Online Resources

  • A-Z list of databases: a complete listing of databases with general and scholarly periodical articles, encyclopedias, and other reference materials. Start here when doing research - for all grade levels and topics.
  • AtoZ Food America and World: two comprehensive databases of food, recipes, and cultures in the USA and the world.
  • Global Road Warrior: an extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, customs, history, and language.
  • MA RMV practice Permit Exams: through driving-tests.org or dmv-written-test.com.
  • NuWav Legal Documents: printable legal documents in categories such as Business, Contracts, Landlord/Tenant, and Divorce.
  • Transparent Language (via the MA Library System): an engaging language learning experience in which learners can build vocabulary, grammar, and cultural knowledge in more than 110 languages, including English.

Streaming Services

  • Kanopy: enjoy films that inspire, enrich, and challenge perspectives. Stream thoughtful entertainment to your preferred device with no fees and no commercials. Everyone from film scholars to casual viewers will discover remarkable and enriching films on Kanopy.

For additional online resources and streaming services, you can get a Boston Public Library eCard. An eCard is a Boston Public Library card that you can sign up for online and which provides access to all online resources, including OverDrive and Hoopla. eCards are available to anyone who lives, resides part-time to attend school, owns property, or works in Massachusetts.

Helpful Tools

  • Author Alerts: get an email or text when new releases become available from your favorite author or performer (movie or music).
  • Burbio: keep track of school, library, and other local event calendars all in one place.
  • Wowbrary: receive our free weekly email about the newest books, movies, and music at the library. 

Genealogy Resources

These databases are only accessible in the library, on one of our public computers.

  • American Ancestors
  • Ancestry.com
  • FamilySearch.org
  • HeritageQuest is available remotely.

Readers Advisory

  • Good Reads: Keep track of your reading, write and read reviews, find new books, and create book lists.
  • LitLovers: Provides helpful resources for book clubs; Find book reviews, recipes, and free literature courses here.
  • NoveList: A database of book recommendations for all ages, with options to browse by genre, appeal, theme, and read-alikes.
  • KDL What's Next: A database that helps you search series fiction.