Below is an alphabetical listing of the library's current set of databases available 24/7. Patrons will be prompted to login to these resources with their Lansdale Library card number. (Cards from libraries other than Lansdale will not work.)
Be sure to try the Library's new Discovery Search service from EBSCO that offers access to over thirty databases in one search. This extensive, all-in-one search box is available on the library's homepage.
is an education program for children ages 2-8 with over 8500 interactive books, educational games, puzzles and other learning activities. Free access is only available within the library.
A to Z Maps
contains more than 100,000 royalty free, downloadable maps. These maps can be used in school reports, school lesson plans, personal research projects for history, genealogy, and business reports. This reference source offers visual glossaries, video dictionaries, and geography learning games.
A to Z USA
contains three major categories of information including 127 feature articles for every state and territory, 103 articles for the USA as a country, and video dictionaries to learn geography. There is full-text coverage of the country's people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society. Students can use this as a one-stop reference for state reports, projects, and presentations. Teachers can create lesson plans and activities. There are tens of thousands of downloadable images that are royalty free and allowed to be used for non-commercial purposes.
A to Z World Culture
contains 175 county culture guides, covering over 60 topics. Curious about the world? This database offers information about world history, cultures, languages, foods, and religions.
AP Images Collection
is a research tool that allows learners of all ages and areas of interest to search databses that will take them on a sensory journey using photographs, audio, graphics, and text spanning over 160 years of history. The content is primary source and is provided by The Associated Press®. The AP has won more Pulitzer Prizes than any other news agency and is a credible source for nonbiased reporting. Users can access over 4.6 million photographs dating back to 1826 and those as current as taken today! In ddition to images, there are more than 4,500 hours of audio files dating from the 1920's and news stories and headlines dating from 1997.
offers three research sites in one: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for older students and adults. Patrons can choose the age-appropriate level that works best for them and conduct research, complete homework assignments, and work on special projects. Research can be stored in a personal “My Britannica” account.
Consumer Health Complete
is a comprehensive, consumer health resource. It is designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. This database provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine. This full text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, nutrition and diet, children's health, and men and women's health and offers access to medical encyclopedias, reference books and magazine articles about health topics. Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
is aimed at the information needs of students, researchers, professionals, and general readers. The library’s subscription offers full-text titles in the subject areas of the Arts, Business, History, Law, Medicine, and Social Science.
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HeritageQuest provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s. Specific types of records available include birth, baptism, marriage, death, and census records, cemetery indexes, military records, immigration and naturalization records, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), U.S. public records, and a map and photo collection from the Library of Congress (1840-2000).
Hobbies, Crafts, and Recreation Reference
provides full-text content for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts, and recreation activities today. This database includes full-text articles from more than 740 magazines and books as well as access to more than 720 videos and over 140 hobby reports. There are articles from leading hobby and craft magazines like Bead & Button, Birder's World, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, PaperWorks, Scrapbooking, and Quilter's World. This online tool also offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby-enthusiast. Subject areas include arts and crafts; collecting; games and electronics; model building; home and leisure; needlework; outdoors and nature; and scrapbooking and papercraft.
Learning Express Library
is an e-learning platform that offers patrons the chance to build academic skills, practice taking standardized tests like the PSAT, SAT, and GRE as well as the U.S. Citizenship test. The Computer Skills Training
Center lets users learn how to use the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access), Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, email, and the Internet. The site's Job and Career Accelerator
section provides vital support for job seekers. The available tools for job hunters include a skills and interests assessment, occupational explorer, resume and cover letter builder with sample resumes, and a career library. There is a career dashboard to organize and track jobs and save resumes. The library has a Spanish-language section for Spanish-speakers to practice for the GED exam and enhance their reading and math skills.
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Newsbank consolidates current and archived information from thousands of newspaper titles, as well as newswires, web editions, blogs, videos, broadcast transcripts, business journals, periodicals, government documents and other publications. Using this online resource, users can explore tens of millions of current and archived news articles and obituaries in order to pinpoint information from primary sources at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels. Full-text articles from “The Reporter,” “The Philadelphia Inquirer” and “Philadelphia Magazine” can be accessed.
answers the question: What should I read next? It is a comprehensive readers' advisory database for fiction lovers that offers recommendations based on genre, audience, favorite authors, and other parameters to find a good read.
lets patrons borrow e-books, and audiobooks online to read on their Kindle, phone, computer, or other mobile device.
offers interactive books for children via "BookFlix" and several authoritative research databases to use for school projects by elementary, middle school, and high school students and to explore topics for fun. PowerKids is a subset of PowerLibrary's e-resource collection. Lansdale patrons will be prompted to log in with their library card barcode number to gain access to these e-resources.
is an online collection of databases offered to all Pennsylvanians and provides free access to newspapers, magazines, journals, images, STEM resources, and ebooks for children. Subjects covered include biography, business, reference, health, science, and literature. Unlike web search engines, these resources offer authoritative and reliable information, which is mainly available in full-text. To access the PowerLibrary's e-resources, patrons need to enter their Lansdale Public Library card barcode number as directed by the site. PowerKids features the electronic resources geared specifically to children within PowerLibrary..
is an online language learning service where patrons can pick from 80 languages and learn with self-directed lessons, live teachers online via “ProLive,” movies, and music. Each language has an average of 9,000 instructional phrases. The service also has English as an additional language for 50 non-English languages. It uniquely offers the ability to learn any language in any other language — making for 4,000 possible course combinations! There is no substitute for human interaction when learning a language. Pronunciator’s ProLive feature provides 256 scheduled half-hour conversation classes online each week. Each “ProLive” class is led by a qualified instructor with small groups of five people at different levels, including Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Pronunciator also has a “ProCitizen” course to prepare those users who want to take the test to become naturalized U.S. citizens.
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
provides access to more than 530 full-text journals and provides strong coverage in child and adolescent psychology and various areas of counseling. Some of the journals included within this collection are: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, European Archives of Psychiatry & Clinical Neuroscience, European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, European Journal of Neuroscience, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, International Review of Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology, Journal of Mental Health, and Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology
Science Reference Center
is an extensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. It is designed to meet every student's science research needs and contains full-text content from science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals as well as animations, images, and videos. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, technology, wildlife and biographies of scientists.
is an online collection of e-books for children. Patrons can choose from a rich set of content including: 297 animated, talking picture books, 24 read-along books, 55 non-fiction books, 82 National Geographic videos, 118 foreign language learning books, and 277 puzzles and games.