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Download unabridged audiobooks from a selection of 2,500 adult and young adult titles. Compatible with most media players.

Collection of animated, talking picture books,including story books, chapter books, new books, non-fiction and language learning, also puzzles and games.


Art Full Text
Full-text articles from hundreds of journals in the arts, from 1997-present. Abstracts also available from 1994; titles and authors can also be searched from 1984. The wide variety of subjects includes architecture, art education, craft, painting, and film.
Boston Globe (current)
Access to the Boston Globe from 1980-present, provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
Historical Boston Globe
Coverage from 1872 to 1981.
Historical New York Times
Coverage from 1851 to 2008.
Full-text scholarly articles in the humanities and other disciplines.
Access over 9,500 news, business, and legal sources -- legal sources are available at the library only.
Library Literature and Information Full Text
Full-text articles from more than 300 journals in the library sciences, from 1994-present. Abstracts also available from 1984.
Project Muse
Provides full-text access to current content from nearly 500 scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Boston Athenæum

Boston African Americans, 1820-1863
The Boston Athenæum has assembled a list of names, addresses and occupations for approximately 5800 African-Americans who lived in Boston during the period from 1820 to 1863, the time at which the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.
Boston Athenæum Digital Collections
The online collections of the Boston Athenæum consist of digital surrogates of rare books, archival documents, photographs, maps, and works of art on paper.
Boston Athenæum Theater Collection
A guide to the theater programs and playbill collection at the Boston Athenæum. More than 90% of the material represented in the database consists of playbills or portions of playbills from about 45 Boston theaters. The bulk of the playbill collection dates from circa 1860 to 1900.


OED Online
Definitions, etymologies, etc.
Dictionary of Old English
Currently A-G are online.


Chicago Manual of Style
Searchable editorial style guide on publishing practices for the digital age that includes the full contents of the 15th and 16th editions.
China, America, and the Pacific: Trade & Cultural Exchange*
*In Library access only
Explore an extensive range of archival material connected to the trading and cultural relationships that emerged between China, America and the Pacific region between the 18th and early 20th centuries. Manuscript sources, rare printed texts, visual images, objects and maps document this fascinating history.
Civil War Online
Contains diaries, letters, memoirs, and images indexed and searchable.
Current Biography Illustrated
Biographies from the periodical Current Biography. Includes more than 15,000 biographies, 9,400 obituaries and 19,500 images.
Early English Books
Contains page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, British North America, as well as other English works printed from 1473-1700.
Encyclopædia Britannica
Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopædia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
A catalog of resources of most libraries in the English-speaking world.
Gale Reference Resources
Enjoy access to a wide range of subjects, including current events, books and authors, biography, horticulture, history, sciences, business and careers, K-12 resources, and reference encyclopedias. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
Loeb Classical Library
Classics of Latin and Greek with English translations available in full text, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease.
Oxford Art Online
A collection of scholarly art encyclopedias and dictionaries from Oxford. Includes 45,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts, and more than 6,000 images from Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Biographies of “the people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond.”
Short Story Index
Locate more than 96,000 stories published since 1984. Search by genre and find the parent book.

Boston Athenæum Related

Alexander Parris Digital Project
Architectural and mechanical drawings, specifications, correspondence, and accounts, from 1803 to 1851. Collections from: the State Library, Boston Athenæum, Boston Public Library, Boston National Historical Park, Charlestown Navy Yard, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Historical Society, and Historic New England.
Boston African Americana Collection 
Visual and textual materials held by the Boston Athenæum, the Bostonian Society, Historic New England, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Spanning the years 1770 to 1950 with the bulk being 1865.
Sheet Music Images
19th century pictorial sheet music was published with an illustrated title page or cover.  These compelling illustrations were designed to catch the attention of the purchaser and are desirable items in their own right.