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(401) 725-3714 x220 Library Edition Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition contains hundreds of millions of names from sources such as federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records. does not permit home access. Please visit the library to access this database.

AtoZ Business & Residential

AtoZ Business & Residential
Detailed information on U.S. businesses and U.S. residential listings.


Repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added on a regular basis.
All content has been created by ASE certified technicians.

Biography Reference Center

Biography Reference Center
Comprehensive collection of full-text biographies supporting history, science, arts, music, literature, multicultural studies, business, sports, entertainment & more.

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete
Provides access to easily understandable health and medical information.

EBSCOhost | Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports magazine is published by a nonprofit organization dedicated to unbiased product testing, consumer-oriented research, public education, and advocacy.

EBSCOhost | Database Collection

EBSCOhost Database Collection
Search many databases at once. List of links to all EBSCO reference and research databases. Provides access to articles, magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, pamphlets, etc. covering all subject areas.

E-Zone Downloadable Media

E-Zone Downloadable Media
Checkout and download audiobooks and ebooks from home with a valid Pawtucket Public Library card. You must have a computer or device that meets the system requirements for the type(s) of digital materials you wish to check out. Free software for the computer or device on which you wish to use the materials available at this site.

EBSCOhost | History Reference Center

History Reference Center
Comprehensive history database designed for secondary through undergraduate college research.

Learning Express Library

Learning Express Library
Skill building courses and online practice tests that are true previews of the official tests, including the ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT, U.S. Citizenship exams, Job Skills courses, ESL courses & more.
Remote Users: At login enter your OSL library card number.
When you use Learning Express Library for the first time you will have to create a personal account by selecting "new user" and registering a username and password.

EBSCOhost | Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center
Comprehensive database that includes plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies, poems, short stories, classic novels and more.
TIP: For Classics click on Browse Works and select Full Text Classics from the drop-down menu.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages
Language-learning system that teaches actual conversation skills for over 60 languages and 17 ESL languages. Includes a text translator, film-based learning and free mobile apps.
Remote Users: At login enter your OSL library card number.

EBSCOhost | MasterFILE Premier

MasterFILE Premier
Magazine, newspaper, general reference, business, health, education, general interest, general science, multicultural issues and more. Reference books, biographies, primary source documents.
Updated daily. Available in 13 languages.


Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.


Includes The (Pawtucket) Times, The Valley Breeze Pawtucket Edition, The Providence Journal, and Rhode Island Historical Newspapers.
Remote Users: At login enter your 14-digit Pawtucket Public Library card number.

Providence Journal December 23, 1981  Current

Providence Journal December 23, 1981 – Current
Full-text articles from this daily Rhode Island newspaper on local news, sports, politics, opinion, events, food, restaurants and more. Updated daily.

Pawtucket Times Archives:  January 1, 1898 – February 28, 1921
Searchable by: Birth, death and marriage notices; news/opinion, election returns, letters, legislative acts, legal proceedings (including laws, proceedings of legislatures or courts, official speeches and proclamations by the king, governor, etc.), lists of current prices of important commodities, shipping news (arrivals and departures of ships in domestic and foreign ports), advertisements (including both display ads and classified ads) and maps.

Pawtucket Library Digital Newspapers (PLDN)
This growing Pawtucket Library Digital Newspaper collection includes articles published in the Pawtucket Times newspaper from 1886 to 1947. Additional years will be added as funding, grants and donations allow. Please note that search results may appear to contain misspellings and jumbled words due to the age of some of the editions. This does not affect the quality of the search results or the image of the actual newspaper article.

Providence Journal Obituaries & Death Notices

Providence Journal Obituaries & Death Notices
Obituaries and death notices from the Providence Journal (1980 to today). An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.

Rhode Island Historical Newspapers
Includes: The Pawtucket Times January 1, 1898 – February 28, 1921
and 27 other historical Rhode Island newspapers.

The (Pawtucket) Times: June 10, 2008 - Current
Full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of The Times. Includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections. Updated daily.

The Valley Breeze Pawtucket Edition: August 19, 2009 – Current
Full-text weekly newspaper serving the cities and towns of Northern Rhode Island and the Blackstone Valley.

America's News Magazines
Access news magazines including National Review, Newsweek Global, Parenting, Science News and many popular titles.

Complete readers’ fiction resource. Most comprehensive guide to fiction series. Recommended reading lists for adults, teens, and kids. Includes Readers’ advisory, genre outlines, discussion guides, awards lists & more.

Points of View Reference Center
Full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.

World Book Web & Digital Libraries
Premier online reference suite includes articles & current news, historic & primary source documents, atlases & maps, timelines, literary works & more.

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