Local History and Genealogy
The Local History and Genealogy Department is located on the second floor of Broome County Public Library. They have a variety of resources to help with your research.  Click here to find out what is available online and in their print collection.

Online Databases
An online database is a searchable collection of electronic records and data, which, in this case, can be used to find articles and other information from magazines, journals, and newspapers. These databases are free to our patrons because we pay an annual fee to make them available.  The databases will include both full-text articles (meaning the article in its entirety) and abstracts (meaning a short summary of the article with journal name and issue information). You may restrict your search to just full text if you wish.  You may need to enter your library barcode for authentication. 

*Additional online databases are available from Four County Library System (4CLS).  You will need to enter your library barcode. 

** Databases are made possible through NOVELny, the New York Online Virtual Library, a public information network for New Yorkers.

Ancestry Plus The leading resource for pursuing family history research. Access is available to Census records and many other resources. CAN ONLY BE USED IN THE LIBRARY
* Flipster A one-stop-shop for Digital Magazines that can be downloaded to your computer or tablet.
*Transparent Language Online Transparent Language Online offers the most comprehensive language-learning solution for libraries. With this flexible program, you can quickly and easily learn new languages using our wide variety of courses and activities.
*Testing & Education Reference Center An online interactive database of practice tests, including the TASC, civil service, military, and more.
*Morningstar In-depth information about stocks, mutual funds, and investing.
*Consumer Health Complete Consumer-oriented health information designed to support the health needs of our patrons. Information covers all areas of health and wellness, including mainstream, holistic, and integrated treatments.
**Merck Manuals Merck Manuals are one of the world’s most widely used medical information resources. The Manuals have committed to making the best current medical information accessible by up to 3 billion healthcare professionals and patients on every continent by 2020.
**InfoTrac Newsstand Full-text newspapers, including the New York Times from 1995- and more than 1000 major US regional, national, and local newspapers (33 from New York State).
**National Newspaper Index Contains indexing of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.
**New York State Newspapers A database of 33 major newspapers published in the State of New York: the Albany Times Union, New York Times, Newsday, Buffalo News, Post-Standard (Syracuse), Watertown Daily Times, Times Herald-Record (Middletown) and others.
Lit Finder Literary database. Search for poems, stories, essays, speeches, and plays using keywords.
*Art Museum Image Gallery More than 165,000 images from around the world and dating back to 3000 B.C.E. Includes images of sculptures, paintings, cartoons, textiles, posters, costumes and more.
**New York Online Virtual Electronic Library A wide variety of resources − books, magazines, newspapers, research and reference sources and more are available to New York State residents.  Resources cover many topics such as business, health, and current events.
Gale Virtual Reference Library Children's Illustrated Encyclopedia
Colonial America Reference Library
Encyclopedia of Space
Encyclopedia of World Biography
Endangered Species
Experiment Central: Understanding Scientific Principles Through Projects
Gale Encyclopedia of Science
Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Canadian Provinces>
Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Mexican States
Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations
Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of States
Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Cities
State-By-State Atlas
Westward Expansion Reference Library