Online Reference

Below is a list of free digital reference and entertainment resources, organized by topic.  


Economics & Law

Education (general)

Emergency Preparedness



  • Listening in Place -  This project focuses on two responses to the COVID-19 emergency: the creation of a crowd-sourced Sound Archive to document our daily experiences during the pandemic, and a series of online Virtual Story Circles, where Vermonters can gather remotely to listen and share during these challenging times.

  • The Internet Archive - the internet archive is a HUGE online library of everything you can think of - books, retro games, software, music (I go here to play the Oregon Trail....)

  • Good Old Games - GOG has a free to play collection of computer games.  Also low-priced classics.




  • DuoLingo - a Free online language learning resource with easy-to-follow lessons.

  • Bill Vicars' ASL classes - Bill Vicars is an American Sign Language teacher. His YouTube channel has tons of videos for learning ASL.

Literature (Children's)

  • Operation Storytime - Authors offer read-alouds on Instagram.  You do not need an account to view!

  • Storypirates - A story podcast featuring stories by kids, but performed by actors.

  • Audible is offering free resources for kids while schools are closed.

Literature (Adult)

  • Flipster - The Library subscribes to Flipster, a service for digital magazines.  You can also access it from our home page or at the Flipster page in the digital menu above. 

  • Libby - The Library subscribes to a service for downloadable ebooks and audios, new and popular titles.

  • Librivox - Free public domain audiobooks.

  • Project Gutenberg - Thousands and thousands of free e-books and audiobooks. 

  • - Free literature from the Library of Congress.



  • Free Opera from The Met - The New York Metropolitan Opera will stream an opera every evening at 7:30 PM.  The performance will be available online for the next 20 hours. 

  • IHeartRadio - Listen to radio online by genre.

  • Pandora - You can create a free account and pick favorite artists/genres.  Free accounts are supported by Ad revenue.

  • Spotify - You can create a free account; free accounts supported by ad revenue.



  • CIA World Factbook - Informational profiles on every country in the world, as well as maps and flags.

  • CORE - A multidisciplinary aggregator of open access research.

  • Digital Library of the Commons - Open access to articles, papers, and dissertations on the commons ("shared resources in which each stakeholder has an equal interest").

  • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) - Online directory of open-access, peer-reviewed journals.

  • JSTOR - Normally a collegiate research database, but for a limited time, JSTOR and ARTSTOR are offering some free content.  

  • Paperity - A multidisciplinary aggregator of open access journals and papers.

  • PLOS (Public Library of Science) - Open access scientific journals and articles.




Social Justice

  • Talking about Race - from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. 


  • Sporcle - The world's largest free trivia website.  Quizzes on every conceivable topic.

  • J!Archive - Find the answers and questions from every episode of Jeopardy ever.  

  • MentalFloss - Lots of interesting articles and tidbits.  

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  • UVM's Center for Rural Studies provides Vermont census data, housing data, school reports, and data from the Vermonter Poll.

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  • Vermont 2-1-1 is a general resource offered by the United Way of Vermont.  from their website, "The number to dial to find out about hundreds of important community resources, like emergency food and shelter, disability services, counseling, senior services, health care, child care, drug and alcohol programs, legal assistance, transportation agencies, educational and volunteer opportunities, and much more."