Research just about anything! Not sure where to start? Give us a call at 860-828-7126.

Books & Reading

Find your next great read! Search unique story elements like appeal, genre, and theme; find read-alikes; find the next book in your series; and more!

People & Business

Consumer Reports
Research products before you buy them! Consumer Reports is a nonprofit organization dedicated to unbiased product testing and research, education, and advocacy.

Get live job coaching, resume assistance, computer training, and more to help with your job search.

Connect with an expert to learn more about eligible VA benefits and community resources, plus help transitioning your resume from military to civilian careers.

Reference Solutions
Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) has vital information on people, businesses, consumers, healthcare providers, new movers & homeowners, as well as historical business information. Business executives can find valuable sales leads, conduct market research or competitive analysis, and do effective marketing & outreach. Students are able to reference this data for research projects and job seekers may find gainful employment.


Value Line
The same great Value Line, now in an easy-to read online format! Get up-to-date investment information, research, and education. Provided in part by generous donations from Mr. Stankevich and John and Ruth Day.

Please note: The library’s Value Line subscription can only support 6 users at a time. If you receive an error message that says “VALUE LINE SIMULTANEOUS USER LIMIT REACHED,” please try back later.

Weiss Ratings
Get financial strength ratings for banks, credit unions, and insurance; as well as investment ratings for stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds.


NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues. Search and browse full-text articles from newspapers and news magazines. Free and ad-free! Plus, set up alerts for certain words or subjects.

  • New Britain Herald
    Search and browse full-text articles from the New Britain Herald. Includes all articles 2000 to present.
  • Berlin Citizen
    Search and browse full-text articles from the Berlin Citizen. Includes all articles 2001 to present.

The New York Times

Access The New York Times news from home or in the library — plus 25+ customizable newsletters, access to the Today’s Paper web app, and mini crosswords!

The New York Times Digital uses a redeemable code to process your free library access. Click “Redeem,” then sign in to your New York Times account. If you don’t have a New York Times account, you can make one for free. When your code runs out, simply return to this page to request another code. 

The Wall Street Journal

Access The Wall Street Journal news from home or in the library!

The Wall Street Journal uses a redeemable code to process your free library access. If you already have an account, click SIGN IN. If you don’t have an account, enter your information to set up a free account. When your code runs out, simply return to this page to request another code.

You are not permitted to share your sign-on credentials with any other person whatsoever.

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Learn & Create

AtoZ World Food
Explore food culture, recipes, ingredients, and more! Learn about food from around the world, with recipes for traditional beverages, appetizers, soups, salads, breads, entrees, side dishes, desserts, and snacks.

Chilton Auto Repair
Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs, including step-by-step service and repair procedures, labor estimating, diagrams, close-up photographs and illustrations, and ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams.

Watch more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

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Live online tutoring available every day, 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm, plus expert writing assistance, flashcards, tests, and private virtual study rooms.

Access video courses to learn popular software and computer basics; plus tools to help you build your resume, find a career, search for jobs and internships, and discover schools and scholarships.

Mango Languages
Learn a new language with easy daily lessons! Pick from 64 different languages, including English as a Second Language (ESL). Mango even has an auto-play mode for learning in your car.

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AtoZ The USA
Going on vacation? AtoZ has fantastic online travel guides and information for all fifty states.

AtoZ World Travel
Going on vacation? AtoZ has fantastic online travel guides and information for countries all over the world.

Genealogy In-Library Use Only
With 7 billion genealogical records from across the globe and millions of family trees, this is the world’s largest online family history resource.

While the library is closed, Berlin-Peck patrons can access from home! Just use the first five digits of your library card to log in.

Berlin High School Yearbooks
Full-color scanned yearbooks from Berlin High School available online, 1936 to 2010.

Connecticut State Library Genealogy
All of the Connecticut State Library’s online genealogy resources, including newspaper archives, databases, magazines, repositories, primary source materials, and more.

Fold3 Library Edition provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Historical Name Index
The Historical Name Index is an index of Kensington, Berlin, and East Berlin families. Due to the scarcity of information some names may be only a listing. There may be some entries taken from recent obituaries but most of the information is historical in nature.

FamilySearch Affiliate

FamilySearch is a free, non-profit, volunteer-driven genealogy organization that holds billions of birth, death, marriage, military, migration, and other types of records. FamilySearch also allows you to build your own personal family tree. To use FamilySearch, you must create your own (free!) account.

As an affiliate, Berlin-Peck is able to provide access to limited-access FamilySearch databases. These databases can only be accessed inside the library, but the rest of FamilySearch can be used at home.


Connecticut State Library
Archives, records, museums, and services provided by the Connecticut State Library.

Connecticut State Library Archive
Records from Connecticut state government departments, commissions, and offices; non-governmental institutions, organizations, and churches; tax lists and other official records from Connecticut towns.

Connecticut State Library Databases
Online searchable databases with legal, biographical, genealogical, government, and general information, including indexes, journals, and online newspapers available on-site at the Connecticut State Library.

Connecticut State Library Digital Collections
Historical photos and papers; account books, diaries, and journals; photographs of Connecticut; Connecticut State Library history; court documents; library items; State Archives items; law and legislation; legislative histories; newspapers; portraits; and more.

ResearchIT CT
Journal, magazine, newspaper articles, downloadable audiobooks and ebooks for Connecticut residents with valid CT public library card numbers.

Salem History
Comprehensive information on historical events and provides biographical sketches.

World Book
The classic encyclopedia you used throughout your childhood—online!