Electronic Resources

Your library card from any Upper Hudson member library provides access to a large selection of electronic resources including eBooks, online audiobooks, magazines, streaming video, and research databases for all ages. Funding for the resources below is provided by the Troy Public Library, Upper Hudson Library System, and the Albany Public Library via the New York State Library’s Central Library grants. Additional funding for OverDrive is provided by UHLS member libraries.


  • Overdrive: Access a large collection of ebooks, digital audiobooks, and streaming video on your computer or mobile device. Learn more on our Getting Started page.
  • Flipster: Provides access to over 60 popular digital magazines from your computer or mobile device. Titles include People, US Weekly, The New Yorker, Forbes, and many more.
  • Mango Languages: A fun and easy to use, self-paced language learning program with courses in over 70 languages! Mango language courses are accessible on a computer or an Apple or Android mobile device using free app that allow users to take their learning with them, with or without an internet connection.

Local History and Genealogy:

  • Troy History and Genealogy: Our Local History and Genealogy Homepage provides a gateway to the Library’s extensive local history collection and access to many online resources including the Troy record and much more.
  • Ancestry Library Edition: (in library use only): Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. Its 7,000 databases deliver an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. Access is only available at the library.
  • HeritageQuest Online (in library use only): An essential collection of unique material for both genealogical hobbyists and professionals, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content. Along with U.S. federal census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930, HeritageQuest Online offers more than 20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and over 12,000 local histories, in addition to the more than 250 primary source documents such as tax lists, city directories, and probate records.
  • New York Heritage: New York Heritage is an invaluable research portal for anyone interested in learning more about New York State. Public libraries and institutions, including many in Albany and Rensselaer county, are digitizing their local history resources to make them more accessible. UHLS members on New York Heritage include: Albany Public Library, Altamont Free Library, Bethlehem Public Library, Guilderland Public Library, Nassau Free Library, Voorheesville Public Library, and William K. Sanford Town Library.

Business and Academic:

  • Cypress Resume: Cypress Resume is an online resume and cover letter builder and is free to use with a valid UHLS library card. Learn more with this printable User Guide.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: These eBooks are available 24/7 with no wait, and can be browsed, searched and downloaded anytime from any Internet-connected device. Topics include test preparation, financial literacy, job readiness, computer literacy, Do-It-Yourself projects, and cooking.
  • USA Trade Online: Provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, USA Trade Online is a dynamic data tool that gives users access to current and cumulative U.S. export and import data. Manufacturers and other businesses wishing to expand their business globally can utilize USA Trade Online to identify new markets, evaluate existing markets, and perform other market research tasks. The data available through this tool can also support economists in interpreting economic news and performing academic research, as well assist governments and federal agencies in analyzing domestic and international trade policies.

Additional Resources Provided by the New York State Library:

With the NOVELNY program, the New York State Library provides access to a large collection of online resources including research materials and newspapers covering many different subjects. These resources are available to everyone in New York State. No library card is required.

Business and Finance:

  • Business Insights: Essentials – Includes company profiles, industry reports and financial reports, as well as business magazines and newspapers.

K-12 Academic Resrouces:

  • Britannica School: Britannica School is the go-to site for learning more about any subject—for grades Pre-K-12 and all reading abilities—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, and recommended Web sites. Available at three levels—Elementary, Middle, or High.
  • Britannica Escolar: Discover the leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish. New features make it more valuable than ever for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.
  • Kids InfoBits: Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Includes a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.
  • Research in Context: Resource for students in grades 6 to 8. Offers magazines, newspapers, primary sources, over 12,000 videos and more on a variety of topics. Supports national and state curriculum standards in language arts, social studies and science.

Health and Medicine:

  • Health Reference Center Academic: This health database includes over 2800 journals and magazines, many of which are full text. It contains nursing and allied health journals, other medical journals, newsletters and consumer health magazines.


  • Academic One File: This database contains over 12,000 journals and reference sources, many of which are peer-reviewed and full text. It has extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and more. The database also contains some full text titles that are cited in databases such as AGRICOLA, CINAHL, EconLit, ERIC, MEDLINE, MLA International Bibliography, PsycINFO and others.
  • Britannica Academic Edition: Britannica Academic delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. The rich combination of the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough research—all from one resource. Written by Nobel laureates, historians, curators, professors, and other notable experts, Britannica Academic’s articles provide trusted information with balanced, global perspectives and insights that users will not find anywhere else.
  • General One File: This general periodical database contains over 12,000 periodicals, newspapers, reference books and multimedia sources, over half of which are full text. The backfile extends nearly 30 years. Subjects include humanities, education, environmental issues, technology, health care, politics and more.


  • Infotrac Newsstand: This full-text newspaper database has several New York Newspapers including the New York Times from 1995 on, and over 1,000 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers.
  • New York State Newspapers: A subset of InfoTrac Custom Newspapers, this database includes the following full-text newspapers from around New York State: Buffalo News, New York Times, New York Post, New York Observer, Syracuse Herald American, Syracuse Herald-Journal, and Syracuse Post-Standard.


  • Computer Database: Provides access to business and technical publications in the computer, electronics, and telecommunications industries.