Databases, eBooks & More

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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Biography & Genealogy

Erie County Public Library Obituary Listings is the online index to the Library’s microfilm collection, covering from 1822 to the present. A print version of the index and microfilm of the Erie newspapers are available for viewing in the Heritage Room on the second floor of the Blasco Library. Obituaries can also be obtained by mail/e-mail for a fee.

Gale Contemporary Authors offers biographical coverage of more than 100,000 writers and entries on contemporary authors. Power Library resource ~Library Card required.

Fold3 is a genealogy database that features collections of original records including stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Coverage spans from the Revolutionary War to today, with some additional international sources. ECPL Resource ~ Library Card required.

Heritage Quest provides comprehensive information for conducting genealogical and local history research. ECPL Resource ~ Library Card required.

American Ancestors: Available for in-library use only in the Blasco Library’s Heritage Room


Ancestry.com - Library Edition: Available for in-library use only in the Blasco Library’s Heritage Room

Chronicling America is a collection of American newspapers from 1836 to 1922 digitized by the Library of Congress. Users can search by state and by years.

Cyndi's List is a genealogy website that indexes thousands of Internet resources. Categories such as official records, research and reference tools, ethnic groups, religions, and more are organized for ease in searching.


Family Search The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides genealogy information free of charge. The research guidance service on the site is an interactive wizard that offers detailed help.  Patrons will need to create a free Family Search account in order to access genealogy records.

Books, Reading & Literature Criticism

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.

Business & Finance

AtoZdatabases gives you the power to search for information on over 30 million businesses, 2.3 million jobs, and people - including background, criminal and genealogy. Develop sales leads, mailing lists, market research, find employment opportunities, and more. iOS mobile app available. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library Card required.

GALE Business Insights: Essentials delivers  full-text articles and statistical data about companies and industries for business owners, marketing professionals, investors, and students.  Instantly analyze and compare financial and statistical data with interactive charting tools. Find detailed financial reports, SWOT reports, company histories, detailed company profiles, and much more.  Power Library resource ~ Library Card required.


Morningstar Investment Research Center is designed for individual investors, the e-resource includes research on more than 41,000 stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds. ECPL resource ~ Library Card required.

BusinessUSA is an official website of the U.S. Government where you can locate Business Assistance Centers & Events right here in Erie. Also  explore business tools & resources that will help you start or grow your business, find resources for Veterans, help with hiring employees, health care and tax questions, business finance, and much more.

Pennsylvania Workforce Statistics access fast-facts, Labor & Industry research and reports, current employment statistics statewide by county - with monthly updates, and the latest news about the Pennsylvania workforce.

Children's Resources

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.

CyberSmarts is an interactive ebook collection offers users a safe, simulated Internet experience with hands-on instruction on how to deal with important online safety issues. Power Library resource ~ Library Card required.

Kid InfoBits  assists elementary students in K-5 to find age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics such as animals, arts, geography, health, literature, people, social studies, technology, etc. Power Library resource ~ Library Card required.

TrueFLIX provides eBooks that are enhanced with a related content including primary sources, fiction, videos, audio clips, images, and related websites. Power Library resource ~ Library Card required.

BBC Animals find out about a variety of animals, where and how they live, and the latest news about them.

beanz explores computer science and software programming. It's for kids, parents, teachers, and adults who want to learn and have fun with technology. Access current and archived issues as a Erie County Public Library cardholder.

Consumer Resources

Better Business Bureau’s website contains information about businesses and charitable organizations throughout the country to help consumers make informed decisions.

Consumer Reports presents articles on cars, health, home appliances & electronics, as well as information about public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial & regulatory actions that affect consumers from 1985-Present. Also available to Crawford County residents. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library Card required.

How to use Consumer Reports:

Current Topics & Controversies

Issues & Controversies (from Infobase Learning) provides exclusive, extensive coverage of hundreds of today's hot topics, with unbiased analysis and rich related resources.  Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library Card required.

Erie Times-News on NewsBank find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the Erie Times-News. 1995-current. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library card required.

