Adults

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The Fort Smith Public Library offers a variety of resources for adults of all ages.  Escape to another world with a novel, learn a new skill with a non-fiction book, watch a movie or documentary, be entertained or enlightened at a library program, satisfy your curiosity through research, or meet your technology needs.  The Fort Smith Public Library has it all.

Technology

Internet computers – Internet-accessible computers are available at all locations.  Internet sessions last an hour.  Additional time is available if no one is waiting.  Computers are available on a first come, first served basis and may not be reserved in advance. All Internet users must agree to the Fort Smith Public Library’s Computer and Internet Usage Policy.

Wi-Fi – Free high-speed wireless Internet is available at all library locations.  No library card or password is required.  All Wi-Fi users must agree to the library’s Wi-Fi policy.

Digital scanner – Need to scan photos or documents?  The Main Library offers access to a computer with a digital scanner attached.  All library locations have photocopiers that will also scan documents and photos.  Scanner access is free and no library card is required.

Printers and photocopiers – Black and white photocopiers and black and white and color printers are available.  Black and white copies and prints are $.25/page.  Color prints are $1/page. 

Wireless printing – Have a document on your mobile device or laptop that you need to print?  The Reference Department at the Main Library offers wireless printing.  Click here and follow the instructions to send your print job wirelessly.  Click here for the wireless printing instructions in Spanish. 

Microfilm

The Main Library offers access to historical Fort Smith newspapers dating back to 1848 on microfilm.  Two digital microfilm readers are available, along with several mechanical film readers.  The library is currently in the middle of a multi-year project to digitize the newspapers on microfilm.  Fort Smith newspapers from 1848-March 31, 1932 are currently digitized.  More issues will be digitized as funding becomes available.

Professional Research

Save time and effort by letting our knowledgeable staff do your research for you.  The research fee is $20/hour with a 15-minute ($5) minimum.  Payment is for staff research time, regardless of whether the search is successful.  Information will be sent digitally.  Extra fees may apply if information is printed and mailed.  To request research, complete the online form.

Quick Reference and Reader’s Advisory

Need the answer to a quick question?  Trying to track down a fact?  Want help finding information on a specific topic?  Ready to find your next good read?  Wondering how to download an eBook to your Kindle?  These are all questions the library staff is ready to help you answer.  Stop by the Reference Desk or fill out this webform to let us point you in the right direction.

Upcoming Events

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Latino Heritage – Genealogy for Families

10/03/2022 @ 9:00am - 10/27/2022 @ 5:30pm
Main
Location: Main
Room: Genealogy
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Celebrations, Genealogy & History
Program Description:
Stop by the Genealogy Department at the Fort Smith Public Library as Hispanic Heritage month continues.  Pick up a “Spirits of our Ancestors” Grab-and-Go Craft (while supplies last) and enter for your chance to win a Family Movie Night...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Virtual Trivia Night!

7:00pm - 7:30pm
Virtual
Location: Virtual
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Games & Activities
Program Description:
Join us (virtually) for a few rounds of trivia fun! Test your knowledge variety of topics from books, popular culture, music, and more on Facebook LIVE!   www.facebook.com/fortsmithlibrary ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Location: Main
Room: Community Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Movies
Program Description:
This month’s feature will be  It Happened One Night (1934) which stars Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. This romantic comedy about a socialite and a journalist pursuing a story was directed by Frank Capra and is one 3 films to win all five major Ac...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Recipe Swap: Meal Planning

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Windsor
Location: Windsor
Room: Community Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: How-To
Program Description:
Are you a meal planner or a drive-through diner? Join us at the Windsor Drive Branch and learn money saving, meal planning tips. ...
This event is in the "Everyone" group.
Location: Main
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Book Sales, Books & Writing
Program Description:
Award winning author Angela Flake will appear at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies of her books Don’t Color Me In: Letting poetry speak to the hearts and minds of our young African American teens and the children’s book, Are My...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Location: Main
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Sales, Books & Writing
Program Description:
Fort Smith author Tommy B. Smith will appear at the Fort Smith Public Library to promote and sign copies his latest book New Era. Set in the Louisiana countryside west of the Mississippi, in the arms of the Black River, New Era is the first volu...
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Record Painting

