All library facilities are temporarily closed to the public. Our Digital Services are available during closure. For information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the 24/7 hotline for Jersey City residents: (201) 547-5208.
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The Jersey City Free Public Library offers a wide range of Digital Services, all available free with your Library Card. Don't have a Library Card? Click here to get one instantly!


Resources by Subjects

 

Available resources are accessible from home but may require temporary logins. Login credentials are specified below.


*Need help with any of our services?  Click here for video tutorials on our various apps and databases!

 


Virtual Programs & Services

  • Virtual Reference Service
    Have a question? Just type in the chat box at the bottom of your screen to contact a member of our library staff, live on our Virtual Reference Service. Live chat is available during library hours, or you can leave a message and someone can get back to you.

  • While our facilities are temporarily closed as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are offering live chat service Monday to Thursday 9 A.M. to 8 P.M.; Friday 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.; Saturday, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.; Sundays 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

  • Virtual Programs
    Can't get to the Library for Story Hour? Looking for something to do online while the Library is closed? Tune in for our Virtual Programs on Facebook Live at the times below! Coming soon: archived Virtual Programs on our YouTube channel.




    JCFPL Virtual Programs for Week of May 25, 2020

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    Full Virtual Programming for week of May 25, 2020.

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    Adults & Teens Virtual Programming for week of May 25, 2020.

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    Kids Virtual Programming for week of May 25, 2020.

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Books & Reading

  • AudioBookCloud *LOGIN REQUIRED for Apple App or Google Play
    AudioBookCloud is a curated database of streaming audiobooks with a growing collection of over 1200 titles including dozens of genres and interest levels. The collection includes popular literature, classics, children and teen books, mysteries, sci-fi, history, biography and more. App available on Apple App or Google Play stores.
    LOGIN - Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6

  • hoopla 
    Access thousands of ebooks, comics, audiobooks, and music albums all available for mobile and desktop use. Digital content from Hollywood studios, major-label record companies, and publishers can be borrowed for instant streaming to smartphones, tablets, and computers, or for temporary downloading to smartphones and tablets. App available on Apple App or Google Play stores.

  • OverDrive
    OverDrive is the leading digital reading platforms for libraries and OverDrive Education is the leading global digital reading platform for K-12, both offering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and streaming video. App available on Apple App or Google Play stores.

  • NoveList
    Use this electronic database of over 92,000 titles to discover new fiction and new authors. Enter a favorite author or title and get a thoughtful list of recommendations for your next read. Browse over 1,200 theme-oriented book lists, 160 award lists and 1,000 fiction-related websites.

  • RomanceBookCloud
    Love is in the air. Actually, it is in the cloud. RomanceBookCloud where love and romance is available 24/7. Whether it be contemporary, historical, time-travel, inspirational, YA, or paranormal, you will love to read about love at RomanceBookCloud.

  • TumbleBookCloud *LOGIN REQUIRED for Apple App or Google Play
    TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks and educator resources, including a robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. The collection is available online around the clock. No downloads, no waiting! If you can access the internet, you can be reading, watching, or listening to fantastic content.
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    Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6

  • TumbleBookLibrary *LOGIN REQUIRED for Apple App or Google Play
    TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games. With a school licence, teachers and students have access to the Common Core Portal, quizzes and teacher materials/lesson plans!

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    Username: tumble735 Password: books

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Business

  • EBSCOhost
    Full text of over 1,800 magazines and newspapers with MasterFILE Premier, Business Source, and Health Source Plus. A variety of other tools for research are also available.

  • Khan Academy
    Access a library of over 2,600 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history, with practice exercises. Students can get extra help or work ahead in a wide range of subject areas.

  • Morningstar Investment Classroom *LOGIN REQUIRED
    Financial education for everyone from the beginner to the expert investor from one of the most respected names in the investment world.
    LOGIN requires first 5 digits your library card.
    Please note:
    The Morningstar subscription only allows a limited number of concurrent users. Please log off by clicking on the End Session link to allow others access to the database.

  • ReferenceUSA
    Detailed, current directory information for millions of U.S. and Canadian businesses, with separate search modules for health care providers and new businesses. Perform detailed consumer research by with faceted White Pages searching and directories of new movers and new homeowners.

 

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Career

  • Ferguson's Career Guidance Center *LOGIN REQUIRED - Trial Ends May 23,2020
    Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is a comprehensive resource for career exploration and planning that allows users to quickly find the valuable career information they need, whether it’s industry and professions articles, school planning resources, or skills and career advice.
    LOGIN - Username: JerseyCityPL Password: digital

  • NJ State Library: Get Help
    The State Library keeps an updated and comprehensive list of resources for residents looking for help finding employment, housing, medical care and more.