Education & Test Preparation

ePrep will help you improve your SAT, ACT, PSAT and PLAN scores. Take practice tests under timed conditions, have them graded online, and immediately launch into video reviews. ECPL/Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library card required. Also available to Crawford County residents.

GALE Educator's Reference Complete provides access over 1,100 academic journals and ERIC database reports in the field of education. Key subject areas include administration, bilingual education, child development and psychology, funding, health education, technology, and testing. Power Library resource. Library Card required.

GALE InfoTrac Student Edition gives secondary school students will have access to age-appropriate content from magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, and engaging multi-media covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political science, sports, and environmental studies. Power Library resource. Library Card required.

TERC - the Testing & Education Reference Center offers test preparation & practice exams for high school, college entrance, professional certification and licensing, military, and civil service. Peterson's ebooks are available as well as tools for Career Assessment, a Resume Builder and the Virtual Careers Library. ECPL/Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library card required. Also available to Crawford County residents.

Universal Class is an online continuing education program offering hundreds of course options, live instructor feedback, and Continuing Education Units(CEU) credits. Over 500 video-based courses are available for anyone interested in professional or personal growth. Learn on your own time, at your own pace with wide range of subjects: including computer skills, interview skills, ESL, GED, personal finance, cooking, gardening, and yoga. Also available to Crawford County residents. ECPL/Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library card required.


Peterson’s website contains school information from kindergarten through graduate programs. Also included are career information, resume help, and strategies for planning for and financing an education.

Government & Law

Erie County’s official website links to services and information for county residents. Property assessments, links to county services and agencies, forms, court records and more.

First.gov is the official portal of the U.S. federal government. First.gov puts users in touch with elected officials and government agencies.

IRS website provides Federal tax information and planning help for individuals, business, tax professionals, charitable and non-profit organizations and government entities.

State of Pennsylvania’s official website connects Pennsylvania residents with services such as driver’s licensing and vehicle registration, state tax forms and instructions, tourism information and links to state agencies and officials.

U.S. Census Bureau provides complete census information for the U.S. Much of the information from the website can be downloaded at no charge, special census products can be purchased.

Health & Medicine

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.

Job & Career Resources

AtoZdatabases gives you the power to search for information on over 30 million businesses, 2.3 million jobs, and people - including background, criminal and genealogy. Develop sales leads, mailing lists, market research, find employment opportunities, and more. iOS mobile app available. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library Card required.

How to job search using AtoZdatabases:

TERC  the Testing & Education Reference Center offers test preparation & practice exams for high school, college entrance, professional certification and licensing, military, and civil service. Peterson's ebooks are available as well as tools forCareer Assessment, a Resume Builder and the Virtual Careers Library. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library card required. Also available to Crawford County residents.

How to use TERC:

Universal Class is an online continuing education program offering hundreds of course options, live instructor feedback, and Continuing Education Units(CEU) credits. Over 500 video-based courses are available for anyone interested in professional or personal growth. Learn on your own time, at your own pace with wide range of subjects: including computer skills, interview skills, ESL, GED, personal finance, cooking, gardening, and yoga. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library card required. Also available to Crawford County residents.

How to find courses on Universal Class:

Glassdoor provides library patrons with free unlimited access to job search, company reviews, salary and interview data. With over 340,000 listed companies and 15 million job postings, patrons can prepare for their next career move.

Occupational Outlook Handbook is the Bureau of Labor Statistics guide to career information about hundreds of occupations including information on what workers do, the work environment, education, training, pay, the job outlook, similar occupations, and other qualifications.


PA CareerLink JobGateway is for Job-Seekers and Employers, with over 200,000 job openings, JobGateway® is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s initiative to transform the landscape of how job-seekers find family sustaining jobs and how employers find the skilled candidates that they need.

Pennsylvania Job Resources a listing of useful PA Job resources from government entities provide by POWER Library.