12:00pm - 2:00pm
Main
Location: Main
Room: Carnegie Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Program Description:
Join us for this fun program where you can turn old records into custom pieces of art. Supplies provided. ...
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Book Lover's Club

10:00am - 12:00pm
Main
Location: Main
Room: Campbell Board Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Books & Writing
Program Description:
Read a good book lately?  Come tell us about it at The Book Lover’s Club! The only requirement for this club is that you must love to read.  Read whatever you like, fiction or non-fiction, and come give us a short report (on up to three tit...
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Adult Recess: Mixed Media Collage Art

11:00am - 12:30pm
Windsor
Location: Windsor
Room: Community Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, How-To
Program Description:
You don't have to be an artist to create. Choose from a variety of mediums to apply to a canvas. FREE and all supplies provided. ...

Databases

African American Heritage

African American Heritage was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.

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American Government

 American Government from ABC-CLIO connects contemporary issues with the foundations of government and compares the political and economic systems of the United States with those of other countries.

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American History

The American History database from ABC-CLIO lets student researchers explore the key events, defining moments, and unique individual contributions that have shaped the nation.

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American History Online

By providing the most comprehensive range of information in one complete resource, American History offers a virtual library of American history for educators, students, and researchers of all ages. Includes articles, images, primary source documents, timelines, videos, and slideshows.

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American Mosaic: The African American Experience

Providing a comprehensive survey of African American history, The African American Experience from ABC-CLIO shows students the challenges and contributions of African Americans across political, social, artistic, and literary contexts.

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American Mosaic: The American Indian Experience

The American Indian Experience from ABC-CLIO gives students entry into an often neglected side of American history, illuminating both the historical and contemporary practices of more than 150 Native American tribes across North America.

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American Mosaic: The Latino American Experience

The Latino American Experience from ABC-CLIO offers students a deep exploration of this growing national identity that includes Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Guatemalans, Cubans, Dominicans, Columbians, Ecuadorians, and other Latino peoples in the U.S. 

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Ancestry (Library Edition)

Covers more than two billion names throughout the various databases collection. This database offers access to Ancestry.com. It is available in the library only, and customers are limited to six emailed documents per email address.

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Arkansas Driving Tests

Practice permit tests and handbooks for cars, motorcycles, and CDL.  Also available in Spanish.

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Arkansas State Library - Arkansas Government Documents

Search for Arkansas Government Documents. The State Documents Depository at the Arkansas State Library permanently retains all materials in both the Arkansas Documents and Arkansas Rules collections.

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Arkansas State Library - Arkansas Government Documents Digital Collection

Access digital copies of Arkansas documents, Arkansas proclamations and executive orders, Arkansas rules and regulations, legislative audit reports, Medicaid rules and regulations, Acts of Arkansas, and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Research.

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Arkansas State Library - Federal Government Documents

Find federal documents through the Arkansas State Library. 

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Chronicling America

Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. 

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CultureGrams

Primary sources, statistics, and cultural reports covering the countries of the world, states, and Canadian provinces.  Explore the United States and discover state flags, maps, sports teams, recipes, symbols, songs, and more. 

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Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

Comprehensive reference work promoting the study, understanding, and appreciation of Arkansas’s heritage.

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FamilySearch

The Fort Smith Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, which means it has access to more genealogy resources to help you make more family discoveries. FamilySearch is a world leader in family history. Customers will have access to a wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch and additional records are accessible by visiting the Genealogy Department at the Main Library. 

The additional resources are accessible from FSPL’s four locations ONLY (NOT from home).

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Fort Smith City Birth Records

This index is the official “Record of Report of Births Filed With the City Clerk of Fort Smith Arkansas.”  Births were first recorded with the City of Fort Smith in 1881, and continued to be recorded at the city level until 1965. Many local births were never recorded with the city. The period currently covered by this index is 1881-1921.

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Fort Smith City Death Records

This index is the official “Record of Report of Deaths Filed With the City Clerk of Fort Smith Arkansas.” Deaths were first recorded with the City of Fort Smith in 1881, and continued to be recorded at the city level until 1965. Many local deaths were never recorded with the city. These records are in the process of being indexed, and will be updated periodically. The period currently covered by this index is 1881-1924.

