Ebooks, Audiobooks, Video and Music


Library Apps

A number of library services listed below offer mobile apps.




OverDrive logoOverDrive

Ebooks, e-audiobooks and streaming video available to all Minuteman card holders   

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Commonwealth ebook collections logCommonwealth eBook Collections

Ebooks and audiobooks from Axis360, Ebook Central and Biblioboard Library  

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Freegal Music Service

Free downloadable and streaming music.

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On-demand ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies, and television shows

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(In addition to the resources listed below, residents of Massachusetts may access additional e-resources through the Boston Public Library.  All you need is a BPL e-card).

For an alphabetical list of our databases with descriptions, click HERE

Databases Listed by Subject

Biography | Books and authors | Business and investing | For children | Consumer information | E-books and E-audiobooks | Education | Encyclopedias | Genealogy | General reference | Health and medicine | History | Languages | Law | Library catalogs | Magazine and journal articles | Music | Newspapers | Science |  Travel and country studies


 Biography Biography In Context
Books and authors Literature Resource Center
Business and investing AtoZ World Business
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
Small Business Resource Center 
Value Line Research Center
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
 Children Britannica Learning Zone (early childhood)
Britannica Library: Children
Britannica School Edition (Elementary, Middle and High School levels)
Research in  Context  (for student researchers in grades 6-8)
Consumer information ConsumerReports.org
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
Consumers' CHECKBOOK (Boston edition)
Library access only. No remote access.
Country studies see under TRAVEL
Ebooks and E-audiobooks Axis 360
BiblioBoard Library
Ebook Central
OverDrive, a.k.a. Minuteman Digital Catalog
Education and career Educator’s Reference Complete
Encyclopedias Britannica Library Edition
Britannica School Edition (Elementary, Middle and High School levels)
Britannica Escolar

Genealogy & local history

Acton Memorial Library Civil War Archives
American Ancestors (NEHGS)   
Library access only; No remote access.
Ancestry Library Edition
Library access only; No remote access.
Fold3 Library Edition
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
Massachusetts History: An Arcadia Publishing & History Press Collection, via Biblioboard
WorldVitalRecords, a MyHeritage Company
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
General reference Academic Onefile
Expanded Academic ASAP
Gale Virtual Reference Library
General Onefile
Global Issues in Context
Infotrac Student Edition
Powersearch Gale databases
Health and medicine Health and Wellness Resource Center
Health Reference Center Academic
  Nursing and Allied Health Collection
 History Acton Memorial Library Civil War Archives
Acton Memorial Library Early Town Records
Historical Journal of Massachusetts (Article Index and access links)
U.S. History in Context
World History in Context
 Languages Mango Languages
Law Social Law Library
Library use only. Please see a Reference Librarian for access.
Gale Legal Forms: Massachusetts
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
 Library catalogs Minuteman Library Network Catalog
Commonwealth Catalog
Massachusetts library networks
Magazine and journal articles Ebsco Electronic Journals, Magazines and Newspapers Finder
Academic Onefile
General Onefile
Gale Powersearch
 Music Freegal Music
Newspapers Acton Memorial Library Newspaper Archive (Acton Beacon 1945-1975), Acton Enterprise (1890-1937), Concord Enterprise (1888-1963)
Library use only.
Boston Globe, 1872-1981.  See Proquest Historical Newspapers below.
Boston Globe (via Proquest) (1980 - to date). Text only.
Infotrac Newsstand. A comprehensive collection of current and archival news content.  Coverage varies by newspaper.   
New York Times, 1851-2013  see Proquest Historical Newspapers below.
New York Times (NYTimes.com, 1981-to date).  This is the official web site of the New York Times.  Get free 24-hour access. Requires a valid email address and free NYTimes.com account.  In-Library access  |  Remote access limited to Acton residents
New York Times (via Gale) (1985 - to date). Text only.
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.

Proquest Historical Newspapers Graphical Interface (includes all of the titles listed below except the Arizona Republican). Remote access is limited to Acton residents.

Proquest Historical Newspapers U.S. Select National Collection
Full page images from the Boston Globe (1872-1985), New York Times (1851-2013), Arizona Republican (1890-1922), Atlanta Constitution (1869-1945), The Baltimore Sun (1837-1991), The Christian Science Monitor (1908-2003), Cincinnati Enquirer (1841-1922), Detroit Free Press (1831-1922), Hartford Courant (1764-1991), Indianapolis Star (1903-1922), Los Angeles Times (1881-1993), Nashville Tennessean (1812-1922), New York Tribune (1841-1962), Newsday (1940-1988 with some exceptions), St. Louis Post Dispatch (1874-1922), San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922), Wall Street Journal (1889-1999), Washington Post (1877-2000). 
Home access is limited to Acton residents.

 Science APS Journals Journals of the American Physical Society.
Library access only. No remote access.
Science in Context
Travel and country studies AtoZ World Business (international travel, business and trade)
AtoZ World Culture (for students)
Global Road Warrior (for international travelers)

Funding for online databases is provided by: The Acton Memorial Library; Acton Memorial Library Foundation, Inc.; The Minuteman Library Network; the Massachusetts Library System; and the Boston Public Library with funds provided through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.       

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