Library cards are free for all students who live in Knox County. The library subscribes to several electronic databases and has a large physical collection to provide research materials.
This is a large, academic library with a research emphasis. Browsing the physical collection is free. Off-campus electronic access to subscription databases is password protected for only faculty and student use, but databases can be accessed by the public on designated computers at Hodges Library. Books and information can be checked out to the public using InterLibrary Loan. Talk to your school librarian about how to do this.
The library also has STEM subject search guides that are a great starting point for any research project. See them here.
The Tennessee Electronic Library has free academic databases, electronic encyclopedias, and electronic periodicals for all Tennesseans. For those who are unable to visit Hodges Library to use their databases, this is a great alternative.
The Library of Congress has several public access databases for electronic documents. The collections are searchable and separated by general subject matter.
This site catalogs library collections around the world. It is a useful tool for finding specialized books or books that are not available at a local library. These titles can then be received at the Knox County Library through interlibrary loan.
This site contains public access databases on a variety of subjects for adult, teen, and youth audiences.