Research Help

POWER Library is a state provided collection of databases.   To access from home, please go to the library from where your library card was obtained and click on the POWER Library tab.  You will need your library card to access it from home.  It  includes the following resources:  General Periodical Resources, Newspaper Resources, Business Resources, Contemporary Authors, Bookflix & AP Photo Archive.

NoveList has been helping readers find their next favorite book for more than 20 years, and continues to develop innovative solutions for connecting readers, books, and libraries. By helping libraries help readers, NoveList empowers libraries to engage and inspire their communities.

Available in Franklin & Fulton Counties: Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office)

Available in Franklin & Fulton Counties:  The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.

Available in Franklin & Fulton Counties:  Mango is an online language learning system that can help you learning languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian, Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and More.

Ask Here PA is designed to provide fast answers to your questions, using information found on the Internet and in proprietary databases funded by libraries. In most cases, Ask Here PA Librarians will provide an answer online in 15 minutes or less! If your question involves lengthy research, we’ll get you started and/or provide a referral for you or your question.

Funding and Support Attribution

ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA’S POWER Library services are funded primarily by:

 1. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s “Library Access” budget line item; and

 2. Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

These funds are administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

Notice of these funding sources must be provided on all printed or electronic presentations of POWER Library resources as listed below.

This project is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

OCL reserves the right to change or terminate the ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA POWER Library program based on the availability of funding, program needs, or the availability of vendors that can provide qualified services.