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 MVLC, the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium. If you need help using these services, please contact the library at 978-526-7711, or send an email.

Popular Digital Resources


Access to free Gale databases. Find up-to-date content about topics on Business, Careers, Education, Health, History, Humanities, Literature, Science and so much more. The Gale logo is your link to valuable resources right at your fingertips.

The Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library is happy to provide access to The Manchester Cricket’s Digital Archive up to 2009. The digitization of the Cricket was funded by an equal collaboration between the Friends of the Manchester Public Library and current owners of The Manchester Cricket Newspaper. Up-to-date physical copies of the 2019 Manchester Cricket papers are also available at the Manchester Library. The Manchester Cricket is an independent, family-owned weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Manchester and Essex since 1888.



If you have searched the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium’s online catalog and the material you want is not available, then try the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat). ComCat extends your search beyond our Library’s resources. In one easy step, you can search through millions of items at participating libraries across Massachusetts to find the books, DVDs, and music you’re looking for. Make a request and it will be delivered to the Manchester Public Library for pickup. Ask a Librarian if you experience any difficulties in accessing or searching the Commonwealth Catalog.

NOTE: As of October, 2019, Internet Explorer browser (versions 7-11) is no longer supported.

Supported Browsers:

1. Microsoft Edge 44+ • 2019: Edge is switching to Chromium Based Browser Engine (currently, beta testing is working with Version 6)

2. Chrome 77+ • Chrome 50 ends support for Windows XP, Vista, and earlier versions of Mac OS X

3. Firefox 69+ Supported Mobile Browsers: Version 6 was tested on iPhone 8+, Samsung Galaxy S7, and Samsung Galaxy S8 1. iOS (version 7.1.2+): Safari 11+ and Chrome 73+ 2. Android (version 4.4+): Chrome 73+.

All Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) functions for staff and patrons are supported on cell phones and tablets.


Book Series In Order

On the Book Series In Order website, you will find book series in order by author, then in order of the character or series. This is an ongoing project for the site’s developers, but many authors can be found here. It is a great resource.

Ancestry Library is a version of that contains a variety of collections that can help in educational or genealogical research. These historical records include a network of resources you can search, such as census, church, court, and immigration records. Ancestry Library will guide your research from the beginning and provide downloadable forms that can help organize the content you collect.

As of January 1st, 2022 Ancestry Online has discontinued from-home access for library patrons.

In-library access is still available at the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library.

 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.


Link to The Boston Globe
Coverage: 1980 – current


Encyclopedia Britannica for Adults


Encyclopedia Britannica for Students



A nonprofit organization, Consumer Reports provides an easy-to-use guide for unbiased ratings on thousands of products and services used in everyday life. Included in the subscription are helpful tools for cars and televisions, satisfaction scores from nearly a million consumers, and expert tips on topics including health, food, tech and money. When accessing Consumer Reports from home you will need your library card’s barcode numbers. If you do not have access to your library card, please see a librarian at the Manchester Library.


Creativebug is a resource that offers over 1,000 high-quality online videos in arts and crafts instructional workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screenprint, make jewelry and more! No matter what level maker you are, you can find a crafting medium that fuels your creative side! When accessing Creativebug from home you will need your library card’s barcode numbers. If you do not have access to your library card, please see a librarian at the Manchester Library.



Have you ever finished a great book and wanted to find more just like it? Or wanted to help your child find just the right book to read? Then check out

Novelist Plus for recommendations for your next great read.

Novelist K-8 Plus, a subset of Novelist Plus is your resource for children’s book recommendations.

Novelist features:

  • Author Read-alikes
  • What We’re Reading
  • Book Discussion Guides
  • BookTalks
  • 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 a database that 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.


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.

During this time, Freegal is offering 24 hour-per-day streaming to our patrons.


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.



, the Library’s newest downloading service, will offer you a ton of fun and new content to enjoy! Using a web browser, smartphone or tablet, hoopla is an online streaming service that offers a great selection of feature films, television shows, documentaries, music albums and audiobooks you can enjoy at home or on the go. The content is always available so you don’t have to worry about ending up on any wait-lists and you get up to 10 checkouts per month!

Check out Hoopla’s newest addition: Bonus Borrows! 