  • JobNow
    JobNow, powered by Brainfuse, provides live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job, including online coaches to assist with resume building, job searches, and interview skills. The site also provides a writing lab, test prep for high school equivalency and citizenship tests, and skills assessments.

  • LearningExpressLibrary
    LearningExpress Library features online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.

  • Lynda.com
    Take advantage of a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover business, design, web development, multimedia skills, software, and more. Featuring searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions, plus Certificates of Completion for your LinkedIn profile.

  • VetNow
    VetNow supports your community’s veterans and their families by providing online benefits navigators, academic tutoring in English, math, and science, and exam prep, as well as career transition assistance such as resume building, interview skills, and career path guidance.

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Homework Help

  • Britannica Library
    Britannica Library provides the trusted name and information people have come to expect from Encyclopedia Britannica.

  • Chelsea House Biographies Online *LOGIN REQUIRED - Trial Ends May 23,2020
    Chelsea House Biographies is a one-stop online resource for all the biography needs of middle and high school students, or anyone interested in discovering the lives of fascinating people. Featuring full-length biographies from Chelsea House, the leading publisher of biographies for the school and library market, this award-winning content is the ideal length for book reports at 100+ pages and perfect for student research.
    LOGIN - Username: JerseyCityPL Password: digital

  • Explora Primary & Explora Secondary
    Support elementary and high school curriculum with high-quality content from popular sources, including full-text databases, ebooks, and digital magazines. Explora Secondary is particularly useful for high school students learning to complete their own research.

  • Gale in Context: Middle School combines reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and more.

  • Gale In Context: High School 
    Gale in Context: High School supports student papers, projects, and presentations while empowering the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills with content aligned to national and state curriculum standards.

  • Gale In Context: College
    Gale In Context: College offers interdisciplinary content that reinforces the development of skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

  • Kids InfoBits 
    introduces elementary schoolers to database searching with easy-to-use resources featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics.

  • Learning Express School Center provides academic support for Math and Language Arts for Elementary grades, Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies for Middle grades, and Math, Language Arts, Social Sciences, and Science and Technology for High School grades. The website features practice sets, as well as e-books and tutorials for some of the grade/subject areas.

  • Miss Humblebee's Academy 
    Miss Humblebee's Academy is an interactive kindergarten-readiness program that introduces children ages three to six to key concepts in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music. It’s as challenging as it is fun!

  • Novelist K-8 
    NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.

  • Points of View Reference Center is an interface intended for public, academic, and high school libraries. Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debating, developing arguments, writing position papers, and developing critical thinking skills. Each Points of View Essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.

  • Tutor.com
    Get a tutor 24/7 in 40+ subjects including Math, Science, Social Sciences, and English. We help thousands of students get better grades every day.

  • The World Almanac for Kids *LOGIN REQUIRED - Trial Ends May 23,2020
    The World Almanac® for Kids is the ideal one-stop reference resource for intermediate-level students. Erasing the line between homework support and fun exploration, it contains excellent resources for student reports and research, including extensive, up-to-date articles; videos; interactive games; science projects; and Homework Help; plus Teacher Resources with lesson plans. Kids can explore age-appropriate subjects while developing online research skills with a trusted source.
    LOGIN - Username: JerseyCityPL Password: digital

  • The World Almanac for Kids Elementary *LOGIN REQUIRED - Trial Ends May 23,2020
    The World Almanac® for Kids Elementary provides trustworthy, kid-friendly reference specifically for elementary grades. The database's wealth of engaging illustrated articles, videos, interactives, Fun Facts, and more are delivered in a colorful, kid-friendly format perfect for helping young children develop online research skills with a trusted source.
    LOGIN - Username: JerseyCityPL Password: digital

  • World Geography and Culture Online *LOGIN REQUIRED - Trial Ends May 23,2020
    World Geography and Culture is the definitive resource for the study of countries, cultures, and geography concepts and skills. Every country of the world is profiled in depth, covering all aspects of its geography, history, society, and culture. At-a-glance information, maps and flags, videos, images, gazetteer entries, biographies of famous people, a timeline, and current news supplement each country profile. Comprehensive entries about the U.S. states are also available.
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Digital Downloads

  • Access Video On Demand: Master Collection *LOGIN REQUIRED - Trial Ends May 23,2020
    Access Video On Demand features more than 13,000 videos and 207,000 video segments in eight comprehensive collections including arts and humanities, careers and trades, business and economics, science and technology, home and family, health and wellness, and archival films and newsreels.
    LOGIN - Username: JerseyCityPL Password: digital


