This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.
Databases and Digital Media Services
Gale Courses (formerly called Learn4Life) offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. As a Berwyn library card holder you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Video Tutorial
Gale Virtual Reference provides full-text access to over 300 books of subjects ranging from science, to business, to history. Browse an individual book or search the entire collection for information; this site can also be translated into Spanish, French and Portuguese. Video Tutorial.
Quickly find your ancestors in over 300 years of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and government reports. Search over 1,000 newspapers; the American State Papers; US Congressional Serial Set and more. Find obituaries, birth & marriage notices; pension records etc.
History Reference Center offers more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.
With hoopla digital, Berwyn Library cardholders can borrow, instantly stream and download free dynamic content, including online and mobile access to thousands of Movies, TV Shows, Music, eBooks, Audiobooks and Comics.
Search the catalogs of CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois) libraries. Their items may be requested by Berwyn residents through the Reference desk; call 708-795-8000 ext 3087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stream films anytime, anywhere on your preferred devices -- download on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, download on the Play Store for Android devices, download on the Channel Store for Roku, download on the Amazon App Store, and available on Chromecast. Up to ten (10) titles available per Berwyn Library card per month; titles check out for three (3) days. Films are available from dozens of cultures and languages. Visit the Kanopy website for a list of subjects and categories.
Providing online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center™ contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. Many of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation's oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. This database offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, property & real estate and rights & disputes.
Literary Reference Center Plus™ is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It has been specifically designed for public libraries, secondary schools, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research. Literary Reference Center Plus is a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing.