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Resources by Category

Business and Nonprofits

Database including 30 million business & executive profiles, & 240 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, and market research.

A resource for nonprofits and individuals seeking grants. Use this premier fundraising tool from Candid to easily build prospect lists and find connections with key decision makers. Nonprofits can search for potential funders and grant opportunities. Individuals can search for grantmakers who fund scholarships, fellowships, and student aid, and provide grants to individuals.

Use GuideStar to look up a nonprofit and access the most complete data available.

Career

Database including 30 million business & executive profiles, & 240 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, and market research.

Browse FPL's list of local and online resources for job searching, resume help, career/vocational training, and adult education (HiSET/GED).

Download the MA RMV Handbook & Driver's Manual, or take practice tests to prepare for your exam. Includes practice tests for car, motorcycle, and CDL exams.

A resource for nonprofits and individuals seeking grants. Use this premier fundraising tool from Candid to easily build prospect lists and find connections with key decision makers. Nonprofits can search for potential funders and grant opportunities. Individuals can search for grantmakers who fund scholarships, fellowships, and student aid, and provide grants to individuals.

The Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline provides referrals to over 300 adult education programs that offer one-on-one tutoring, small-group or classroom instruction to adult learners. Information about basic reading, math, adult basic education, English language training, family literacy, High School Equivalency Test preparation or testing sites.

Access resume and cover letter building tools, in-depth career assessments, information on higher education programs, search for a scholarship, and find financial aid information.

Prep for standardized tests, cram for an upcoming exam, or refresh your academic skills, all with Peterson’s award-winning educational content.

En español

Britannica Escolar es una enciclopedia en dos partes con portales para estudiantes de primaria y secundaria.

Enciclopedia espanola para estudientes mayores (Grades 9+).

The Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline provides referrals to over 300 adult education programs that offer one-on-one tutoring, small-group or classroom instruction to adult learners. Information about basic reading, math, adult basic education, English language training, family literacy, High School Equivalency Test preparation or testing sites.

An interactive language-learning resource supporting dozens of languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Hindi, French, and more. Also includes English as a second language.

For Kids

Bringing the diversity and history of the USA to life. Covers 50 states, 5 territories, and Washington, DC. 

Britannica Escolar es una enciclopedia en dos partes con portales para estudiantes de primaria y secundaria.

The Award-Winning Resource for Children and Adults. Easy to use, and easy to find trusted information.

An easy-to-use source of age-appropriate and interesting facts on a broad range of topics for elementary school students.

A multimedia research site created specifically for middle schoolers.

PebbleGo is a research database specifically designed to meet the needs of K-2 learners. Learn about animals and biographies.

For Teens

Bringing the diversity and history of the USA to life. Covers 50 states, 5 territories, and Washington, DC. 

The Award-Winning Resource for Children and Adults. Easy to use, and easy to find trusted information.

Enciclopedia espanola para estudientes mayores (Grades 9+).

Download the MA RMV Handbook & Driver's Manual, or take practice tests to prepare for your exam. Includes practice tests for car, motorcycle, and CDL exams.

A resource for nonprofits and individuals seeking grants. Use this premier fundraising tool from Candid to easily build prospect lists and find connections with key decision makers. Nonprofits can search for potential funders and grant opportunities. Individuals can search for grantmakers who fund scholarships, fellowships, and student aid, and provide grants to individuals.

A multimedia research site created specifically for middle schoolers.

Browse the full collection of Gale databases and resources. 

Access resume and cover letter building tools, in-depth career assessments, information on higher education programs, search for a scholarship, and find financial aid information.

Prep for standardized tests, cram for an upcoming exam, or refresh your academic skills, all with Peterson’s award-winning educational content.

Genealogy

Access billions of names in thousands of genealogical databases. Come to the library and research your family history!

View "The Boulder," the yearbook for Fitchburg High School, online. 1897-2023.

With HeritageQuest Online, access 500+ searchable databases for genealogical research, containing more than 5 billion total records.

View "The Bernardian," the yearbook for St. Bernard's High School, online. 1929-2023.

Homework Help

Bringing the diversity and history of the USA to life. Covers 50 states, 5 territories, and Washington, DC. 

Biographical information on a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers. 

Britannica Escolar es una enciclopedia en dos partes con portales para estudiantes de primaria y secundaria.

