Resource Categories


The Blue Book

The Blue Book Building & Construction Network - Our Message to the Industry

The Blue Book is an 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

Gale OneFile: Business

A comprehensive business resource for anyone seeking company news, making personal investment decisions, or looking to major in business administration, Gale OneFile: Business provides full-text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, and strategy, as well as business theory and practice.

Gale One File: Economics and Theory

Gale OneFile: Economics and Theory content is useful for starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, constructing economic models, investing for the future, researching rates, and more.

Gale OneFile: Hospitality and Tourism

Gale OneFile: Hospitality and Tourism provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and trade publications that cover topics including the cultural and economic aspects of travel and tourism. The curious traveler will also find a wealth of information, from contents on state parks and information on planning a vacation to full-text travel guides from Fodor's.

Gale OneFile: Leadership and Management

Leadership and Management 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).

Thomas Net

Thomas Net is a comprehensive online resource for finding companies and products manufactured in North America. Free registration.




Britannica Escolar: Primaria

An online encyclopedia for elementary students in Spanish.

Britannica Fundamentals

Britannica Fundamentals is an early learning product for students in grade levels kindergarten through second grade. This platform provides engaging content designed and written specifically for early learners.

Britannica Library: Children

This online encyclopedia is just for kids. A great place to start a research project, the articles include pictures, videos, links to good web sites and more.

Britannica School: Elementary School Edition

Encyclopedia articles with images, maps, games, and other learning materials for elementary school students and educators.

Gale in Context: Elementary

Gale In Context: Elementary is an easy to use, cross-curricular database for use by kids both inside and outside of the classroom.



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



Online Music Lessons with Master Musicians | ArtistWorks

ArtistWorks provides players world-class instruction from Grammy Award-winning music professionals. ArtistWorks for Libraries offers users a guided path of video lessons containing everything they need to reach their musical goals. All levels of player are welcome! Please log in at Libby Welcome Screen to access Libby Extras like ArtistWorks.

Free Online Learning at GCFGlobal

Free Online Learning at GCFGlobal

Refreshers, primers, and introductions to computer and internet literacy, as well as career planning and job searching.

Gale Databases

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

Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center

The Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center (LAALC) helps adults learn English and offers other support programs. Students join our program to improve their communication skills for college, careers, and community engagement. This free program serves adults in the Ludlow/Indian Orchard area who are immigrants or refugees. Students range in age from 17 to 70+. All are welcome! 

The Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, Adult & Community Learning Services, and Holyoke Community.

LAALC is managed by Holyoke Community College. Please call 413-552-2999 or email for more information.

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.

MassLINKS Adult Education Online


MassLINKS Online Academy is a FREE DESE-funded Massachusetts statewide adult education program. Students can choose from High School Equivalency (GED and HiSet) preparation classes or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL/ESL) classes. Classes are offered fully online with evening and morning options to help you work around your schedule.

Mometrix Test Preparation

Mometrix’s free college admissions and placement study resources will provide you with study tips and hints designed to equip you with the tools and knowledge you will need to succeed on test day.

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.

Transparent Language Online

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.



Genealogy enables searching of vital records, military records, immigration documentation, census records, and other information.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Library of Congress

Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1770-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Ellis Island Archive

The Ellis Island Archive includes searchable passenger records, manifests, ship information, and other information.


Authentication - FamilySearch Developers —

FamilySearch is a free collaborate family tree that provides access to civil and church records when you create a free account.


HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. The database provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.

Massachusetts State's Archives

The Archives, a division of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, is the repository for Massachusetts records generated by state government. Archives holdings date from the beginning of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1628 and document the settlement of lands in Maine and Massachusetts, the arrival of immigrants, and the development of state government.

National Archives

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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests you.




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

Massachusetts Municipal Guide - 2024

This guide book features municipalities by county, state and regional contacts, state house of representatives, state senate, U.S. Congress, and federal program contacts. 

Salem Press

Search the Salem Press database for literature, history, science, health, and career topics. Use the password HubbardML to access the database. Below is a selection of US Government resources:

The 50 States

Reference information for every state in the union.

