Research Help


The Library provides a large number of databases on many subjects, FREE with your library card! Whether you are doing research,  repairing a car, looking up a law or finding a good book, these databases have a wealth of information for you. You can access many of them from home or work!

Need a card? Come and visit us to register!

To access the entire list of Databases in alphabetical order, click here:

Databases A to Z

To access Databases by subject matter, click on the subject in the chart below:

General Reference
Consumer Resources
Art & Antiques
Current Topics & Controversies
Job & Career
Music & Film
Auto Information
Kids’ Resources
Biography & Genealogy
Language Learning
Science & Technology
Books & Reading
Government & Law
Social Studies & History
Business & Finance

Downloadable Digital Guide:

For a handy booklet on our databases and e-resources, click on the link below to download. You can save and print this brochure:

 Welcome! Your Digital Library brochure2

Learning Resources

Universal Class – Donated by The Friends of SNHL

This database has online courses including career tools, ESL, medical terminology, time management, Microsoft Office, spelling 101, resume writing, customer service and many more. These courses are taught by instructors and available free with your  SNHL library card.  Please contact the library if you have a card from another library in Allegheny County.

Virtual Senior Academy

Available to individuals 55+ who live in the region and have access to a computer, webcam and internet. Sponsored by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. Connecting seniors in Pittsburgh to their peers through interactive online classes. No prior computer experience needed.

Creative Bug!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve joined Creativebug! has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. You’ll find projects for every occasion. Click on the link in the title and log in with your library card.

Mango Languages

Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more.  For children, try Little Pim!

Employment Resources


JobGateway ( is Pennsylvania’s free job matching tool for job seekers and employers. In addition to having access to thousands of Pennsylvania job openings, job seekers can also use JobGateway to:

    • Construct a resume using a step-by-step template
    • Create a personal employment plan and discover transferable skills through an assessment tool
    • Explore a new career path by watching videos that capture a day-in-the-life of professionals in a variety of fields
    • Improve interview skills with interactive training
    • Search job-training opportunities
    • View PA job statistics, facts, and news
    • Find detailed information pertaining to education, skills, knowledge, and comparable wages of specific occupations
  • And much more!

The website can be translated into Spanish and viewed on a mobile device or tablet. Additional services are available for veterans and job seekers with disabilities.

Find Great Reads

Click here to find a list of great websites to help you find your next favorite book:

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