402 Main Street Greenfield, Massachusetts 01301

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Please feel free to ask a Librarian at the Information Desk if you need any help with your research. If you would like assistance with our NEW Microfilm machine please make an appointment with a Reference Librarian so that you can make the most out of your visit!
Telephone: 413-772-1544 x6
Email: librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org

You will be prompted for your library card barcode number to use these databases. Some databases can only be used with a GPL card. If a password is requested in addition to your GPL card, use “Greenfield“.


The library has microfilm editions of the local Greenfield papers going back to 1792. If you would like assistance with our microfilm machine, please make an appointment with a Reference Librarian so that you can make the most out of your visit.
Telephone: 413-772-1544 opt.6
Email: librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org

The Greenfield Recorder allows you access to full-text articles from the Greenfield Recorder (coverage from 1997- present, with selected issues 1987-1996).

Western MA Newspapers allows you access to full-text articles from various western MA papers.

The Boston Globe Proquest MA Newspapers allows full-text, searchable access (covers 1980-present).

The New York Times allows full text searchable access (covers 1985-present).


Genealogy & Local Resources

If you would like assistance with our microfilm machine, please make an appointment with a Reference Librarian so that you can make the most out of your visit.
Telephone: 413-772-1544 x6
Email: librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org

Our local history collection houses a complete microfilm collection of the Greenfield Newspapers, as well as selected local  town histories, directories, other local historic topics and genealogy resources. The collection is available for use whenever the library is open.

The Internet Archive now houses digital, searchable copies of Greenfield High School Yearbooks from 1831-1966!  Pages and pictures can be downloaded in a variety of formats.

Ancestry.com is only available for use on the library computers (in house use). This searchable database will allow you to find ancestors and relations using names, dates and locations. This is a great tool to start your search!

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.

Digital Commonwealth Explore historical collections from libraries, museums, and archives across Massachusetts.

The Official Website of the Town of Greenfield allows you to see local events and activities that are happening in town. The site also provides links to town organizations and departments.

Books and Authors



NoveList helps you to match a favorite author or book, explore fiction by genre, browse award winner lists, describe a plot and find a book to match, and read articles about new books and authors.

NPR Books provides book recommendations based on the best books of current and past years.


Book Club Central is a new online resource for book clubs and readers featuring book reviews, author interviews, discussion questions and more.


General Reference



Consumer Reports gives you access to expert, unbiased ratings to over 5,000 products plus reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, user reviews, and more. (GPL cardholders only.)


Gale Resources millions of articles from journals, articles, magazines and newspapers from around the world. This page gives the ability to search one database at a time or many simultaneously. It has podcasts available, as well as the ability to change the text into one of eight languages.

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Encyclopaedia Britannica is a powerful resource to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and Web sites.

Encyclopaedia Britannica for mobile devices Check it out on your smartphone!



Drivers Permit Tests Online
Practice Permit tests and study up on driver safety. This resource is sure to make you pass your permit exam!


Kelley Blue Book
Price check new and used cars, check for estimate of your car and see vehicles ratings.


NADA Guides
Research and compare vehicle prices.


Fuel Economy
The Official U.S. Government source for fuel economy information.


GCF Learn Free offers free tutorials on Microsoft Office programs, Technology, Reading, Math and more!

TechBoomers offers free courses that teach you how to use popular websites like Facebook, Netflix, Pintrest, and much, much more!


For Kids



Encyclopaedia Britannica for Kids Edition is designed for students of all ages. It is easy to switch between three levels of information.


Kids InfoBits has a graphic interface designed for children, kindergarten through 5th grade.




Science in Context provides contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. Includes authoritative reference content, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and more.

APS Physics

APS is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities.

MedlinePlus offers information on health topics, drugs and supplements, and a medical encyclopedia from the US National Library of Medicine.


Centers for Disease Control and Protection offers medical information.