Digital Collections

Downloadable eBooks, Audiobooks and Music

  • OverDrive  – A downloadable audiobook and eBook service offered by the Westchester Library System.
  • Hoopla Digital – Hoopla digital is a new digital media service in which patrons may access and enjoy nearly half a million titles through six different formats:  Movies, TV, Music Albums, eAudiobooks, eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels–all in one location, from your computer, tablet or Smartphone.
  • Freading  – A downloadable eBook service offered by the Westchester Library System.
  • Freegal  – A downloadable music service that the Westchester Library System subscribes to. All you need to access the service is your Westchester Library card.
  • Press Reader (in library) – Delivers an endless stream of top news stories to read, discuss, and share.  Get full issues of thousands of top newspapers and magazines just as they appear in print.
  • Press Reader (at home) – Delivers an endless stream of top news stories to read, discuss, and share.  Get full issues of thousands of top newspapers and magazines just as they appear in print.  (Currently available in-library only.)
  • TumbleBooks – An online collection of animated, talking picture books, reading comprehension quizzes, educational games and teacher resources for libraries.
  • Project Gutenberg – A collection of free eBooks.
  • Google Books – Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide using Google Book Search. Discover a new favorite or unearth an old classic.
  • Free Music Archive – The Free Music Archive provides free, high-quality, music in a wide range of genres. The content on Free Music Archive is used under various creative commons licenses. The New York State Music Fund provided initial funding for FMA. FMA seeks to maintain a high-quality resource through the use of selected curators who approve or deny all submissions to the collection.
  • Comics Plus: Library Edition – the new digital revolution bringing thousands of digital graphic novels and comics are only a click away!
  • Total Boox – Total BooX lets WLS patrons read, share and discover books with no restrictions, no waiting lists and no tokens. *Please note that Total Boox is currently in beta*

Research Tools

Magazines, Newspapers, & Journals

  • Academic OneFile – The premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources. Extensive coverage of the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals – A service that covers free, full-text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.
  • Gannett Newsstand Complete (ProQuest) – Contains over 85 Gannett newspapers, 6 of which are New York newspapers. These include the Ithaca Journal, Poughkeepsie Journal, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Journal News (White Plains), Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton) and Star-Gazette (Elmira).
  • General OneFile – A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.
  • Infotrac Newsstand (Gale) – Full-text newspaper database has several NY newspapers, including the NY Times from 1995-Present, as well as over fifty national and international newspapers. Click here for a title list. (Full-text)
  • National Newspaper Index – Indexes New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.
  • NYS Newspapers – Collection of ten major newspapers published in New York State, searchable by section, keyword or relevance. (Full-text)
  • American Physical Society (APS) Physics Journals – Free access to several journals related to varying physics fields.

Business Research

  • Business Insights: Essentials – Detailed company and industry news that includes profiles, company histories, brand information, rankings and investment reports, etc.
  • Morningstar  Home Access – Morningstar.com Library Edition offers proprietary stock and mutual fund analysis, screening tools and portfolio-building features to library patrons.

Encyclopedias, Reference, & Health

  • ABC Mouse in Library | ABC Mouse @ Home– HHFL is pleased to bring you a pilot of a new product from ABCMouse.com allowing patrons to access the service at home. ABCMouse.com helps children build a strong foundation for future academic success by providing a comprehensive and engaging online curriculum to greatly assist early learners to succeed in pre-K, kindergarten, and early elementary school programs.
  • Amazing Animals of the World (Grolier) – is for elementary school students and includes facts and photos for over 1,200 animals.
  • America the Beautiful (Grolier) – is for elementary and middle school students and includes articles on US cities, states and Presidents.
  • Encyclopedia Americana (Grolier) – In-depth information for older students and adults.
  • Castle Garden Immigration Center – is an educational project of The Battery Conservancy.  This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892.
  • Health Reference Center Academic – Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac’s award-winning Health Reference Center.
  • X-Plain Patient Education Health Tutorials – More than 1400 educational videos with basic health information about illnesses or conditions, medical tests, and procedures.
  • Merck Manuals – Offering both the professional and consumer versions, The Merck Manuals are one of the world’s most widely used medical information resources.  The manuals have committed to making the best current medical information accessible by up to 3 billion health care professionals and patients on every continent by 2020.
  • Lands and Peoples (Grolier) – for middle and high school students and includes articles on countries, cultures and current events. It also includes an atlas and almanacs.
  • Multimedia Encyclopedia (Grolier) – Quick-reference with rich media for middle-school and higher.
  • New Book of Knowledge (Grolier) – Reference and current events for elementary school and higher.
  • The New Book of Popular Science (Grolier) – is for middle and high school students and includes articles in the areas of science, technology and medicine.
  • La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre (Grolier) – a Spanish language encyclopedia written from a Latin American perspective.
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online – Features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture, and is regularly updated as new content is commissioned and approved under the guidance of the Editor in Chief, John L. Esposito. This database has been made possible thanks to the Bridging Cultures Grant. Please note: Home access is not available.

