• Thomas Net

    Comprehensive online resource for finding companies and products manufactured in North America. Free registration.

  • The Blue Book

    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.

Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites

  • 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).



This periodical resource provides millions of articles from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources with extensive coverage in key subject areas, such as biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science, and psychology.

  • A collection of links to various tools and resources that would be helpful to students from elementary school to high school.

  • Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center

    The Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center (LAALC) helps adults learn English. This free program serves adults in the Ludlow/Indian Orchard area who are immigrants or refugees. Students range in age from 17 to 70+.LAALC provides free instruction in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Morning and evening classes are offered in levels ranging from true beginner to high intermediate. To further support our enrolled ESOL students we offer them academic advising and basic computer classes. The program provides support for transition to college, workforce development, family literacy skills and other real-life goals. Participants are awarded certificates for attendance, achievement, and completion.


    LAALC is located at 54 Winsor Street, second floor, in Ludlow.  ESOL classes available days and evenings, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. Classes begin in September and conclude in June. With a rolling enrollment as space becomes available in class.  Perspective students should call the school at 413-583-0320 to make an intake appointment. Once a perspective student has completed the appointment he/she will be placed in class or often on a waiting list for the class that fits their needs. 

  • 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 the administrative offices.

  • 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.

Language Learning: Learn over 120 languages, including ESL!

Universal Class is an online educational service providing a diverse offering of intellectually stimulating courses for people interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Over 500 course available!


  • Users may search the Ellis Island Archive, which includes passenger records, manifests, and ship information.

  • Genealogy Spot

    A resource center that simplifies the search for online genealogy resources for beginners and experts alike.

Health and Medicine

  • GALE ONE FILE: 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. 

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

  • An extensive collection of information about various health issues, conditions, and medications, as well as articles, images, and quizzes about health topics.

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

  • Enrollment Assisters, such as Navigatorsand 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.

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.

Job Seeking

  • America’s Job Bank

    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.

  • Careerbuilder

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. Career assessments prompt personalized career recommendations and guidance on programs, knowledge, skills, and ability. Search for open jobs opportunities and create visually interesting résumés, cover letters, and websites that can be externally shared with prospective employers, using prebuilt templates.

Indeed is the #1 job site in the worldwith over 250 million unique visitors every month. Indeed strives to put job seekers first, giving them free access to search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies.

  • Job-Hunt

    A large collection of job-search resources, including tutorials and tips for people writing resumes, a directory of U.S. employers, and much more.


    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.

Law and Lawyers

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

  • Law Depot

Print or download your own customized legal forms.

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

  • Self-help legal information in plain English.

Local Interest

  • The Ludlow municipal government website, with links to the town clerk’s office, the board of selectmen, the building department, and others.



This site provides 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

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

  • Massachusetts Cultural Information Resource System (MACRIS) MACRIS data are compiled from a variety of records and files maintained by the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC), including but not limited to, the Inventory of Historic Assets of the Commonwealth, National Register of Historic Places nominations, State Register of Historic Places listings, and local historic district study reports.

  • The Pioneer Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

    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.


  • The Associated Press

    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 World Service

    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.

  • The Boston Globe

    This resource offers online full-text issues of the Boston Globe dating back a far as 1980.

  • Mass Newspapers

  • National Public Radio

    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.

Search the full text of The New York Times (starting in 1985).


Research, Quick Facts, and 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.

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

  • AtoZ Maps Online has a collection of more than 100,000 royalty-free down-loadable maps.

  • AtoZ 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. 

  • 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.

Search all the Gale Databases easily from a single web page.

  • This resource is a complex tool that offers access to an incredibly vast amount of information. You can link to individual subject-specific databases or search some or all of them at once for a great deal of reliable information

Biography merges Gale's authoritative reference content with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.

All the Gale databases listed in one convenient place.

  • 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.
  • A free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses, and others, which was designed to bring the best library and reference sites together with insightful editorial information.

  • This is a great resource for people who like to read. NoveList suggests books based on what you already like and what others who read the same books enjoyed. You are also invited to review the books you read so others can benefit from your experience.

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

  • This is a complex site that features links to many different resources. Make sure to scroll down the page to get an idea of all the different services and information they offer.


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

  • A searchable, browsable directory of magazine articles on research, scientific thinking, and laboratories that are available online.

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


US Government

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

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

Value Guides

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

  • Provides investment research on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles.