As a service to Union County residents, the Union County Library System subscribes to many online resources for convenient 24/7 access to reliable information. You’ll find everything from free downloadable audiobooks and e-books to access to magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, video clips and images plus much more.

To use these valuable information sources, available only through your public library, you will need an active UCLS library card.

To search/browse useful Web sites hand-picked by our reference librarians, see also “Find an answer“.

  • POWER library gives you immediate access to thousands of magazines, newspapers, books, photographs, charts, maps, pictures, reference materials for young people and much more. (Public Library Access, Herr Memorial Access, West End Access).
  • Blooms Literary Reference features hundreds of Harold Bloom’s essays examining the lives and works of great writers throughout history and the world, as well as thousands of critical articles by noted scholars. Includes extensive entries on literary topics, themes, movements, timelines and genres. Bloom’s Literary Reference Online
  • Learning Express Library provides patrons, from elementary students to adult learners, with instant access to the most comprehensive collection of test-preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources available. Includes math, reading and writing skills for all ages of students; preparation and practice tests for GED, college entrance, and U. S. citizenship, as well as, for specific licenses such as civil service, commercial driver’s license, emergency medical technician and nursing assistants. (Public Library Access, Herr Memorial Access, West End Access).
  • World Book Online is the online version of the most trusted encyclopedia. It contains thousands of articles, interactive maps, state-of-the art multimedia, editor-reviewed Web sites and more. Separate interfaces for preschoolers, elementary students, middle and high school students, adults and Spanish language learners make it the primary resource for all ages. World Book Online
  • Overdrive Digital Media offers popular audiobooks and eBooks to lend to patrons for download on a computer, MP3 player of an iPOD. Browse for bestsellers, classics, fiction, or nonfiction then transfer them to a digital audio device, use them on your computer or burn them to CDs. Download audiobooks
  • TumbleBooks Library (For ages 1 through elementary school) is an amazing collection of 300 animated talking picture books and 40 chapter books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic book which you can read, or have read to you. Tumblebooks Library also contains 160 games, puzzles and lots of other fun activities.   Watch the Tumblebooks Library Tour.