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.
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.


Encyclopædia Britannica

Magazines / Journals / Newspapers / Books / Research

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:
US Newsstream
US Newsstream enables users to search current and extensive backfiles of U.S. news content and features top newspapers, wires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, and news sites in full-text format. Key U.S. titles 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 Massachusetts through state funding administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.