Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library

Electronic Resources & Apps

Your Vermillion Public Library card gives you free access to several electronic resources, as well as those provided by the South Dakota State Library

E-Books & E-Audiobooks

  • BookFlix (Scholastic)
    • Available through the South Dakota State Library, BookFlix by Scholastic is a fantastic resource for young readers. This site pairs interactive video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction from Children’s Press and other trusted Scholastic imprints.
    • No registration required
  • Libby by Overdrive
    • Libby is an online service provided by OverDrive. Books can be checked out online and used on your e-readers (ex: Kindle).
    • Click on “Sign in” to access your account. You will be prompted to select your library (Vermillion Public Library), and enter your library card number and last name (in lowercase).
    • The Libby app is available for Apple, Google, and Microsoft devices. 
  • Project Gutenberg
    • Project Gutenberg offers over 56,000 free eBooks: Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, especially older works for which copyright has expired.

Digital Magazines

  • Libby
    • You will need your library card to check out magazines through Libby.
    • Click on “Sign in” to access your account. You will be prompted to select your library (Vermillion Public Library), and enter your library card number and last name (in lowercase).

Streaming Films & Music

  • Freegal® Music
    • Freegal is a free music service available to all our library patrons. All you need is your library card number – your PIN will be your last name in lowercase. 
    • Freegal offers access to about 13 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 40,000 music videos. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 40,000 labels with music that originates in over 100 countries. 
    • There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions, while allowing 3 downloads per week, plus unlimited streaming every day!
  • Kanopy
    • A video streaming service, Kanopy offers full films and documentaries.
    • Kanopy Kids offer education and enriching entertainment.
    • Use your library card to log in and create an account. Each library card holder has 10 credits for films, 2 credits for The Great Courses, and unlimited plays in Kanopy Kids per month. To access The Great Courses videos directly, use the search bar to search “the great courses” and click on the link by “suppliers” and you can access those videos.

Classes & Courses

  • Creativebug
    • Creativebug offers unlimited access to over 1000 online art and craft classes. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more! Watch classes anytime, anywhere. Since the classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace. No pressure, just possibilities!
    • Already have a Vermillion Public Library Creativebug account? Click here to log in using your email address and password.
    • For first-time users, or to log in using your library card barcode and pin number, log in using this special link: https://www.creativebug.com/lib/vermillionlibrary. Enter your library card number. Your pin is your last name in lowercase. You will then be prompted to create a free account! Note that to create your free account the first time, you do need to access Creativebug through this link. But after you’ve created your account, you will be able to access your Creativebug account at the usual creativebug.com address by selecting “Log In” and entering your email and password. 
  • Learning Express Library
    • Available through the South Dakota State Library, Learning Express has practice tests and self-paced courses for all learners. ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT, resume/cover letter writing courses and more.
    • No registration required.
  • Miss Humblebee’s Academy
    • Provided by the South Dakota State Library, this interactive learning program is designed for children ages 2-6. It has dozens of short lessons in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music.
  • Universal Class
    • Universal Class is a comprehensive service offering unlimited access to continuing education courses, covering a broad range of topics. Universal Class offers over 500 courses ranging from accounting and nutrition to reiki and gardening, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). Classes are self-paced and instructor-led, with certified instructors available to answer questions and assess your performance.
    • New users will be prompted to sign in using their library card number.


  • Books & Authors
    • Available through the South Dakota State Library, this resource guides readers from every level of reading proficiency to books that match their interests. Book reviews, biographies, awards and bestseller lists, and book series.
  • Explora
    • Available through the South Dakota State Library, Explora is a unique search interface with access tailored to several different demographics.
    • No registration required. 
      • Explora Educators: Journal articles and other tools for educators. It includes lesson plans, student tools, and curriculum standards.
      • Explora Kids (Grades K-6): An encyclopedia especially for elementary school students. Additional searching available through EBSCO’s advanced search.
      • Explora Libraries: A research database especially for public libraries, with materials from encyclopedias, magazines, books, and more.
      • Explora Teens (Grades 7-12): A research database especially for middle and high school students, with material from encyclopedias, magazines, books, and more.
  • HathiTrust
    • HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. The mission of HathiTrust is to contribute to research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge.
  • HeritageQuest by Ancestry
    • Available through the South Dakota State Library and powered by Ancestry.com, this resource allows users to research family and local history; it includes census, military, and gravestone records with over 25,000 family and local history books.
    • No registration required.
  • Salem Online
    • Provides access to content from Salem Press print titles to purchasers of those print titles.  A source which recalls the plots of the world’s great works of literature and provides a concise summary of books worth reading. What began as a one-book publishing philosophy grew to become the foundation for a growing list of reference works commonly know as “Magill Books.” Each Magill Book is designed with a broad range of users in mind: the student approaching a subject for the first time, the reader trying to decide which book to read for pleasure, the teacher needing a quick reminder of a character’s name in a book read many years ago, the graduate student reviewing for orals, the reference desk librarian needing to quickly answer a question for a patron.
    • No registration required. 
  • South Dakota State Library Database
    • With your Vermillion Public Library patron card, you have access to countless, useful databases provided through the South Dakota State Library. Everything from EBSCO Academic research journals, genealogy databases, and much, much more are right at your fingertips!
    • No registration required, though many resources can only be accessed within South Dakota state lines. 
  • South Dakota State Library Digital Collections
    The South Dakota State Library serves as the state’s depository for current and historical state agency publications, some of which go back to territorial days. The Digital Collections reflect the history and culture of South Dakota.  Primarily of interest to librarians, researchers, and genealogists, digital collections include newspaper articles, SD library photographs, state government annual reports and research reports, SD Codified Laws, Session Laws, House and Senate Journals and more.
  • Vermillion Public Library Digital Archives
    • Thanks to the generous support of the Vermillion Public Library Foundation, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library has established a searchable digital archive featuring digitized microfilm from local newspapers.
    • Limited access outside of library.
  • World Book
    • World Book is made available through the South Dakota State Library, and includes several databases designed for your specific needs:
    • World Book Advanced (Grades 9-12): Full encyclopedia and multimedia databases supplemented with online books, primary sources, website links, back in time articles, special reports and more.
    • World Book Discover: Has reference resources for differentiated instruction, such as ESL, reluctant readers, and adult learners. Also includes an extensive life skills section.
    • World Book Early World of Learning: For preschoolers and elementary students. Narrated stories, interactive games, original videos, and a visual interactive encyclopedia to help develop and strengthen vocabulary, reading, and other skills.
    • World Book Kids (Grades K-5): A general reference elementary students, it offers easy-to-read articles with embedded multimedia, images and videos as well as games, science projects, and activities.
    • World Book Student (Grades 5-9): Includes the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, videos, student activities, and research tools.
  • World History Encyclopedia
    • A non-profit organization publishing the world’s most-read history encyclopedia. They are dedicated to providing high-quality history content to enthusiasts, teachers, and students for free. Students can explore topics using a time line, a geographical search, and natural language searches.