Online Resources

Cloud Library e-books: Join the AspenCat Cloud Library, a valuable resource offered free with your Alamosa Public Library card. You can now download to e-readers such as: ‘Nook’, PC or Apple comuter, ‘Sony eReader'(except PRS-T1), ‘Kobo’, ‘iPad’, Tablets – Android Market, iPhone, Cell phone – Android Market.

AGE IN PLACE:Aging in place is a relatively new idea that can help you or your loved ones continue living a full life in the home of your choice, with a focus on quality of life and indepdence. It isn’t about growing old; it is about being prepared for the changes in your life, health and environment that occur as you grow older.

American Humane Association for Seniors: Cats & Seniors Find and share the best local info in Alamosa, CO

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Older Adults – Understanding the Facts, Finding Help, Living and Thriving, Taking Action Senior Health Risk Calculators for Healthy Aging


Chilton ChiltonLibrary provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use web site. Since this library subscribes to ChiltonLibrary, you are now equipped with decades of data to maintain your vehicle. Mechanics will love the convenience of this new database. Search from anywhere, anytime as long as you have an Alamosa Public Library card.

Colorado Assisted Living Directory – Colorado is becoming more popular with seniors and retirees every year! This page lists several assisted living & senior care options in Colorado, each with varying degrees of services and amenities.

Colorado’s Common Grant: Application and Report -The CGA and CGR allow Colorado grantmakers and grantseekers to work from a common set of questions that reinforces solid nonprofit practices. At the same time, the CGA and CGR save grantseekers time and effort by not having to create many different applications and reports for multiple funders.

Colorado Dept. of Revenue Tax Forms or instructions: Individual Income Tax forms and instructions – Search and print.

Colorado DMV Minor Instruction Permit Practice Test: – Free Colorado DMV practice tests

Colorado DMV Practice Tests: These DMV practice tests are based on more than 500 free driver test questions and answers for Colorado.

Colorado Grants Guide: colorado-grants-guide-crc-logo

Note: For free use, you must access this from our public computers at the library.
A comprehensive resource that includes up-to-date profiles of national foundations, Colorado foundations, trusts, corporations, state agencies and religious institutions.

Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection -The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) currently includes 147 newspapers published in Colorado from 1859 to 1923. CHNC contains over 477,000 digitized pages and is a joint endeavor of the Colorado State Library, the Colorado Historical Society, and generous donors throughout the state.

Colorado Judicial Performance Information: a voter education site on ratings and retention recommendations for judges on the ballot.

Colorado Legal Services – Self-help legal information for civil legal matters, where to find no or low-cost legal help, court information and more!

Colorado Legislative Blue Book: Each election cycle CTBL records the Blue Book published by the Colorado Legislative Council. We have posted the 2010 MP3 files on our website as a resource to our patrons and any other Colorado resident who may be interested in listening.

Colorado Public Record: Search Colorado public records statewide for vital information such as death, birth and marriage certificates with official government websites. Get property information, conduct a business search, verify professional licenses and many other public records available online.

Colorado Revised Statutes – Colorado Revised Statutes are made available for public use by the Committee on Legal Services of the Colorado General Assembly through a contractual arrangement with the LexisNexis Group which prepares and maintains this website.

College Scholarships, Colleges, Online Degrees: comprehensive information on Colorado colleges, universities, career colleges, technical colleges, vocational colleges, technical schools, vocational schools, and online degree programs.

Colorado Secretary of State – On this site you can search Colorado Election Division, Licensing division, Business organization information; -Secured Transactions Information
(Uniform commercial code (UCC), effective financing statements (EFS) and other liens), and other information.

Connect for Health ColoradoIf you live in Colorado, Connect for Health Colorado is the Health Insurance Marketplace to serve you. Instead of, you’ll use the Connect for Health Colorado website to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll. You can apply as early as October 1, 2013. – user-friendly Web portal that consolidates information about assistance available from multiple government agencies in one place, making it
easier for survivors to research and apply for disaster assistance.

Discovery Place – Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program

Drug Watch: At, we aim to educate the public about prescription and over-the-counter medications, drug recalls, medication interactions, and current developments in the medical field. Medical Assistants information

Education Portal Academy
We’re completely re-imagining online education as a visually stimulating, engaging, multi-media experience made specifically for the web user, and we’re building our courses from the ground up. Over 50 world-class educators, video editors, and animators are working to create the fun and engaging 10-minute video lessons that make up each course.

