Educational Resources and Websites

Resources and Websites for the Quarantine

  • Words Alive! #QuaranTEENS
    Activities to help you cope with COVID-19 and learn from the news.
  • TeachingBooks Home Edition
    Available through September 15, delve into the world of young adult books. Experience read-along performances of favorite titles that are translatable into 100+ languages.
  • Scholastic
    Free online courses. The educational company has launched a “Learn at Home” website that has daily courses for students.
  • Breakout EDU Fun @ Home
    Access a collection of free educational digital games for kids in grades K-12.

Featured Online Resources

AtoZ Food America

A to Z Food America – Little Dixie Regional Libraries AtoZ Food America is a United States focused database with recipes and food culture from all 50 states. It also includes historical recipes and information about regional cuisines.

AtoZ Maps Online

Digital Information Products for Libraries | World Trade PressAtoZ Maps Online provides a wide variety of city, state, and country maps – both current and historical. You can find climate, ecology, and topographic maps. There are historical maps and maps about empires and exploration. It even includes a section about world flags!

AtoZ World Food

AtoZ World Food and Food America - Plainfield-Guilford Township Public LibraryRecipes and food culture from around the world. AtoZ World Food covers the cuisine of more than 200 different countries, including beverages!

Britannica Moderna

Britannica Moderna logoBritannica Moderna es Enciclopedia española para estudiantes mayores y educadores. Incluye artículos, imágenes, mapas, tablas, cronologías, así como un completo diccionario y atlas. | Britannica Moderna is a Spanish encyclopedia for older students and educators. It includes articles, images, maps, tables, timelines, as well as a complete dictionary and atlas


Learn a new skill or hobby with 1,000+ award-winning art & craft video classes, taught by recognized design experts and artists. You can also see a list of project videos before logging in. MA Permit Practice

Free RMV permit practice tests, including 11 car practice tests, 6 motorcycle practice tests, 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and an FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.

Please Note: is not affiliated with or evaluated by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. The official RMV Driver’s Manual is available on their website, along with additional driver’s education information.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopaedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and Web sites.

Environmental Studies

Product - Products - support.gale.comGale In Context: Environmental Studies provides comprehensive information via case studies, news, reference materials, academic journals, and videos so learners can critically analyze and understand important environmental issues that affect people around the world. Explore topics including water privatization, ecotourism, pollution, green economy, and more.

Expanded Academic ASAP

Collection of scholarly journals and general interest titles that covers everything from art and literature to economics and the sciences.

General OneFile

Our largest general-interest periodical resource allows you to find the information you want quickly, with intuitive searching that ensures you tap into quality sources.

Global Road Warrior

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the 175+ countries around the world. Useful for business travelers, tourists, and students. Topics for each country include society and culture, travel essentials, business culture, communications, traditions, and even includes recipes for ethnic dishes.

Interactive Science

Gale Interactive: Science is a highly visual online learning tool that takes visual-spatial learning to the next level by bringing the science lab online. High-value, multi-media digital content selected from authoritative classroom resources is paired with interactive 3D models to deliver a virtual laboratory simulation experience for students in middle school and high school grades.

Libby by Overdrive: Downloadable eAudiobooks & eBooks

Libby by OverDrive - Memphis Public LibrarieseAudiobooks, eBooks, Magazines, and more that you can download and listen to on your computer, your mobile device, or tablet.

Reading on Kindle? Find help here for getting Libby books to your device with Amazon.

Have a long wait for a hold in Libby? Try a search on Hoopla Digital, a great source of e-books, e-audiobooks and more with no waiting!

Lingo LITE

Lingo Lite LogoLingo LITE offers basic vocabulary training in 30 different languages, perfect for travelers and beginning language learners. Users can choose both the interface language and the language of study, and the instructional video and audio is presented by native speakers. You can also access Lingo LITE through their app, available in your smart device’s app store for free.

Massachusetts Legal Forms Library

Gale LegalForms: Massachusetts Legal Forms Library offers a wide selection of essential state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms that may be customized for the most common legal procedures. These forms are used by attorneys and law firms. Includes real estate contracts, wills, premarital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant, and many others.

Niche Academy: Online Learning

Tutorials created by staff in Chelmsford and libraries across the country, focusing on educational topics across a variety of subjects: business, finance, evaluating online information, health, research skills, and more. Click into any tutorial for a step-by-step guide, with text, graphic, and video instructions. We also take suggestions for new tutorials!

Niche Academy: Technology Learning

Tutorials created by staff in Chelmsford and libraries across the country, focusing on technology and research topics. Click into any tutorial for a step-by-step guide, with text, graphic, and video instructions, on topics such as using Microsoft Word, using Instragram, researching your family’s genealogy, buying a new computer, and more. We also take suggestions for new tutorials!

Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context)

Provides coverage of topics in today’s news from multiple points of view, to help researchers evaluate topics from different angles. Find information in reference articles, infographics, news, images, video, audio, and more.

Peterson’s Test Prep your scores and increase your chances of admission with all-inclusive test prep for over 185 exams, including SAT, ACT, and AP tests.

Rocket Languages

Presents a multi-faceted method (video, audio, games, quizzes, etc) for learning conversational language skills, including grammar and culture lessons, with both online and downloadable learning options. Languages include: French, German, Italian, Spanish (Latin American), Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Arabic, English (from Spanish), American Sign Language.

Science In Context

Contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics, with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.


Print Materials

Additional school-related books are available

  • The majority of our education-related print resources are located on the EDU shelves, on the lower level next to the Teen Services Desk. Each call number starts with EDU, and ends with the year the book was published:
    • Paying for School – EDU/Money
    • School Guides & Directories – EDU/Schools
    • Test Prep Books – EDU/Test
  • Books about the education system are available in the regular non-fiction shelves in the 370s
  • Car repair resources are located on the lower level of the Main Library by the Local History Room, on the Car Repair tables
  • Career and professional school exam prep books are located on the lower level of the Main Library by the Reference Desk, on the Career tables


Additional Online Resources

  • Open Culture – This website is a hub for digital education, with links to thousands of online courses, free movies, free audiobooks, and free textbooks
  • edX – This nonprofit, open source platform offers free online courses from college and university partners
  • Khan Academy – Primarily video based, free lessons on a variety of subjects
  • MIT Open Courseware – Access to hundreds of MIT courses for free, including access to recorded lectures, course materials, and some textbooks
  • High School Ace – An academic homepage for high school students where you can find links to subject sites, news, and reference sites
  • Study Stack – Find or create flashcards or other study activities for a variety of standardized tests and subjects
  • MCAS Test Questions – MA Dept. of Education’s list of tests for the last five years
  • MCAS Practice Tests – A place to find numerous MCAS practice tests
  • The World Fact Book Online – Facts on every country and geographic entity in the world
  • The US Historical Documents Archive – Contains the text of famous speeches, songs, documents, and more
  • FactMonster – For fast information!
  • Science Experiments for All Around Your Home – from HomeAdvisor