Manchester, Connecticut

Reference and Adult Services

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Email Reference Service:  Librarians of the Manchester Public Library Reference Department will receive and answer your brief factual questions.  Please help us by being as specfic as possible.  Email will be read daily (Monday through Saturday) and will be answered in a timely fashion.  If you need an immediate response or if your question is complex, please call 860-645-0821 or visit us in the Reference Room.  To answer your questions, we need your name, phone number, and email address.  Contact us at reference@manchesterct.gov.

Programs for Adults

DATABASES
All databases require a valid Manchester Public Library card for access. 

hoopla
Download movies, music, eBooks, audiobooks, tv shows, and graphic novels with a valid Manchester library card.
No waiting, no need to place holds - hoopla allows multiple people to download the same content simultaneously. Valid cardholders are allowed 10 FREE downloads per month.
Click here for how to register and hoopla basics.

Overdrive
Download ebooks, eaudiobooks, and emagazines with a valid Manchester Public LIbrary card. Many items available right away; some may have to be placed on hold. 

Scholastic BookFlix
Online literacy resource for children in kindergarten through Grade 3. Requires a valid Manchester Public Library card. 

LinkedIn Learning 
FORMERLY LYNDA.COM

LinkedIn Learning is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.
LinkedIn Learning now requires a library ID to gain access for the first time. When asked for Library ID enter in: manchesterpubliclibraryct. 

LinkedIn 101

*Patrons, please note: If you forget your profile password there is no reset or staff assistance available to change it. You must contact Customer Service at (888) 335-9632 or cs@lynda.com. You will need your library card barcode number.
Learn more about lynda.com

AtoZdatabases - Find a Person, Find a Business, Job Search and resume templates with interview do's and dont's videos, Mailing lists and sales leads, Criminal and background checks and Genealogy.

Pronunciator 
Looking to learn a new language? Looking to ace your citizenship test? Be sure to check out our latest database, Pronunciator. Pronunciator offers courses to learn 163 languages, all at your own pace with over 10,000 instructional phrases for each language. Pronunciator also offers the opportunity to practice for your U.S. Citizenship test. A valid Manchester library card is required for this database. 

A to Z Maps online
A to Z Maps online offers a wide variety of maps, from political maps, to climate maps, to historical maps, to ecology maps, and flags of the world. 

Digital Literacy Training Classes  online
Want to learn computer basics? How about how to use Facebook? Need to buy a plane ticket online? A growing collection of FREE interactive courses is available with pdf downloads of lessons and the estimated time needed to complete.

Driver Education Program online
Includes CT-specific information: 11 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 10 CDL practice tests, 3 driver's manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL) and an FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.

Hartford Courant Gap Years (1923-1991)
Hartford Courant for other years can be accessed through the State Library at
researchIT CT

JobNow! - Live Job Assistance
Tip of the Month - There's no better way for jobseekers to prepare for an interview then practicing with a live coach on JobNow.  Written transcripts of the interview can be saved.  Sessions are available between 3 and 11 pm, 7 days a week.  No appointment necessary.

Magill's Medical Guide Requires library card barcode login. Links to Salem Press titles owned by Manchester.

Manchester Newspaper Database - Searchable database of Manchester news, current and historical.  Information is being converted from a card file.  See a Librarian for help.

Recommended Internet Sites by Subject

Reference Shelf - special topics in History. Requires library card barcode login. Links to Salem Press titles owned by Manchester.

Value Line -  Stock market and investment information (Remote Access requires Manchester Library card barcode login).
Getting Started with ValueLine (pdf).

Genealogy Databases

Heritage Quest Online - Access through iCONN, Heritage Quest allows searching of the U.S. Federal Census images, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank, and information on people and places from family and local histories.

American Ancestors - This database may be only accessed from the library (Mary Cheney only).  New England Historical Genealogical Society.  Searches over 90 million names in 2,000 databases, covering New England and parts of New York and eastern Canada.

Ancestry.com - This database may be only accessed from the library (Mary Cheney only).  Ancestry Library Edition:  User-friendly search tools and comprehesive indexing provides access to more than one-billion names, 3,000+ databases, federal, state and city censuses, and primary-source documents.

For additional genealogy sites, please visit Recommended Internet Sites by Subject - Genealogy.

Basic guide to Ancestry - Library Edition