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Do Research From Home

Think outside the book!
Find the information you need in an online database...visit the Westerly Public Library in person or log in from the comfort of home.  A Westerly Public Library card is a ticket to ride the information highway and we’re here to map your course!  Need a library card? Sign up is free & easy… 


Getting Started

Select a database below and log in by entering the 14-digit number that appears on the back of your Westerly Library card when prompted. 


Titles with an asterik (*) require a Westerly Public Library card.  All other databases are accessible with any Ocean State Libraries card (formerly CLAN).


Ancestry - Library Edition
(For use in the library only)

  • Genealogical Information
  • Census Records
  • Social Security Death Index



  • Auto Repair
  • Business Information
  • Consumer Health
  • Current Events
  • Full-text Magazines
  • Kids Search
  • Student Research Center

Gale Resource Center*

  • Business Information
  • Full-text magazines
  • General Reference
  • Health Topics

HeritageQuest Genealogy

(via AskRI Statewide Resource Center)

  • Census (1790-1930)
  • Family Histories
  • Freedman’s Bank Collection
  • Revolutionary War Pension Records

 Learning Express Learn-a-Test*

  • Online Practice Exams
  • ACT & SAT
  • Civil Service
  • EMS, Firefighter, Nursing, Police
  • GED
  • US Citizenship
  • And more…

Literary Reference Center*

  • Author Biographies
  • Bibliographies
  • Literary Criticism
  • Research articles


  • Author Read-alikes
  • Book Club Topics
  • Book Reviews
  • Suggested Reads


What exactly is a database?!

Databases are electronic research tools that contain collections of information from reliable magazines, newspapers, journals and reference books. Although accessed via the Web, they often require a subscription to retrieve content. The Westerly Public Library maintains several database subscriptions in an effort to provide patrons with timely, authoritative information on a wide range of topics.

For assistance or more information, contact the Reference Staff: 401.596.2877 x3