All of the resources listed below are free to Ayer Library patrons. Some sites, like Ancestry.com and Newspapers.com, are accessible only on Ayer Library computers. Other sites, like Niche Academy and Rosetta Stone, can be accessed outside of the library through this web page.
New for 2020: Free access to BookBrowse for patrons of the Ayer Library!
Find your next great read with this interactive magazine for booklovers.
- Reviews, excerpts, recommendations and excerpts.
- Browsing 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.
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.
Ancestry Library Edition
Research your family history through census, land, military, and birth records. There are billions of records and documents at your disposal. This database is accessible through Ayer Library computers only. View Ancestry.com tutorial here
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.
The Boston Globe – Full text of The Boston Globe from 1980-present.
OneFile: News – Regional, national, and international newspapers.
Niche Academy is an online service that offers tutorials on popular websites and applications like Ancestry.com, Gale databases, various social media outlets, and OverDrive/Libby.
Consumer Reports Online
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 Consumer Reports tutorial here
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
Formerly AutoMate. 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
Digital Sanborn Maps – A digital collection of Mass. town maps spanning the years 1867 to 1970.
Freegal offers access to about 9 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 15,000 music videos. The collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels and over 100 countries.
Massachusetts residents may apply for a Boston Public Library eCard.
Get instant access to thousands of eBooks, databases, movies, audio files, & magazines.
Massachusetts Libraries Digital 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.
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.
World Book Online is an online encyclopedia useful for students and families. Log in with your library card barcode.
Mass.gov – Find out how to contact your state representative, renew your driver’s license online, search for a job or a flu clinic, and file your state tax returns online.
The State Library of Massachusetts
This site provides direct access to the online Central Registers, updated weekly.
Mass Trial Court Law Libraries
Access to the Mass. General Laws and Mass. legal forms.