Back to School Tools

Here we go, back to school! The lazy days of summer will soon give way to structured class time and evening homework. Douglas County Libraries is here for you. These free learning tools and resources can help as kids return to school and studying.


DCL’s online research resources for students make research and studying easy and convenient, with tools for history, literature, science and much more. Library cardholders can access things like:

  • Live homework help and tutoring through Brainfuse. It’s a useful tool for students of all ages and levels, with Spanish-speaking tutors available if needed.
  • Foreign language lessons. Mango offers lessons for more than 70 languages; they’re free and can help boost classroom learning.
  • Britannica, the online encyclopedia. It offers three age-appropriate levels — Children, Young Adults, and Reference Center — for conducting research, completing homework, and working on projects. And it’s easy to access from any device, including tablets and smartphones.

You can also get help finding the right books to match your child’s reading level through AR BookFinder and Scholastic’s Book Wizard.

At Our Libraries

DCL offers programs to help strengthen literacy skills as well as spaces for studying and project work.

  • Kids ages 6-12 can boost literacy skills and confidence by reading out loud to trained therapy dogs through our Bark for Books program.
  • Reading Buddies pairs struggling readers in grades 1-3 with a trained teen volunteer. Together they read and play literacy-based games to improve skills. Ask a librarian for more information.
  • Students can reserve private study rooms at our Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker and Roxborough locations using a DCL library card.
  • The Parker Recording Studio is perfect for creating videos, musical compositions, animations and other digital school projects — state-of-the-art video and recording equipment included! Reserve the Recording Studio with a DCL library card.
  • Local history is easily accessible by visiting the Douglas County History Research Center in person at our Castle Rock location or online.

Community Service Volunteering

Community service is a graduation requirement in Douglas County, and we can help students fulfill that requirement. Volunteers can assist with library events, participate in Reading Buddies or Teen Library Council, and perform other general library duties. Visit and search opportunities with Douglas County Libraries.


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