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Thomas Net

Comprehensive online resource for finding companies and products manufactured in North America. Free registration.

The Blue Book

Industry source of regional, categorized construction information. Available in print and online.

The Central Register

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.

Provides access to authoritative periodical content covering topics such as 21st-century skills, organizational dynamics, and leadership.

Goods and Services Bulletin

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).



With 134 interactive nonfiction e-books at the K-2 grade levels, 498 for grades K-5 and 384 for grades 3-8

AV2 fiction has titles for grades K-6. The program features celebrated children’s titles, read aloud by professional narrators, showcasing timeless tales of mystery, suspense, and adventure.

1,210 audio eBooks—110 titles in 11 languages.

147 interactive titles, available as both read-aloud videos and e-books.

Beginning readers can get the full benefit of optic read-alongs with the 170 digital titles available through EyeDiscover. Each title is read aloud by a professional narrator, allowing beginning readers to listen at their own pace.

Interactive non-fiction books and videos, complete with lesson plans and quizzes.

An easy-to-use research database for young students.


Free Online Learning at GCFGlobal

Refreshers, primers, and introductions to computer and internet literacy.

An electronic resource including case studies, news, and videos on sustainability, global warming, and more.

Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center

The Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center (LAALC) helps adults learn English. This free program serves adults in the Ludlow/Indian Orchard area who are immigrants or refugees. Students range in age from 17 to 70+.LAALC provides free instruction in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Morning and evening classes are offered in levels ranging from true beginner to high intermediate. To further support our enrolled ESOL students we offer them academic advising and basic computer classes. The program provides support for transition to college, workforce development, family literacy skills and other real-life goals. Participants are awarded certificates for attendance, achievement, and completion.

LAALC is located at 54 Winsor Street, second floor, in Ludlow. ESOL classes available days and evenings, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. Classes begin in September and conclude in June, with a rolling enrollment as space becomes available.

Prospective students should call the school at 413-583-0320 to make an intake appointment. Once a prospective student has completed the appointment, they will be placed in class or often on a waiting list for the class that fits their needs.

Ludlow Public Schools

The homepage of the Ludlow public school system; features links and contact information for each of the individual Ludlow public schools and administrative offices.

National Application Center

The National Application Center is a comprehensive online resource to help college-bound students prepare for and select a college, apply for admission, understand eligibility, and find out about financial aid.


A Spanish language encyclopedia for older students and the general public.

A complete list of Gale databases Hubbard offers access to can be found at the link above.

Hundreds of online continuing education courses, exams, tutorials, and more. Please login at Libby Welcome Screen to access Libby Extras such as Universal Class or please download and use the Libby app. 

Over 250 of the most popular courses taught by the world’s top professors, on subjects ranging from photography, physics, astronomy, art, history, and everything in between. Please login at Libby Welcome Screen to access extras such as The Great Courses or please download and use the Libby app.

Transparent Language Online empowers you to learn anywhere, anytime, for any language goal in 100+ languages. Complete recommended lessons based on your placement test or choose your own content.


The Ellis Island Archive includes searchable passenger records, manifests, ship information, and other information. enables searching of vital records, military records, immigration documentation, census records, and other information.

Genealogy Spot

A resource center that simplifies the search for online genealogy resources for beginners and experts alike.


Health & Medicine

Cardiovascular Disorder Handbook & Resource Guide

A database covering cardiovascular disorders and resources.

GALE ONE FILE: Health and Medicine

Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine includes information created specifically for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers, and health care professionals. This database is the perfect resource for up-to-date information on a complete range of healthcare topics.

A government-sponsored resource offering information on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Free health information from the National Library of Medicine, including advice on weight control, high blood pressure, back pain, pregnancy, and much more.

Enrollment Assisters, such as Navigators and Certified Application Counselors (CACs) are trained and certified individuals at organizations in your area that can help you apply for coverage, shop for plans, answer your questions about your eligibility, payments, plan details, and health care reform rules and requirements. Help from an Enrollment Assister is free for people of any income level.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.

