The Nicholas County Public Library Children's Library has added three (3)  AWE Early Literacy Computer Stations to its list of services. These computers are stocked with more than 40 games that build skills in reading; words and phonics; science and nature; math and problem solving; reference, music and arts; writing and computer skills; and social studies and geography. These colorful, touch-screen computers are great for kids between the ages of 2-12. 

Kentucky Libraries Unbound | OverDrive offers eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video to enjoy on your computer, smart phone, eReader or MP3 player. There is a large selection of titles available 24/7 from our digital media site. All patrons need is a library card to enjoy this FREE service. Titles automatically return themselves at the end of the lending period so there are never any late fees. Patrons with accounts in good standing can get started with a Kentucky Libraries Unbound account here. You must know your library card number in order to create an account.  Please contact the library if you do not know your card number. 

To read or listen using your browser, a download is NOT necessary. Want to read or listen on your device? Simply install the Overdrive app.

Carlisle Mercury | Nicholas County High School Yearbooks

The Nicholas County Public Library has archived each publication of the Carlisle Mercury since the paper's founding in 1867. You may access these digital documents here. The Mercury continues to publish the happenings of Carlisle and Nicholas County.​​ The NCPL also has a collection of Nicholas County High School yearbooks (1948-present) available online as well as hard copies in our Genealogy Room.

The Nicholas County Public Library offers access to a wide variety of databases, research resources, and learning sites. All of our databases are accessible from our public computers within the library and many are available for you to use remotely from home or from a WiFi connection. If you have trouble accessing a database or need help with a password, please feel free to contact us.

Early Literacy Computer Stations

Kentucky Libraries Unbound | Overdrive

Kentucky Virtual Library | KYVL


Nicholas County Public Library is pleased to announce a new partnership with, one of the nation’s top sites for driver’s license practice tests. The partnership will strengthen the library’s mission to be a vital gateway to information.

KYVLallows students from K-12 to graduate level to access over 60 encyclopedias, full text and citation databases as well as test prep and skill-building resources, How to Do Research tutorials and more. KYVL includes other tools such as Novelist, a database designed to help library users better choose recreational reading for themselves. Contact the Reference desk (859.289.5595) for your ID and password to use KYVL at home. 

         ABCmouse Early Learning Academy 

ABCmouse is the leading and most comprehensive digital learning resource for children ages 2–7. With more than 7,000 learning activities and 650 lessons, the standards-based ABCmouse curriculum is available on all NCPL computers. This service is only available while visiting the library.
Large-scale research studies assessing the effectiveness of ABCmouse have concluded that ABCmouse accelerates learning and helps children make significant gains in early literacy and math skills.

LearningExpress Library™

LearningExpress Library™
LearningExpress Library features online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.

Adult Core Skills
Adult Core Skills center helps adults achieve their personal, education and career goals by offering resources to help them improve their basic skills in reading, writing, and math, and prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam.

School Center
The resources here provide skill-building for classroom and homework success. The school center helps students in elementary, middle, and high school prepare for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects.

College Admissions Test Preparation
Getting into college is an important step to building a strong future. First, you must do well on your college admission tests and write a personal essay that highlights your special talents. Use this center to get the resources you need to achieve your college preparation goals.

College Center
This center provides valuable resources that help college students strengthen their academic skills, prepare for placement tests, and get ready for graduate school entrance exams.

Career Preparation
Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills? Choose the Career Center and begin your path to a bright future.

High School Equivalency Center
Earning a high school equivalency credential can open the door to better income, a more fulfilling job, and a college education. If you are preparing for the GED® test, HiSET® or TASC exams, our practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks will help you reach your goal.

Recursos en Español
Herramientas de aprendizaje, carrera y ciudadanía en español. Este centro ofrece a los adultos que están muy ocupados los recursos para mejorar sus habilidades básicas, ganar sus credenciales de GED® o ser ciudadano estadounidense.

Resources in Spanish (English Translation)

This center provides learning tools as well as career and citizenship resources to help busy adults improve their basic skills, earn a GED® credential, or become a U.S. citizen.


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