-280-603

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Additional E-Resources

Google Books allows users to search full-text books, documents, maps, reports, directories, and more.

National Academies Press offers free PDFs for almost all of their over 5,000 books. The books are primarily non-fiction/academic.

Petrucci offers approximately 320,000 free scores/sheet music and 36,000 audio recordings for public domain music.

LibrarySpot has e-encyclopedias and so much more.