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.
  • NEW Consumer Reports: find reliable ratings and reviews for thousands of products.
  • Educate Station: easy-to-use, comprehensive learning plans across a wide range of subject areas and grade levels. Activities and worksheets are aligned to standards and include every component of a lesson plan, from objectives to materials, and even assessments and differentiation.
  • Global Road Warrior: an extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, customs, history, and language.
  • MA RMV practice Permit Exams: through or
  • 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.
  • TumbleBooks: over 1100 ebooks for grades K-6, and including unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite.

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.

Mobile App

The CW MARS Libraries app is available on iOS and Android:

  • Search the catalog and place holds.

  • Manage existing holds.

  • View items checked out.

  • Pay fines and fees.

  • View and update lists.

  • Display and use your digital library card (where accepted).

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
  • 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.

Genealogy Resources

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

  • American Ancestors
  • HeritageQuest is available remotely.