Family Handyman – DIY Home Improvement

Family Search – Discover Your Family History

Free Online Novels – Novels by Jennifer L Armstrong as well as an extensive list of links to free online novels by other authors.

Gale Cengage Learning:
Academic OneFile – Connect learners to the information they’re looking for with tools that make discovery fast and easy. Gale’s premier                 periodical resource, Academic OneFile, provides millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative
sources—including thousands of podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN as well as videos from BBC Worldwide Learning.

Books & Authors – Book reviews, Recommendations, Author BIOS, Books & Authors – Know what you’re going to read next? Seasonal
suggestions, Best sellers, Award winners, Read-A-Like wizard and more.

Business Insights: Essentials

Chilton Library – Your Free Learning Source. Free Online Classes. Improve your Microsoft Office Skills and build your resume in just a few short weeks. Learn at your own pace while earning CEU’s.

Genealogy: LDS Genealogy – Directory with over 600,000 record sources from 930 different archives and sites

Glassdoor: A comprehensive career resource with information on thousands of companies. Glassdoor includes salary and bonuses and details for specific jobs at specific companies, as well as actual interview questions and hiring process details. Also included are reviews written by employees that highlight the pro’s and con’s of working for a particular employer.

GotResumeBuilder: Build Resume Online in Minutes with Free Resume Builder

Health and Wellness: San Luis Valley Health Project –



Health Care Services, Mental Health Services, Local Foods, Acupuncture, Massage, Fitness Centers – If you live in Colorado, Connect for Health Colorado is the Health Insurance Marketplace to serve you. Instead of, you’ll use the Connect for Health Colorado website to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll. You can apply as early as October 1, 2013.

Heritage QuestheritagequestYou will find U.S. federal census records, family histories, published genealogies, historical books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, and more to help you trace your American ancestors’ paths across history. You may access this online resource from your home or any computer with internet access. The Barcode is: Alamosa

HomeAdvisor: Your Home Improvement Connection – Senior Friendly Remodeling

Homeschooling: Online Homeschools Guide:  Many companies offer online homeschool programs to guide the learning process, streamline curricula, provide individual feedback and allow students to learn at their own pace. These programs give you freedom and control over your child’s education while relieving some of the work associated with lesson planning, interfacing with the public school district, keeping records and more. It is important to carefully consider all of your online homeschooling options and choose one that fits best with your educational philosophy and the student’s needs.

Horizon Information Portal – RMC Health (Prevention Information Center) – RMC Health has promoted the health and success of children and youth across the United States, and helped to transform the organizations that support them. We do this by providing exceptional professional development, trainings, technical assistance, and health-related program and resource development. There is no cost to borrow any of the material from the Prevention Information Center, including videos. Sorry, they do not lend materials out of the state of Colorado.

Internal Revenue Service tax forms: IRS Forms and Instructions. Search and Print needed forms or instructions.

Job Online Job Application Form Resource Site.  Apply Now! Free Job Applications Online!  Independent Resource for Printable Job Applications & Employment Forms.

Job Applications: – A comprehensive Resource for Job Seekers. Find Job applications for every major US company.

Kelley Blue Book – Research the value of any new or used vehicle.

Mango LanguagesmangologoMango is an online language-learning system that teaches actual conversation skills.

Medline Plus – 800 topics on conditions, diseases and wellness; About your prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbs and supplements; Medical Encyclopedia, Includes pictures and diagrams; Current health news and press announcements; Directories to Find doctors, dentists and hospitals; plus much more.

Mister Rogers Neighborhood – In this variety of videos, children are not only introduced to people and places far beyond their own neighborhood, but also are invited to create a relationship with a trusted adult who addresses their inner feelings and concerns.

Money Saving Tips: lists dozens of tips for saving money as well as a step by step guide to reduce budgets, and would fit well into that page. Nursing Career Help and Resources

MySeniorCare’s mission is to support families and their aging loved ones during a highly stressful time as they search for information, resources and providers of senior care.

Nursing Career Resource Guide – There is much to consider when looking at nursing as a career option,and there are many online resources that can provide information to help those who want a job in the nursing industry. Here are some of the best links on a career in nursing. They are designed to give users an overview of the profession and also to help them take the next step towards that nursing career.

