Consumer, Home, and Car

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

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Small Engine Repair Reference Center Database LogoKeep your snow blower in working condition this winter, or take some time to make sure the lawn mower is in tip-top condition for when the weather warms up!  The Small Engine Repair Reference Center provides maintenance and service guides for thousands of models of snow blowers, lawn mowers, generators, tractors and other power equipment. 

The SERRC also has guides to engines for ATVs, boats, personal water crafts, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and other small motors. Learn how to repair and maintain all of these engines with the full set of Clymer’s manuals.  

For car repair, see the  Auto Repair Reference Center.

Check out all of UAPL's Consumer Resources, as well as our Consumer Education Research Guide for more information on what to look for before you buy, and how to repair, maintain and improve your purchases and investments.

Home Improvement Reference Center

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Get started on your DIY weekend project with the Home Improvement Reference Center!

Whether you're interested in repairing or redoing your plumbing, woodworking, landscaping or decorating, you can find step-by-step instructions at the HIRC. You can also search magazine articles and reference materials for further information on your project.

HIRC has how-to videos, conversion charts, a guide to working with contractors and a homeowners journal you can fill in to track important household information. Whether you want information on how to re-wallpaper your living room or how to add a new light switch in your kitchen, the HIRC is the place to go.

For further information on DIY repairs, check out all of UAPL's Consumer Resources.

Auto Repair Reference Center

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Concerned about that noise your car is making? The Auto Repair Reference Center has repair information, maintenance intervals, diagrams, technical service bulletins and recall information on more than 37,000 vehicles.  

Even if you don’t feel up to fixing your car yourself, you can still use the ARRC to watch videos about how different automobile components work, and to learn how to properly care for your car with care and repair tips in the guide to vehicle ownership. If you need to know what you should look for when replacing or upgrading different components in your car, the ARRC also has a helpful troubleshooting guide on what you should consider.  

See our Consumer Resources to learn more about home and car maintenance and repairs. There is also information to compare the benefits of different cities, suburbs, hospitals and banks.

Chilton Auto Repair Manuals

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ChiltonLibrary LogoTired of paying a mechanic for simple car repairs? Try tackling them yourself! Chilton Auto Repair Manuals are known for being a trusted and authoritative source for car repair, but you don’t have hunt down the book for your specific car model at the library, and then worry about damaging it while you work. is available any time of day online to UAPL patrons. Easy to use and frequently updated, this database contains repair and recall information, technical service bulletins, drawings, photographs and diagrams from an extensive list of domestic and imported vehicles.

Access My Library LogoNow you can access the car repair instructions you need on your mobile device. Just download the Access My Library app ( iOs or Android) from Gale and choose Upper Arlington Public Library as your location. Find in the database list and get started!

Click here for a full list of UAPL's consumer-related database subscriptions.

Price It! Antiques & Collectibles

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Treasure or junk? If you’ve ever wondered whether anyone would pay money for your stuff, or just wanted to know if your “valuables” are actually valuable, you should check out  Price It! Antiques and Collectibles.

Using data from ebay, GoAntiques, TIAS and select Auction Houses, Price It! compiles pricing information on any kind of collectible you can think of, from toys and sports memorabilia to liquor bottles and cookie jars. Full of images, descriptions, and prices, just browsing this database is fascinating.

If you are a more serious collector, not only can you find descriptions and recent selling prices of items, there are also articles on repair, restoration and conservation of antiques.

Try it today. You can find it grouped with our other Consumer-related resources on the UAPL Database page.


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