All Online Resources

No library card? No problem! Residents of Berlin, East Berlin, and Kensington can register online.

eBooks, audiobooks & more

OverDrive
Download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, television, movies, and children’s materials No monthly borrowing limit. Works on nearly any device!

hoopla
Download ebooks, audiobooks, television, music, movies, comics & graphic novels, and children’s materials. Borrow up to 4 items per month. No waiting for holds–get immediate access!

RBdigital
Download ebooks and audiobooks, plus unlock subscriptions to AcornTV, Great Courses, IndieFlix, and Stingray Qello. No monthly borrowing limit.

  • Acorn TV
    Stream world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond.
  • The Great Courses
    Thousands of in-depth videos on subjects like; Science, History, Travel, Health & Wellness, Professional Development, Photography, Cooking and much more.
  • IndieFlix
    Watch pop culture favorites, box office hits, award-winning feature films, documentaries, and shorts.
  • Stingray Qello
    The world’s largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries—pop, rock, alternative, oldies, classical, electronic, funk, jazz, hip hop, metal, and more!

Flipster
Download magazines immediately!

 

Online Learning

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

The Great Courses
Thousands of in-depth videos on subjects like; Science, History, Travel, Health & Wellness, Professional Development, Photography, Cooking and much more.

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

 

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.

ReferenceUSA
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.

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

 

Investments

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.

 

Newspapers

Berlin Citizen from NewsBank
Search and browse full-text articles from the Berlin Citizen. Includes all articles 2001 to present. Free and ad-free!

Connecticut State Library Newspapers
Town newspapers, every daily newspaper and the majority of weekly papers, business newspapers and special interest publications; major national newspapers and indexes to newspaper collections.

New Britain Herald from NewsBank
Search and browse full-text articles from the New Britain Herald. Includes all articles 2000 to present. Free and ad-free!

NewsBank
NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues. Search and browse full-text articles from the Berlin Citizen (2001-present) and the New Britain Herald (2000-present) as well as many other news magazines. Free and ad-free! Plus, set up alerts for certain words or subjects.

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. 

 

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.

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

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

 

Travel

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

Ancestry.com 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.

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

HeritageQuest
A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

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.

 

Research

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!