Ancestry Library -  Ancestry is the most popular and well known website for family history.

It includes more than 7,000 databases and more than 200 billion records.

You can use this database only within the Osterville Village Library. Fortunately, that means you can ask our reference librarian for assistance if you need help!

  • Build a family tree

  • Learn about distant relatives

  • Watch your story emerge! 

Barnstable Code Book - The complete Barnstable code book for all home and business needs. A physical copy is available at the library in the Cape Cod Room. 


  • Determine if your home or business is up to code on everything from piping to boats and animals 

Boston Public Library's Electronic Resources - The Boston Public Library's eCard is a virtual library card that allows you to instantly use most of BPL's online resources from the comfort of your own home. If you live, own property, or commute to work in Massachusetts, you can register for a BPL eCard via the web!

Just follow the prompts on their registration form and your eCard number will be emailed to you.
BPL provides databases including art and music, business, health, history and genealogy, job resources, full-text newspapers of the 1600s through 2000s, and more.

  • Access to databases including ones on art, music, business, health, history and more.

  • Full text newspapers of the 1600's through 2000.

  • Whatever you may be looking for in research you should be able to find here.

Britannica Library-  has expanded into a searchable, user-friendly reference website with sections aimed at children, young adults, and adults. You can use this database in the library or anywhere else in Massachusetts.

If you've been looking for Spanish-language educational resources, statistical data about a variety of countries, a world atlas, or the biographical and topical articles that Britannica has long been famous for, then this is the resource for you!


  • Safe, up-to-date, and age-appropriate resource

  • Discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, e-books, and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculums

Gale Resources - Looking for sources to help with homework? Need some business information? Try some of the collections in this great database, which you can use in the library or anywhere else in Massachusetts.

Resources include; including Academic OneFile, General Business File ASAP, InfoTrac Student Edition, Small Business Resource Center and Opposing Viewpoints.


  • Health & Wellness

  • Comprehensive Business insights, forms, theory and Entrepreneur information

  • Environmental information

  • Access to Newspapers

  • Latest on science & tech

  • Info for Home & Travel

  • and lots more...

Glassdoor - Search millions of jobs and get the inside scoop on companies with employee reviews, personalized salary tools, and more. Hiring? Post a job for free.

  • Company reviews

  • Search interview questions

  • Find & post jobs

  • Check out salaries

Medline Plus -  is the National Institutes of Health's web site for patients and their families and friends.

Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.


  • Learn about the latest treatments

  • Look up information on a drug or supplement

  •  Find out the meanings of words

  • view medical videos or illustrations

  • Find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.



NoveList Plus -is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 titles.

  • Author read-alikes

  • Book Discussion guides

  • Booktalks

  • Annotated book lists

Trial Court Libraries - There is a system of 17 libraries across Massachusetts.

  • State and federal laws and cases accessible by books or computers

  • Electronic databases for legal research, including access to Westlaw and Lexis at no cost;

  • Legal forms; & books, audiotapes, and videotapes on a variety of legal topics.

Udemy - is the leading global marketplace for teaching and learning, connecting millions of students to the skills they need to succeed.

  • 6,000+ online video courses, with top-rated courses offering upskilling in the areas of business, tech, and personal development across 75+ different categories.

  • 85% of the collection has been updated in the last two years, ensuring learners are developing skills in the most relevant areas.

  • Users can select the instructor and content that best addresses their skills need and learning preferences and filter search results on course features, level, duration, topic, and ratings.

  • Features 2,000+ courses taught by native speakers of Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Japanese designed to help more users achieve their desired learning outcomes.

Weiss Financial Ratings - Weiss Ratings, which began operations in 1971, is the only financial ratings agency in the world that provides a combination of five critical advantages for users: The broadest coverage, the strictest independence, complete objectivity, high ethics, and a commitment to safety.

Using Weiss's quick and easy navigation screen, you will get immediate access to the Weiss' Independent and Unbiased Ratings for:

  • Life & Annuity Insurers

  • Property & Casualty Insurers

  • HMOs & Health Insurers

  • Banks

  • Credit Unions

  • Stocks

  • Exchange-Traded Funds

  • Stock Mutual Funds

  • Bond & Money Market Mutual Funds