 For Students

  • Amazing Animals of the World (Grolier) – is for elementary school students and includes facts and photos for over 1,200 animals.
  • America the Beautiful (Grolier) – is for elementary and middle school students and includes articles on US cities, states and Presidents.
  • eLibrary Elementary – Contains over 140 magazines and books for elementary students. Also includes the American Heritage Dictionary.
  • Kids InfoBits – Designed especially for students in kindergarten through grade five. Complete with an engaging, developmentally appropriate graphic interface, premier reference content and the best magazines for elementary students, Kids InfoBits addresses the way kids learn and conduct research.
  • Lands and Peoples (Grolier) – for middle and high school students and includes articles on countries, cultures and current events. It also includes an atlas and almanacs.
  • Multimedia Encyclopedia (Grolier) – Quick-reference with rich media for middle-school and higher.
  • New Book of Knowledge (Grolier) – Reference and current events for elementary school and higher.
  • The New Book of Popular Science (Grolier) – is for middle and high school students and includes articles in the areas of science, technology and medicine.
  • Secrets of the Sequences: Video series on the Life Sciences – With initial funding from the Pfizer Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences, VCU has assembled 50 of the best videos from the public television series, “Secrets of the Sequence” to assist teachers in the application of genetic research across the biology curriculum. Funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has allowed for the creation of additional videos, which are also included on this site.

Genealogy

  • Ancestry.com (In-library access only) – Includes U.S. Federal census, American genealogical biographical index, immigration list index and more.

 

Learn Online

  • Mango Languages — Creates lovable language-learning experiences for libraries, schools, corporations, government agencies, and individuals.  See the list of languages offered.
  • Lynda.com – A leading online learning company that helps anyone learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals through a video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.
  • University of Fashion – Brings together the best fashion industry professionals to create lessons that inspire and educate students, teachers, home sewers and the fashion curious.
  • LearningExpress Library 3.0Introducing NEW LearningExpress Library Version 3.0! It’s a whole NEW experience. Register as a new user to gain access to a completely new platform that offers all of the same great content found in version 2.0 with improved functionality; easier-to-use navigation; new interactive tutorials with integrated assessments; individualized prescriptive learning study plans; detailed guidance; tests with multiple modes for study; and score reports with recommendations for additional study. Your login from version 2.0 will not work on this platform. Register as a new user to begin using LearningExpress Library 3.0 today!
  • First Find – Has basic information on easy to read websites.
  • Learn English – Practice and learn English using several websites that include: Grammar, Vocabulary, Listening, Reading, Pronunciation and Writing. Test your progress with games and quizzes.
  • Get Your GED – Connect to websites that can help build your knowledge and skills you will need to pass the GED. You will also find general information about the GED and how to take the GED test in New York State.
  • TASC– The New York State Education Department (NYSED), Office of High School Equivalency, offers two brochures regarding two of subtests for the Test Accessing Secondary Completion (TASC).  The new brochures help students prepare for both the Math and Writing (Spanish Writing) subject area tests by providing guidelines as well as tips and strategies for the entire exam.
  • Basic Computer Tips – How computers work and tutorials on how to use software.
  • Driving Tests.org – Free Practice permit tests

 

Readers’ Advisory

  • NoveList K-8 Plus – Specifically targeting grades K-8, NoveList K-8 Plus provides reader-focused features such as reading recommendations, series information, book reviews, book jackets, and more.
  • NoveList Plus — Reader-focused features such as reading recommendations, series information, book reviews, book jackets, and more.

 

Jobs & Careers

  • Career & Education Counseling Service Programs (WEBS) – Specialized programs with trained professionals to guide you in your career path.
  • Current Job Postings – Job postings that have been sent to WLS for listing.
  • Brainfuse JobNow – JobNow is an innovative online service that provides expert reume help, real-time interview coaching and career advice. There are services to help every step of a job search.
  • Look for a Job – Learn more about finding a job, interviewing techniques and training. Special sections on exploring different careers, opportunities for young people and unemployment support.
  • Job and Career Accelerator  – A comprehensive, online job search system.
  • Learning Express: Career Center  – Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills? The LearningExpress Career Center can help!