All of the following research tools are online, and most are readily accessible from your home access to the Internet. If you need assistance with your research, please contact the Reference Librarian at 914-232-3508 or email


  • – The premier genealogical research database. Includes U.S. Federal census, American genealogical biographical index, immigration list index and much more. (In-library access only).




Click here to go to Encyclopedias and find online encyclopedias like the Gale Virtual Reference Library with medical, history, cultural and science project resources; Encyclopedia Americana, and Multimedia Encyclopedia, among others.


New York Heritage Digital Collections – the collections in New York Heritage represent a broad range of historical, scholarly, and cultural materials held in libraries, museums, and archives throughout the state. Collection items include photographs, letters, diaries, directories, maps, newspapers, books, and more.

New York State Library Digital Collections –  the State Library’s Digital Collections includes a substantial number of New York State publications, both contemporary materials from 1995 to the present and rare 18th and 19th century documents.

New York State Historical Society Digital Collections – its growing digital library now includes collections of photographs of New York City, manuscripts, maps, and broadsides from the Revolutionary War era, manuscripts relating to slavery and African American history, Civil War materials, and other historical resources.

New York Public Library Digital Collections

Westchester County Archives Digital Collections



Try one of the online resources below if you want to learn a language, take a practice test for jobs or college tests, need help with your job search, understand more about a health issue, learn a language or English, and how to use a computer.

LearningExpress Library 3.0 *–Register as a new user to gain access to a platform that offers access to: easy-to-use navigation;  interactive tutorials with integrated assessments; individualized prescriptive learning study plans; detailed guidance; tests with multiple modes for study; and score reports with recommendations for additional study. Your login from version 2.0 will not work on this platform. Register as a new user to begin using LearningExpress Library 3.0 today! – A leading online learning company that helps anyone learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals through a video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. – Helps children build a strong foundation for future academic success by providing a comprehensive and engaging inline curriculum to greatly assist early learners to succeed in pre-K, kindergarten, and early elementary school programs. NOTE: is only available for in-library use.

Secrets of the Sequences: Video series on the Life Sciences – With initial funding from the Pfizer Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences, VCU has assembled 50 of the best videos from the public television series, “Secrets of the Sequence” to assist teachers in the application of genetic research across the biology curriculum. Funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has allowed for the creation of additional videos, which are also included on this site.

University of Fashion – Brings together the best fashion industry professionals to create lessons that inspire and educate students, teachers, home sewers and the fashion curious.

Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) selections available from Coursera, edX, Academic Earth, – In partnership with, the Westchester Library System is proud to offer free New York State Driver Permit practice tests and driver handbooks. Automobile, motorcycle and commercial handbooks and practice tests are available.

Rocket Languages – With Rocket Languages’ comprehensive multi-media packages you will be speaking and improving your language skills with every lesson by taking part in the modern, everyday conversations that make up our Interactive Audio Course.

Foreign Languages – Are you interested in a foreign language? Select the region in which your language of interest is spoken, and get started today!

First Find – Has basic information on easy to read websites.

  • Learn English – Practice and learn English using several websites that include: Grammar, Vocabulary, Listening, Reading, Pronunciation and Writing. Test your progress with games and quizzes.
  • Get Your GED – Connect to websites that can help build your knowledge and skills you will need to pass the GED. You will also find general information about the GED and how to take the GED test in New York State.
  • Basic Computer Tips – How computers work and tutorials on how to use software.

* Requires a library card


updated 8/13/2015 ph