Great Resources for Teens

Getting a Card

If you attend a school in Petersburg, including St. Josephs or the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, you should have a library card through your school.  That will let you check out books through Hoopla and Overdrive, but you won’t be able to check things out of the library.  If you are 13 -17, you can get yourself a student card at the library without a parent present.  The student card will let you check out 2 books and one DVD.  If you want to borrow more than that. your parent or the person responsible for you will need to come into the library and get the card for you.

Public Computers & Wi-fi

If you have a phone or a laptop or a tablet and need wi-fi, just come to the library!  You can use our wi-fi to get internet access.  This is free, and you do not need a card.  If you don’t have a phone, laptop or computer, and if you are 13 to 17 years old, you can use the computers in the teen’s department.  You can just put in your library card number!  If you do not have a card, and if your parent isn’t in the library to get you one, you can ask at the desk in the children’s department, and a staff member will print you out a number that will let you use the computer that day.  If you want to print something, it will cost you fifteen cents for each page to print in black and white and a one dollar for each page in color.


Help with Homework, Research & Career Prep

Novelist – NoveList services connect you to your readers and your readers to their next favorite book.

Overdrive Teen Reading Room – Library of Virginia Teens collection – magazines, ebooks, and more

Juvenile Library Guild (login screen) – The reading revolution that puts the best new books in the hands of your PreK-12 readers.

Rocket Languages (login screen) – Online language-learning courses that are practical, powerful, and proven to work.

Homework Help Now – Connect LIVE with a certified tutor, seven days a week between 2 and 11 pm, for assistance with assignments, research and writing. Also find practice tests, study plans, and more. Tutoring is available in English and Spanish.

Explora (Teens) – EBSCO’s Explora is a user-friendly search tool that supports both research and instruction. Explora searches across the following resources.

MasterFILE Complete – A comprehensive collection of full-text general interest articles from periodicals, newspapers, and books. This authoritative general information database is the best place to start your research project.

Read It! Research while practicing reading skills. Read It! helps students who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need level-appropriate reading material. Read It! is also a great tool for English Language Learners.

Read It Now! – Research while practicing reading skills with Read It!™  Students build reading skills as they learn about topics that they need for school and everyday life. Read It!™ is also a great tool for English Language Learners.

Universal Class – From photography to physics and computers to calligraphy choose from over 500 online classes. Learn something new or update your existing skills. Access classes from your local public library websiteby using the Libby app on a mobile device or tablet, or on your computer at

JobNow – Connect with a certified career coach, seven days a week between 2 and 11 pm. Get help with résumé writing, applications, searches, and skill development needs. Also find unemployment assistance, résumé templates, career assessments, and more. Includes test prep resources and practice tests and career credentialing information for over 140 specific careers.

Peterson’s Career Prep – Take an interest and skills assessment to identify potential career fields; create a professional résumé for downloading and emailing; view webinars on interview skills, search for available jobs near you with an instant connection to

Opportunities to Volunteer for Local Teens

The Petersburg Public Library is accepting applications for teen volunteers. Volunteering with the library is a great way to build life skills engage with your community and have FUN!

Volunteers will:
  • Shelf read
  • Shelve library materials
  • Help with program prep
  • Create create and STEAM bags
  • Design bookmarks
  • Complete special projects
  • Duties are assigned based on volunteers unique skills and interests
Volunteer Requirements:
  • Between ages 12 – 19
  • Have parental permission
  • Complete an application
  • Available at lest 4 hours a month