World Book Online



Early Literacy       Student Research       Español/Spanish       eBooks & more

World Book Online helps information seekers of all ages find the content they need at the correct reading level. World Book Online resources are available anytime, anywhere—at school and at home.
World Book has been the trusted encyclopedia of school and public libraries for decades. World Book Online contains thousands of informational articles with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, research help, and activities. 
Accessing World Book Online
It's easy to access World Book Online—all you need is your library card. Simply choose a resource below and get started. (Instant access to World Book Online is available at the Library and in MCCSC and RBB classrooms.)
You can also create a personal account with World Book Online. With an account you can save your search results, create timelines and pathfinders, make notes in your eBooks, and more. Create your personal World Book Online account.

Early Literacy

Educational games and stories supporting development of early literacy skills. Includes stories in English and Spanish. Produced with advice from experts in early childhood development and education, Early World of Learning is the leading online resource for young children, offering three beautiful, interactive learning environments: Trek’s TravelsWelcome to Reading, and Know It.
Key features:
  • Includes three complete interactive learning environments.
  • Rich collection of educational, interactive games.
  • Robust collection of educator resources, including an educator guide and print-and-do activities.
  • Configurable settings and measures by The Lexile® Framework for Reading in Welcome to Reading and Trek’s Travels.
  • All stories in Trek’s Travels are available in both English and Spanish.
  • Correlations to Common Core, state, and provincial standards.
Suggested for preschoolers and early childhood educators.
Optimized for iPads.

Student Research

The premier reference website developed especially for young students. It features an intuitive user interface, thousands of easy-to-read articles packed with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, and a wealth of engaging games and activities.
Key features:
  • World of Animals: Fun and easy-to-use tool to help kids research their favorite animals.
  • Hands-on science projects and experiments cater to many different levels and interests.
  • Correlations to Common Core, state, and provincial standards.
Suggested for younger elementary school students.
Optimized for iPads. (Expected December, 2014)
The premier reference source for elementary and middle school students. Includes 40,000 encyclopedia articles and similar resources featuring clear, high-interest content.
Key features:
  • Lexile® measures on Student’s most popular articles.
  • My Research  enables users to compile content in individualized accounts.
  • World Book Biography Center  boasts more than 10,000 biographies of both historical and contemporary figures.
  • Extensive built-in Dictionary  and an easy-to-navigate Atlas.
  • How To Do Research feature helps users develop critical information literacy skills.
  • Behind the Headlines puts the day’s top stories in context with straightforward language and links to related World Book articles.
  • Correlations to Common Core, state, and provincial standards.

Suggested for elementary, middle school, and junior high school students.

Optimized for iPads.


Advanced is a powerful multimedia reference tool, perfect for high school students, that integrates reference articles, eBooks, and primary source databases in a single search. It also includes access to up-to-the-minute news publications from all over the world.
Key features:
  • Advanced research tools include dictionary, atlas, and more.
  • My Research allows users to compile content in individualized accounts from thousands of fiction and nonfiction eBooks, plus additional titles in 8 languages.
  • Citation Builder creates flawless citations in MLA, APA, and Harvard formats.
  • Lexile® measures on most popular Advanced articles facilitate a targeted reading experience.
  • Access to up-to-the-minute news publications from all over the world.
Suggested for high school students and adults.
Optimized for iPads.


Discover offers compelling resources specifically developed for students reading below grade level due to language or learning difficulties. The rich collection includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, research tools, and interactive videos.
Key features:
  • World Book Explains videos feature experts answering intriguing questions.
  • How to Do Research feature contains invaluable resources for both students and educators.
  • Visual Dictionary—in English, Spanish, and French—makes content more accessible to all readers through labeled images.
  • Citation Builder creates flawless citations in MLA, APA, and Harvard formats.
  • Translates articles into 31 languages and reads them aloud in English.
  • Life Skills 101 offers practical tips on important topics, such as applying for jobs, arranging housing, and health care issues.
  • Correlations to Common Core, state, and provincial standards.
Suggested for adult English language learners and older students at an early reading level.


Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is the optimal beginner’s Spanish-language reference tool. The site offers all the best elements of Kids—thousands of easy-to-read articles packed with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, and a wealth of engaging games and activities—designed to build key language and research skills.
Key features:
  • Highly visual articles written at a basic Spanish reading level.
  • Colorful photos, illustrations, and videos.
  • Mundo de Animales (World of Animals), a fun tool for kids to learn about their favorite animals.
  • Integrated with Kids so users can toggle back and forth between Spanish and English.
  • Appealing Spanish Visual Dictionary helps readers build vocabulary.
Suggested for Spanish speaking students at an early reading level.

eBooks & more:

Access wonderfully illustrated, engaging titles that span all curriculum areas and reading levels. Read books with a kid-friendly layout in the browser window, or on a mobile device by downloading the free WorldBook eBook app. Includes classic novels for older readers, too.
Key features:
  • Personalize your eBook account with customized Bookshelves.
  • Annotate and highlight text.
  • Save annotations, highlights, and bookmarks to individual accounts.
  • Collection spans nearly all curriculum areas, including History, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and more!
  • 24/7 unlimited simultaneous access and downloads for offline reading.
  • Offline notes synchronize with online reader.
  • Automatically updated and continually growing collection at no additional charge.
  • Interactive features include fun educational games and quizzes.
  • Built in ePub 3, allowing for rich supplemental audio and video content.
  • Supported on tablets and handheld devices including iPad®, Google Nexus 7™, Samsung: Galaxy Note® 10.1; Galaxy Tab™ 2 10.1.

For all ages.

Optimized for iPads.


With World Book’s all-new interactive Timelines, you have a dynamic way to discover events spanning the arts, literature, notable people, science and technology, society and culture, sports, and world history and geography. Hundreds of customizable, interactive timelines of important events throughout history enhance understanding of the people and place from different time periods. Access images and videos to create engaging presentations, or add your own images and event descriptions to build a personal timeline .
Key features:
  • 425+ unique timelines plus functionality which allows users to create, customize, collaborate, and share their timelines.
  • More than 12,000 events built directly into the product.
  • Build timelines for any purpose, from school research projects to family histories and just for fun.
  • Timelines includes synopsized historical notes and a wealth of engaging images and videos to craft stunning presentations.
  • Great for visual learners.

For all ages.

Optimized for iPads.
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