Useful Links

Building Codes

International Codes The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention codes. (2015)

International Building Code Used by the City of Ennis (2009)


Start a Business in TX Overview, Business Structure, Tax Responsibilities, Licenses and Permits, Employer Requirements, Governor's Small Business Handbook

Governor's Small Business Handbook "This handbook has been compiled to provide business owners and entrepreneurs with the information and knowledge necessary to start or grow a small business in Texas. It contains information from various state agencies to give you a straightforward approach to your new or existing business. From registering your business to obtaining your HUB certification, this resource has been produced to demystify the process of doing business in Texas."

Thomas Register The Thomas Register of American Manufacturers, now ThomasNet, is an online platform for supplier discovery and product sourcing in the USA and Canada.


Fuel Economy Guide The official U.S. government source for fuel economy information.  Features updated fuel economy data for new and used passenger vehicles dating back to 1984, allows side-by-side vehicle comparisons, and offers fuel-saving tips.  This website also contains vehicle-specific air pollution emissions information and safety ratings and provides links to car buying websites. 

Kelley Blue Book Which cars can you afford?  How do trade-in values compare to private-sale values? Which car is right for you?  Is it the right time to buy or sell?  Kelley Blue Book’s tools can help. State approved for ticket dismissal and insurance discounts Texas State Approved for all courts



Project Gutenberg

Educational/Teaching Resources

Accredited Online Colleges A comprehensive and informative resource that ranks each university in America by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission rates, graduation rates, and retention rates.

Affordable Colleges Online Includes a unique list of accredited not-for-profit institutions offering online programs, sorted by affordability. Also has direct links to the specific online departments, or e-campus, of each institution.

Credo “Complete Core” collection of over 1,000 full-text reference titles, as well as thousands of images and videos. Provides credible, authoritative information for homework, school projects, job search preparation, and other reference needs.
*Please call the library at 972-875-5360 for login information.

Excel-A fully illustrated Excel tutorial (including VBA programming) + 300 examples.

Learning Express This online test-prep and career development resource is provided through TexShare.

Scholarship Help

Test Prep Preview Practice tests for ASVAB, CLEP, GED, Nursing, SAT and others

Texas Home School Coalition THSC provides articles and information on many home schooling topics including success stories, curriculum reviews, local and state events, and more!

Government Resources

Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. FDsys contains Congressional record volumes from 140 (1994) to the present. At the back of each daily issue is the "Daily Digest," which summarizes the day's floor and committee activities.

     Earlier Records Starting in 1789

Federal Student Aid Present a series of handouts, presentations, videos, and other resources on preparing for college, types of aid and other eligibility, the FAFSA, and loan repayment basics. FAFSA PDF form

Identity Theft A one-stop Identity Theft resource from the Federal Trade Commission, where individuals can learn how to minimize their risk of becoming a victim and identity theft victims can learn how to limit damage. 

USA Gov Official information and services from the U.S. government.  This site has information about loans, financial aid, food stamps, credit reports, visas, immigration, health care, employment, legal forms, laws, voter registration, etc.

World Factbook The Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.


Go4Life Go4Life is the exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH. Find exercises to do, safety tips, and ways to be motivated!  Use the Health Insurance Marketplace to enroll in affordable, quality health coverage.

MedlinePlus Find information on health conditions, wellness issues, and more in easy-to-read language on MedlinePlus, the up-to-date, trusted health information site from the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library,

PDR  Physicians' Desk Reference is the most recognized drug information reference available in the U.S.

WebMD The leading source for trustworthy and timely health and medical news and information.

Health Insurance

Comparing Texas HMOs 

Guide to Texas HMO Quality?

Job Resources

Career Builder

Monster Jobs

Neuvoo A job search engine that indexes jobs directly for free from companies' career websites, placement agencies and job boards.

Occupational Outlook Handbook A guide to career information about hundreds of occupations!

Texas Workforce Commission

Work in Texas

Legal Resources

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas The largest part of Legal Aid's work is providing legal services to individual low income people to solve individual problems such as public assistance denials, divorce and child support, evictions, foreclosures, domestic violence, and consumer fraud.

TXAccess This web resource is intended to provide information to non-custodial parents about their rights to take part in the lives of their children. This site has legal forms.

Texas Law Help Your one stop, online resource for free and low-cost civil legal assistance in Texas. 
This site has legal forms.

Mobile Devices Get to know the functions and features of mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones.

Tax Resources

Get Ready Get ready today to file your 2019 federal income tax return.

Tax Withholding Estimator

Tax-Aide Site Locator  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers - especially those 50 and older - at more than 5,000 locations nationwide. Find a location near you by searching your zipcode.


Ellis County

        County Clerk's Office

         Election information

Ennis Daily News UNT's ongoing Digitization Project. Searchable collection ranging from 1970-2014.

Portal to Texas History "From prehistory to the present day, you can explore unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections." Includes books, maps, photos, and newspapers.

State Symbols Includes the state symbols & icons, cities & towns, parks, landmarks, and historical markers.

TechBoomers "Here, you'll find tutorials on the most popular and useful websites on the Internet, from social networks and dating sites to everyday tools for getting directions and knowing what the weather's going to be like.  You can even learn how to listen to music, watch videos, and have phone calls right on your computer through the power of the Internet!  Plus, we have special resources dedicated to 50+ adults."-website

Texas Vital Records Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Verification, and Divorce Verification