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Digital Resources

The Fall River Public Library offers online, full-text access to hundreds of e-books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and online research databases.

If you access these links outside the library, use your SAILS library card to sign in.

Library Catalog

 SAILS mobile  Search the SAILS catalog here. Or download the SAILS Mobile App for Android or Apple and search books, place holds, and manage your checkouts with one simple app. Plus, you'll never have to worry about forgetting your library card again!


Hoopla Hoopla : Use your Fall River library card to register for a free Hoopla account. You can download Hoopla titles on any computer, tablet, or phone. It is also compatible with streaming devices such as Roku. Find Hoopla titles in the SAILS catalog by searching "Hoopla Digital" or visit the Hoopla site to browse. NEW: You can now borrow 7 titles per month--audio, video, or ebooks--free, with no waiting and no overdue charges ever.

 Overdrive E-Books : If you have a SAILS library card, you can borrow free e-books and audiobooks through Overdrive and read them online or download to read in Kindle or ePub format. Overdrive is available for Mac, Windows, and mobile devices. Download the free Libby reading app for super-easy access to Overdrive titles. Now you can even borrow eBooks and audiobooks from libraries outside the SAILS network, giving you access to collections from all over Massachusetts. Find out more here.

Axis 360 Axis 360 brings you even more choices in e-books and digital audiobooks in one easy-to-use app. Download the app for phone, tablet, or desktop, then read or listen. It works on all platforms and devices.

RB digital RB Digital offers a wide selection of new and classic digital audiobooks and downloadable digital magazines, easy to search from one platform.

TumbleBooks TumbleBooks has interactive e-books for kids, including picture books, graphic novels, read-along audiobooks, and sing-along music.

Reference and Research:

Magazines / Reference : Search thousands of popular magazines, academic journals, newspapers, and electronic reference books. Look here for biography, business, health, history, literature, science and other research topics. Students can find peer-reviewed journal articles and get MLA or APA citations for bibliographies.

Universal Class Universal Class : More than 500 online courses in every subject area--English and writing, medicine and health, technology, math and science, psychology, history, and more--available FREE. Learn at your own pace.

Encyclopedia Britannica : Complete full-text access to the Encyclopedia Britannica, one of the world's most trusted reference sources.

Boston Globe : Full-text archives of Boston Globe articles from 1980-present.

Fall River Atlas, 1883 : Page-by-page digital images of the Atlas of Fall River City, Massachusetts, published by Geo. H. Walker & Co., 1883. You can also download the full atlas as a PDF (note: large file size) or view more Massachusetts atlases here.

Local History : See digital images of old photographs of Fall River, read about Fall River's history, look through old yearbooks from Durfee High School, browse our historic postcard collection, or view yearbooks from local Catholic schools and colleges in our digital collections.

Podcasts : Listen to Fall River Library podcasts on topics ranging from pop culture to meditation.

Readers' Advisory:

NoveList Plus NoveList Plus : Look for the next book in a series, find read-alikes, search for books by type, and discover new authors and titles in your favorite genre.

Book News: Sign up for email newsletters to get updates on library happenings, new books you'll love, and reading recommendations.


Fall River Herald News: Full-text, keyword-searchable access to the Herald News from 1999 to present. In addition to the Herald News, the library's NewsBank resources include a roundup of current events, hot topics, and a selection of America's News Magazines covering politics, science, history, parenting, and more.

Note: the online version of the Herald News includes all major stories, but may not include the complete print content of the newspaper. Classified ads, event listings and other items may be missing. The full edition of the Fall River Herald News is available in print (most recent six months) and on microfilm (going back to the earliest years of the newspaper). Older newspapers, such as the Daily Globe and Evening News, are available on microfilm. The Fall River Herald News archive is provided by the Robert T. Davis and Robert C. Davis Fund.

Digital local newspapers
from the 19th and 20th centuries are available online. Currently available:
Fall River Herald News (1999-2020)
Fall River Daily Globe (1920-1929)
Fall River Historic Newspapers, 1859-1923.
These collections are keyword searchable. Any newspapers that do not fall in this date range must be accessed on microfilm.

America's Historical Newspapers Search America's Historical Newspapers for primary sources, from Colonial times through the 20th century.

Burbio Burbio is an online community calendar that lets you find all events in your community--schools, libraries, arts, sports--in one convenient place and sync reminders to your personal calendar. Visit Burbio to sign up for a free account.

Consumer Reports  Consumer Reports online lets you easily search current and past reviews of cars, appliances, and hundreds of other products. To access CR outside the library, use your Fall River library card. We also have print copies of Consumer Reports magazine.

Freegal Freegal = free AND legal music downloads. Thousands of artists in every musical genre. Stream music commercial-free, or download songs in MP3 format to your computer or phone and keep them forever. You get three hours of streaming music and five free downloads per week. Music videos also available.

HeritageQuest HeritageQuest: Access census, family history, and other genealogy records from anywhere.

LawDepot  LawDepot: Download, customize, and print legal forms, or save them securely online. If you are using LawDepot for the first time, you will need to register using your library card.

OptimalResume Optimal Resume: Quickly and easily create resumes, cover letters, or even an online portfolio and web site using customizable templates. Save your resume online or download it in Word or other formats. Sign up using your Fall River library card.

Salem Press Reference Shelf
Full-text access to e-books on American and world history, biography, literature, medicine, and science.

In-Library Use Only

The library offers the following special services for use within the library only. They are free when used at the library. Ask at the reference desk.

 Ancestry has millions of records you can search to find census, immigration, military, and other genealogical and historical listings for your ancestors. Available at both the Main Library and South Branch. Use the link from the library's web page to access the free library edition. Ancestry can only be used inside the library.

Historic local newspapers, dating back to the 19th century, are available on microfilm. The library has three microfilm readers and one reader/scanner that allows you to save images digitally. Microfilm printing is available at $.25 per page. There is no charge to use the readers or save microfilm articles in digital format. If you cannot come to the library, prints or scans of articles can be ordered at $2 per page. Email the reference department to order.

More Resources for Research

If you need a book or an article that is not available in full text through our databases, we may be able to order a copy of it for you through interlibrary loan, either in hard copy or electronically. Ask a reference librarian for assistance.

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