Thomaston Public Library, Maine State Library, and Maine InfoNet provide a variety of free online resources for our community, including cloudLibrary, Digital Maine Library, Digital Maine Repository, and more!
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of organizations are offering additional free resources fo the public! Bookmark this page and check back often, as we will add additional information as we find it.
Borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks for free directly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer using cloudLibrary and your Thomaston Public Library card! Visit yourcloudlibrary.com or click the icon below. An updated 14-digit card number to access this resource. Still have an older 5-digit library card number? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Digital Maine Library, formerly MARVEL, provides every Maine resident with access to over 80 electronic databases with online learning tools and full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals, and reference.
A few of these databases include:
- Ancestry.com (Please note Ancestry.com is typically only licensed for use while in the library. However, in response to the global pandemic, they have temporarily granted Maine library patrons access at home!)
- Bangor Daily News
- Gale LegalForms
- MEDLINE Plus
- New York Times
- Portland Press Herald
- Wall Street Journal
- World Book Encyclopedia
...and much, much more!
Please note Digital Maine Library will ask you to share your location. This is because the databases are licensed for use by Maine residents, and the data is only used to determine that you are in Maine. Click here for a wonderful explanation from Maine State Library, as well as instructions if you opt out of sharing your location or are a Maine resident accessing the resources from out of state.
The DigitalMaine Repository is a partnership of the Maine State Library, Maine State Archives and community institutions around the state. Together, we are committed to providing access to Maine history, ensuring transparency in government, and sharing the stories of the people and places of the Pine Tree State.
As Maine's service hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the DigitalMaine Repository is working to make digital collections from all Maine cultural institutions freely accessible to the world.
DigitalMaine Repository includes the following collections:
Maine PBS has curated a phenomenal set of resources for students learning at home:
For teachers and parents: mainepublic.pbslearningmedia.org
TIME, in partnership with Google, AT&T, HP, and PwC Charitable Foundation, is offering free digital subscriptions to TIME for Kids for the rest of the school year! Parents can follow the link below to sign their kids up:
Teachers and parents can also find teaching resources at timeforkids.com.
Ideal for kids grades K - 6.
Jennifer Castle, a librarian from Tennessee State University, put together an AMAZING guide of free things to do online - everything from animal cams to watch, free exercise videos, livestream concerts, virtual museum tours, and much, much more. Check it out: