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Trusted Resources From the Federal Government

Check on the status of your Economic Impact Payment

Trusted Resources for Texans

Helpful Links

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Texas Health and Human Services- Texas Health and Human Services

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Popular Library Resources

America's News Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S., including. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device. Log in with your library card number.

Chilton Library Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Guides. Search by year, make, and model to find vehicle maintenance & repair guides. View photos, diagrams, and labor estimates.

Credo Research Database This great research tool is great for school essays and research assignments. Credo makes brainstorming easy with mind maps. Citations are also made easy with citations given in common MLA and APA formats.

Dallas Metro Collection Explore news and information from reliable news sources spanning the Dallas metro area. Log in with your library card number. 

Gale Legal Forms See TexShare Databases > Legal Forms.

Good Reads Interested in the latest news headlines? Looking for something new to read? We'll get you pointed in the right direction.

The Handbook of Texas Online: The Handbook of Texas Online is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association and the General Libraries at UT Austin.

Heritage Quest Discover your family history. Browse census information, obituaries, city directories, and other available databases for family information

Job & Career Accelerator Do you need a professional resume or cover letter? The Resume Builder is easy to use! You can also explore careers in culinary arts, healthcare, teaching, and law enforcement. 

Libby Browse & check out e-books and movies. OverDrive is free for Balch Springs Library cardholders. Automatic check-ins so no worries over late fees. Check out popular adult, teen, and children's titles!

Library of Texas Immediately start searching multiple Texas library catalogs and other knowledge collections in one sitting.

Mango Languages Choose from over 50 languages to learn. Mango Languages is free for Balch Springs Library cardholders. Learn popular languages such as Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and many others!

Niche Academy FREE online computer tutorial videos.

Texas Heritage Online Texas Heritage Online provides unified online access to Texas' historical documents and images for use by teachers, students, historians, genealogists, and other researchers. offers low cost & free legal forms & step-by-step filing guides. You can ask legal questions and receive answers from qualified legal professionals. Browse the Events Calendar to find Ask-A-Lawyer events and other legal workshops in our area.


Texas Online The official website for the Great State of Texas and provides instant access to almost 800 state and local government services.

Texas Records and Information Locator (TRAIL) TRAIL searches and locates information from over 180 Texas state agency web servers.

TexShare Databases Try these databases filled with magazine articles, encyclopedia entries, and other materials to help you discover more on any subject, from general interest to business, hobbies, and more. Please see your librarian for a username and password.

Workforce Development

The Balch Springs Library, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and the Balch Springs EDC, is proud to announce its new workforce development program.  Staff is now available to help with all your workforce development needs such as applying for a job online, interviewing skills, and writing a resume.  The library is also helping with entrepreneurs and those already in business by providing workshops and resources to help you succeed. Need help?  Call the Library at 972-913-3000 for more information. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2015) This project is also sponsored by the Balch Springs EDC Type B funds.

Job Seeker Resources:

Job Listing Sites

Workforce Solutions: Jobs Now! Variety of local job openings. Listings are regularly updated by Greater Dallas Workforce Solutions.

City of Dallas available positions  Open jobs working for the City of Dallas. Updated weekly.

HCareers Hospitality careers searching site

ABM Industries Cleaning, maintenance, and facilities positions

ProLogistix Warehouse and logistics positions

Jobs In Logistics OTR and local driver openings

Resume Builder & Guides

Resume Builder Use this step-by-step guide to create a professional resume on Job & Career Accelerator: Resume & Cover Letter Builder. Resume Review Create a account or sign in to your existing account. Scroll down and click on "Drop Off A Resume For Review" and upload your resume. A career coach will review your resume and send an email reply.

Skills Development

Computer Skills Center

Video tutorials on computer basics, internet skills, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Core Skills Center Improve your math, English reading, writing, and speaking skills.

Industry Practice Exams Practice exams and exam preparation books for CDL, cosmetology, electrician, plumbing, emergency services, nursing, teaching, and more!

GCF Learn Free Interactive tutorials covering basic to advanced computer skills, math, reading, writing, popular software, as well as business and life skills.

Resources & Organizations

Job & Career Accelerator Explore occupations, prepare for interviews, search and apply for jobs.

Greater Dallas Workforce Solutions WFS connects job seekers to employers. Visit the site to view local job fairs, worker resources, classes, and open positions. You can contact the Mesquite office by phone: (972) 329-1948

Small Business Resources:


Dallas SCORE Office

Dallas/Fort Worth SBA

DFW Womens Business Center

Office of Veterans Business Development

Minority Business Development Agency

Webinars & Events

SCORE Workshops & Webinars

Women's Business Center Events & Seminars

Courses & Guides

SBA Learning Center

SCORE Guides & Articles