POWER Library is offered as a service of Pennsylvania's public libraries, school libraries, and the State Library. The POWER library allows you to access thousands of full-text periodical articles, newspapers, and a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, reference materials for young people, and more. You will find materials of interest in most subject areas for all age groups from young children to adults.


E-Resources: More Full-Text Databases

Books in a PA library outside of MCLINC

PA Photos and Documents

PowerKids is part of the Power Library designed just for young people that gives you access to thousands of full-text magazine articles, newspapers, and a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, and more. It’s a great resource for school research projects. You also have access to BookFlix, a service that allows you to watch and read along with popular children’s books.

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

Ancestry.com helps you trace your family history through the use of birth, death, immigration, military service, and census records. This resource is only available inside the library. Come in to the library and get started on your family tree!

Tumblebooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. Read and listen to stories with your child on your computer, tablet, or mobile device!

Ask Here PA is a 24/7 live online service for your questions that need to be answered! Librarians across the state are available to respond via online chat.


Also, check out PaLAunchPod, a podcast series that features spectacular Pennsylvania librarians and the amazing things they do in their libraries and their communities. You can download, subscribe to, and listen to the podcast at iTunes and SoundCloud.

Philadelphia Inquirer Online provides access to full-text articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1981 to the present. Philadelphia Inquirer Historical Archive covers issues of the newspaper from July 1860 to 1922. Some years previous to 1860 (1834—1859) are also available but may be incomplete.

Newsbank is the largest resource of its kind with unmatched U.S. news content from local, regional, and national sources. Its diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, broadcast transcripts, and videos.

Wowbrary regularly informs you by email and/or RSS about our library’s newest books, movies, and music. It makes it easy for you to browse through the latest additions and place a hold on a new title.


Overdrive* is the global leader in eBooks for libraries with support for iPod®, iPhone®, iPad™, Android™, Sony® Reader, Kindle®, and other mobile devices. It offers audiobooks, eBooks, and music—all available on a single website for browsing, checking out, and downloading.


OneClickdigital is an online service that allows patrons to check out eAudiobooks and eBooks, including best-sellers, Recorded Books exclusives, classics, selections for children and young adults, and much more.


Freading allows users to transfer e-books to a variety of portable devices. One difference between Freading and other e-book borrowing resources is that Freading titles are always available — no waiting lists. In order to use Freading you will need a library card. 

Zinio is the world's largest online newstand. Check out your favorite magazines and read them on your eReaders, smartphone, tablet or computer. No waiting or checkout periods. All you need is a library barcode!


The Magill Medical Guide Database covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders.

Reference USA provides access to detailed information on more than 14 million U.S. businesses and over 100 million U.S. households. Job seekers, businesses, and researchers will find the database a valuable research tool.

Gutenberg E-Books is a database offering over 40,000 free e-books to choose from in various electronic formats. Many titles, ranging from old classics to foreign authors, can be found on this site.

City Town Info provides you with a wealth of information to help with relocating to a new town, choosing the right college, or even planning a career. Articles, statistics, and demographics are all just a click away.

Glassdoor.com is an online career community where past and current employees submit company reviews, salaries, and interview information. There is also a job board and some really great blogs that give advice to new and experienced job seekers alike.