RPL cardholders have access to a variety of online resources that they can use from home on their computer, tablet or smartphone. Your library card must be in good standing to be able to use these databases. Simply click on the database icon to go to that site. You will need to have your library card number to register.
Two databases, Ancestry for Libraries and the Funding Information Network, can only be used in the library.
Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition provides page-image document reproductions with a searching interface. This resource can only be used in the library.
Document collections include:
- U.S. Decennial Census schedules, 1790-1930 (with state censuses and city directories as 1890 Census proxies).
- UK and Irish Census schedules, 1841-1901. Scottish Censuses, 1841-1861. Canadian Censuses, 1901-1911, and provincial censuses, 1851-1906.
- The Social Security Death Index. Parish records, birth, marriage, and death records.
- Immigration records, including New York and San Francisco passenger lists.
- Military records, including World War I and World War II draft registration cards.
- Full text materials, e.g., Federal Writers’ Project Slave Narratives. World War II-era Stars and Stripes editions.
- Odd things, such as collection of World War II-era high school yearbooks
Free Driver Education Program
The driver education program contains the following state-specific information:
– 11 car practice tests
– 9 motorcycle practice tests
– 12 CDL (commercial driver’s license) practice tests
– 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
– A FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 DMV-related questions
The program automatically updates as new practice tests become available.
Note on accessibility: The new Read Aloud toolbar (found in the footer of every page) includes tools that let users hear selections read aloud or make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility. All tests can now be read aloud by ESL speakers, those with vision problems, and those with such learning disabilities as dyslexia.
Funding Information Network
Rockville Public Library is one of over 470 partners in the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network. The library has participated as a partner since 2011. This resource can only be used in the library.
Since its establishment in 1956, the Foundation Center (NY) has been the primary source of factual information on private foundations and philanthropy in the United States. The Foundation Center, along with its partners, is designed to provide current information for the fund-seeking public and those doing research on private foundations, philanthropy, nonprofit organization and management, volunteerism, fundraising, grantmaking, and letter and proposal writing.
As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Rockville Public Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center’s electronic databases, The Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online. The fully searchable database includes detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation’s top funders.
Representatives of nonprofit and grassroots organizations and other patrons are welcome to use the print collection and databases in the main reference area at any time during our open hours. Librarians are available for assistance.
Free classes and workshops for the local nonprofit community are offered two times per year and are listed in the online calendar. Email notification of upcoming classes is sent to members of the library’s Foundation Center mailing list.
For more information, or to be added to the electronic mailing list for Foundation Center classes and other news of interest to nonprofits, contact the FIN Supervisor, Sharon Redfern, at 860-875-5892 x113 or firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the form HERE.
For a list of Non-Profit resources available at RPL or online click here.
Learning Express Library
Give your children an opportunity to practice their math, reading or writing skills. Need to brush up on skills before taking the SAT, Postal Exam, ASVAB, or many other career tests?
The LearningExpress mission is to help students and adult learners improve the skills required for academic and career success. Our LearningExpress Library™ platform provides the most comprehensive selection of educational resources—including more than 1,000 tutorials, practice exams, and eBooks—for basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation, and career advancement. for a complete list of Learning Express resources.
For a complete list of Learning Express resources click Learning Express Modules .
Going on a business trip in a foreign country? Do you want to add to your resume to get an advantage when looking for a job? Have you always wanted to learn to speak Japanese or Pashto or any of 60 other languages?
Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. By listening to and repeating after material designed from native conversations, you’ll not only learn the individual words and phrases, you’ll know how they’re used in practical situations and conversations.
Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®.
Click HERE for a list of Mango languages.