Ayer Library

All of the resources listed below are free to Ayer Library patrons.


Genealogy/Historical Resources

ANCESTRY.COM LIBRARY EDITION

Research your family history through census, land, military, and birth records. There are billions of records and documents at your disposal. For a limited time only, Ancestry.com is fully accessible from home. View Ancestry.com tutorial here.

 

FOLD3

An Ancestry database that provides access to military records and documents. This database is accessible through Ayer Library computers only. View Fold3 tutorial here.

 

NEWSPAPERS.COM

A digital collection of past issues of newspapers from Northeastern states including local papers like the Lowell Sun, the Fitchburg Sentinel, and the Boston Globe. This database is accessible through Ayer Library computers only.

 

DIGITAL SANBORN MAPS

A digital collection of Massachusetts town maps spanning the years 1867 to 1970. This database is accessible through Ayer Library computers only.

 

MASS. DIGITAL LIBRARY COLLECTIONS

Libraries and organizations throughout Massachusetts and the U.S. are working together to make the resources of libraries, archives, and museums freely available to the public. Here you can find historical records and maps, works of art and culture, and research and scientific data.

 

THE BOSTON GLOBE

Full text of The Boston Globe from 1980-present.

 


How-To Guides

NICHE ACADEMY

An online service that offers tutorials on popular websites and applications like Ancestry.com, Gale databases, various social media outlets, and OverDrive/Libby.

 

ROSETTA STONE

Learn a new language or brush up on your knowledge with Rosetta Stone. Ayer Library gives you access to Unit 1 of over 25 languages. Headphones and a microphone are recommended for most lessons. View Rosetta Stone tutorial here.

 

AUTO REPAIR SOURCE

Contains do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. When logging in, your “Patron ID” is your library card barcode number. View Auto Repair Source tutorial here.


Education and Research

CONSUMER REPORTS

Get access to expert and unbiased ratings of over 5,000 products, plus expert buying advice, product comparisons, and user reviews. When logging in, your “Patron ID” is your library card barcode number. View the Consumer Reports tutorial here.

 

THE GREAT COURSES

This collection includes more than 250 courses, led by the world’s top experts, covering a broad range of subjects, such as science, mathematics, philosophy, history, literature, fine arts, music, travel, business, and personal development. Available through Libby/Overdrive under EXTRAS.

 

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WORLD BOOK

This online encyclopedia is useful for students and families. Log in with your library card barcode.

 

GALE DATABASES

Find information on a wide range of topics through Gale databases. Databases are organized by subject and age level. Browse through the list of available databases or search by subject.

View Gale Search Tools tutorial.

View Gale Virtual Reference Library tutorial here.

 

ONEFILE: NEWS

Regional, national, and international newspapers.

 

MEDLINE PLUS

An excellent source of health information from the world’s largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information that is authoritative and up-to-date.


Entertainment

INDIEFLIX

Stream classic and contemporary features, award-winning shorts, film festival favorites, and documentaries from around the world. Available through Libby/Overdrive under EXTRAS.

 

QELLO CONCERTS

Stream the world’s largest collection of on-demand full-length music performances, concert films, and music documentaries. Available through Libby/Overdrive under EXTRAS.

 

NOVELIST PLUS

Find your next great read with Novelist Plus! Book recommendations and read-a-likes based on interest, subject, title, author, and reading level.  View NoveList Plus tutorial here

 

BOOKBROWSE

Find your next great read with this interactive magazine for booklovers. Browse by genre, time period, geographical setting, and theme. Handpicked “If you like this, try these” recommendations for thousands of authors and books. Resources for book clubs including recommended reads by theme, reading guides & online book club discussions. One-click links to the CW/MARS library catalog to check if the book is available.

 

WOWBRARY

Receive weekly alerts about the Ayer Library’s newest books, movies, and music.

 

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    Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
    Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
    Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
    Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
    Closed Sunday and Monday

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    Ayer, MA 01432