  • Access Video On Demand: Just for Kids *LOGIN REQUIRED - Trial Ends May 23,2020
    The Just for Kids Streaming Collection for public libraries gives children—and their parents—a thoroughly kid-safe, advertisement-free media platform they can freely explore and enjoy. Just for Kids has the educational videos children want to watch—Sesame Street, The Electric Company, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Franklin, and thousands more—plus songs, games, and other interactives that are sure to entertain, educate, and inspire young patrons.
    LOGIN - Username: JerseyCityPL Password: digital

  • AudioBookCloud *LOGIN REQUIRED for Apple App or Google Play
    AudioBookCloud is a curated database of streaming audiobooks with a growing collection of over 1200 titles including dozens of genres and interest levels. The collection includes popular literature, classics, children and teen books, mysteries, sci-fi, history, biography and more.  App available on Apple App or Google Play stores.
    LOGIN - Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6

  • Flipster 
    Access digital magazines using Flipster. Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine service that allows people to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of the library. App available on Apple App or Google Play stores.

  • hoopla 
    hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! App available on Apple App or Google Play stores.

  • Kanopy
    In addition to a wide selection of feature films, Kanopy provides access to the Great Courses and dozens of other educational and instructional videos. App available on Apple App or Google Play stores.

  • OverDrive
    OverDrive is the leading digital reading platforms for libraries and OverDrive Education is the leading global digital reading platform for K-12, both offering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and streaming video. App available on Apple App or Google Play stores.

  • PressReader
    Don’t miss a beat – get access to today’s newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in over 60 languages. App available on Apple App or Google Play stores.

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Educational

  • American History *LOGIN REQUIRED - Trial Ends May 23,2020
    American History is an indispensable resource for student research. Spanning our nation’s history—from prehistory to the present day—American History was developed and curated by leading editors and scholars in the study of American history. It is composed of a variety of learning assets, including articles, images, primary source documents, timelines, videos, and slideshows.
    LOGIN - Username: JerseyCityPL Password: digital


  • Bloom's Literature *LOGIN REQUIRED - Trial Ends May 23,2020
    Bloom’s Literature offers a comprehensive resource for the study of literature. Edited and curated by Yale University professor Harold Bloom, this database includes thousands of critical essays and discussion questions, plus author biographies and character analyses, full-length poems, the full text of hundreds of reference books, full-length videos of classic plays and films, and more.
    LOGIN - Username: JerseyCityPL Password: digital

  • Explora Primary & Explora Secondary
    Support elementary and high school curriculum with high-quality content from popular sources, including full-text databases, ebooks, and digital magazines. Explora Secondary is particularly useful for high school students learning to complete their own research.

  • JerseyClicks
    New Jersey's statewide portal for high-quality full-text databases covering subjects such as health, history, business, education, science, current events, literature, and popular fiction. Includes Reference Latina, a Spanish-language full-text database.

  • JobNow
    JobNow, powered by Brainfuse, provides live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job, including online coaches to assist with resume building, job searches, and interview skills. The site also provides a writing lab, test prep for high school equivalency and citizenship tests, and skills assessments.

  • Kanopy
    In addition to a wide selection of feature films, Kanopy provides access to the Great Courses and dozens of other educational and instructional videos.  App available on Apple App or Google Play stores.

  • Khan Academy
    Access a library of over 2,600 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history, with practice exercises. Students can get extra help or work ahead in a wide range of subject areas.

  • Lynda.com
    Take advantage of a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover business, design, web development, multimedia skills, software, and more. Featuring searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions, plus Certificates of Completion for your LinkedIn profile.

  • Rosetta Stone
    Whether you are looking to learn a brand-new language, further your ESL learning, or brush up on rusty skills, you’ll find what you need with this proven immersion method.

  • TumbleMath
    Educators have long known that one of the most effective ways to teach math concepts, especially to reluctant learners, is by using stories and literature. TumbleMath is the most comprehensive collection of math picture books you will find anywhere. All in the amazing TumbleBook format complete with animation and narration. The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes.


  • VetNow
    VetNow supports your community’s veterans and their families by providing online benefits navigators, academic tutoring in English, math, and science, and exam prep, as well as career transition assistance such as resume building, interview skills, and career path guidance.

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Encyclopedia & Almanacs

  • Britannica Library
    Britannica Library provides the trusted name and information people have come to expect from Encyclopedia Britannica.

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Language

  • Rosetta Stone
    Whether you are looking to learn a brand-new language, further your ESL learning, or brush up on rusty skills, you’ll find what you need with this proven immersion method.


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Library & Informational Sciences 

  • JerseyClicks
    New Jersey's statewide portal for high-quality full-text databases covering subjects such as health, history, business, education, science, current events, literature, and popular fiction. Includes Reference Latina, a Spanish-language full-text database.

  • EBSCOhost
    Full text of over 1,800 magazines and newspapers with MasterFILE Premier, Business Source, and Health Source Plus. A variety of other tools for research are also available.

