Research & Information

Reference area at the Columbia Public Library

The reference area at the Columbia Public Library

Ask a Librarian

When you need a quick fact or an answer about a figure, a date, a name, etc., turn to our reference staff. We can answer most e-mails within one working day.

Books & More

See the bestseller lists, get book recommendations, or find resources for your book club.


The library subscribes to over 80 online databases, so that you can search them for free. Find information on consumer products, help with schoolwork and research, legal forms, auto repair manuals, genealogy tools, newspaper and magazine articles and more.

Homework Help

This Subject Guide lists dozens of resources for students.

Subject Guides on Current Issues and Popular Topics

DBRL librarians have put together these guides to dozens of resources on current topics in the news and a host of popular categories like travel, finance, health, taxes, genealogy, etc.

Reference eBooks

A collection of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources that you can access online.

Community Yearbook Archive

A century's worth of digitized editions of local school yearbooks.

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