PCL Learning Center

Welcome to the PCL Learning Center! Your library card grants you access to many online learning resources! Our staff has compiled an educational list by age to help you and your family prepare for school and thrive through the school year and semesters. Whether you are preparing a child to start school, it is your child’s first day of school, a teen that knows the drill, a college-bound student, or you are gaining career skills, try out these helpful databases and tools.

Our online databases are great for research. Some are full of articles from well-known newspapers and magazines, feature videos, audio, and maps.


Need a card? Fill out our online form here to get started. A library staff member will contact you to complete your application.

My First Library Card

It’s never too early to start visiting the library! My First Library Card is an early literacy program for children ages birth through 5. My First Library Card is accepted at all LCLC libraries.


Teens can access this helpful list of e-Resources for test prep, online tutoring, research, study aids, and more, all FREE with your library card.

This list features some of our favorite back-to-school books. These titles show young learners that school can be fun and exciting while tackling common fears like first-day jitters and fitting in.

Crafternoon: Backpack Buttons

Thursday, August 31, 4:30–5:30pm

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebration

Saturday, September 30, 10–11am

All programming is sponsored by The Friends of the Parkland Community Library. 
Learn more about The Friends on their webpage.


Find the tools you need to keep learning, studying, and growing!

Try out our online study aids, test prep, and more, all free.

Launchpads

Our Collection

Have you heard about our Launchpads? Launchpads are pre-loaded learning tablets with apps, ebooks, and no Wi-Fi required! The ones below focus on early literacy and reading skills.

Gale Middle School

Database

Gale informational topics that provide content that supports national and state curriculum standards for grades 6 to 8 in English language arts, social studies, and science. Features nonfiction, and informational formats, including images, audio, video, newspapers, primary sources, and more to support learning.

Gale High School

Database

Access thousands of topic overviews, primary sources, biographies, and critical essays on core subjects. Periodical coverage includes full-text newspaper, magazine, and journal articles from reputable sources like The Economist, The New York Times, National Geographic, Newsweek, PopularScience, and Smithsonian.

Brainfuse Tutoring

Online Tutoring

Your library card grants you access to free LIVE online homework help from a professional tutor.

Brainfuse LearnNow

Database

Prepare for upcoming tests by taking a practice test online. Continue building your skills with lessons and videos.

Brainfuse HelpNow

Help for All Ages

With your Parkland Community Library card, students of all ages can log in to Brainfuse HelpNow for free access to study tools and more!

Universal Class

Free Online Courses

Free access to over 500 courses from computer skills to business to cooking to pet care. Learn at your own pace. Earn CEUs and certificates. This resource is for patrons whose home library is in Parkland. Log in using “PCL” followed by your library card number.

Power Library

e-Resource

Access thousands of full-text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, photographs, pictures, charts, maps, and reference material for all ages.

Britannica

Available for All Ages

Get free access to 3 comprehensive databases, including the Encyclopedia Britannica, articles, Merriam-Webster Dictionary in English/Spanish, images, and more!

hoopla

Hoopla is a Free at-home streaming courtesy of your library for Parkland School District and Northwestern residents only!

This groundbreaking digital media service allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.


Download the hoopla app to get started, or contact the reference desk if you need help at 610-298-1361×106 or info@parklandlibrary.org.

Please note these limits: Patrons can have up to five monthly borrows. Items listed as “bonus borrows” do not count toward the monthly limit. This resource is only available to Parkland School District residents.