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



Health & Medicine

Gale Health and Wellness

Gale Health and Wellness allows you to search a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to alternative medical practices.

Gale OneFile: 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.

Massachusetts Health Connector

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.


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


MyHealthfinder tool

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

National Institutes of Health

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.

Salem Press

Search the Salem Press database for literature, history, science, health, and career topics. Use the password HubbardML to access the database. Below is a selection of Health & Medicine resources:

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.



Job Seeking


CareerBuilder - We're building for you

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

CareerOneStop sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor

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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. Also provides articles to help you build a resume, gain skills, job search planning, and more.

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.

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. 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.

Gale Presents: Peterson's Test Prep

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


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. Logo 2019.svg - Wikipedia

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.

Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Department of Labor

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Wikipedia

This online handbook is updated annually and contains information on careers.  The handbook includes information on the fastest-growing occupations, number of new jobs, a summary of the highest-paying occupations, and more. 


Salem Press

Search the Salem Press database for literature, history, science, health, and career topics. Use the password HubbardML to access the database. Below is a selection of Career resources:

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


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

Gale LegalForms

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.

Massachusetts Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime

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

Massachusetts Free Legal Answers

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

Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder

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.

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

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


Self-help legal information in plain English.




Literature Resource Center

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Literature Resource Center includes biographical entries on more than 100,000 authors from various reference sources; and more than 800,000 full-text articles, critical essays, and reviews from various critical resources.


NoveList: EBSCOhost – Portage Library

Novelist is a readers’ advisory service that contains 135,000 fiction titles for all ages, including picture books, young adult titles, and books for adult readers. In addition to finding books to read, users can use features such as Author Read-alikes and Book Discussion Guides.



Local Interest

Town of Ludlow website

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

Blog post written by Patrick Browne about the history of Ludlow's Civil War monument located at 859 Center St.

Ludlow High School Yearbooks

A selection of Ludlow High School Yearbooks dating back to the 1920s. Not all years are available here.

Ludlow, Mass. - Digital Commonwealth

Ludlow, MA Photo Archives - Digital Commonwealth

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These sites provide 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

Company :: Lupa Zoo

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

Spotted Lanternfly Outreach and Education

Use this link to report sightings of a spotted lanternfly. This site also provides educational materials about the spotted lanternfly. This species is invasive and can harm our local environment. The Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project is maintained by staff at the Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources.

WesternMass Visitor's Guide for Western Massachusetts

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.

Westover Golf Course

The 18-hole “Westover” course at the Westover Municipal Golf Course facility in Ludlow, Massachusetts features 7,025 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 73.7 and it has a slope rating of 131 on Blue grass. Designed by Orrin Smith, the Westover golf course opened in 1954.




The Associated Press

Associated Press - Wikipedia

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 News

BBC News - Wikipedia

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.

Gale OneFile: News

Search from regional, national, and world newspapers.

National Public Radio

Media Assets : NPR

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.

The Boston Globe

This resource offers online full-text issues of the Boston Globe starting in 1980 and up until today.

The New York Times

This resource offers online full-text issues of the New York Times starting in 1985 and up until today.

The Republican Collection

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 with a library card.

Salem Press

Search the Salem Press database for literature, history, science, health, and career topics. Use the password HubbardML to access the database. Below is a selection of News resources:

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. Accessible with your library card.

AtoZ Food America™ by World Trade Press

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

AtoZ Maps Online™ by World Trade Press

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

AtoZ The USA™ by World Trade Press

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.

AtoZ World Food™ by World Trade Press

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.

Gale Cengage Learning Databases

View a list of all the Gale Cengage Learning databases offered by the Hubbard Memorial Library.

Gale Literature Resource Center

Biography, criticism, and overviews on writers and specific works in all disciplines.

Gale in Context: Biography

Biographical and contextual information on notable people throughout history. You can search by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

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

Gale General OneFile

Magazine, news, and journal articles on general interest topics and current events, such as biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science, and psychology, and more.


