The G.A.R. Memorial Library

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The G.A.R. Memorial Library

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The Library has many online resources for you, from downloading books and music to learning a new language!
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We have quick tutorials on how to get started on some of these resources. We hope they will help you!
The library subscribes to the following databases which are available with a West Newbury Library card:



Consumer Reports Online

Your favorite consumer information magazine online. Login using your library card number.
Click here for quick tutorial!




Ancestry Library

In-Library use only.  Discover your ancestors with the world's largest family history website. Start searching billions of records and discover your family's story.
Click here for a quick tutorial!

Heritage Quest

Beginning and professional genealogists can use this powerful online resource to trace family histories and American culture.
Click here for a quick tutorial.




Mango Languages and Little Pim

A fast and convenient solution for your language learning needs.  Mango is available in over 70 languages for adults and Little Pim has 10 languages for kids ages 0 - 6.
Click here for a quick tutorial!




America's News

Current and archived coverage in full-text. 
Includes Newburyport Daily News and the Eagle Tribune 

Access Military, Government, Defense

This database covers military, government and defense news, issues, strategies, careers, benefits, training and much more. You will find current and archived news and information on the Armed Forces and U.S. federal government.

America's Historical Newspapers

Search over 1,000 historical newspapers from around the country including the Newburyport Gazette, the Newburyport Herald, the Merrimack Intelligencer and the Haverhill Gazette

Boston Metropolitan Collection

Search a total of 267 Boston Metro news sources including full-color image editions of the Boston Herald, Cape Cod Times and Worcester Telegram and Gazette.  This extensive collection is available in the library and remotely with your library card on an easy-to-use mobile responsive interface. Includes easy citation tools, article sharing and email capability for your convenience.


NewsBank consolidates current and archived information from thousands of newspaper titles, as well as newswires, web editions, blogs, videos, broadcast transcripts, business journals, periodicals, government documents and other publications.
Click here for tutorial       


US Newsstream enables users to search current and extensive backfiles of U.S. news content and features top newspapers, wires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, and news sites in full-text format. Key U.S. titles include: 


  • The New York Times (backfile from 1980 forward) 
  • The Wall Street Journal (from 1984 forward) 
  • Washington Post (from 1987 forward) 
  • Los Angeles Times (from 1985 forward) 
  • Chicago Tribune (from 1985 forward) 
  • The Boston Globe (from 1980 forward) 
  • Newsday (from 1995 forward) 
  • The Wall Street Journal Online 
  • ProPublica 
  • Huffington Post 
  • CNN Newswires 
  • Politico 



Author Alerts

Get notified by email or text message when any member library of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium orders new titles by your favorite authors or performers!

BookPage - Discover your next great book!

Issued monthly; pick up a copy at the library.  BookPage highlights the best new books across all genres, as chosen by our editors. Every book we cover is one that we are excited to recommend to readers. A star indicates a book of exceptional quality in its genre or category. Sign up to receive their free e-newsletter.

Novelist Plus

Everything about books, authors, read alikes, including critiques and citation help.
Novelist K-8 Plus
Click here for a quick tutorial!


Sign up and receive a free weekly email about the newest books and movies at our library.  Also includes eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines.

Joy of Books

Put together by our own Tracy Larrabee.  Check out her reviews and recommendations of some of the newest books and audiobooks.

Massachusetts Book Awards

The Massachusetts Book Awards recognize significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature published by Commonwealth residents or about Massachusetts subjects.

Fantastic Fiction

Search and browse bibliographies of over 50,000 bestselling fiction authors, with the latest books and series information.


Find and read more books you'll love, and keep track of the books you want to read. Be part of the world's largest community of book lovers.
Click here for a quick tutorial!




DMV Practice Tests

Explore Driving-Tests, where you will find RMV manuals and practice tests to help you prepare.  Driving-Tests provides G.A.R. Memorial Library patrons with unlimited access to official state driver's manuals, online practice tests for car, motorcycle and commercial driver's license (CDL), an exam simulator, and a DMV-related FAQ.

Encyclopedia Britannica

A great resource for school projects! Reliable sources, citation tools, & age-appropriate searches for elementary, middle school and high schoolers. Provided by Mass Library System and Mass Board of Library Commissioners.

Gale Online Resources

Browse all the databases provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Whether you are doing research, a school project or are the just curious type, there is something here for everyone!

GFC Global - Online Learning

Build your future.  Learn and develop the skills needed to advance in work and life.  Brush up on back to work skills, internet skills, creativity and design and much more.

Massachusetts Law Libraries

Just like local public libraries, the law libraries are open to everyone. You can receive legal reference assistance, borrow books, and use print and electronic resources, including printing legal forms.


NewsBank consolidates current and archived information from thousands of newspaper titles, as well as newswires, web editions, blogs, videos, broadcast transcripts, business journals, periodicals, government documents and other publications.
Click here for tutorial        

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Explore Both Sides of an Issue with Gale's Opposing Viewpoints In Context. You'll find pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more.

O'Reilly Online Books

O'Reilly for Public Libraries Online provides access to a broad range of computer and technical books from leading publishers.


Confused or overwhelmed by social media? Try one of these tutorials:

Facebook - Video
Google - Video
Instagram - Video
LinkedIn - Video
Pinterest - Video
Snapchat - Video
Twitter - Video
Zoom - Video