A wide range of trusted online reference products, ideal for public libraries

Offering a choice of high quality products to meet the needs of the general public, young learners, and students at all ages and levels, World Book Online is a great “one-stop” resource for public libraries.

Build your own package of any three, five or seven of the products below.  Each package should include at least one Core Product.

Core Products:

World Book Kids: general reference product developed for 6-10 yr olds

World Book Student: all articles from the print edition of the World Book Encyclopedia plus thousands of additional articles, multi-media content and learning resources

World Book Advanced: access to a vast collection of reference materials and ebooks – from high quality encyclopedias to primary sources

Other products to choose from:

World Book Discover, Early World of Learning, Wizard, Activity Corner, L’Encyclopédie Découverte, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos. Plus Timelines FREE with any World Book Online package!


  • Special features and tools
  • Thousands of downloadable e-books (World Book Advanced)
  • Age-appropriate vocabulary selected for ease of understanding
  • A vast collection of primary source documents
  • Regularly refreshed, selected content from more than 100 periodicals, provided by EBSCO Content Solutions
  • Interactive features that enhance comprehension
  • Simple, clean, and user-friendly layout
  • Thousands of editorially-selected websites
  • Citation builder
  • Timeline builder
  • Updates on newly revised content each month
  • Individual accounts that offer library users the ability to customise the interface and to save content of interest
  • An increasing number of databases are optimized for iPads and the most popular Android devices


“Our library has provided World Book titles in print for many years.  But it’s important to move with the times and to ensure that we make resources available to our readers in the form that they want them now i.e. digital.  Subscribing to World Book eBooks and World Book Online through JCS has enabled us to achieve this. We wanted to expand our online offering to young people and World eBook offers a homework resources and contains other fun things that are of interest to that age group. Subscribing to World Book e eBooks and World Book Online is also an element of our school outreach programme. We already offer a school library service from our library and have good relationships with our local schools, and we wanted to provide teachers, parents and pupils with another great reason to visit us! / It is still early days but I am really pleased with World Book eBooks and World Book Online, and I think that they fit our needs perfectly.” Joe Oxley, Service Support Manager, St Helens Public Library, Lancashire 

Access options

IP Authentication, Referring URL, Shibboleth, Username and Password, Library ID Card

To find out more about how the different access options work please see our General Access Information.

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Promotional materials and downloads

Explore the World Book Online Training Site for promotional and support materials to help get the most out of your subscription.