World Book's New Online Public Library Edition Offers a Wealth of Knowledge for Learners of All Ages

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Libraries now have a thorough information and multimedia-rich set of reference tools to support information literacy skills for patrons young and old

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World Book supports public libraries by providing the comprehensive reference tools needed by the diverse populations they serve.

With the introduction of the World Book Public Library Edition, public libraries can now offer young children, middle- and high school students, homeschoolers, adult learners, and job seekers a comprehensive online reference tool with specific content and features designed for virtually every age and interest.

"Visits to public libraries now exceed 1.3 billion annually, and libraries need to have resources for a very diverse base of patrons," said Patti Ginnis, chief marketing officer for World Book. "With the World Book Public Library Edition, they now have a reference ready to help children and older students with homework, research, and school projects, and adult learners that may be completing their education, seeking information about employment, or interested in advancing their knowledge."

While World Book has provided online resources to public libraries for many years, The World Book Public Library Edition is designed specifically for the public library environment. It provides a comprehensive online reference databases for all ages, homework resources, audio and video content, tutorials, e-books, and an extensive collection of digitized historical works. The World Book Public Library Edition joins World Book's existing School & Library Edition as a cornerstone of the company's World Book Web of authoritative online solutions.

The three core modules of the World Book Public Library Edition include:

World Book Online Reference Center. The most common reason most adults go to the library is to meet education needs, according to findings from the American Library Association (ALA) Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study. The World Book Online Reference Center is designed to support their needs, offering advanced researchers and information seekers online access to the entire World Book Encyclopedia as well as hundreds of thousands of primary source documents and complete e-books from American, Canadian, British, juvenile, and world literature genres.

Features designed specifically for public library patrons include technology tutorials to help computer novices; how-to guides offering information on life skills, such as applying for a job and understanding health care issues; government resources, such as local and county research guides; and interactive maps and atlases. Patrons can set up their own research folders to save information for later use.

World Book Online Info Finder. Increasingly, students are looking to public libraries for homework help, with 83 percent of public libraries now offering these resources, according to the ALA study. The World Book Online Info Finder provides more than 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles to help school-aged patrons with homework and research.

The site also features a Biography Center of more than 10,000 searchable biographies, a collection of age-appropriate science fair projects, and a rich multimedia collection that includes the World Book Explores video library, virtual tours, and geography resource guides. Thousands of high-quality Web links selected by World Book editors and expert contributors as well as important tools like a Citation Builder, How to Do Research guides, and personalized research accounts ensure students have comprehensive access to the information they need to complete assignments.

World Book Online for Kids. The ALA study also found that most public libraries report that providing education resources and databases for K-12 is the Internet-based service most critical to their library's role. Ensuring that the youngest of these learners have access to quality, age-appropriate information is the key role of World Book Online for Kids. It offers easy-to-read articles, engaging multimedia, science projects, and interactive games and tools designed to encourage younger children to explore and learn.

"Information literacy and lifelong learning are fundamental requirements in today's society, and public libraries meet these needs for people of all ages," said Ginnis. "World Book supports public libraries by providing the comprehensive reference tools needed by the diverse populations they serve."

Ordering and Availability

The World Book Public Library Edition is sold on a subscription basis. It is available now from World Book's school and library sales force at 800-975-3250 (U.S.) or 800-837-5365 (Canada) and from the school and library ordering site (

About World Book:
World Book, Inc. sets the standard in publishing accurate, current, and reliable reference and learning materials for children and adults. Based in Chicago, World Book is committed to creating educational products that meet the highest standards of editorial excellence in print and online. This commitment has resulted in a wide range of products including the number-one selling The World Book Encyclopedia and the World Book Web, which is the most comprehensive and authoritative online solution to meet the diverse learning needs of students and adult learners. World Book ( is a Scott Fetzer company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

Jennifer Parello, 312-819-6558
Mary Jung, 773-429-0940


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