Virtual Library

The Online Library is a collection of links to virtual library services available from home, 24/7. Many of these will require a separate log-in using your Manchester Public Library Account Information (your library card number and PIN). Your PIN is the last four digits of your phone number. Some of these services are only available to Manchester residents, other services are only available to members of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium. If you need help using these services, please contact the library at 978-526-7711, or email at manchester at or attend a once-a-month Saturday Tech Talk session beginning in September 2015.  Each session will focus on introducing you to a different service each month.

Massachusetts Virtual Catalogask a Librarian for help.
The Massachusetts Virtual Catalog allows you to search for items owned by libraries across the state of Massachusetts. If the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) does NOT have an item available you may request it be sent to the Manchester Public Library for pickup. (New and audio-visual material may be restricted.)

 A to Z the World is the world’s most comprehensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture and customs worldwide. AtoZ the World is comprised of 175 Country Guides of 107 topics each. No other single resource covers so many topics, so well, for so many countries.  For Manchester residents, use your library card number to log in.

A TO Z World Travel is a comprehensive, informative, and fun e-content travel database offering free and exclusive tourist and culture information on more than 160 of the top travel destinations in North America and around the globe.  For Manchester residents, use your library card number to log in.


Get an E-Card
What is an E-Card? BPL eCards are virtual library cards that allow users immediate remote access to all of the Boston Public Library’s electronic resources, including magazine databases, downloadable audio, video and music. eCard users who wish to check out library materials will be asked to upgrade to a standard BPL card.


Encyclopedia Britannica for Adults


Encyclopedia Britannica for Students


Commonwealth eBook Collection

Check out the new Commonwealth eBook Collections! Here, Massachusetts residents can access digital content for free using the resources from all of the vendors that we are currently partnering with: Axis360, EBL, and Biblioboard. When you find the item you are looking for, simply click to download. Depending on the device you are using you may be required to download an app or other reader. You will also need your library card number and PIN. For further assistance email Rachael at




Search EBSCO for:
is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, What We’re Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists. For school media specialists and teachers there are Picture Book Extenders and articles on Teaching with Fiction.

GreenFile a bibliographic database of information about environmental concerns, Global warming, energy conservation, natural resources, and pollution. GreenFILE covers content going back more than 35 years and contains bibliographic backfiles to volume one, issue one for Bioscience, Journal of Environmental Planning & Management , Journal of Ecology, and Conservation Biology and these backfiles are unique to GreenFILE. The database also contains bibliographic information for key non-scholarly titles such as: E -The Environmental Magazine, Natural Life, and Mother Earth News. The database contains nearly 300,000 records, full text for certain titles and searchable cited references for more than 200 titles as well. GreenFILE is The database includes information for individuals, such as installing solar panels and recycling; for corporations needing information on green agriculture, hybrid cars or waste management; as well as, environmental laws, regulations and studies. The goal is for GreenFILE to be a practical tool for everyday information and a resource for academic study and classroom activities.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstract (LISTA) indexes more than 690 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

Teacher Reference Center (TRC) – This index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books is now offered free via the EBSCOhost platform. This database provides coverage on key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more for K-12 Teachers & Librarians.

Click here for the Freading Newsletter.

Library Ebooks for your EReading device.

1)      You need to have a Manchester Library card and PIN.  Although is visible on the World Wide Web, you will be prompted for a valid library card before you can actually download a book.

2)     You need to decide on what device that you will read the eBooks. The most popular devices that are compatible with Freading eBooks are:

  • Any computer or laptop running a Windows or Mac platform with at least a modest hard drive, some free RAM, and a browser that has been updated in the past year or two.  Major browsers such as IE, Safari, Firefox, and Chrome will show the site just fine.
  • The nook family of devices from Barnes & Noble.  We have specifically tested the nook Color and the Simple Touch Reader.  The nook devices are not compatible with direct wireless downloading of Freading eBooks, but they accept transfers from your PC or Mac through a simple process.
  • The Apple iPad® and iPhone®.   The Freading eBook service has a free application in the Apple App Store which you can download.   You must use the general browser to access your library’s Freading site, then you download the eBook into the application.  Direct downloading from within the application is not possible.
  • Most Android™ based tablets and phones.   We say “most” because some devices are Android based, but do not allow access to the full Android App Market, but a subset of that store.   The Freading eBook Service has a free application in the Android app Market, and tablets that allow you to download the app include tablets from Motorola, Sony, Samsung and Acer, among others.  Downloading is possible from within the Freading Android App.
  • The Kobo Ereader and Vox tablet.  The Freading App is in the Getjar App store.
  • The Kindle Fire, but not other Kindle Devices.  The Kindle Fire accepts 3rd party apps through a few extra steps as indicated below.

