Featured Databases

Databases and Online Resources Available Exclusively to Franklin Residents!


America's GenealogyBankAmerica's GenealogyBank with America's Obituaries and Death Notices IN LIBRARY USE - HOME ACCESS. An extensive online collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.
American AncestorsAmerican Ancestors.  IN LIBRARY USE ONLY. The website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) provides access to more than 1.4 billion records spanning twenty-two countries covering the United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American genealogical records, the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines, and the largest collection of U.S Catholic records online.
AncestryAncestry Library.  IN LIBRARY USE - HOME USE *NEW!*.  Thousands of family history databases, including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records and lots more!
Massachusetts State Seal

Central Register & Goods and Services Bulletin 

IN LIBRARY USE ONLY (see Reference Librarian for password)

The Central Register is the weekly source for information about state, county and municipal contracts being put out to bid for the design, construction and reconstruction of public facilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Goods and Services Bulletin is a weekly publication containing solicitations for the procurement of commodities and services (which, generally, are unrelated to construction of public facilities).

Consumer ReportsConsumer Reports. Consumer Reports is published by Consumers Union, an independent, nonprofit testing and information organization. Since 1936, CU's mission has been to test products, inform the public and protect consumers. It is a comprehensive source for unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns.
Creative BugCreativebug. Franklin Public Library and Creativebug present Creativebug online video classes! Creativebug.com has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. 

Fold3 Library Edition. Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to a growing collection of US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3.


hoopla. Borrow thousands of movies, television, music, and audiobook titles for free with your library card. Always available, no waiting lists. Enjoy on your PC, tablet, or phone. For Franklin residents only.


Kanopy is an on-demand movie streaming video service with access to thousands of documentary, foreign, silent, and independent films. Stream over 30,000 films from hundreds of popular producers such as The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, and PBS, as well as thousands of independent filmmakers. Stream Kanopy on your computer or download the app on your phone, tablet or Roku device.


Morningstar Investment Research Center. Comprehensive and up-to-date financial information on stocks, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Use the "Help & Education" tab to access the User's Guide and investor education resources.

My HeritageMyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind, with access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.
Newspapers.comNewspapers.com - Northeast Edition is an extensive online database of 4,000+ historical newspapers from the early 1700s into the 2000s. Distributed by ProQuest into libraries, it contains a diverse blend of well-known regional and local newspapers in the U.S.
NoveList PlusNoveList Plus. NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers’ advisory resource for fiction, nonfiction, and audiobooks for all ages. With its intuitive interface and extensive feature content, NoveList Plus will help you to answer the question of what to read next.
Nuwav Legal Documents

NuWav Legal Documents. The movement of automation and standardization in law now allows many legal issues to be handled by an individual without the help of expensive lawyers. With NuWav, patrons can handle most common legal issues with no assistance whatsoever—including divorce, Landlord/Tenant, Business transactions, and much more.

PressReaderFrom The Boston Herald, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, El Pais and El Figaro, to Newsweek, Vogue, Bloomberg Businessweek, and People, PressReader delivers full issues of premium newspapers and magazines the moment they hit newsstands. With publications from over 120 countries in more than 60 different languages, users get instant access to content from home, and from around the world. IN LIBRARY ACCESS - HOME ACCESS
Reference USA

ReferenceUSA. The premier source of business and residential information for reference and research.  Used by entrepreneurs, businesses, students, job-seekers or anyone wanting access to information on tens of millions of businesses and hundreds of millions of consumers in an easy to search format.

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone. Use Rosetta Stone's award-winning interactive method to learn a new language. Core lessons build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in 30 languages. Log in with your Franklin library card number when prompted for library ID.

Salem Press History Collection

Salem Press History Collection. Includes online access to The Fifties in America,The Sixties in America,The Seventies in America,The Eighties in America,Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered Events,Great Events From History: the 19th and the 20th Century.

Universal ClassUniversal Class. Continuing Education. Over 500 classes, many offering CEUs, and over 100 video-audit classes.