Language Learning

Transparent Languages features unlimited access to more than 100 online language courses, packed with pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary-building lessons. Click here for a full list of languages.  Write or speak your answers, practice pronunciation by slowing down the on-screen examples, and converse with native speakers through interactive videos. Learn on your own time, at your own pace in the library, at home, or on the go  with mobile apps for the iPhone® and Android™. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library Card required.*

Magazines & Newspapers

 AP Images (Associated Press) gives you access to the greatest events in world history with photographs, audio sound bites, video, and graphics, with new content daily. Power Library resource ~ Library Card required. Power Library resource. Library Card required.

Access World News through Newsbank provides extensive coverage to help find information at every level—international, national, regional, state and local. This fully searchable resource features news content from all 50 U.S. states as well as more than 5,900 international news sources from 172 countries.  Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library card required.

Erie Times-News on NewsBank find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the Erie Times-News. 1995-current. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library card required.

Gale InfoTrac Newsstand Browse and read full-text newspapers from more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers with thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts, and transcripts. Power Library resource ~ Library Card required. Power Library resource. Library Card required.

Beanz
Bi-monthly magazine that explores computer science and software programming. It's for kids, parents, teachers, and adults who want to learn and have fun with technology. Access current and archived issues as a Erie County Public Library cardholder.

Chronicling America is a collection of American newspapers from 1836 to 1922 digitized by the Library of Congress. Users can search by state and by years.

Music & Film

hoopla Library card holders can visit hoopladigital.com or download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android, IOS, or Kindle Fire device to begin enjoying thousands of titles. E-books, comic books, and audiobooks, as well as movies, tv shows and full music albums are available to borrow 24/7 for instant streaming or temporary downloading to smartphones, tablets and computers. All titles available are available and hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees. 6 titles per month are available to borrow. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library Card required.

Allmusic allows you to search a large database of music information that includes biographies, discographies, genre charts, and reviews.

IMDB  (Internet Movie Database) is a comprehensive, fact-filled site about movies and television shows.

Nonprofit & Grant Opportunites

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.

Reference & Research

Access World News through Newsbank provides extensive coverage to help find information at every level—international, national, regional, state and local. This fully searchable resource features news content from all 50 U.S. states as well as more than 5,900 international news sources from 172 countries. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library card required.

AtoZdatabases gives you the power to search for information on over 30 million businesses, 2.3 million jobs, and people - including background, criminal and genealogy. Develop sales leads, mailing lists, market research, find employment opportunities, and more. iOS mobile app available. Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library Card required.

GALE Academic OneFile Find peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals in the areas of the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, technology, literature, and more. Power Library resource ~ Library Card required.

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 General OneFile is a general-interest periodical resource offering nearly more than 15,000 titles with more than 8,800 in full text. With millions of articles available in PDF and HTML full-text, the collection is also supplemented by reference, newspaper, and audio content. Power Library resource ~ Library Card required.

GALE GREENR, Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources, offers resources for environment and sustainability studies with news, background information, video, commentaries, primary source documents and statistics in relevant topic areas such as energy systems, healthcare, food, climate change, population, and economic development. Power Library resource. Library Card required.

GALE Research in Context offers reliable and trusted information on a variety of topics to support middle school student research for government, U.S and world history, geography, literature, sciences, and social issues.

Gale Virtual Reference Library provides online reference for history, international culture, and science with titles including American Decades 1990-1999, Food Cultures of the World, and Experiment Central.  Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library card required. Also available to Crawford County residents.  Power Library resource ~ Library Card required.

Science Reference Center research hundreds of full text science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other reliable sources. View more than 280,000 high-quality science images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library.

The World Fact Book  website published by the Central Intelligence Agency of the U.S., contains statistics for countries around the world, including images of flags and reference maps in a variety of formats.

Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs website includes over 14 million digitized images from the Library of Congress image collection.

Science & Technology

Science Reference Center research database contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other reliable sources. In addition, the database includes more than 280,000 high-quality science images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic, and the Nature Picture Library. Power Library resource ~Library Card required.

How Stuff Works provides easy to read explanations of how things work. The site lets you upload photos and videos to help supplement the written content.

NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's website, provides information of current and past NASA space missions, photo galleries, information about Earth and the Solar System, as well as offers a variety of resources for students and educators.