Home Schooling Resources

The Burlington Public Library is committed to serve all families, including families schooling their children at home. The Library has a lot to offer homeschooling parents.  If you want to keep up-to-date, sign up for our Newsletter.

Here's a quick overview of some of the things we offer homeschooling parents and students at the Burlington Public Library.

Assignment Alert Form

Help your students and the Burlington Public Library by filling out our Assignment Alert Form  before you give your assignments. 

Book Discussion Kits

Knowing that it can be very difficult to place holds on multiple copies of books for group discussions, the Burlington Public Library has book group discussion kits for youth ages 11 and up.

Curriculum Support

The Burlington Public Library can support your curriculum by developing customized booklists, webliographies, and study guides tailored to the unique needs of your students. If you need book suggestions, you can call us or submit an Materials Request Form

Homework Help

The library provides you and your students a myriad of resources. To help students, the library offers online databases <link to online databases page>, encyclopedias & websites, as well as thousands of print resources. 

We also offer free academic resources and tutoring from Tutor.com .  All students in grades K-12, college students and adult learners with a library card can use the service to get help with schoolwork. Professional online tutors are available each day from 3 until 10 pm to help with all math, science, social studies, and English subjects. The SkillsCenter Resource Library is available 24/7, and students can search by keyword and subject for worksheets, lessons, videos and more. Students can find resources for specific subjects, standardized tests, resume building, citizenship, GED prep, and college entrance exams.   

Interlibrary Loan

InterLibrary Loan<LINK> (ILL) offers library customers the opportunity to request and receive books that are not owned by the Burlington Public Library. Theoretically, with ILL, you have access to the circulating book collections of all university and public libraries throughout the United States.

 Downloadable Audio Books, eBooks, Magazines and Music

Wilbor - Browse hundreds of bestselling titles, download them to your computer, transfer them to a portable device, for your enjoyment anywhere, anytime. Available 24/7.

OneClickDigital - is a resource for downloadable audiobooks.

Zino - lets you check out digital magazines and read them on your phone, tablet, or computer.

Freegal - Freegal Music is a downloadable music service that gives patrons access to about 3 million songs in MP3 format.

Online Database Resources

The Library subscribes to a number of Online Databases<LINK>.  A database is simply an online reference collection - magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, professional journals, and many other resources that you can use 24/7.  Normally, you would have to pay to use these sites, but you can access them for free through the library's website if you have a Burlington Public Library card.

A few of the databases that Homeschool Families may be intereted in include:

LearningExpress  - This program allows students to register and practice academic or licensing tests (e.g. PSAT, GED, MCAT)

Tell Me More Languages - This program helps students learn a language.


Schedule a class visit to the library. Bring your class to the library for a tour, story program, library orientation, and/or introduction to research. Call Angie, Youth Services Manager at 319.753.1647 to schedule a time.

TumbleBooks Collections

Tumblebooks is an online collection of books ideal for readers of all ages from animated, talking picture books to read-along titles to full length, unabridged, streaming audio book classics.  Older students will enjoy TumbleBookCloudJr and for Teens TumbleBookCloud 

Free Classes and Events

Check our Online Calendar to see what the library is offering.  We regulary offer childrens and teen programs such as storytimes, craft or book discussion groups that can be of interest to homeschoolers.  Occasionally, we offer special programs targeting homeschool families.

... and of course, your Youth Librarians are available to answer questions about the Library's collections, and to find materials just right for your needs.

Book Resources:

Books about homeschooling may be found by using the library computer catalog. When searching from information on homeschooling try a "Subject" search for:

blue bullet  Home Schooling
blue bullet  Education -- Parent participation
blue bullet  Education, Preschool

New homeschooling resources are added regularly. They are shelved with 649.68 in both the adult collection and the Parent Resources section in the library's Youth Department. The Youth Department also subscribes to Home Education Magazine and Practical Homeschooling as well as a number of other parenting and youth magazines.

Recommended websites for homeschooling families:

blue bullet  American Homeschool Association

blue bullet  Homeschool Legal Defense Association

blue bullet  National Home Education Network

blue bullet  National Home Education Research Institute

blue bullet  Unschooling 

Website Disclaimer: Due to the ever-changing nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that the above links will remain valid. Similarly, we cannot be responsible for changes in the content of the sources to which we link, or the content of sources accessed through secondary links. As with printed information, users are encouraged to evaluate the validity of information found. Burlington Public Library provides these links as a convenience to our users, and the inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply endorsement.