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Discovery Suite


Explore your heritage and travel the world with these online resources.

Discover historical insights, photos, and records about your ancestors. Build your own family tree with authenticated genealogical information. Ancestry provides the world's largest collection of online records. This resource is only available by visiting the Library.



This online community is dedicated to training and sharing resources for researching African American Genealogy. It's a good entry point if you're starting out and are interested in the basics.


Contains millions of records from The United States Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands between 1865 -1872. Records contain names of people across the United States including formerly enslaved African Americans, those who were free before the Civil War, white southerners, northern educators, elected officials, and more.


Contains more than 70,000 of the most commonly occurring surnames in the United States, giving comparative frequencies, linguistic and historical explanations, selected associated forenames, and occasional genealogical notes.


A collection of research materials containing family history, genealogies, city directories, census data, and schedules.


Discover which of over 3,000 authors said that tantalising phrase, or search over 600 subjects to find an apt quotation for any occasion.


Reference materials include hundreds of primary documents and thousands of images from the Inuit of Alaska to the Seminole of Florida covering precontact to the colonial era into the 21st century.


Frequently Asked Questions

To use these resources, you will need your 14-digit library card number and PIN. Some of our online resources also require a valid email address.

For all of the resources in the PGCMLS Discovery Suite, you can simply log in with your library card number.

Prince George's County residents can access most of the Library’s digital services (with the exception of Hoopla and Kanopy), place holds on materials and reserve meeting rooms all without visiting a branch library. Non-Prince George's County residents may also apply for a virtual card that will expire after six months and offer limited benefits.  Virtual cardholders may visit any PGCMLS branch library to upgrade to a physical Library Card. Apply for a virtual card now or learn more about Virtual Cards at our Library card services page.

Yes, students of Prince George’s County Public Schools can borrow up to three items with their LINK accounts. LINK offers access to library services using their 9-digit ID Number with PGCPS in front, no sign-up needed!

  • Ex. PGCPS100100100
  • The last four digits of their number is the PIN. (Ex. 0100) 

If you’re having trouble logging in or receiving an error message when you enter your card number, contact us with your library card number and a current email address.

Please visit our Online Resources page to access more than 50 online products that can assist with research, tutoring, or getting access to audiobooks, eBooks, videos, and music. Effectively search through reliable materials that inform and entertain.