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® has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.  Remote access will be available until  June 30, 2021 and will continue to be re-evaluated. Access from home

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.
Click here if you are inside the library.

Ask A Question (E-Reference) – Use our online form to ask a reference question.

Biography Reference Bank– A researchIT CT Database.

Biography Reference Center– A researchIT CT Database.

BookFlix- Thematically paired fiction and nonfiction titles are designed to bridge learning-to-read and reading-to-learn. Animated classic storybooks introduce early learners to the delights of reading while sparking curiosity, creating a natural springboard into the paired nonfiction text for deeper discovery.

Calendar of Events/Online Registration – Visit our calendar of library scheduled events and save time by using the calendar to register online for the programs of your choice.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers – Search America’s historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Civil War- Connecticut Colored Troop Enlistments, 1863-1865– The following Index of Colored Troop Enlistments from Connecticut during the Civil War was created by Connecticut State Library staff to highlight and better utilize these unique archival records. A researchIT CT Database.

Connecticut Death Records Index, 1897-1968- This index allows researchers to find the name, place and date of death for individuals who died in Connecticut between 1897 through 1969. The information from this index can be used to request a copy of a death certificate from the Town/City Clerk of the municipality listed in the search results. A researchIT CT Database.

Connecticut Marriage Records Index, 1897-1968- This index allows researchers to find the name, place and date of marriage for couples who were married in Connecticut between 1897 through 1969. The information from this index can be used to request a copy of a marriage certificate from the Town/City Clerk of the municipality listed in the search results. 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.

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)Offers a one-stop discovery experience for more than 40 million digital cultural heritage objects—images, text, videos, and audio clips—aggregated from 40-plus libraries, archives, and museums across the United States.

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-  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.

Fairfield Public Library Online Catalog– Access to our collection of 275,000 books, magazines, newspapers, videos, compact discs, local documents and CD-ROM’s in the Main Library, the Fairfield Woods branch, and the Pequot Library (Southport).

FindIT CT (statewide library catalog) – The holdings of other Connecticut libraries.

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. A researchIT CT Database.

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

Hartford, CT Courant Index 1764-1799 – The Connecticut Courant Index, 1764-1799 contains thousands of entries searchable by Name, Town, or Subject taken from a slip index found in the History & Genealogy Reading Room of the Connecticut State Library.

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.A researchIT CT Database.

History Reference Center A researchIT CT Database.

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.

Infobase Learning Cloud (fomerly 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.

Job and Career Accelerator & Computer Skills– Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in a different industry, Job & Career Accelerator™ has the powerful tools and expert guidance to help you through every step of the process.

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.

Kanopy Kids -highlights films and TV series that inspire and inform, helping children develop empathy, mindfulness, and self-esteem through entertaining and educational videos. Kanopy Kids categories include TV Series, Learning Languages, Animated Storybooks, Anime Favorites, Classic Films, and Movies for the Whole Family.

Legal Information Reference Center A researchIT CT Database.

Magill’s Literary Database– Each year, Magill’s filters the thousands of books published each year down to 200 notable titles. This database is an excellent reader’s advisory tool because it is guide for choosing worthwhile reading material and great for book discussion groups.

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.

MedlinePlus From the U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus is an online portal for consumer health information, aimed at patients and their loved ones. Its centerpiece is the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia, an illustrated and continually updated reference source with 4,000-plus articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries.

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.

Noble Pension Database– Records relating to Civil War and Spanish American War Veterans.A researchIT CT Database.

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 – As of March 31, 2021, RBdigital access no longer exists. The bulk of the company has been purchased by Overdrive. Find the following former RBdigital collections now on new platforms:
e-books: Overdrive/Libby
digital audiobooks: Overdrive/Libby
digital magazines: Overdrive/Libby
hoonuit video classes: Infobase Learning Cloud

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.

ReferenceUSA – 120,000,000 nationwide residential and business telephone listings; it can also do “reverse” look-ups (when you have a phone number or address and want the name of the occupant). Access to this database may be hampered by your computer’s browser, firewall, or security software. If you are having problems, please see the Reference USA Frequently Asked Questions.

ResearchIT CT – Connecticut Digital Library-  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“. A researchIT CT Database.

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. 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.

Small Business Resource Center – Offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans. A researchIT CT Database.

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

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. Learn more about investing and how to navigate the site by clicking on the Investment Education tab and then Tool Guides.

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.

Wethersfield Prison Records– Offers genealogy data including names, residence, crime, date, and length of term. A researchIT CT Database.

World War I Veterans Database– This database contains a collection of questionnaires filled out by Connecticut soldiers (or their families) who served in World War I. A researchIT CT Database.

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