Peaks Island Branch Library will close at 2:00 pm Fri, June 22 to begin the move into our beautiful new space! We re-open at 2:00 pm Tues, July 3 and plan a celebration starting at 4:30 pm. All the details are here.
Online Resources » Government
American FactFinder: US Census Data
The U.S. Census Bureau is the leading source of statistical information about the nation’s people, places, and economy, providing snapshots of the nation’s population size and growth, and detailed portraits of the changing characteristics of our communities. FactFinder census and ACS (American Community Survey) data can be downloaded in a tabular format. An excellent tool to help teachers and students learn and apply statistics.
Business Insights Global
Business Insights Global is a unique source for international business intelligence offering the most comprehensive and convenient way to find case studies, in-depth statistical data coupled with deep research, and the ability to compare global economies, countries and industries.
Access a demographic report on any geography, the maps tab to view a simple map and the 2010 census files as they are released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Look here to for easy access to other data files in the future.
Learning Express – Adult Learning Center
This center offers busy adults the resources to improve their basic skills in reading,
writing, and math, prepare for the GED® test, or become a U.S. citizen.
Learning Express – Career Center
Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular
occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills? Choose the Career Center and
begin your path to a bright future.
Learning Express – College Center
This center provides valuable resources that help college students strengthen their
academic skills, prepare for placement tests, and get ready for graduate school
Learning Express – College Prep Center
College Prep Center
Getting into college is an important step to building a strong future. First, you must
do well on your college admission tests and write a personal essay that highlights your
special talents. Use this center to get the resources you need to achieve your college
Learning Express – Computer Skills
Video courses are the fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer. Use the
materials in this center to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet
to using popular programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases,
implementing design, and more.
Learning Express – High School Equivalency Center
Earning a high school equivalency credential can open the door to better income, a
more fulfilling job, and a college education. If you are preparing for the GED® test,
HiSET® or TASC™ exams, our practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks will help
you reach your goal.
Learning Express – Job & Career Accelerator™
Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in an
exciting new industry, Job & Career Accelerator™ has the powerful tools and expert
guidance to help you through every step of the process.
Learning Express – Recursos en español
Este centro ofrece a los adultos que están muy ocupados los recursos para mejorar sus
habilidades básicas, ganar sus credenciales de GED® o ser ciudadano estadounidense.
Learning Express – School Center
The resources here can help students in elementary, middle, and high school prepare
for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in
Learning Express Library
For practice tests and other job seeking skills, visit the LearningExpress Library, a collection of tools providing online job, career, and computer training resources as well as skill-building courses, exercises, and practice exams for ASVAB, Civil Service, SAT, U.S. Citizenship and more. Set up a user name and password and return to the test at any time. The site is divided into sections by type of skill or practice test you want to pursue.
LegalForms provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.
Maine News Index
The Maine News Index (MNI) is a collection of abstracts that cover substantive Maine- or Portland-related articles published in local newspapers and magazines. MNI Online covers articles published from 1992 on. For the period 1945-1992, please consult the card file index in the Portland Room. Indexed periodicals include Down East, Mainebiz, Island Journal, Portland Monthly, and Casco Bay Weekly.
Each issue of each newspaper is indexed thoroughly, so researchers have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the papers. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc.
MARVEL! Maine’s Virtual Library
Thousands of magazines, newspapers, and reference books are available anywhere in the State of Maine through the online resources of MARVEL! Maine's Virtual Library, a service of Maine InfoNet
MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags. Updated daily.
New York Times 1851-2014
This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. The Historical New York Times 1851-2014 provides search capability using subject terms and topics for focused and targeted results in combination with searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the Historical NYT.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an online resource covering today's hottest social issues - helps students research, analyze, and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.