book on a table with collage of letters dancing over the open pages and Britannica Library logo
Love to Learn

Meet Britannica Library

Back in the day, before the Internet and the World Wide Web, Encyclopedia Britannica was a popular go-to reference for school projects and general information. Now, over 250 years on, Britannica is still offering high-quality, fact-checked information to learners through its online platform, Britannica Library. It’s totally free to access through the library, so take advantage of this amazing resource and expand your knowledge!

Britannica Library provides instant online access to world-renowned entries on thousands of curated articles and magazines, images, videos, audio clips, maps, research tools, recommended websites, and a pop-up Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus.

Britannica’s worldwide team of writers continuously updates the content, with around 1,200 new and revised articles added every month. Despite the massive amount of information packed into this resource, Britannica Library’s site is simple to search and fun to browse.

How to Use

You don’t need a BPL card number to access this resource inside BPL branches. From home, log in to Britannica Library with your Burlington Public Library card number and explore!

On the resource's main page, select the database you would like to access—children, young adult, or adult.

You can search the children's and young adult databases by topic using the search bar at the top of the web page or scrolling through the database home page. The search box for the adult Reference Center is at the top of the screen. Beside the Search box, you’ll find a link to the Research Tools and Materials section, which offers articles and tips to help you research like a pro.

Try Britannica Library now