PubMed comprises more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Magill's Medical Guide, 8th Edition

A compendium of medical information suitable for both students and general readers.

Nutrition, Obesity, and Eating Disorders Handbook and Resource Guide

An educational guide with up-to-date resources and information on nutrition, eating disorders, and obesity.

Pandemics, The Invisible Enemy

A historical work documenting the role disease has played in shaping human life over the past centuries.

Omnigraphics Health Reference Library Database & Teen Resource Center Database

A reference source for medical information for adults and teens.


Job Seeking

America’s Job Bank

A state-by-state directory of job banks; each individual bank collects and posts jobs from all over the state, which can be searched by location, job title, etc. Some job banks may require registration; Massachusetts does not.


A search engine of available job postings, searchable by area and by career.

Gale Presents: Peterson's Career Prep

Gale Presents: Peterson’s Career Prep accommodates job seekers at all levels, whether they are entering the workforce for the first time or searching for new opportunities. Career assessments prompt personalized career recommendations and guidance on programs, knowledge, skills, and ability. Search for open jobs opportunities and create visually interesting resumes, cover letters, and websites that can be externally shared with prospective employers, using prebuilt templates.

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

The Commonwealth's one-stop career center, offering forms and information regarding unemployment, job seeking, worker’s comp, and other job-related subjects.

Indeed is currently the most popular job site in the world with over 250 million unique visitors every month. It free access to a search engine for jobs, help with building resumes, and allows users to research potential employers.

Peterson's Test Prep

Peterson's Test Prep

Practice tests and study guides for advanced testing. GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, and more.

This is a popular employment resource for both individuals seeking jobs and employers seeking workers. Users can search for jobs by title, location, or skills, and then narrow the results by salary and other categories.

Careers in Construction Building

Careers in Environment Conservation

Careers in Sales, Insurance, and Real Estate

Careers In Science and Engineering

Careers in Technical Services and Equipment Repair


Legal Research

Free Legal Answers is provided by the American Bar Association.  Legal questions are answered for free for those who qualify.

Gale LegalForms offers a wide selection of essential state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms that may be customized for the most common legal procedures.

A directory of lawyers & legal information. Legal forms may not be free.

Mass CLAVC connects you to civil legal aid for victims of a crime.

Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder will give you contact information for legal aid offices, government agencies and court programs that may be able to help you for free or at low cost.

Extensive Massachusetts law information, including an “Ask a Law Librarian” option.

Self-help legal information in plain English.


Local Interest

The Ludlow municipal government website, with links to the town clerk’s office, the board of selectmen, the building department, and others.

Ludlow's Civil War Monument

Ludlow, Mass - Digital Commonwealth

Ludlow, MA Photo Archives - Digital Commonwealth

This site provides access to photographs, manuscripts, books, audio recordings, and other materials of historical interest that have been digitized and made available by members of Digital Commonwealth, a statewide consortium of libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies from across Massachusetts.

Local History and Genealogy of the Springfield Library

The Springfield Central Library maintains a collection of published works on Springfield area history, including local publications such as the Springfield Planning Department’s neighborhood studies.

Lupa Zoo

Lupa Zoo is a non-profit wildlife facility dedicated to promoting appreciation and respect for the conservation of animals.

Massachusetts Cultural Information Resource System (MACRIS)

MACRIS data are compiled from a variety of records and files maintained by the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC), including but not limited to, the Inventory of Historic Assets of the Commonwealth, National Register of Historic Places nominations, State Register of Historic Places listings, and local historic district study reports.

The Pioneer Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

Lists attractions in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Covers history, culture, music, theater, restaurants, recreational activities, sporting events and much more.

Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association

Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association: A great source of gardening information, including an email hotline that lets visitors get answers to their questions from the experts.



Explore Springfield history through local news, events and people with the Republican Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.


The Associated Press

The Associated Press (AP) is a huge not-for-profit global network that delivers news from all over the world on all media platforms and formats. Their site features amazing video and image archives.


BBC World Service

The BBC is the world's leading international broadcaster, providing programming and content for radio, television, online and mobile phones in English and 27 other languages.



