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British actor, comedian and world traveler, Michael Palin said, “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.”

If the travel bug bites you, you can manage your symptoms with the resources the Reference Librarians at the Upper Arlington Public Library have gathered for you. You can find books, databases, websites and magazines to enhance your trip, eliminate the unwanted details of travel and give you additional perspectives on the sights and sounds you will encounter on your next trip.

Indexes / Databases

The following are part of Upper Arlington Public Library’s premium resources. Unless you are in one of our library locations, you will need your library card number and PIN to access them. Please note: Links to our databases open in a new window or tab in your browser.

CultureGrams – Learn important cultural facts about diet, manners, greetings and more before you travel to a foreign country, with CultureGrams: World Edition. You can also learn interesting histories and stats of all the US States with their State Edition. No matter where you are going, this will be an invaluable reference.

Global Road Warrior – Explore countries around the world from a traveler’s perspective, and discover cultural information and practical notes on everything from the type of outlet to the currency.

Mango Languages – Enhance your trip to a foreign country by learning a little bit of the language before you go. Along with their more in-depth language training modules, they also offer basic courses that will teach you some simple conversation skills in just a few hours. 

National Geographic Virtual Library – In addition to the popular magazine, National Geographic also publishes travel guidebooks. Click on “Explore Topics” and “Travel” to access many of these popular titles from home, including general and country specific guides. 

Reference Resources

The Reference Department at the Main Library is home to many useful book sources that can help you research your destination and prepare for your trip including:

  • Gazetteers 
  • Road Atlases
  • Subject Atlases
  • Foreign Language Dictionaries
  • Road Scholar catalog
  • City, State and Country maps (Some of these may be available for checking out. See a Reference Librarian for assistance.)

Journals / Magazines

Some current issues of the following magazine and journal titles are available for checking out, while in some cases older issues may be accessed at the Main Library’s Reference Department. Follow the links to the catalog or see a librarian for more information.

General Travel Information

Specific Destinations

Archives / Special Collections

The Ohio Room in the Reference Department of the Main Library is home to much of your local travel needs, including state and city travel guides as well as atlases and road maps (Some maps may be available for checking out. See a librarian for assistance.) Check out the following titles for just a glimpse at what we have to offer the local traveler.


The following websites are chosen by the Reference Department staff as reliable sources of travel information.

Getting There


Traveling Local

Search Starters

Links from the following subjects point to travel books and other materials in the UA Library catalog:

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