I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.

-- Former First Lady Laura Bush

UHLS Digital Resources

We know some folks want their library available wherever they are, 24/7! In 2017, a public library card in Albany and Rensselaer Counties includes access to ebooks, digital audiobooks and magazines, streaming video, and several subscription databases. Some of our member libraries provide additional digital resources, so be sure to contact your home library for information on how to access these resources or to get a library card.

Funding for the UHLS digital resources below is provided by the Albany Public Library via the New York State Library's Central Library grants. Additional funding for OverDrive is provided by our 29 member libraries.

: Digital magazines

Read the complete contents of over 60 popular digital magazines on your computer or mobile device. There is no separate account to set up--your library card grants you access from wherever you are. Titles include People, US Weekly, The New Yorker, Forbes, and many more. Please note: Flipster is the replacement for OverDrive Magazines in 2017.

OverDrive: eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video

The Upper Hudson Library System hosts a great collection of ebooks, digital audiobooks, and streaming video. It's easier than ever to enjoy them on your desktop computer or mobile device. Learn more on our OverDrive Getting Started page.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Nonfiction eBooks

These eBooks are available 24/7 with no wait, and can be browsed, searched and downloaded anytime from any Internet-connected device. Topics include test preparation, financial literacy, job readiness, computer literacy, Do-It-Yourself projects, and cooking.

Mango Languages: Language learning platform

A fun and easy to use, self-paced language learning program with courses in over 70 languages! Library patrons can create an account using their email address and start learning right away. Mango language courses are accessible on a computer or an Apple or Android mobile device using free apps that allow users to take their learning with them, with or without an internet connection.
Ancestry Library Edition (In Library Use Only): Genealogy research database

Ancestry® Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. Its 7,000 databases deliver an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. Access is only available at your library--ask your home librarian for details.

New York Heritage: Local history digital collections

Several public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer counties have begun digitizing their local history resources to make them even more accessible. New York Heritage is an invaluable research portal for anyone interested in learning more about New York State. UHLS members on New York Heritage include: Albany Public Library, Altamont Free Library, Bethlehem Public Library, Guilderland Public Library, Nassau Free Library, Voorheesville Public Library, and William K. Sanford Town Library (Colonie).

Databases Provided by New York State Library

Access several online databases where you can find newspapers and research materials on many different subjects. Searching a database is a little different than using an Internet search engine like Google, and specific strategies for combining search terms may be necessary to get the best results. The reliability of the information you can find in a database is well worth the extra effort, so please ask your home librarian if you have any questions.

These databases are available from home from anywhere in New York State. No library card required. For more information, please visit NOVELNY.

Information about NOVELNY for librarians:

Business and Finance
Business Insights: Essentials

Includes company profiles, industry reports and financial reports, as well as business magazines and newspapers.

(Supported by the NOVEL project)

General Reference / School Oriented
eLibrary Elementary

Contains over 140 magazines and books for elementary students. Also includes the American Heritage Dictionary.

(Supported by the NOVEL project)

Scholastic Go!

Includes access to Amazing Animals of the World*, America the Beautiful*,Encyclopedia Americana,Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Lands and Peoples*,The New Book of Knowledge, The New Book of Popular Science*, and La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre* as well as Roget's II: The New Thesaurus and the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.

Amazing Animals* is for elementary school students and includes facts and photos for over 1,200 animals.

America the Beautiful* is for elementary and middle school students and includes articles on US cities, states and Presidents.

Encyclopedia Americana articles include links to further readings, a bibliography, selected full text articles, web page links, and links to related articles.

The Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia includes encyclopedia articles, news, timelines, quizzes and games, and research starters. It also includes an atlas and dictionary. Articles can be grouped by lexile level and are aligned to standards.

Lands and Peoples* is for middle and high school students and includes articles on countries, cultures and current events. It also includes an atlas and almanacs.

The New Book of Knowledge is for middle grade students and includes literary selections, a timeline, projects and experiments, news, homework help and more.

The New Book of Popular Science* is for middle and high school students and includes articles in the areas of science, technology and medicine.

La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre* is a Spanish language encyclopedia written from a Latin American perspective.

(Supported by the NOVEL project)

Kids InfoBits

Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs.

(Supported by the NOVEL project)

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Includes a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.

(Supported by the NOVEL project)

Health & Medicine
Health Reference Center Academic

This health database includes over 2800 journals and magazines, many of which are full text. It contains nursing and allied health journals, other medical journals, newsletters and consumer health magazines.

(Supported by the NOVEL project.)

Academic One File

This database contains over 12,000 journals and reference sources, many of which are peer-reviewed and full text. It has extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and more. The database also contains some full text titles that are cited in databases such as AGRICOLA, CINAHL, EconLit, ERIC, MEDLINE, MLA International Bibliography, PsycINFO and others.

(Supported by the NOVEL project.)

General One File

This general periodical database contains over 12,000 periodicals, newspapers, reference books and multimedia sources, over half of which are full text. The backfile extends nearly 30 years. Subjects include humanities, education, environmental issues, technology, health care, politics and more.

(Supported by the NOVEL project.)

Gannett Newsstand Complete

Contains over 85 Gannett newspapers, 6 of which are New York newspapers. These include the Ithaca Journal, Poughkeepsie Journal, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Journal News (White Plains), Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton) and Star-Gazette (Elmira).

(Supported by the NOVEL project.)

Infotrac Newsstand

This full-text newspaper database has several New York Newspapers including the New York Times from 1995 on, and over 1,000 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers.

(Supported by the NOVEL project.)

New York State Newspapers

A subset of InfoTrac Custom Newspapers, this database includes the following full-text newspapers from around New York State: Albany Times Union, Buffalo News, New York Times, New York Post, New York Observer, Syracuse Herald American, Syracuse Herald-Journal, and Syracuse Post-Standard.

(Supported by the NOVEL project.)

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