Global Road Warrior™ by World Trade Press

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.

Salem Press

Search the Salem Press database for literature, history, science, health, and career topics. Use the password HubbardML to access the database. Below is a selection of General Research resources:

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

Working Americans Volume 2: The Middle Class

Working Americans Volume 3: The Upper Class




Gale in Context: Environmental Studies

Gale In Context: Environmental Studies is a resource including case studies, news, and videos on sustainability, global warming, and more.

Gale in Context: Science

Gale In Context: Science contains hundreds of today's most significant science topics, showcasing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues.

Gale Interactive: Science

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

Live Science

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

ProQuest: Science Database

This database is a definitive resource for students studying both the applied and general sciences. With coverage dating back to 1986, ProQuest Science Journals features over 1030 titles, with more than 760 available in full text. Search over 2.7M records, dating back to the mid 1980s.

Salem Press

Search the Salem Press database for literature, history, science, health, and career topics. Use the password HubbardML to access the database. Below is a selection of Science resources:

The Solar System

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


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



Social Services

Opioid Abuse Services

This resource list is compiled by the Ludlow Police Department. This list contains both local, state, and federal resources.

Help for Families:

Parent's Guide to Fentanyl

This guide, presented by SUPE, is for parents to better understand fentanyl and the risks associated with it.  It also provides tips on how to talk to your kids and teens about fentanyl and drugs. SUPE, Substance Use Prevention Education, is an online drug education and prevention platform to help educate people of all ages and fields of work on drug and alcohol use.

Protecting Children from Online Drug Dealers

This guide informs parents about the potential for children and teens to purchase drugs online on social media. SUPE, Substance Use Prevention Education, is an online drug education and prevention platform to help educate people of all ages and fields of work on drug and alcohol use.

Help for Veterans:

Make the Connection from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

This resource is a one stop shop for veterans to find help for a variety of life events and experiences, as well as health and medical issues.  The site also has resources for family members of veterans.  

Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans Crisis Line Logo

If you are a veteran in need of help, dial 988 then press 1.  You many also visit this site to receive chat help as well as view resources for veterans.




IRS: Free File: Do Your Taxes for Free

IRS Logo, symbol, meaning, history, PNG, brand

IRS Free File lets qualified taxpayers prepare and file federal income tax returns online using guided tax preparation software. It’s safe, easy and no cost to you. Those who don’t qualify can still use Free File Fillable Forms.

Internal Revenue Service

IRS Logo, symbol, meaning, history, PNG, brand

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

Massachusetts Department of Revenue

Massachusetts Department of Revenue |

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




You can find more databases under a different main subject that will assist you in your research as well. You are not limited to resources found in this section. 

Britannica Escolar: Secundaria

An online encyclopedia for students in grades 6-8 in Spanish.

Britannica Library: Young Adults

Comprehensive encyclopedia with dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, and more designed for older children and young adults.

Britannica Moderna

An online encyclopedia for students in grades 9 and up as well as adults.

Britannica School: High School Edition

Encyclopedia Britannica with dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, and more designed high school students and educators.

Britannica School: Middle School Edition

Encyclopedia Britannica with dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, and more designed middle school students and educators.

Gale in Context: Middle School

Academic articles, images, topic selections, and more for middle schoolers.

Gale OneFile: High School Edition

Information on high school research topics plus pop culture, sports, and more.

Gale Presents: Peterson Test Prep

Test prep including practice tests, review help, and more.  It includes practice tests for AP exams, ACT, PSAT, SAT, and more.  Look for them under "Improve Your Score".

Massachusetts Practice Driver's Tests and Manuals

This site provides free practice tests for cars, motorcycles, and CDL licenses.  It also includes the manuals for each license.  



Value Guides

Fuel Economy from the U.S. Department of Energy

Provides information on maximizing the fuel efficiency of your vehicle.

J.D. Power

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

Kelley Blue Book

Check car prices and values when buying and selling new or used vehicles. Find expert reviews and ratings, explore latest car news, and more.