Using Public, Academic, and National Libraries

Many public libraries throughout the United States provide access to electronic resources within their library and remotely.  For example:

  • Most Massachusetts residents can access a number of online databases through the Massachusetts Libraries website.
  • Some libraries like the Boston Public Library offer eCards that are just for using electronic resources and that can be registered for online.

Many public libraries can also obtain scholarly articles and books for you through interlibrary loan services for free or for a small fee.

Most public and some private university libraries provide visitors with onsite access to article databases. It is always worth checking with your local university about their visitor access policies.  

In addition to the use of their print collections, some national libraries offer onsite and remote access to article databases. For example eResources from the National Library of Australia offers many databases that can be accessed with a library card including Ebsco eBooks, NewsBank Access World News, and the Economist Historical Archive. Find your national library.


Locating Library Resources