Occupational Outlook Handbook – For hundreds of different types of jobs—such as teacher, lawyer, and nurse—the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you:

  • the training and education needed
  • earnings
  • expected job prospects
  • what workers do on the job
  • working conditions

Online Dictionary – Online Dictionary and Thesaurus, Medical Dictionary, Legal and Financial Dictionaries. You can even listen to the pronunciation of the words!

Online Typing – From this course, you will be able to confidently type all the letters, numbers and the most common symbols, with proper ten-finger touch typing technique.

Open Courseware Resource: The project — — is a free and comprehensive resource that is a collection of open college courses that spans videos, audio lectures, and notes given by professors at Harvard, Princeton and MIT. We offer highly relevant courses such as iPhone Application Development from Stanford and Cyber Humor from Oxford. This is something I believe would be a wonderful resource for those looking to explore additional educational topics and to see what college level course has to offer.

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OpenLibrary: Books to Read – The World’s classic literature at your fingertips. Over 1,000,000 free ebook titles available.

NEUVOO – Neuvoo is a job search engine that indexes jobs directly for free from companies’ career websties, placement agencies and job boards. We centralize all jobs available on the web to help people find career opportunities, so this is much like the Google for jobs. This job search engine offers over 2 million jobs in the US of which 73,000 in Colorado and the list is always growing. You can also narrow down your search using a city, region, state, industry, etc. and find all relevant jobs in one click. They collaborate with many organizations around the world to help people search for careers easily and for free.

The Pets for the Elderly Foundation: Public charity whose mission is to provide companionship to senior individuals through pet ownership.

Primo PDF – Try Primo – provides a super-fast way to create PDF files online, without the need to install any PDF software. Simply upload your file, enter your email address, and their server-based PDF creator will quickly convert it to PDF and deliver it straight to your email inbox.

Project Gutenberg – Free E-Books- Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device. an online publisher of public health resources for students, professionals, and the community. See recently launched campaign to inform people about the growing need for qualified candidates in the field of public health. Eefforts include a graduate school information guide for those interested in working to build safe, healthy communities. The guide includes:

  • An overview of the educational landscape of public health
  • Profiles of top-tier schools offering master’s in public health programs online – a necessary option for balancing family, work, and school
  • A searchable database of schools accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health

Research Articles and books – Millions of news, trade publications, newspapers, magazine, journal and reference documents on business, communications, and entertainment. An invaluable research tool and the fastest, easiest way to locate useful information on virtually any topic

Rover: The New Breed of Service Dog: Canine Caregivers for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients

Sanborn Maps – sanbornmaps

View digital ‘Sanborn Maps’ for Colorado free from our public computers at Alamosa Public Library.
What are ‘Sanborn Maps’? D.A.Sanborn’s Company was founded in 1867 in New York City. These maps were originally designed for fire insurance underwriters to determine the risk involved in insuring individual properties. They show the size, shape, and construction of buildings as well as street names, property boundaries, and building use. Currently, they may be used for a variety of purposes, including environmental site assessment, architecture, urban history, and genealogy.
Come to Alamosa Public Library to view this valuable research tool if you are hunting for historical data of Alamosa or old buildings.

Senior Advisor: is the nation’s largest senior living review site. Browse photos, ratings, and opinions of assisted living, dementia care, independent living, senior apartments, and more – all by people just like you. You’ll also find top rated senior in-home care providers, elder care attorneys, and a community full of advice for virtually every facet of your retirement planning.

Senior Living Map – Senior and Assisted Living Facilities

Small Business Administration – Small business free on-line courses

Statutes and Cases (Federal and State Law) – NOLO Legal Research Federal Law

STOPFRAUD.GOV: Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force – Elder Fraud and Financial Exploitation Search the Government Health site

Venture Medical: Nursing Career Starter Guide

Word Think – While there are many dictionary sites that provide a “Word of The Day” listing, too often they include obscure words that would never be used in a typical conversation or letter. The WordThink staff routinely examines hundreds of daily news media stories to find words that are compelling and pursuasive in getting your point across — NOT wasting time on cryptic words that will never be spoken or used in a cognitive sentence. WordThink provides you with a daily reminder to use many of the words you may already know, and add hundreds of new words to your vocabulary that you can actually use every day.