LearningExpress Library School Resources

by Gus Jones, Fiction Department, Central Library

School is back in session and students will rely heavily on the library to help them find information to complete their assignments. Many of these resources are available online and the library provides a number of subject-specific databases as well as online encyclopedias such as Encyclopedia Britannica and Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. However, there is a great resource available that you may not be familiar with called LearningExpress Library.

LearningExpress Library offers targeted learning centers to support students from 4th grade through college. The School Center provides skill improvement tools for elementary school through high school. The elementary school component focuses on mathematics and English language arts skills. The middle school component includes both of those areas plus social studies and high school entrance exam preparation. Finally, the high school component provides skill improvement tools for mathematics, English language arts, social studies, science, and logic and reasoning skills. Students may download eBooks and/or take practice tests to improve their skills in these areas. They may also track their progress by setting up an account on LearningExpress Library.

The College Students learning center provides a math skills review, reading skills review, grammar and writing skills review, science skills review, as well as preparation for graduate school exams (GMAT®, GRE®, LSAT®, MAT®, MCAT®, PCAT®), college placement exams and CLEP® exams. There is a separate learning center in LearningExpress Library for College Admissions Test Preparation. This includes tools on preparing for the ACT®, SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT® and AP® exams on a number of different subjects. There are even eBooks on preparing a college admissions essay.

I hope that many of you will take advantage of the wonderful information that is included in LearningExpress Library. As its title indicates, it contains a library full of information and it can be used at your convenience from the comfort of your home. There are a number of other learning centers beyond what I have mentioned here (Computer Skills, Career Preparation, etc) that may also be of interest. Please take advantage of what this great database has to offer and have a great school year.

Birmingham Public Library Databases
Electronic Resources for K-12 Students