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Navy General Library Program

The Navy General Library Program provides sailors with a way to further their professional and voluntary educational pursuits and leisure activities with digital library resources through the Navy Digital Library and the Ashore and Afloat Library Program. The Ashore and Afloat Library Program also provides leisure reading materials in print and audio formats. Access to an array of information sources and leisure materials is available 24/7, worldwide. The digital resources on Navy Digital Library include eBooks (OverDrive, Tumblebooks, RB Digital), downloadable audiobooks, genealogy databases (Ancestry.com), a financial database (Morningstar) and newspapers. The digital library also includes 5,000 full-text journals and magazines, DSST and CLEP test preparation materials, popular magazines and do-it-yourself databases.

Ashore libraries are located on 27 naval installations and provide a variety of print and audiovisual materials for checkout to eligible customers. The libraries provide access to the internet through computers and wireless at no charge. Most installation libraries conduct special programs, such as story hours and summer reading programs, classes, and book clubs, as well as author and book talks.

Afloat libraries include collections of print and audiovisual materials but they vary in size depending on the type of vessel. At one end of the spectrum is a carrier, which may have a collection as large as 15,000 volumes. At the other end, a submarine may have a collection of only a few hundred items. Monthly shipments of paperback books are provided to the fleet. As a part of the Afloat Library Program, the Navy General Library Program provides an "opening day" collection for every new ship entering the Navy's active fleet.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library

Our mobile military members often don't have the resources of a brick and mortar library on hand. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library provides resources for members in transit, at foreign missions or remote sites, and for deployed personnel. Access to library materials in digital and downloadable format is available online, 24/7. The library provides recreation, lifelong learning, and reference and career resources for all ages and interests. All resources, including audiobooks and eBooks, are available at no cost to service members anywhere there is access to the internet.

The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library resources include the following:

  • Books, with thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, including animated children's books
  • Databases that support education, research, and career growth
  • Resources that provide information such as repairing a car or a small engine
  • Resources to help service members and their families manage their finances

Learn more about the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library at Military OneSource.


Associated Links

Joint Electronic Library
Joint doctrine, education, exercise and training division's resources.

Military OneSource Library Program
Provides access to free materials to all personnel and family members worldwide. Login is required.

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