Digital Resources & eBooks

Benson Memorial Library has a number of digital resources that you can use in the library or at home with your library card. Click on the images or links below to access these digital resources and databases.

Frequently Requested

Ancestry Library Edition– Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian—inside the more than 7,000 available databases. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. 

NOTE: At-home access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders through December 31, 2020 courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

Titusville Herald Newspaper Archive– Provides access to the Titusville Herald newspaper from 1865-2019. Database is searchable, personal logins can be made, images saved and printed.

NOTE: At-home access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders by NewspaperArchive.

BML Obituary Index – Database includes over 20,500 obituaries from the Titusville Herald indexed by surname. Sheets can be searched by pressing CTRL+F and typing in a name. Sheets are alphabetical on the bottom of the page. New obituaries added every day.

CCFLS OverDrive– Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from our OverDrive collection

NOTE: CCFLS patrons can now check out eBooks from the Erie County Public Library & New Castle Public Library in Overdrive!

Libby is built by OverDrive, who also developed the classic OverDrive app. Both apps let you borrow the same free digital content from your library. However, Libby was designed to make finding, borrowing, and enjoying free ebooks and audiobooks easier than ever. Download the app!

Hoopla is a media streaming platform for audio books, comics, e-books, movies, music, and TV with no hold wait times! At Benson, you can check out 8 items each month. To get started, just add an email and password, and then enter your Benson Library Card Number (starts with 700) and select Benson as your home library!

Databases A-Z

Ask Here PA – Ask real librarians about any topic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Auto Repair Source – Discover the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

NOTE: Access from home with your library card.

BookFLIX – Watch videos and read books about Animals and Nature, Earth and Sky, People and Places, ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s, Family and Community, Music and Rhyme, Adventure, and more. Enjoy read aloud with words highlighting and interactive games. 

NOTE: Access from home with your library card.

Consumer Reports – Consumer Reports Online is now available through Erie-Crawford District Library services. If asked for a Patron ID, please enter your library card number (starts with 700).

ePrep – Practice the SAT, ACT, PSAT and more, under timed conditions online grading and video review to improve skills. Access courses by making an account (“Click Here to Register for Your Course” button).

NOTE: Access from home with your library card.

GALE Literature Criticism Online – GALE Literature Criticism Online represents a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres presented as digitized pdfs  and reader versions of full text and excerpts.  Download, print and email article features are available, as well as citations and translations into multiple languages. ECPL/Public Libraries of Erie County resource ~ Library card required – Also available to Crawford County residents. Password is your library card number.

NOTE: Access from home with your library card.

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Kahn Academy offers FREE practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more, including K-14 and test preparation (SAT, Praxis, LSAT) content.

Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped for Western PA is at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Their website allows you to search their catalog, apply for services, and more. These collections can also be requested through Benson Memorial Library librarians!

MedinePlus is a government website on medical and health information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It contains information about health topics, drugs and supplements, medical tests, medical terminology, and more from a trusted source.

NewsBank provides access to hundreds of newspapers with your library card.

NOTE: Access from home with your library card. is the official health insurance marketplace for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, taking the place of for all PA residents.

PA Job Resources can be found at this link, a part of POWER Library. Resources include PA CareerLink, Resume Builder, PA Workforce Statistics, PA Career Guide, Education Planner, and Occupational Outlook Handbook.

NOTE: Access from home with your library card.

PA State Library Digital Photos and Documents Collection – A collection of digitized historical documents and photos curated by the State Library of Pennsylvania.

Peterson’s Test Prep – Prepare for standardized tests with eBooks, online courses, and full-length practice tests for GED, SAT, ACT, AP, PSAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, TOEFL, U.S. citizenship, and more. Research undergraduate and graduate programs, find tuition assistance, and explore and prepare for careers. Search for jobs and create visually interesting résumés, cover letters, and websites that can be externally shared with prospective employers, using prebuilt templates.

NOTE: Access from home with your library card.

POWER Library – Search for articles in magazines, journals, and encyclopedia. Find images for school projects. Locate repair information to fix your car. Get informed about medical issues.

NOTE: Access from home with your library card.

RBdigital magazines – Access to hundreds of current magazines and back issues. Create an account using your library card number and access magazines through either this website or the RBdigital app on your device.

NOTE: Access from home with your library card.

Sanborn Maps – The Sanborn Map Company was a publisher of detailed maps of U.S. cities and towns in the 19th and 20th centuries. Titusville’s fire insurance maps are included in the Penn State Collection.

The U.S. Small Business Administration can help you take steps to start your small business. The website has resources on planning, launching, managing, and growing your small business. Business plans, taxes, hiring, applying for licenses and more is all covered on this comprehensive site.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center – Find detailed repair guides for all types of small engines. Offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service) as well as extensive repairs such as engine and transmission disassembly.

NOTE: Access from home with your library card.

TrueFLIX – Learn about people, places, nature, history, and science from videos and eBooks on topics such as American Indians, Ancient Civilizations, Farm to Table, The Civil War, Continents, The Thirteen Colonies, U.S. Government, Disasters, Earth Science, Experiments, Extreme Science, Nature, and many more.

NOTE: Access from home with your library card.

Universal Class – Over 500 online continuing education courses available with your library card. These video based courses are for patrons interested in personal or professional growth. As a student, you can sign up for 5 classes at a time & can learn on your own time at your own pace. There is a wide range of subjects which are offered from expert instructors giving continual feedback. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) can be earned on selected courses.

NOTE: Access from home with your library card.

U.S. Citizenship Study Help – Before your naturalization interview, be sure to study for the English and civics test by using the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ free resources to help you prepare.