- Business Essentials: Insights
This business research tool offers dynamic, accurate, and up-to-date business information and company and industry intelligence on thousands of global companies.
- 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.
- 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).
- Project Gutenberg
Offers a large collection of public-domain eBooks in formats that can be used by almost any computer or eReader.
- C/W MARS Digital Catalog
Borrow eBooks and Audiobooks for free with your library card. Works with most eReaders!
- Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center
The Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center (LAALC) is a community-based ABE (Adult Basic Education) program that offers 3 levels of English (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced) for speakers of other languages. Classes are held in the evenings, 2 times a week, from 5:30-9:00 pm. LAALC offers guided self instruction, a program for learners who can work independently. All learners receive career counseling, academic counseling, and referrals as needed.
- 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.
- Homework Spot
A collection of links to various tools and resources that would be helpful to students from elementary school to high school.
- 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 the administrative offices.
- Learning Express Library
Enjoy free, unlimited access to interactive skill-building courses and a broad range of practice tests based on such official exams as the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB, Firefighter, Police Officer, Paramedic, EMT Basic, U.S. Citizenship, Postal Worker, Cosmetology, Real Estate Agent & Broker Exams. This valuable service is available 24/7 from any internet-enabled computer.
- American Family Immigration History Center
Users may search the Ellis Island Archive, which includes passenger records, manifests, and ship information.
- Genealogy Spot
A collection of links to many different useful genealogy resources; some of the resources may not be free.
Health and Medicine
- Medline Plus
Free health information from the National Library of Medicine, including advice on weight control, high blood pressure, back pain, pregnancy, and much more.
A government-sponsored resource offering information on how to live a healthy lifestyle.
An extensive collection of information about various health issues, conditions, and medications, as well as articles, images, and quizzes about health topics.
- Health and Wellness Resource Center
A very reliable source of medical and health information. This resource is also very easy to use considering the amount of information and number of features it offers.
- 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.
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.
- 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 large collection of job-search resources, including tutorials and tips for people writing resumes, a directory of U.S. employers, and much more.
Law and Lawyers
A directory of lawyers & legal information. Legal forms may not be free.
- Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries
Extensive Massachusetts law information, including an “Ask a Law Librarian” option.
Self-help legal information in plain English.
- Town of Ludlow Home Page
The Ludlow municipal government website, with links to the town clerk’s office, the board of selectmen, the building department, and others.
- 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.
- Lupa Zoo
Lupa Zoo is a non-profit wildlife facility dedicated to promoting appreciation and respect for the conservation of animals.
- 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.
- 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.
- The New York Times
The New York Times is one of the most popular daily newspapers in the United States, and is heralded for the quality of its journalism. For a full-text archive of back issues, click here.
- 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.
- 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.
CNN.com is among the world's leaders in online news and information delivery. The site is updated continuously throughout the day, and features searchable archives of news features and background information.
- The Boston Globe
This resource offers online full-text issues of the Boston Globe dating back a far as 1980.
Research, Quick Facts, and General Library Resources
- The Internet Public Library
An excellent, east-to-use directory of online resources covering a variety of subjects, as well as linking users to a vast collection of newspapers, special collections, and content for kids and teens. This is a great place to start research on many topics.
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.
- Springfield Library’s Directory of the Web
The Springfield City Library offers a host of recommended resources on a wide variety of subjects. If you’re looking for information on almost any topic, for fun, school, or business, this is a great place to start.
- Springfield Library’s Reference Desk Bookmarks
A collection of commonly used helpful links. Most everyday information can be found here with a little searching, including links for online shopping, phone books, employment, genealogy, and much more.
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.
- Gale Databases
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.
- Opposing Viewpoints
This resource offers articles, background information, and primary sources on a wide spectrum of controversial subjects.
Up to date research news from all corners of science, covering new discoveries and research projects.
A popular source of articles related to science and current events; more geared toward entertainment than research.
- MagPortal Science and Technology
A searchable, browsable directory of magazine articles on research, scientific thinking, and laboratories that are available online.
- 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.
- Federal Government Home Page
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 offered by the Library of Congress in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson.