Downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines from Overdrive can be found in the C/W MARS Catalog and in the C/W MARS Digital Catalog.  We can help you with downloading free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines. Call the Adult Services desk at 508-393-5025 Ext 5 with your questions. Or, bring your library card,  eReader or other device to the library for assistance.


In order to download eAudiobooks, eBooks, and magazines from the library, you will need to install the Libby app on your device (smartphone, tablet, or desktop). Libby is designed to make borrowing and enjoying eContent from the library easy.  Get help downloading Libby.


To read eBooks and listen to eAudio on your Kindle, a different app from Overdrive may be required.  Get help downloading Overdrive.  Some older Kindles and other smart devices may require different apps and instructions.  Refer to the Overdrive Help Manual if you have questions about which app to use, or contact a librarian for assistance.


Fine films at your fingertips! Kanopy is an on-demand streaming platform featuring a large collection of thoughtful and award winning films and documentaries for preschoolers through adults. This service is available to all Northborough library card holders on your favorite hand-held device, computer or smart TV.

Get help with kanopy.

View Kanopy tutorial here...

Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library is the "Library of the Commonwealth", so all Massachusetts residents are eligible for a free electronic library card at The Boston Public Library.

Why do you want a Boston Public Library eCard?  Your eCard can be used to get:

  • more and different Overdrive titles than available through C/WMARS, and additional eBook, eAudio and eVideo platforms including magazines through RB Digital and streaming video through Hoopla.
  • access to more and different databases, newspapers, and journals than available with your Northborough library card including JSTOR.

How do you get a Boston Public Library eCard?  Register for the BPL eCard here and your eCard number will be emailed to you.

Reference Databases

For all your research needs, the Northborough Free Library subscribes to a multitude of databases that provide authoritative information on a wide range of topics.
Unless noted as "In Library Use Only", these resources are available via any internet connection. A valid C/W MARS library card number is needed to access most databases.

Please click here for an alphabetical list of databases.

The following databases are available only to users with a Northborough Free Library card:

Access World News

logo for access world newsAccess World News from Newsbank provides coverage from a variety of news publications worldwide, including major national and international newspapers, local and regional titles, newswires, blogs, web-only content, videos, journals, magazines, transcripts and more. Access World News is updated daily to keep students informed of current issues and events.
View Newsbank tutorial here...

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library EditionAncestry Library Edition contains thousands of family history databases, including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records and lots more!
NOW AVAILABLE FROM HOME with your Northborough Library card.

View Ancestry tutorial here...

Boston Metro Collection

Boston Metro CollectionBoston Metro Collection from Newsbank provides full text and selected coverage from over 95 local eastern Massachusetts newspapers from Abington to Worcester including Metrowest Daily News, Shrewsbury Chronicle,  Northborough-Southborough Villager, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and more.
View Newsbank tutorial here...

Business Insights: Global

Business Insights GlobalBusiness Insights: Global provides authoritative, in-depth company and industry profiles, including SWOT reports, market share reports, and financial reports. Searchable by location, size and industry description.

Consumer Reports

Consumer ReportsConsumer Reports offers product reviews and ratings on cars, electronics, appliances, and more.

View Consumer Reports tutorial here... 

Gale Reference and Research

Gale Reference and Research Databases include encyclopedias and newspapers for a wide variety of fields. They are useful for learners of all ages.

Learning Express

Learning ExpressLearning Express is the ultimate one-stop shop for test preparation and skill building featuring hundreds of  online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, TOEIC® test prep, and more.

 View Learning Express tutorial here...

Morningstar Mutual Funds

Morningstar Mutual FundsMorningstar Mutual Funds Library Edition provides access to daily market news and commentary, snapshots on investments, easy-to-use portfolio management tools,and video reports and articles, featuring major market news and analyst insights.

View Morningstar tutorial here... 

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta StoneRosetta Stone is an online language learning tool that offers 30 languages and 5 levels of instruction to meet a range of community needs, including American English. Focused activities and core lessons build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Mobile apps help learners to refine and reinforce new language skills on-the-go.

View Rosetta Stone tutorial here...

Value Line

Value LineValue Line Library Edition provides investment analysis of 17,000 widely-followed analyst covered companies with full-page reports and analyst commentaries.  This powerful on-line investment tool also features unbiased ratings and reports, analytical summary and index, guided selection and opinion, and market-driven supplements.

View Value Line tutorial here...