Online Tools

Research Guides

Online Tools - a listing of selected web resources. Looking for more Online Tools?, you can find them here.

Digital Library Card

Sign up for a free digital library card number for access to online resources including NCLIVE and Proquest Databases and get same day access, a short interval maybe required for your number to become active. Digital cards are good for three years and feature no overdue fees! Access Digital Magazines, Online Courses, and North Carolina Digital Library today. Visit a Rowan Public Library location with a parent or guardian and receive a card to checkout physical items and more.

Fill out the Online Borrower Registration with the required fields, choose either the China Grove-Landis , Rockwell, or Salisbury location for your Home branch. Be sure to remember your new card number and PIN. Enjoy the benefits of your new library card number! Still not sure?, Check out this brochure with all of the details.

If you have a physical card you have access to Online Resources from the library. Just use your card number and PIN. There is no need to sign up for a digital library card.

Online Tools from Home

With Ancestry.Com discover your ancestors with the world's largest family history website. Start a family tree, browse census records and more. This resource is only available from within the library.


African-American Heritage

African-American Heritage is a groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. More...


Chilton Auto Repair

Drawings, step-by-step photographs, wiring diagrams, technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the manufacturers for thousands of vehicles from Chilton Library.



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. More...


Gale Courses

offers a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely online. You can enroll in courses with your library card. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Access is free to Rowan Public Library members. You may browse the course catalog of currently offered classes. Ready to enroll? Click Access and follow the instructions.


NC Digital Library

Welcome to NC Digital Library! Now your library is always open! Explore this growing collection of Audiobooks, eBooks, Music, Videos, and more.



NC LIVE provides North Carolina residents and students with access to high quality information - searchable collections of magazine, newspaper, and journal articles, electronic books, historical materials, maps, and much more - covering a wide range of topics, find resources such as HertageQuest, Learning Express Library, and World Cat


Tumble Books

The Tumble Book Library is an online collection of Tumble Books, which are animated, talking picture books to help teach kids the joy of reading in a different format. If accessing from outside the library you will need to log in with your RPL card number.



Catalog of books and other materials in libraries around the world.


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