MVLC Member Databases

Merrimac Library is part of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC). As a MVLC member library card holder, you may access high-quality local, state, and regionally funded databases of full-text periodicals, health and business resources, biographical and literary databases from home.

Select a database below. When prompted, input your 14-digit MVLC member library patron bar code and begin searching! This will initiate a 2-hour cookie session. After this time period, you will be required to enter your bar code again.

If you do not have a MVLC member library card, please contact your library.


Freading: A new look at ebook lending
Freading is a free eBook download service available to library cardholders, offering tens of thousands of titles. Freading has its own apps for the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. It is also compatible with the Kindle Fire, Nook, and Kobo e-readers.
MVLC Digital Downloads (Powered by Overdrive)
Overdrive downloads are available in these file types: Kindle Books, Adobe EPUB eBooks, OverDrive WMA Audiobooks, and OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks.
Electronic books on popular topics such as travel, computers, consumer health and business on the web.
Novelist is a free reading recommendation service available to library cardholders. It helps readers of all ages find the fiction they will love, and features: read-alike recommendations for every title, author, and series, as well as book discussion guides, and book lists by themes.
Safari Books Online
An on-demand digital library providing access to over 12,400 technology, creative and business books from leading publishers. Safari Books Online offers immediate access to many books with lots of answers — not just one.


Rocket Languages
Learn a language with online courses and software from Rocket Languages, which offers 11 different foreign languages.


Encyclopædia Britannica

Magazines / Journals / Newspapers / Books / Research

Proquest, Inc.
The Boston Globe. Detailed indexing of this newspaper helps users quickly find the information they need. Each issue is indexed thoroughly, granting access to top news stories and the various sections of the paper.
EBSCOhost databases and discovery technologies are the most-used, premium online information resources for tens of thousands of institutions worldwide, representing millions of end-users. Databases include:

Gale Cengage, Inc.

Special Collections

OCLC WorldCat (OCLC Online Union Catalog)
Over 46 million bibliographic records and holdings information vital for collection development, cataloging, authority control, and retrospective conversion services.
Massachusetts Manuscripts, Archives & Special Collections
The Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections Directory profiles collections in more than 650 Massachusetts libraries, archives, historical societies and town clerk’s offices.

This service is provided to the residents of northeast Massachusetts by the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System through state funding administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners