A valid library card is required for PowerLibrary resources and resources available to Erie County Public Library (ECPL), PLEC (Public Libraries of Erie County), and Crawford County. Web resources available on the Internet are free sites recommended by librarians.
Power Library resources are made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.
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BookFlix is an online literacy resource for grades pre-K-3 that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning. Power Library resource ~ Library Card required.
Books, Movies, & More in a PA Library is the shared AccessPA database for books, movies, audio, reference materials owned by over 2,600 libraries across Pennsylvania and their combined collections of over 43 million books, audio materials, reference materials, movies, and much more.
EBSCO E-Books offers over 16,000 eBooks from the world's leading publishers across all major subject areas. Selected eBooks may be downloaded to portable devices.
GALE Books & Authors lets you discover fiction and non-fiction books that match your interest from every level of reading proficiency and enables users to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics from more than 240,000 titles. Power Library resource ~ Library Card required.
GALE Contemporary Authors offers biographical coverage of more than 100,000 writers and entries on contemporary authors. Power Library resource ~Library Card required.
GALE Literature Criticism Online gives access to Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism (Vol. 1-276) & Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (Vol. 1-285) representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras, and genres presented as digitized pdfs. There are also reader versions of full text and excerpts. Download, print and email articles, as well as citations and translations into multiple languages. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library card required - Also available to Crawford County residents.
GALE LitFinder offers content from more than full-text poems, poem citations and excerpts, full-text short stories and novels, full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, full-text speeches, and full-text plays. It also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary. Within LitFinder's collection, users can access works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities. Power Library resource ~ Library Card required.
Find your next read with Novelist, featuring fiction, non-fiction, and audio-book recommendations for adults, teens and children. Let Novelist help you find award-winners, best-sellers, read-a-likes, genre-based reads, and much more based on your preferences. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library Card required.
With hoopla you can instantly access thousands of e-books, comic books, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, and full music albums 24/7 for instant streaming or temporary downloading to smartphones, tablets,and computers. Visit hoopladigital.com or download the free hoopla digital mobile app to your Android, IOS, or Kindle Fire device to begin enjoying thousands of titles. All titles available are available and hoopla's automatic return feature eliminates late fees. 6 titles per month are available to borrow. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library Card required.
OverDrive Digital Media find e-book, and e-audio formats for adult, teen, and children’s fiction, nonfiction, popular authors, and more to download to your computer or compatible device. Compatible with most eReaders, smartphones and other devices, including Kindle. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library Card required.
Consumer Health Complete provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles. Power Library resource. Library Card required.
Healthfinder.gov is a U.S. government site with links to health and medical news, databases, journals and other information from government, non-profit and academic sources.
Health and Wellness Resource Center offers 24/7 access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more.
MedlinePlus, maintained by the National Institutes of Health, is for those interested in reliable information on prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Many other health-related resources are also listed.
ErieSprout.com allows people to search for community services in Erie County 24/7 days a week. The website is a user-friendly tool for individuals and families to search for the resources and services they need.
The Foundation Center is available for In-Library use only at the Blasco Memorial Library. The Erie County Public Library is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center, As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Erie County Public Library provides visitors with free public access to grant maker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management and the Foundation Center’s online directory. Please contact the Reference Department for more information or please call the library directly.
Foundation Directory Online provides access to an wealth of timely, comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants. Included is a database of over 140,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of over 4,000 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; a database of over 3.8 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of over 1 million recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF. Available for In-Library Use Only.
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is one of the most comprehensive databases of foundations that provide a wide range of funding support for individuals looking for scholarships, student loans and fellowships. Updated weekly. Available for In-Library Use Only.
Grantspace is the Foundation Center’s learning community for the social sector, providing easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations. At Grantspace you can connect immediately with one of our librarians, find classes & events happening at our field offices and online, listen, hear, and read advice from funders and nonprofit experts, find answers to your questions in our Knowledge Base, and find your closest location to access Foundation Center resources for free.
Guidestar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. The Guidestar website provides information on every IRS-registered nonprofit, including each nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and so much more. To use this resource, you will need to create an account.