The Boston Globe

This resource offers online full-text issues of the Boston Globe dating back a far as 1980.


National Public Radio

The official website of National Public Radio (NPR), which distributes news, information, music, and more to nearly 1,000 radio stations nationwide. NPR keeps an excellent digital archive of everything they broadcast.

Treaties In The News

A topical guide to headline-making agreements and negotiations between nations.

Research, Quick Facts, & General Library Resources

A database of 30 million businesses, 220 million residents,1.1million healthcare professionals, 2 million new businesses, 2.3 million live job listings, interview tips, resume templates, background/criminal searches and much more.

The World's largest database of American food, culture and recipes.

A to Z Maps Online has a collection of more than 100,000 royalty-free down-loadable maps.

A to Z the USA contains more than 115 country-based articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. There is coverage of the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society. 

A to Z World Food & Recipes is an encyclopedia showcasing the native cuisine of 175 countries worldwide. Classic recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, side dishes, desserts and beverages are featured. Each recipe includes a description of the dish, a list of ingredients with U.S. and metric measurements, and easy-to-follow instructions for preparation.

Search all the Gale Databases easily from a single web page.

This resource is a complex tool that offers access to an incredibly vast amount of information. You can link to individual subject-specific databases or search some or all of them at once for a great deal of reliable information. This periodical resource provides millions of articles from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources with extensive coverage in key subject areas, such as biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science, and psychology.

Gale in Context: Biography

Biography merges Gale's authoritative reference content with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.

Gale Product Menu

All the Gale databases listed in one convenient place.

Global Road Warrior is an extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, customs, history, and language worldwide. There are 175 country guides of 119 topics each.

A free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses, and others, which was designed to bring the best library and reference sites together with insightful editorial information.


This is a great resource for people who like to read. NoveList suggests books based on what you already like and what others who read the same books enjoyed. You are also invited to review the books you read so others can benefit from your experience.


This resource offers articles, background information, and primary sources on a wide spectrum of controversial subjects.


This is a complex site that features links to many different resources. Make sure to scroll down the page to get an idea of all the different services and information they offer.


Search the Salem Press database for Literature, History, Science, Health and Career topics. The password is HubbardML. Other resources from Salem Press are included below.

Working Americans Volume 2: The Middle Class

Working Americans Volume 3: The Upper Class

Civil Disobedience, Social Justice, Nationalism and Populism, Violent Demonstrations and Race Relations

Defining Documents in American History: The 1920's

Defining Documents in American History: The 1930's

Defining Documents in American History: World War II

Defining Documents in American History: Postwar 1940's

Defining Documents in American History: The Cold War

Defining Documents in American History: The 1950's

Defining Documents in American History: The 1960's

Defining Documents in American History: The 1970's

Defining Documents in American History: American Citizenship

Defining Documents in American History: The American Economy

Defining Documents in World History: Pandemics, Plagues, and Public Health

Principles of Information Technology

Principles of Sustainability



A popular source of articles related to science and current events; more geared toward entertainment than research.

A highly visual online learning tool featuring 3D models and an emphasis on visual-spacial learning.

A searchable, browsable directory of magazine articles on research, scientific thinking, and laboratories that are available online.

Up to date research news from all corners of science, covering new discoveries and research projects.

The Solar System

A encyclopedic glossary of features and phenomena of our solar system.



The Intuit Tax Freedom Project

Offers free online tax preparation and filing to over 60 million lower income American nationwide who qualify.

Internal Revenue Service

The official IRS website, featuring tax information and free downloadable tax forms.

Massachusetts Department of Revenue

Offers information on Mass state taxes for both individuals and businesses, including free downloadable tax forms.


US Government

The home page of the U.S. government, which links to many other official government pages and resources.

A free source of federal legislative information, including current legislative activity, the Congressional Record and more.

The 50 States

Reference information for every state in the union.


Value Guides

Consumer vehicle pricing for both new and used vehicles. Values include cars, motorcycles, trucks, vans, SUVs, and boats.

Provides investment research on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles.

Provides information on maximizing the fuel efficiency of your vehicle.