Online Resources & Databases

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video from the Library using OverDrive on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

A curated database of children’s e-books.

Project Gutenberg
Over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and oth-er cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

Free science and space related ebooks.

Instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.

IN Harmony
A great collection of online sheet music, all with an Indiana connection.

Muzzy Online
The new, fun way to learn another language. With this incredible program, parents and children now have immediate access to all the award-winning MUZZY content in a brand new interactive format available at your library or anywhere with an internet connection and a library card!

Rosetta Stone
Online language learning programs are now available to library card holders of the West Lafayette Public Library! Thanks to the state-funded INSPIRE databases, you can use Rosetta Stone by clicking the link above and logging in through the West Lafayette Public Library.

Research resources include unique online databases, library primary sources, newspaper digital archives, eBooks, courses and large print books. Log-in with password: inspire

A collection of online academic databases and other information resources that can be accessed by Indiana residents.
Genealogy collection with 200+ billion images in 7,000 unique databases. Use the following credentials to log-in: Username: FB4SBEPI Password: QO)AB"7T8B

US Newsstream
Search the most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format.

Premier Reference and Marketing Database including 30 million business profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

West Lafayette Memories Blog
If you are interested in writing articles or helping with the project email Nick Schenkel, West Lafayette Public Library Director or call and leave information for him at the West Lafayette Public Library 765-743-2261. Click here for information if you are interested in donating items to the WLPL Archive.

The Library’s growing collection of West Lafayette archival materials includes:

  • Mayoral papers from Mayor Sonya Margerum
  • Press clippings form the term of Mayor Williamson
  • City Council papers from Councilor Marjorie Gordon
  • Neigborhood study reserach papers from Purdue students
  • Scapbooks from West Lafayette High School Coach Gordon Straley
  • Scrapbooks from the West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department

CHiPS West Lafayette blog
CHiPS was formed by Mayor John Dennis and interested citizens in 2017. This group recognized the need to preserve important structures within the City of West Lafayette, Indiana. Its members are responsible for identifying projects and advising the City and other stakeholders on how to best implement these projects. CHiPS also conducts fundraising to help implement projects and works collaboratively with other organizations to help manage properties acquired.