Library Services During COVID-19

The Main Library is open for brief visits by appointment Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Appointments are required and each appointment is for a maximum of 30 minutes.  Click here to request an appointment.  For more information on library services during COVID-19, including appointments, curbside service, digital access-only library cards, online library card renewal, online resources, digital programs, and more, click here.

Library Closed For Thanksgiving

All four locations of the Fort Smith Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for Thanksgiving.

Adults

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Sales, Holiday, Special Events
Custom Program Description:
Honor someone special while sharing your love of reading by donating to the Fort Smith Public Library’s The Perfect Gift: Library Books for Christmas fundraiser.  The Perfect Gift is online this year!  Visit the library website at...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Make It in a Minute

2:00pm - 2:15pm
Virtual
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Holiday
Custom Program Description:
Are you feeling crafty?  Rachel and Tiffany are demonstrating some fun and unique crafts - all jam packed into a one minute video!   ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Adults, Everyone
Program Type: Book Sales, Books & Writing, Special Events
Custom Program Description:
Just in time for the holidays, book lovers will find a broad assortment of books in this special sale including rare, vintage, and valuable titles.  A range of topics are represented including art, religion, history, and much more with publicati...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Hamilton Trivia

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Virtual
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Games & Activities
Custom Program Description:
Are you a true Hamilton fan? Let us test your knowledge with Hamilton Trivia on Facebook Live! www.facebook.com/fortsmithlibrary ...
This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Location: Main
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Celebrations, Games & Activities, Holiday, Special Events
Custom Program Description:
A holiday tradition at the Fort Smith Public Library!  Celebrate the holiday season with this year’s special Drive-through DIY Holiday Open House at the Main Library.  Drive through with your family anytime between 1 – 5 PM to pick up your ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

3-D Reindeer Craft

All Day
Main
Location: Main
Room: Rotunda
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Holiday
Custom Program Description:
Get into the holiday spirit and use your artistic talents to make a fun 3-D Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer craft!  Beginning on December 14th, craft kits will be available for pickup in the rotunda of the Main Library while supplies last. Scan t...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: How-To
Custom Program Description:
Get in the holiday spirit! Watch Rachel and Jodie make some Christmas candies and craft a cute vintage-inspired ornament!  You can watch "Off the Cuff Cooking" anytime on the Library's Facebook page or YouTube Channel. www.facebook.co...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Make It in a Minute

2:00pm - 2:15pm
Virtual
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Holiday
Custom Program Description:
Are you feeling crafty?  Rachel and Tiffany are demonstrating some fun and unique crafts - all jam packed into a one minute video!   ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: How-To
Custom Program Description:
Expand your taste buds with our Season Ticket kit. This month’s featured spice is Peri Peri Spice. The kit, which will be available in early December at the library, will include a sample of the featured spice, a fact sheet, and a recipe using the fe...

Databases

African American Heritage

African American Heritage was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.

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African-American History Online

Covering more than 500 years of African-American history and culture, this database includes videos, slideshows, images, biographies of key people, event and topic entries, primary sources, maps and graphs, and timelines.

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American History Online

By providing the most comprehensive range of information in one complete resource, American History offers a virtual library of American history for educators, students, and researchers of all ages. Includes articles, images, primary source documents, timelines, videos, and slideshows.

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American Indian History Online

American Indian History offers fast access to more than 15,000 years of culture and history.  Resources include videos, slideshows, images, biographies of key people, event and topic entries, primary sources, maps and graphs, and timelines. 

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Ancestry (Library Edition)

Covers more than two billion names throughout the various databases collection. This database offers access to Ancestry.com. It is available in the library only, and customers are limited to six emailed documents per email address.

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Ancient and Medieval History Online

Ancient and Medieval History provides  coverage of world history from prehistory through the mid-1500s, with special Topic Centers on key civilizations and regions, including the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

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Arkansas Driving Tests

Practice permit tests and handbooks for cars, motorcycles, and CDL.  Also available in Spanish.

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Arkansas State Library - Arkansas Government Documents

Search for Arkansas Government Documents. The State Documents Depository at the Arkansas State Library permanently retains all materials in both the Arkansas Documents and Arkansas Rules collections.

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Arkansas State Library - Arkansas Government Documents Digital Collection

Access digital copies of Arkansas documents, Arkansas proclamations and executive orders, Arkansas rules and regulations, legislative audit reports, Medicaid rules and regulations, Acts of Arkansas, and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Research.

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Arkansas State Library - Federal Government Documents

Find federal documents through the Arkansas State Library. 

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Bloom's Literary Reference Online

Bloom’s Literature offers a comprehensive resource for the study of literature. Edited and curated by Yale University professor Harold Bloom, one of the world’s leading literary scholars, this database includes thousands of critical essays, author biographies, and more.

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Chronicling America

Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. 

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CultureGrams

Primary sources, statistics, and cultural reports covering the countries of the world, states, and Canadian provinces.  Explore the United States and discover state flags, maps, sports teams, recipes, symbols, songs, and more. 

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Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

Comprehensive reference work promoting the study, understanding, and appreciation of Arkansas’s heritage.

