Each PCS provides us with rich life experiences in another country (or state). These experiences broaden our understanding of other cultures and languages and helps us learn to communicate with all kinds of people. In addition to these real-life, street-smart benefits of military life, we also get the perk of having access to concrete learning materials through the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Digital Library. Let’s break down how this digital library can build you up and help you to live every military-life adventure to its fullest.
Homework and education
You can find resources in the MWR Digital Library for kids in elementary school through college-level classes, get homework help that kids and adults need, find research resources for papers, or find images for projects from the following sources.
- Tutor.com – Live homework help from expert tutors
- FreedomFlix – American history books and videos
- TrueFlix – Social studies and science books and videos
- ScienceFlix – Science videos, hands-on projects and interactive features
- Interactive Science – Interactive models that you can manipulate from all the sciences
Teens and adults
- EBSCO Learning Express – Test prep for high school, college and military
- Universal Class – Online courses (continuing education, home school, hobbies, career)
- Health and Wellness Center – Medical journals, articles, multimedia and more
- Gale Online Resources – Articles from primary resources, videos, podcasts, tutorials
- Academic Search Ultimate – Peer-reviewed texts from all disciplines
- ImageQuest/Britannica Academic – Rights-cleared images, articles, videos, biographies
- BrainHQ – App to help increase attention, brain speed, memory, people skills and more
PCS and vacation travel
Prep your MilFam on the culture and language of your next PCS location before you move, and avoid the “are we there yets” during your next road trip with audio books, e-books and videos from these free digital library resources:
- CultureGrams – Find current facts, culture and lifestyles of countries, states, and territories.
- Mango Languages – Discover digital language courses and international movies.
- RBdigital/RBdigital Magazines – Find audiobooks, e-books and popular magazines.
- PressReader Digital Newspapers – Access 7,000 newspapers from 120 countries.
- NoveList Plus/NoveList K-8 Plus – Browse titles that all ages will enjoy.
Career and continuing education
Grow your mind, increase your job skills, build your resume and work toward the career you’ve always wanted with the following free digital library resources:
- Career Transitions – Learn tips for nailing interviews, searching for jobs and step-by-step guidance for creating your resume and cover letter.
- Small Business Reference Center – Find books and instructions on small business topics.
- Small Business Builder – Optimize your business or nonprofit with business plans, marketing plans, etc.
- Safari Books – Browse professional development reference books, videos, tutorials and live online training.
Finances and auto repair
If you are looking for resources to help you save or manage your finances, the MWR Digital Library is the perfect place to start.
- Chilton Automotive Library – This is the shade-tree mechanic’s how-to for every car you can think of.
- Small Engine Repair Reference Center – If you need more repair resources, find books, photos, and illustrations for assistance here.
- Consumer Reports – Here you can find ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, comparisons and videos for different products and stores.
- Legal Forms – This is a base for legal forms for many topics, an attorney directory by state and a legal dictionary.
- Morningstar Investment Research Center – Here you can find info on investments and market news.
- Weiss Financial Ratings – This resource contains tools for retirement planning, as well as mortgage and insurance education.
Hobbies and entertainment
Learn to play an instrument, research your family tree, enjoy classic concerts from a few decades ago or find a new appreciation for foreign films with the following free digital library resources:
- Ancestry Library – Find 8,000 resources with the Ancestry Library Edition (ancestry.com).
- Artistic Works Music Lessons – Get access to video lessons with instructor feedback.
- Fold3 Library Edition – Access U.S. military records (photos, documents and more).
- IndieFlix – Browse 7,000 films, documentaries, classic TV shows and more from 85 countries.
- Stingray Qello Concerts – Listen to full concerts and music documentaries from the 1920s to today.
Seize a book while you seize the day to enhance your military life. You don’t have to spend any cash – you don’t even have to dust the shelves. Just grab your computer, smartphone or tablet, and jump right in. Explore these free resources now in the MWR Digital Library.