The following sites are excellent for research and learning:
  • is Connecticut’s Research Database and Statewide Library Catalog accessible free  to everyone with a library card (and to everyone at the library).
  • We are pleased to inform you that the State Library’s subscription to ReferenceUSA is now available to any resident of Connecticut with a State Librar y card. Residents can apply for a State Library card in person or by mail using the procedure described here. Questions can be directed to the State Library here.
  • Novel Book Ratings is an excellent resource to help determine the “rating” of a book, like a movie or video game rating. Website claims to “Rating system tracks use of profanity, violence and sexual content in novels. Search engine helps you identify books by category and specific plot elements Provides an author page with additional information such as: Other similar authors, series listed in order, basic review system based on plot, characterization, and overall quality
  • World Book Online Reference Center (Includes: World Book Advanced, World Book Spanish Language Encyclopedia, and World Book Kids)
  • Project Gutenberg has over 36,000 free e-books to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS, or other portable device.
  • TumbleBook Library has animated talking picture books, plus games and puzzles for children in grades PreK to 5. View site in English, Spanish or French.
  • KhanAcademy is a library of instructional videos covering K-12 Math, Science, and Humanities topics. Students can learn for free by using videos, practice exercises and assessments.
  • Universal Class. Take online continuing education classes for FREE with your library card. Over 500 classes available, including computer training, personal finance, GED training, pet and animal care, language learning, music and painting, and much more.
  • is an online drivers training site with practice tests and information.
  • The Connecticut State Library has lots more resources available to GSML patrons
  • The GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine is one of the largest databases of scholarships on the web and would an excellent addition to your resources for teens. Unlike other scholarship websites, the GoodCall Scholarship Engine is 100% free and open-access, meaning no personally identifiable information is required in order to use it.
  • Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for children from low-income households. These eBooks can be read without checkouts or holds. Children from low-income families can access these eBooks, which include some of the most popular works of the present and past, using the Open eBooks app and read as many as they like without incurring any costs. The goal of Open eBooks is to encourage a love of reading and serve as a gateway to children reading even more often, whether in school, at libraries, or through other ebook reading apps.