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Center for Intensive English Studies

This guide provides resources for the students at the Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) at FSU.

Free Internet

Did you know?

You do not even need a library card to use the computers at the public library. You can go in and ask the people at the reference desk for a temporary computer pass.

Every library also has free wi-fi available for you to use on your laptop computer, smartphone, or tablet.

The Leroy Collins Leon County Public Library

"LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System" logo


Please click the image above to go to the Leroy Collins homepage!

The Leroy Collins Leon County Public Library System has seven locations in Leon County, including three in Tallahassee. In the United States, the government takes some of the taxes people pay and uses them to fund public libraries. Libraries usually operate at the county level. This means that people who live in Leon County pay taxes that fund the Leon County public libraries. People who live in Leon County can get a library card and access the public libraries for free. There are several benefits to this, which will be explained in this section of the research guide.

Since most CIES students are only staying in Tallahassee for a short period of time, there is an option to get a temporary library card. It costs 10 dollars for three months, which is a bit longer than the CIES program lasts. Please see the Library Cards section below for more information on how to get a library card.

Public Library Resources

CIES Students: Go to your nearest library with your photo identification and ask for a non-resident library card. These are library cards for people who do not live in Leon County. Ask for a three-month card. This will cost 10 dollars. Now, you can check out books, music, and movies. And you can print ten black and white pages a day for free on library computers. You can also use the Gale Group Databases at the library or at home.

FSU Students: If you are accepted to FSU after you finish the CIES program and continue living in Leon County, go back to your nearest library with proof of residence such as mail addressed to you, a utilities bill, or your lease. Then you can receive a free library card!

Click here to read more about who is eligible for library cards. You can also access this page by going to the home page, hovering over "Library Services" in the column on the left hand side of the page, and clicking on "Library Cards".

Everyone in the state of Florida who has a library card can access these databases.

First, go to the library home page, which is also linked in the picture at the top of this page.

On the left hand side of the page, scroll down until you see Library Services. Hover your mouse over Library Services.

Click on Online Resources.

Here is the direct link to Online Resources.

Click on PowerSearch.

If you are not at the library, you will have to type in the number on the back of your library card.

You can search all of the Gale Group Databases, using the search bar above, or pick the databases from the list that you would like to use.

For help searching databases, please go to the Database Guide tab.

Directions & Hours

Where is the library? When is it open? Can I see it on a map? 

Find answers to all your questions here! You can also get to this page by going to the Leroy Collins home page and clicking "Branch Locations" in the column on the left hand side of the page.

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