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Navy General Library Program

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. and through Shore and Afloat Libraries. The program also provides leisure reading materials in print and audio formats to those Sailors assigned to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as those assigned to Military Missions in the Unified Pacific Command. Our reliance on Digital Library Products provides access to an array of information sources and leisure materials 24/7, 365 days a year, worldwide. The digital library on Navy Knowledge Online consists of ebooks for ekids (Tumblebooks); downloadable audio books; genealogy databases; engineering database; financial database (Morningstar); Newspapers from all 50 states with an emphasis on Fleet concentration areas as well as from International locations with a Naval interest; 5000 full text journals and magazines; CLEP practice tests; DSST practice Tests; education and scholarship database as well as computer and technical ebooks. More products are added each year as funding allows.


The Shore Libraries are located on 23 Naval Installations and provide a variety of print and audio visual materials for check-out to eligible customers. The libraries provide access to the Internet through computers at no charge and through wireless access for laptops brought to the facilities. Most base libraries conduct special programs, such as story hours and summer reading programs, offer a variety of classes, book clubs, as well as author and book talks.

The Afloat libraries consist of 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 to the other end of the spectrum, a submarine that may have a collection of only a few hundred items. As a part of the Afloat Library Program, the Navy General Library Program Office provide an “opening day” collection for every new ship entering the Navy’s active fleet.

Military OneSource On-Line Library

Our mobile military members often don’t have the resources of a brick and mortar library on hand to provide entertainment, learning or solace. The Online Library provides those resources while the members are in transit or deployed. One-stop shopping for all library resources in print, electronic and downloadable format are available online, 24/7. The library provides recreation, lifelong learning, reference, and career resources for all ages and interests. All resources including audio and eBooks are free. Resources are available anywhere in the world where there is access to the internet. 


Military OneSource On-Line Library provides 24/7 access to library materials that include:

  • Ability to download free books from thousands of fiction and non-fiction titles, including animated children’s books, or request a free paperback or digital Playaway book from Military OneSource.
  • Access to data bases to pursue education, research careers, fix cars or home appliances, maintain or remodel apartments or homes, and more.
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