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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 through the provision of digital library products on Navy Knowledge Online, as well as through the Navy Digital Library and the Ashore and Afloat Library Program. The 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 libraries on Navy Knowledge Online and Navy Digital Library include ebooks (Overdrive, Tumblebooks), downloadable audio books, genealogy databases, a financial database (Morningstar) and newspapers from all 50 states with an emphasis on fleet concentration areas and international locations. The libraries also include 5000 full-text journals and magazines, College Level Examination Program, or CLEP, practice tests, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, or DANTES, Subject Standardized Tests, or DSST, practice tests, digital image newspapers and magazines, and do-it-yourself databases. More products are added each year as funding allows.

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

Afloat libraries include computers and collections of print and audio materials, but 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 those resources for members in transit, at foreign missions or remote sites, and for deployed personnel. Access to library materials in electronic 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 audio and ebooks, are available free 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 on repairing a car or a small engine

Learn more about the Morale, Welfare and Recreation digital library at Military OneSource.

Installation Specific Information

There are no base libraries aboard Naval Base San Diego or any of the Navy installations in the San Diego area. For information on libraries aboard local Marine Corps installations (Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, MCAS Miramar, and Camp Pendleton), go to their website. For information on San Diego Public Libraries, go to their website.

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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