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 Local History & Genealogy

  • Use your Jersey City Free Public Library card to access one of the world's largest online document collections comprising millions of U.S. censuses, birth, death, marriage, military, immigration records and more. Online access available until June 30, 2020.

  • Hudson County High School Yearbook Indexes
    As part of an ongoing project collecting all the yearbooks from Hudson County high schools, New Jersey Room staff are compiling indexes to help genealogy researchers find photos and information about earlier generations. Currently available indexes are for Jersey City High School (now Dickinson High School) from 1876-1900 and Hudson County private high schools (for example, Hasbrouck Institute, Bergen School, Stevens/Hoboken Academy) 1856-1986.

  • HeritageQuest Online
    A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

  • Fire Insurance Maps Online
    Research the history of your house, your block or your neighborhood using historic maps from the mid-19th through mid-20th century. Search this collection of high-quality color scans of insurance atlases by address or map browse. We are happy that many of the historic atlases in the New Jersey Room collection that are inaccessible at present are now available for our patrons online here.


  • Jersey Journal and Star-Ledger Archives In addition to our extensive collection of local newspapers on microfilm, we now offer access to the digitized Jersey Journal (1867-present) and Star-Ledger (1989-present). Contact the New Jersey Room staff at 201-547-4503 or via our Virtual Reference Service (chat box at bottom right of this page) for help with your search.

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Magazines, Journals & Newspapers

  • EBSCOhost
    Full text of over 1,800 magazines and newspapers with MasterFILE Premier, Business Source, and Health Source Plus. A variety of other tools for research are also available.

  • Flipster
    Access digital magazines using Flipster. Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine service that allows people to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of the library. App available on Apple App or Google Play stores.

  • Gale Health and Wellness
    Gale Health and Wellness offers access to thousands of full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and more.

  • Jersey Journal and Star-Ledger Archives
    In addition to our extensive collection of local newspapers on microfilm, we now offer access to the digitized Jersey Journal (1867-present) and Star-Ledger (1989-present). Contact the New Jersey Room staff at 201-547-4503 or via our Virtual Reference Service (chat box at bottom right of this page) for help with your search.

  • PressReader
    Don’t miss a beat – get access to today’s newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in over 60 languages.  App available on Apple App or Google Play stores.

  • World News Digest *LOGIN REQUIRED - Trial Ends May 23,2020
    For more than 75 years, World News Digest has been a go-to resource for context and background on key issues of both historical events and breaking news. With more than 300,000 original articles and a vast archive covering every major event since its inception, this database offers concise summaries of current events and clearly written essays on the top issues of the day.
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Music

  • hoopla
    Access thousands of ebooks, comics, audiobooks, and music albums all available for mobile and desktop use. Digital content from Hollywood studios, major-label record companies, and publishers can be borrowed for instant streaming to smartphones, tablets, and computers, or for temporary downloading to smartphones and tablets. App available on Apple App or Google Play stores.

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Science & Health

  • Health Reference Center *LOGIN REQUIRED - Trial Ends May 23,2020
    Health Reference Center includes comprehensive, in-depth coverage of body systems, current health issues, major diseases and conditions, treatments, and procedures, as well as health and nutrition information specific to men, women, children, teens, and seniors. The up-to-date information comes from hundreds of authoritative sources, plus users can find thousands of videos, illustrations, journal articles from PubMed Central, and reference articles from MedlinePlus.
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  • Gale In Context: Environmental Studies
    Gale In Context: Environmental Studies focuses on the study of sustainability and the environment. Both interactive and current, the database allows users to navigate issue, organization and country portals.

  • Gale Health and Wellness
    Gale Health and Wellness offers access to thousands of full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and more.

  • JerseyClicks
    New Jersey's statewide portal for high-quality full-text databases covering subjects such as health, history, business, education, science, current events, literature, and popular fiction. Includes Reference Latina, a Spanish-language full-text database.

  • MedlinePlus
    Information from the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library. Everything you need to know about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. Learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations.

  • PubMed Central
    A digital archive of life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), developed and managed by NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

  • Science Online *LOGIN REQUIRED - Trial Ends May 23,2020
    Science Online offers expansive reference coverage of the full range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, videos, diagrams, definitions, interactives, and experiments. Comprehensive Topic Centers help students find a starting point for their research, and the science eLearning modules cover core topics with Teacher Support.
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  • Today's Science *LOGIN REQUIRED - Trial Ends May 23,2020
    Today’s Science bridges the gap between the science taught in class and real-world discoveries by leading scientists—giving comprehensive and in-depth explanations of some of the most important advances in biology, chemistry, environmental science, space, physics, and technology. Each article includes vivid images and groundbreaking videos that help make difficult concepts understandable.
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