The Award-Winning Resource for Children and Adults. Easy to use, and easy to find trusted information.

Enciclopedia espanola para estudientes mayores (Grades 9+).

An easy-to-use source of age-appropriate and interesting facts on a broad range of topics for elementary school students.

A multimedia research site created specifically for middle schoolers.

Browse the full collection of Gale databases and resources. 

An extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, travel, history, customs, and language. Information about 174 countries.

PebbleGo is a research database specifically designed to meet the needs of K-2 learners. Learn about animals and biographies.

Prep for standardized tests, cram for an upcoming exam, or refresh your academic skills, all with Peterson’s award-winning educational content.

Languages and Culture

Get authentic recipes and learn about food culture - includes cuisine for 174 countries and 7,000+ recipes.

An extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, travel, history, customs, and language. Information about 174 countries.

An interactive language-learning resource supporting dozens of languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Hindi, French, and more. Also includes English as a second language.

Language learners can build vocabulary, practice skills, and maintain what they have learned with Transparent Language Online, available anytime, anywhere in 110+ languages.

Legal Information

A Massachusetts Legal Forms library.

Visit the MA Trial Court Law Libraries website to Ask a Law Librarian, or search for information about laws by subject.

Free, practical information about your legal rights in Massachusetts.

Lifelong Learning

Get authentic recipes and learn about food culture - includes cuisine for 174 countries and 7,000+ recipes.

Browse FPL's list of local and online resources for job searching, resume help, career/vocational training, and adult education (HiSET/GED).

The Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline provides referrals to over 300 adult education programs that offer one-on-one tutoring, small-group or classroom instruction to adult learners. Information about basic reading, math, adult basic education, English language training, family literacy, High School Equivalency Test preparation or testing sites.

An interactive language-learning resource supporting dozens of languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Hindi, French, and more. Also includes English as a second language.

Access resume and cover letter building tools, in-depth career assessments, information on higher education programs, search for a scholarship, and find financial aid information.

Prep for standardized tests, cram for an upcoming exam, or refresh your academic skills, all with Peterson’s award-winning educational content.

Local History

Access billions of names in thousands of genealogical databases. Come to the library and research your family history!

View "The Boulder," the yearbook for Fitchburg High School, online. 1897-2023.

With HeritageQuest Online, access 500+ searchable databases for genealogical research, containing more than 5 billion total records.

The Raivaaja (Finnish-American newspaper) archives, spanning 1905-2009.

View "The Bernardian," the yearbook for St. Bernard's High School, online. 1929-2023.

Newspapers and Magazines

Access articles from The Boston Globe. Coverage: 1980-Current.

Borrow and download ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines for free with your library card. 

Search articles published in the New York Times. Coverage: 1985-Current.

Local papers available on Newsbank include Sentinel & Enterprise (2001-current), Leominster Champion (2006-current), Worcester Telegram & Gazette (1989-current), Gardner News (2018-current), and Boston Herald (1991-current). Click on "Boston Metropolitan Collection" on the homescreen for more MA papers.

The Raivaaja (Finnish-American newspaper) archives, spanning 1905-2009.

Reading Recommendations

Find your next read. Search and browse by genre, age groups, themes, storylines, and find author read-alikes.  

Reference and Research

Database including 30 million business & executive profiles, & 240 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, and market research.

Bringing the diversity and history of the USA to life. Covers 50 states, 5 territories, and Washington, DC. 

Access billions of names in thousands of genealogical databases. Come to the library and research your family history!

Biographical information on a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers. 

The Award-Winning Resource for Children and Adults. Easy to use, and easy to find trusted information.

A resource for nonprofits and individuals seeking grants. Use this premier fundraising tool from Candid to easily build prospect lists and find connections with key decision makers. Nonprofits can search for potential funders and grant opportunities. Individuals can search for grantmakers who fund scholarships, fellowships, and student aid, and provide grants to individuals.

A Massachusetts Legal Forms library.

Browse the full collection of Gale databases and resources. 

An extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, travel, history, customs, and language. Information about 174 countries.

Use GuideStar to look up a nonprofit and access the most complete data available.

With HeritageQuest Online, access 500+ searchable databases for genealogical research, containing more than 5 billion total records.

Video Streaming

Stream movies, shows, and documentaries for free with your library card. 

eBooks and Audiobooks

Borrow and download ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines for free with your library card.