Today’s modern library offers much more than books on shelves. With the click of a mouse, any library card holder can access MCPL’s vast collection of online tools to do things like download audiobooks, access the Philadelphia Inquirer, or brighten a child’s day with an interactive storybook. What’s even better is that all of the resources listed below are easily accessible from the comfort of your personal computer. All you have to do is visit your local public library’s website.


These databases provide resources that help you discover your family’s roots. Ancestry is only accessible from within your local public library.

Ask Here PA

When you have a question that you need answered quickly, visit Ask Here PA. In most cases, you will get your answer in 15 minutes or less. When a question involves lengthy research, the librarians at Ask Here PA will help get you started or provide a referral for you and your question.

Over Drive

Download digital audio books and/or eBooks, 24/7 to a PC, PDA,Mp3,IPod,Sony Reader or other compatible eBook reader, at home, in the office or from anywhere in the world.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Search the database of Inquirer articles dating back as far as 1981.

Power Library

POWER Library offers access to thousands of full-text periodical articles, newspapers, photographs, medical information and more. Materials and resources are available for all age groups. POWER Library is offered as a service of Pennsylvania’s public libraries, school libraries and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Through ReferenceUSA you can gain access to directories for 14 million U.S. businesses and 135 million U.S. households.


This online collection of animated, talking picture books helps you introduce your child to the joy of reading.

Mango Language Database

The Mango Language Database helps you learn or improve your foreign language and English language skills.