3)    You need to open an account for Adobe® Digital Editions software no matter what device you intend to use, even if you are downloading directly to a wireless device.   Adobe Digital Editions is a software program similar to itunes in that it manages downloads and stores the eBooks on most devices (an exception would be when you use the Freading app, as that will store the eBooks).  Adobe Digital Editions is the key to services like Freading.   The eBooks are wrapped in its software, and the software controls the experience for the most part.   It is highly recommended that if you do not have an account with Adobe Digital Editions that you establish one now (it is free) as your first order of business.   The Freading eBook site can tell you whether the Adobe Digital Editions software is on your computer.

  • Have any questions? Email:
  • Check out Freading’s new titles on the Freading Blog!


Freegal Download 3 tracks per week.

Freegal Download 5 tracks per week.

What is Freegal?

Freegal is a downloadable music service from your library. All you need is your Manchester Library card number and your PIN. With access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, it offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels, all without having to download software or have any digital rights management (DRM) issues to deal with. Access to Freegal is limited to patrons of  the Manchester Public Library.

FREEGALNEWSLETTERClick here to sign up for Freegal Newsletter.


The Lincoln Library of Essential Information and Encyclopedia of Mythology

FactCite is a fully searchable online information resource brought to you by The Lincoln Library Press. It enables student researchers and teachers to easily navigate through a vast amount of information. Student researchers can search or browse the vast selection of textual information as well as make use of other helpful features, such as printable full-color and outline illustrations and maps. Bonus material in our Greek & Roman section enhances comprehension with features such as a gods and heroes equivalency chart, a Greek alphabet chart, and classroom plays. You need a valid Manchester Public Library card to access the database.



Your Massachusetts public or campus library card and a computer with Internet access will transform your PC into an information mecca accessing millions of commercial full-text magazine and newspaper articles, as well as thousands of books. The latest magazines are often online BEFORE they even hit the newsstands!

Now, easier to use state-wide databases, authenticate via geo-location. Patrons in Massachusetts are able to automatically access statewide databases without logging in. Patrons can still use the databases from out-of-state locations, but will be prompted to enter their library barcode number. Try out a couple of fun and interesting databases!


Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture Collection
Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture. A fertile and growing collection, this collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.


Hospitality, Leisure, and Tourism Collection
With current and relevant content from industry journals, travel guides and magazines this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field, while also allowing for focused study of specialized aspects of the industry – including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, economic aspects of tourism, and more.


Gale Virtual Reference

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Check out some great new sources like “From Green Industries to Green Jobs” and “Space Sciences” that are available!

Additional Gale Services for Manchester residents.
(Use your library card barcode to enter.)

Career Transitions

Career Transitions is an online career guidance center that walks users through the job-search process from beginning to end. It brings together all the tools needed to explore and take the leap to a new career. Career Transitions employs a step-by-step approach to help people: 1) explore new career possibilities; 2) assess their interests and experience; 3) identify ways to improve their prospects, including networking and education; 4) prepare for a job search; and 5) search and apply for jobs.

Testing & Education Reference Center

Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs. Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals.

1888 through current issue.  Plus National Geographic Kids, National Geographic Traveler.

1888 through current issue. Plus National Geographic Kids, National Geographic Traveler.

Online streaming service provider of award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world.

Recorded Books’ online streaming service provider of award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world.


Universal Knowledge to All People

A Daily Almanac of Massachusetts History


Access high school memories from your home! The Library now has available fully searchable digital versions of some of Manchester Essex Regional High School yearbooks up to 2015. This was made possible by the Boston Public Library and their Statewide Digitization Project. To check them out go to the library’s website at or on the Internet Archive at


Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more.


Coordinated by the National Library of Medicine, the NN/LM is a network of health science libraries and information centers throughout the United States. The NN/LM provides health care professionals and the public equal access to biomedical and health care information resources.

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After a quick one-time account set-up process, you will be able to checkout and download audiobooks from Recorded Books.

After a quick one-time account set-up process, you will be able to checkout and download classic titles in ebook and audiobook format from Recorded Books.


Download audio & Ebooks

Click here for Overdrive tutorial.Click here for a list of compatible devices.

Full-text coverage of the Boston Globe.

A collection of 3,500 technology, digital media books and videos online.

Critical essays on authors and their works.

Magill’s Literary Annuals (1977-2013)

And 23 Critical Insights volumes on the following authors:

Isabel Allende

Jane Austen

James Baldwin

Gwendolyn Brooks

Charles Dickens

Emily Dickinson

T. S. Eliot

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Benjamin Franklin

Robert Frost

Gabriel García Márquez

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Ernest Hemingway

Stephen King

Barbara Kingsolver

Arthur Miller

Toni Morrison

Philip Roth

John Steinbeck

Mark Twain

Kurt Vonnegut

Tennessee Williams

TumbleBooks for All Ages :


Tumble Picture Books


Tumble Book Cloud


Tumble Book Cloud Junior


Tumble AudioBook Cloud


Find Books in Series

Find Books in Series for all ages.



Zinio is a new digital magazine service with over 30 subscriptions to popular and specialty magazines such as ESPN, Newsweek and Boating that are identical to the print edition. It also includes a keyword article search and audio and video. It has unlimited downloads and no checkout period. You can download it onto your computer, android, iPad, Nook and Kindle.