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The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America's heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items--photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more--from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Search the DPLA now:


Free eBooks and digital magazines

From the Pioneer Library System

Use your library card to get eBooks at OWWL2go.


Check out digital magazines through's Zinio For Libraries collection.

Around the web

Many sites offer free eBook downloads - here are just a few. Formats vary; check with the site for compatibility with your reader device.

     General interest eBooks

     Technology and special interest eBooks

  • NASA ebooks - free e-books on aeronautics, history, science and more. Offerings include "Hubble Space Telescope: Discoveries," an interactive picture book for all ages, and "Coming Home: Re-entry and Recovery from Space" about re-entry aerodynamics, thermal protection, guidance and control, stability, propulsion, and landing systems.
  • AskSam - legislative, legal & judicial, government reports and more
  • FreeComputerBooks - computers, programming, math, technical books
  • FreeTechBooks - computer science, engineering and programming
  • KnowFree - educational and self-practice
  • OnlineComputerBooks - Info about free books and sample chapters in IT, computer science, internet, business, marketing, math, physics and science
  • Wiki Books - textbooks in computing, engineering, humanities, languages, math, science, social sciences and misc.

     Lists of more eBook sources



Free online courses


  • Coursera - Take the world's best courses, online, for free. Courses offered from more than 80 universities around the world including Duke, Ecole Polytechnique, Rice, Rutgers, Stanford, and the University of Rochester.
  • Live Lingua - learn a foreign language. Access to public-domain materials, including books and audios, originally created by the Foreign Language Institute to train Peace Corps volunteers. More than 40 languages are offered.


General knowledge




Online databases from your library system


Your library card gives you FREE access to a number of subscription-only online databases through our membership in the Pioneer Library System. These range from newspaper archives to encyclopedias to special collections on science, literature, business and more.


See what databases are available online.


Ancestry Library Edition

 You can access Ancestry Library Edition from within the library. Click here for more information, or log in.



College and career choices

Here are some sites we recommend to help high school students think through issues and make decisions toward meaningful career and college choices. 


  • - from the Department of Education - the best source of information on financial aid and FAFSA (a lot has changed in recent years). Also offers general information on interest and college choices.
  • The College Board - planning tools including: plan for college, find a college, apply to college, pay for college. You can do side-by-side comparisons of colleges. Get information on AP, SAT, PSAT tests from the source. Also a section for parents.
  • What do you like? - exploring careers and finding a match for your interests. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
  • New York Learns - plan your education / plan your career. Lots of good, sound information with New York searches (not just the SUNY system). 
  • Study Guides and Strategies (for all students) - a well maintained site that is kept up to date.
  • Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES continuing education - career training programs, continuing education, and alternative high school diploma programs (GED and EDP)
  • Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center


Medical information on the web

Here are links to reliable sources of medical information on the web. See also, "Tips for finding accurate health information on the web."


About the Affordable Healthcare Act

  • - the rights, benefits and choices available to you under the new health care law - including how to apply for health care insurance and information about new health insurance marketplaces

Sites offering a broad range of health information

  • MedlinePlus - consumer-oriented site for health information from the National Institutes of Health. Search under "Health Topics."
  • Clic-On-Health - trustworthy, up-to-date health information for the Rochester region provided by local medical, public, and school librarians.
  • - from the American Academy of Family Physicians, health info for the whole family.
  • Lab Tests On-line - from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, a public resource on clinical lab testing.

Specific medical problems

Physician information

  • American Medical Association resources for patients - from finding a doctor to exploring health care careers; from health and medicine resources to advocating for patients' rights.
  • Finding more about physicians - NYS Department of Health - look under 'Physician Discipline' to find doctors' malpractice suits, etc.

FOR teachers, scout leaders, parents and other educators

  • Connecting Youth to Quality Health Information (PDF download). With this 45-50  minute interactive lesson, you can help students learn how to determine whether a web site is providing trustworthy and reliable health information.  Several studies have found that while the majority of youth report using the Internet for health questions, they often do not have the skills to screen the large number of search results or locate information appropriate to a specific query. And although many adolescents question the trustworthiness of Web sources for health information, they are not familiar with the criteria used to identify a site as credible or trustworthy. From the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington.


Child Care and Family Resources

Child Care

  • Child & Family Resources, Inc. provides free, customized child care referrals along with other services for parents, caregivers, and child care providers in Ontario, Seneca and Yates counties.

Helpful articles on various areas of child and family care are free. Paid memberships allow you to search listings and contact babysitters, tutors, senior care providers, pet care providers and housekeepers in the local area.

  • Babysitting guide - an overview of your options, how to interview a babysitter and search for babysitters in the local area.
  • Babysitter pay calculator - calculate the "going rate" for sitters in your zip code; a helpful a starting point for what to pay your sitter.
  • Tutoring guide - types of tutors, how to evaluate a tutor, and what you can expect to pay.
  • Additional articles on child care, special needs care, tutoring, senior care and pet care.






Red Jacket Community Library - 7 Lehigh Avenue, P.O. Box 370 - Shortsville, NY 14548 - phone (585) 289-3559 - email