Historical & Genealogical Resources

Ancestry.com Library Edition

Research your family history! With access to vital, military, immigration and census records you will be able to start uncovering your family’s story.

Instructions on how to access Ancestry Library Edition from home

Encyclopedia Britannica

Farmington Library card required.

Farmington Valley Herald

Now access the Farmington Valley Herald from home!
Access our digital archives of the Farmington Valley Herald. Browse by title, year, or key words to find articles and content from this historic publication. (Farmington Valley Herald content from 1976 onward is only available from within the library, and is available here.)


A public free databases recording 500,000 named captive people, designed by data scientists at Michigan State University and distinguished historians and researchers.

Skill-Building Resources

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library provides support to students and professionals for academic skill-building, standardized test prep, career certification test prep and more.

Farmington Library card required to register.


Creativebug.com has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Nurture your creative side with video classes in painting, knitting, crafting, sewing & more, all a click away with your Farmington Library card!

Farmington Library card required to register. Your PIN is your last name.

Infobase Learning Cloud

Infobase Learning Cloud offers online how-to training on hundreds of common software applications and devices, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Docs, and iPad.

Farmington Library card required to register.


With DrivingTests.org you have access to following, Connecticut specific, resources:

  • 11 car practice tests
  • 9 motorcycle practice tests
  • 27 CDL practice tests
  • 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
  • A FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 DMV-related questions

Universal Class

Universal Class provides users with lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.

Farmington Library card required to register.

Transparent Language

Transparent Language Online offers the most comprehensive language-learning solution with over 100 languages, an extensive ESOL collection, flexible learning paths and apps for all your mobile devices.

Farmington Library card required to register. Log into your library account

The Great Courses

Stream courses taught by engaging professors covering a wide variety of topics. The courses range from a myriad of subjects and includes history, health, science, language arts, and more!

Farmington Library card required to register. Log into your library account.

Small Business & Job Searching Resources


AtoZdatabases is the Premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

Download the mobile App from your device’s app store to get phone numbers and much more on the go.

Farmington Library card required to register.


Live, anytime, anywhere job assistance, including up-to-date nation-wide and local job search engines, professional resume critique and proven interview techniques. Experience personalized career center seamlessly integrated with advanced virtual technology to help job seekers of diverse backgrounds and needs.

Farmington Library card required to register.


Support for your community’s veterans and their families with navigating the VA bureaucracy, providing academic tutoring, and employment transition assistance

Farmington Library card required to register.


The Morningstar Investment Research Center Online.

Available at home here, please use password 06032 where you are asked for your card # .

E-Publishing & Readers Advisory Resources

Pressbooks Public

Design your own books, newsletters, poetry, novels, and any other written content in digital and print-ready formats using Pressbooks. Start creating by logging in with your BiblioBoard Library username and password.

Ready to e-publish your book? Take your newly designed content and head on over to SELF-e (see details below).

Indie Author Project (IAP) Select

Self-publish with Indie Author Project Select!

All accepted works are eligible for special contests and for inclusion in the Library Journal curated, best-of-the-best collection. Readers across the state can discover your work with the potential for national exposure. Submit your book to IAP Select now!

In order to publish, your work needs to be in PDF format, or designed using Pressbooks Public.  Ask the librarians at the Adult Information desk if you need help with the format. 

Interested in reading local author’s works?  To read submissions from local indie authors all over CT, check out Indie CT.


Discover local content from self-published authors, top indie eBooks and so much more. Never experience a hold, checkout or lending limit.

Download the BiblioBoard Library app for your Apple, Android or Kindle device now, or visit library.biblioboard.com on any web browser.

Novelist Plus

Discover read-alikes for your favorite book, series, author or audiobook narrator. Find out what book comes next in a series. Create lists of books you have read or want to read. Keep up with the latest in new releases and award lists. Print or download discussion questions for book groups.

Available to anyone from within the Main Library or Barney Library, and to Farmington Library card holders from anywhere anytime.

CT State Library Resources

ResearchIT CT – Free Online Resources

Includes: resources for students, e-reference books, newspapers, magazine and journal articles, health and science resources, genealogy resources and much more…

Additional Resources

Consumer Reports

Consumer reports are now available from home! Click here and select consumerreports.org to be taken to their website as a Library User.

Value Line

Value Line is now available from home!

2021 Fuel Economy Guide

Up-to-date fuel economy information, environmental and safety data for many model years.