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Fort Smith Digitized Newspapers

We are now digitizing the microfilmed versions of our Fort Smith newspapers. We currently have newspapers from 1848 to June 30, 1938. More dates will be added to our collection as we continue the digitization project.

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Fort Smith Public Library Cemetery Index

This index includes individuals buried in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The information was taken from interment records from the 
following cemeteries: Calvary (Catholic)–to 1991; Forest Park–1910-1988; Rose Lawn & Holy Cross–1930-1991; U.S. National Cemetery–to 1990; Washington Cemetery–1943-1996; Woodlawn Memorial Park–1959-1989.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.  Your library card is required to access this database.

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Health and Wellness Issues

Health and Wellness Issues by ABC-CLIO enables students to better understand the health and wellness issues affecting them, their peers, and our greater society through a multitude of authoritative reference entries and expert perspective essays.

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HeritageQuest Online

Search census data, family records, local histories, and other artifacts to help you find out more about your family’s past.

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Hoopla

Hoopla is a digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. Hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.

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Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society

News sound bites and traditional databases often merely scratch the surface of the most important issues. From ABC-CLIO, Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society helps students develop an in-depth understanding of how society shapes and is shaped by controversy.

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Kanopy

Kanopy is a popular, on-demand streaming service that offers more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films.

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LearningExpress

LearningExpress is an interactive online learning platform for job searching, workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation. It also covers college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement for all ages. 

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Library2Go

Download e-books, audiobooks, and videos with your library card.

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Mango Languages

Learn more than 70 languages through real conversations, and also features ESL lessons. Great for kids.

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MedlinePlus

The National Library of Medicine's site for consumer-health information. Find information on common diseases and conditions, dictionaries, and directories for finding health-care professionals.

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Newspapers.com World Collection (Library Edition)

Historical newspapers archive from the 1700s - 2000s containing thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries.

 

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NoveList

Find reviews for fiction books along with author read-a-likes, what we're reading, book discussion guides, annotated book lists, and more.

 

 

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NoveList K-8

NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests.

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Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas

Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas from ABC-CLIO is an irresistible yet authoritative online resource that looks at American history through a unique lens, examining the values, accomplishments, and cultural development of the U.S. from the Age of Innocence in the 1900s to the social media revolution of the 21st century.

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ProQuest ABI/INFORM

Provides access to ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline. The database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business, and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.

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ProQuest Accounting, Tax & Banking

Offers access to wide range of information in accounting, tax & business.

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ProQuest Arts & Humanities

Those studying the arts, film, and music will build a deep understanding of their area of interest through additional scholarly content including eBooks, historical newspapers, and journals. 

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ProQuest Business Market Research

ProQuest Business Market Research provides both with an extraordinary collection of business information and inventive discovery applications.

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ProQuest Career & Technical

A definitive source for vocational information, supporting career researchers with exceptional collections in most areas of practice. 

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ProQuest Central

An easy-to-use multimedia resource that supports research in business, health and medical, social sciences, arts and humanities, education, science and technology, and dozens of other disciplines.

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ProQuest Health & Medicine

The Health & Medical Collection is a comprehensive medical information resource providing full-text journal content, reference eBooks, and evidence-based resources, including dissertations and systematic reviews.

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ProQuest Research Companion

This database helps students understand the scholarly research process and supports educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.

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ProQuest Science & Technology

This resource provides access to wide range of information for both applied and general sciences.

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ProQuest Social Sciences

ProQuest’s collections provide comprehensive coverage of the scholarly literature in the social sciences, including full-text scholarly journals.

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Salem Press Online Collection

Salem Presses offers a wealth of information on literature, history, science, health, and more. Researchers have access to a collection of reference materials, eBooks, and more. This resource also has biographical information and primary documents. Outside the library, use fortsmith as the remote password.

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Science Online

With a wealth of content and a dynamic design that facilitates STEM research and learning, Science Online offers a comprehensive overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines. 

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Sebastian County Marriage Records

This index includes individuals married in Sebastian County (Fort Smith and Greenwood) from years 1847, 1861, 1863-June 14, 2001.  Source Information provided by the Sebastian County Clerk’s marriage records. These records will be updated periodically.

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SIRS Issues Researcher

Background and analysis on 350+ leading issues, providing pros and cons on social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues.

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