Learning and Research

The library offers databases and much more to help you stay connected no matter where you are. We have online resources available to access for free from anywhere with your valid Fairfield Public Library card.

Watch a short video introducing our Digital Resources and Databases.

Librarians are available to assist you in accessing the wealth of content available to you through an internet connection and your FPL card..
email: eref@fpct.org
or use our email form.
phone: 203-256-3160
text askfplct to 203-347-2507

Fairfield residents may access most of these database resources from home by using their Fairfield Public Library card number. For additional Web resources, please visit our Staff Recommended Links


Alphabetical Listing of Library Databases

Switch to a list of the databases with descriptions arranged by categories.

ABI/INFORM Access key business and economics periodicals and major news sources like the Wall Street Journal to get a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world. A researchIT CT Database.

Academic Search Premier A researchIT CT Database.

America’s Newspapers (Newsbank) Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.

Ancestry®  Home access to Ancestry.com is available through December 31, 2020. Discover your unique family history! This resource includes billions of records from around the world, including from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos, and more. After 12/31/2020 available for use inside the library.
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Biography Reference Bank A researchIT CT Database.

Biography Reference Center A researchIT CT Database.

Consumer Reports Get product ratings from world-famous test labs and sort them based on your priorities. Find out which products are best buys and worst performers. Get started using Consumer Reports with a short video made exclusively for FPL users. 

Creativebug Get inspired and get making with our new Creativebug database, where you’ll have unlimited access to more than 1,000 arts and crafts video classes. Get started using Creativebug with a short video made exclusively for FPL users.

Driving Tests.org Free permit practice tests for learner drivers.

E-Reference Books and Non-Fiction for High School, Middle School, and Elementary School. A researchIT CT Database.

Explora Explora is a simple access point for all the researchIT databases that quickly delivers relevant results from articles, essays and reference books. Topic overviews provide a starting point for research on topical issues. A researchIT CT Database.

Fairfield Citizen News The Fairfield Citizen News provides local news from south-western Connecticut. This database provides full-text articles from 2001 to present including obituaries.

Freegal Music Service A downloadable music collection of popular music in MP3, DRM-free format. Download and keep up to 3 songs a week. Get started using Freegal Languages with a short video made exclusively for FPL users. 

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GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Hartford Courant – Historical 1764 to 1922 The historical Hartford Courant covers the time period from 1764 to 1922. The digitized archive is fully searchable.

Health Source – Consumer Edition – Consumer health information providing access to full-text consumer health magazines and reference books, including searchable full text for current health pamphlets. Covers a wide variety of subjects, including information on specific diseases as well as overall health topics. Subjects include fitness, nutrition, diabetes, aging, women’s health, children’s health and more.

Historical New York Times In-library use only. Full text of the New York Times from 1851.

History Reference Center A researchIT CT Database.

Hoonuit – On-demand video training for more than 500 software applications, including:
Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver, Final Cut Pro and GarageBand, Aperture 3 and iPhoto, iTunes and iPad®, HTML5 and CSS3, Social Media and WordPress, Google Docs and Picasa.

Hoopla Visit Hoopla to download and stream movies, TV shows, music and more. View them on your computer or mobile device. Get started using Hoopla with a short video made exclusively for FPL users. 

researchIT CT – Connecticut Digital Library researchIT CT is a statewide network of essential library and information resources. There are two ways to search researchIT CT. Click here to search all researchIT CT databases at once or you may search each database individually. Check to see if a particular magazine, journal or newspaper is included in full-text in the researchIT CT databases by using “E-Journal Finder“.

ResearchIT CT Newspaper Collection Full-text coverage of the Hartford Courant (1992 to present) and Hartford Courant (Historical 1764-1922). Find articles from the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and the Washington Post.

JobNow Get expert assistance for every step of the job search process with this online chat resource. Help includes review of resumes and practice interviewing. Your Fairfield Public Library barcode number is required for access.

Kanopy Stream thousands of movies, including classic cinema, indie films, and top documentaries, for free. For more help and details, visit our Kanopy page.

Legal Information Reference Center A researchIT CT Database.

Mango Languages Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective. Get started using Mango Languages with a short video made exclusively for FPL users. 

Masterfile Premier Includes a colorful site for elementary school students tha t features EbscoAnimals, Funk & Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia, and Primary Search, a database that has the full-text of over 65 children’s magazines and 300 children’s pamphlets. A researchIT CT Database

Medici.tv The world’s leading classical music streaming service is now available.  For nearly 10 years, medici.tv has captured the performances of leading classical artists, ensembles, and orchestras in great concert halls, festivals, and competitions the world over. Medici.tv offers over 150 live performances throughout the year and the world’s largest VOD catalog of more than 1,800 videos.

Middle Search Plus A researchIT CT Database.

Morningstar Investment Research Center This includes Morningstar analysts’ independent opinion on 1,700 stocks, 2,200 mutual funds, and 300 exchange rated funds. Morningstar Investment Research Center also offers accurate, up-to-date data on 35,000 stocks and funds, along with industry and market data. The database lets users build and test portfolio ideas online, and provides financial education through its Investing Classroom.

Newsbank (America’s Newspapers) Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.

Newspaper Source Plus A researchIT CT Database.

The New York Times In-library use only. Enjoy complimentary unlimited access to the world’s finest journalism on NYTimes.com while in the library.

NoveList Plus a database of 135,000 fiction titles that allows readers to find authors similar to their favorites, to explore genres such as thriller, romance, detective-mystery, and to create lists of prize-winning books. New! Access non-fiction and audio titles as well.

Overdrive Best-selling and classic audiobooks, eBooks, eAudiobooks, and video available 24/7. Their free app is called Libby.

Primary Search A researchIT CT Database.

Professional Development Collection, Teacher Reference Center, and ERIC A researchIT CT Database.

RBDigital Full digital copies of 50 of your favorite magazines. View them on your mobile devices or a computer.RB Digital also carries eBooks and eAudiobooks. Get started using RB Digital Languages with a short video made exclusively for FPL users. 

Reference Solutions (formerly Reference USA) – is the premier source of business and residential information for reference and research, offering the most up-to-date data available in the market. Their business and consumer databases are continuously updated from more than 5,000 public sources. With Reference Solutions, you can help your users find jobs and business opportunities, conduct market research, and track down addresses and phone numbers, either on a home or library computer or through their mobile app.

Referencia Latina A researchIT CT Database.

Science Reference Center A researchIT CT Database.

Scholastic Teachables – worksheets, lesson plans, learning games, and more! There are printable activities available for any subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, and skills sheets for kids in any grade.

Statewide Catalog A researchIT CT Database – Search all Connecticut library catalogs at once.

Teacher Reference Center A researchIT CT Database.

Tutor.com The K-12 Student Center, College Center and Adult Career Center from Tutor.com includes live, one-to-one tutoring, a real-time writing center and 24/7 access to worksheets, videos and tutorials in just about any subject. A live, online tutoring and resume writing service is also available.

Value Line Research Center Provides investment research on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles, and offers a family of no-load mutual funds.

Weiss Financial Ratings Get accurate, independent ratings and financial planning tools you need to make informed decisions about your insurance, banking and investment options.

Weiss Medicare Supplement Insurance Pricing Tool Download your own customized Medicare Supplement Insurance Buyers Guide. This easy-to-use Buyers Guide is written in clear, understandable language to give patrons sound advice when navigating some difficult decisions about Medicare and their many options for Supplement Insurance. Make an informed decision when selecting a Medigap policy.

WorldCat.org Search the collections of libraries from around the U.S. and the world for books, periodicals, sound recordings, and much more.