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Fort Smith City Birth Records

This index is the official “Record of Report of Births Filed With the City Clerk of Fort Smith Arkansas.”  Births were first recorded with the City of Fort Smith in 1881, and continued to be recorded at the city level until 1965. Many local births were never recorded with the city. The period currently covered by this index is 1881-1921.

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Fort Smith City Death Records

This index is the official “Record of Report of Deaths Filed With the City Clerk of Fort Smith Arkansas.” Deaths were first recorded with the City of Fort Smith in 1881, and continued to be recorded at the city level until 1965. Many local deaths were never recorded with the city. These records are in the process of being indexed, and will be updated periodically. The period currently covered by this index is 1881-1924.

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Fort Smith Digitized Newspapers

We are now digitizing the microfilmed versions of our Fort Smith newspapers. We currently have newspapers from 1848 to March 31, 1932. More dates will be added to our collection as we continue the digitization project.

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Fort Smith Public Library Cemetery Index

This index includes individuals buried in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The information was taken from interment records from the 
following cemeteries: Calvary (Catholic)–to 1991; Forest Park–1910-1988; Rose Lawn & Holy Cross–1930-1991; U.S. National Cemetery–to 1990; Washington Cemetery–1943-1996; Woodlawn Memorial Park–1959-1989.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.  Your library card is required to access this database.

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HeritageQuest Online

Search census data, family records, local histories, and other artifacts to help you find out more about your family’s past.

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Hoopla

Hoopla is a digital media service that 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. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. Hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.

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Issues and Controversies

Issues & Controversies helps researchers understand today’s crucial issues by exploring hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.

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Issues and Controversies in History

Issues & Controversies in History delivers dynamic, concise, and balanced coverage that provides the background, outcome, and contemporary points of view for every major debate and conflict in history. Presented in a pro/con format that clearly explains both sides of the historical dispute, each article is supported by a timeline and a wealth of primary sources.

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Kanopy

Kanopy is a popular, on-demand streaming service that offers more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films.

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LearningExpress

LearningExpress is an interactive online learning platform for job searching, workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation. It also covers college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement for all ages. 

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Library2Go

Download e-books, audiobooks, and videos with your library card.

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Mango Languages

Learn more than 70 languages through real conversations, and also features ESL lessons. Great for kids.

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MedlinePlus

The National Library of Medicine's site for consumer-health information. Find information on common diseases and conditions, dictionaries, and directories for finding health-care professionals.

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Modern World History Online

Modern World History offers a comprehensive look at world history from the mid-15th century to the present. Thousands of subject entries, biographies, images, videos and slideshows, maps and graphs, primary sources, and timelines combine to provide a detailed and comparative view of the people, places, events, and ideas that have defined modern world history.

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Newspapers.com World Collection (Library Edition)

Historical newspapers archive from the 1700s - 2000s containing thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries.

 

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NoveList

Find reviews for fiction books along with author read-a-likes, what we're reading, book discussion guides, annotated book lists, and more.

 

 

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NoveList K-8

NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests.

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ProQuest ABI/INFORM

Provides access to ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline. The database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business, and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.

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ProQuest Accounting, Tax & Banking

Offers access to wide range of information in accounting, tax & business.

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ProQuest Arts & Humanities

Those studying the arts, film, and music will build a deep understanding of their area of interest through additional scholarly content including eBooks, historical newspapers, and journals. 

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ProQuest Business Market Research

ProQuest Business Market Research provides both with an extraordinary collection of business information and inventive discovery applications.

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ProQuest Career & Technical

A definitive source for vocational information, supporting career researchers with exceptional collections in most areas of practice. 

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ProQuest Central

An easy-to-use multimedia resource that supports research in business, health and medical, social sciences, arts and humanities, education, science and technology, and dozens of other disciplines.

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ProQuest Health & Medicine

The Health & Medical Collection is a comprehensive medical information resource providing full-text journal content, reference eBooks, and evidence-based resources, including dissertations and systematic reviews.

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ProQuest Research Companion

This database helps students understand the scholarly research process and supports educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.

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ProQuest Science & Technology

This resource provides access to wide range of information for both applied and general sciences.

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ProQuest Social Sciences

ProQuest’s collections provide comprehensive coverage of the scholarly literature in the social sciences, including full-text scholarly journals

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Salem Press Online Collection

Salem Presses offers a wealth of information on literature, history, science, health, and more. Researchers have access to a collection of reference materials, eBooks, and more. This resource also has biographical information and primary documents. Outside the library, use fortsmith as the remote password.

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Science Online

A comprehensive overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines. Topic Centers feature specially selected content on core science disciplines to help students and researchers find a starting point for their research.  A great resource to search for science experiments.

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Sebastian County Marriage Records

This index includes individuals married in Sebastian County (Fort Smith and Greenwood) from years 1847, 1861, 1863-June 14, 2001.  Source Information provided by the Sebastian County Clerk’s marriage records. These records will be updated periodically.

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SRIS Issues Researcher

Background and analysis on 350+ leading issues, providing pros and cons on social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues.

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University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Boreham Library Catalog 

Explore the dynamic catalog of the Boreham Library at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith campus.

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