UHLS Digital Resources
We know some folks want their library available wherever
they are, 24/7! In 2020 a public library card in Albany and Rensselaer
Counties includes access to ebooks, digital audiobooks and magazines,
streaming video, and several subscription databases. Some of our member
libraries provide additional digital resources, so be sure to contact
your home library for information
on how to access these resources or to get a library card.
Funding for the UHLS digital resources below is provided
by the Albany Public Library via the New York State Library's Central
Library grants. Additional funding for OverDrive is provided by our
29 member libraries.
movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows
hoopla is a digital media service offered by the Upper
Hudson Library System libraries that allows you to borrow movies, music,
audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet,
or phone and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed
immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment
eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video
The Upper Hudson Library System hosts a great collection of ebooks,
digital audiobooks, and streaming video. It's easier than ever to enjoy
them on your desktop computer or mobile device. Learn more on our OverDrive
Getting Started page.
Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily
expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest
and its partner Ancestry. Remote access will be available through December 31, 2021 and will continue to be re-evaluated.
Ancestry® Library Edition brings the worlds most popular
consumer online genealogy resource to your library. Its 7,000 databases
deliver an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North
America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more.
New York Heritage:
Local history digital collections
Several public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer counties have begun
digitizing their local history resources to make them even more accessible.
New York Heritage is an invaluable research portal for anyone interested
in learning more about New York State. UHLS members on New York Heritage
include: Albany Public
Free Library, Bethlehem
Public Library, Guilderland Public
Library, Nassau Free
Public Library, and William
K. Sanford Town Library (Colonie).
Ancestry.com New York
Several New York repositories have formed a partnership with Ancestry.com to digitize family history records and make them available on line for free. The list of records available is located in the bottom left corner of the Ancestry.com New York web page. Descriptions of the records as well as the holding organizations are provided through the links and logos on the page.
Access several online databases where you can
find newspapers and research materials on many different subjects.
Searching a database is a little different than using an Internet
search engine like Google, and specific strategies for combining
search terms may be necessary to get the best results. The reliability
of the information you can find in a database is well worth
the extra effort, so please ask your home librarian if you have
These databases are available from home from anywhere in New
York State. No library card required. For more information,
please visit NOVELNY.
Information about NOVELNY for librarians:
Includes company profiles, industry reports and
financial reports, as well as business magazines and newspapers.
Reference / School Oriented
Discover the leading knowledge-building resource
that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content
in Spanish. New features make it more valuable than ever for native
Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.
Britannica School is the go-to site for learning
more about any subject—for grades Pre-K-12 and all reading abilities—offering
thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles,
images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools,
and recommended Web sites. Available at three levels—Elementary,
Middle, or High.
Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for
grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary,
maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs.
Viewpoints in Context
Contains a range of perspectives on many important
issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Includes a variety
of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia
Resource for students in grades 6 to 8. Offers magazines,
newspapers, primary sources, over 12,000 videos and more on a
variety of topics. Supports national and state curriculum standards
in language arts, social studies and science.
Reference Center Academic
This health database includes over 2800 journals
and magazines, many of which are full text. It contains nursing
and allied health journals, other medical journals, newsletters
and consumer health magazines.
This database contains over 12,000 journals and
reference sources, many of which are peer-reviewed and full text.
It has extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology,
medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and
more. The database also contains some full text titles that are
cited in databases such as AGRICOLA, CINAHL, EconLit, ERIC, MEDLINE,
MLA International Bibliography, PsycINFO and others.
Britannica Academic delivers fast and easy access
to high-quality, comprehensive information. The rich combination
of the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s
Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other
research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students
need to consult when conducting thorough research—all from one
resource. Written by Nobel laureates, historians, curators, professors,
and other notable experts, Britannica Academic’s articles provide
trusted information with balanced, global perspectives and insights
that users will not find anywhere else.
This general periodical database contains over
12,000 periodicals, newspapers, reference books and multimedia
sources, over half of which are full text. The backfile extends
nearly 30 years. Subjects include humanities, education, environmental
issues, technology, health care, politics and more.
This full-text newspaper database has several New
York Newspapers including the New York Times from 1995 on, and
over 1,000 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers.
York State Newspapers
A subset of InfoTrac Custom Newspapers, this database
includes the following full-text newspapers from around New York
State: Buffalo News, New York Times, New York Post, New York Observer,
Syracuse Herald American, Syracuse Herald-Journal, and Syracuse
Provides access to business and technical publications
in the computer, electronics, and telecommunications industries.