I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.

-- Former First Lady Laura Bush

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.

hoopla: 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 later.

OverDrive: 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.

Ancestry: Genealogy research database

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 world’s 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 Library, Altamont Free Library, Bethlehem Public Library, Guilderland Public Library, Nassau Free Library, Voorheesville Public Library, and William K. Sanford Town Library (Colonie).

Databases Provided by New York State Library

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 any questions.

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:

Business and Finance
Business Insights: Essentials

Includes company profiles, industry reports and financial reports, as well as business magazines and newspapers.

General Reference / School Oriented
Britannica Escolar

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

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.

Kids InfoBits

Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs.

Opposing 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 and more.

Research in Context

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.

Health & Medicine
Health 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.

Academic One File

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 Edition

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.

General One File

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.

Infotrac Newsstand

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.

New 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 Post-Standard.

Computer Database

Provides access to business and technical publications in the computer, electronics, and telecommunications industries.

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