Library & Museum Resources Access to free e-books, audiobooks, photographs, and more.
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) The DPLA is a digital platform with the aim of bringing together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage sites, and making them freely available to students, teachers, researchers, and the general public.
Europeana Similar to DPLA, Europeana is an internet portal that connects users to millions of books, paintings, films, museum artifacts, and archival records. Their mission: "We transform the world with culture! We want to build on Europe’s rich heritage and make it easier for people to use, whether for work, for learning or just for fun."
Maine Memory Network This project of the Maine Historical Society brings together images, records, and other historical items from over 250 institutions in Maine. You can search or browse the collections, create your own collection of images and documents, and explore the online exhibits.
Penobscot Marine Museum Founded in 1936, PMM is Maine's oldest maritime museum and boasts an extensive collection of maritime artifacts, art, photographs, and more that preserve and celebrate Searsport's and Maine's rich maritime history. Their online offerings include an extensive photography database, online exhibits and information about their permanent and temporary collections.
Project Gutenberg Search from over 50,000 e-books that are available for free (and permanent--no need to return) download!
Open Library A project of the non-profit Internet Archive, Open Library is an effort to create "One web page for every book ever published." Signing up (which is and will always be free) provides access to hundreds of thousands of e-books.
LibriVox Librivox offers free audiobooks to download--all public domain (no longer under copyright) titles, read by volunteers.
Google Books Books digitized by Google can be searched for by the usual means--title, author, etc.-- but also by quotes from the text. Books that are in the public domain can be downloaded for free, those that are still under copyright can be accessed by varying degrees depending on copyright status. This is a great tool for finding out what books exist--or existed, as Google has digitized many out-of-print titles--on a particular topic.
KDL What's Next Never read a series out of order again! A librarian's secret weapon, the KDL What's Next Database is an incredibly comprehensive collection of series lists, which you can search by author, title, series, and category/genre.
Health and Health Insurance Resources Finding authoritative and accessible health information is difficult. Here are some links to get you started.
Guide to Healthy Web Surfing From the National Library of Medicine, this is a very helpful list of questions to ask yourself when searching for health information, in order to better determine the quality and accuracy of a resource.
MedlinePLUS MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
HealthFinder.gov The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) hosts this website that provides information and tools to help you stay healthy.
GetBetterMaine The Maine Health Management Coalition is a charitable organization whose goal is to measure and improve health care quality and outcomes in Maine. This website allows you to compare providers, hospitals, and group practices in Maine. The resources they provide for finding affordable healthcare options are particularly useful.
KeepMEWell A project of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, this website provides tools to assess your health risks and find healthcare services.
Senior Health Senior Health is a website from the National Institutes of Health that provides information tailored to seniors, both in content and in format.
KidsHealth A project of Nemours, a children's health system that supports both clinics and educational programs. This website provides important health information for children, teens, and parents in language that is accessible.
Enroll207 enroll207 is a project of the Maine Health Access Foundation, the state’s largest health care foundation. The purpose of enroll207 is to connect Mainers to certified assisters who can help review new options for health insurance through the Maine Health Insurance Marketplace.