In order to provide relief to Libraries and to provide more content to Patrons during this difficult time of sheltering at home, we are proud to announce the hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection with more than 1,000 top titles and hoopla favorites.

Each borrow from our free borrows collection is completely FREE to Libraries. Each patron will be debited zero borrows from their monthly hoopla borrows when they borrow something from the collection.


Kanopy is a video streaming service that provides instant access to thousands of critically acclaimed movies, documentaries and Kids favorites. We partner with studios like A24, The Criterion Collection, PBS and more to bring your library access to thoughtful entertainment. How can I watch Kanopy? You can stream Kanopy on any of your favorite devices! Kanopy is accessible via mobile and tablet apps for iPhone and Android. You can also access Kanopy on your Desktop, and SmartTV apps like Roku, Apple TV, and Fire Stick. has now been upgraded to LinkedinLearning! All of the same great content you know from such as learning how to create a website, updating your knowledge of Microsoft Office, and developing business and creative skills that will increase your ability to achieve personal and professional goals will now be available to enjoy on the updated LinkedIn Learning platform.

You will continue to be able to watch all the same content, bookmarked courses, and obtain certificates of completion that you had in will appear on your new account as a part of the upgrade.

Check out their FAQ Page for more information about the upgrade!


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

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


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

VL MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

Morningstar Investment Research Center is a financial services resource that provides beginner or seasoned investors access to even more up-to-date research and online articles and videos to help navigate smart investing, future financial planning, and staying ahead of the market.

NYT-horiz-croppedwith 2,367,763 articles updated as recently as today.


Download eBooks, Audio Books, Streaming Video and Magazines. To sign in, choose your library system from the dropdown menu — Massachusetts-by-the-Sea library cardholders are considered Merrimack Valley Library patrons (MVLC); use your library card number to login. Download or stream across multiple devices using the Overdrive or Libby app.

Sometimes the material you want may already be checked out or on hold for other patrons. Thanks to the Overdrive Reciprocal Lending Agreement (RLA),  you now have the ability to access the Overdrive holdings of other library systems across Massachusetts.

The following eight systems are treated as “Partner Libraries” and will accept your valid Manchester-by-the-Sea or MVLC library card number.  Sign into Overdrive for any of these systems by visiting their Overdrive page and clicking the Sign In button.  On the Sign In page, select your “library” from dropdown (i.e., “Merrimack Valley Patrons”) and enter your library card number for access.  Or you may use the Overdrive or Libby app to add different library systems and get the materials you want.

Other systems may have different rules about loan times or how many items can be borrowed at once, so pay attention when checking items out.

Partner Libraries (click on the library system name to get directly to their Overdrive page)

View an Overdrive tutorial or get more information about and a list of compatible devices.


A collection of technology based eBooks and videos that provides access to computer programming, software development, management, test prep eBooks and more! To access the resources, you will need your library card number and PIN (four-digit number). If you have forgotten your PIN, please contact the Library at 978-526-7711 for assistance.


Rocket Languages is an online language-learning course offers practical and powerful downloadable lessons, games and more that will encourage learning any new language at your own pace! This resource is sponsored by the Friends of the Manchester Library.



To access Salem Press resources, click on the logo above and type in your library card number. Search the following from the Manchester Public Library collection and be sure to check out the subject index for more resources available to you.

  • Literature
    • Critical Insights: Authors
    • Critical Insights: Works
    • Magill’s Literary Annuals (1977 – 2014)
  • History
    • Current Topics: Selected Essays from Salem Press to Help Explore Current Events
    • Grey House: Nations of the World
    • H. W. Wilson: Speeches of American Presidents
    • H. W. Wilson: The Reference Shelf



Children”s ebooks for grades K-6 and includes animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, graphic novels, as well as books in Spanish and French.


Database of ebooks and other digital content of over 1000 titles.


Database of streaming audiobooks of over 1200 titles in popular literature, classics, children and teen books, mystery, sci-fi, history, biography and more.



The Manchester Public Library now offers online access to The Wall Street Journal!  Get the latest national news, business and economy information and even access to WSJ Magazine, all from the comfort of your own home! You will need your library card to login. After creating an account, you will be able to start reading articles immediately.  Your access will be available for the next 3 days. After 3 days, simply come back and click the above link again and login as an existing user with the same username and password you originally create.  You will never run out of free articles to read!