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
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 email@example.com 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.
Click HERE for a complete list of Learning Express resources.
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.
With over 500 online courses, in over 30 areas of study, including Accounting, Business, Pet and Animal Care, Crafts and Hobbies, Writing Skills, and Computer Training, Universal Class is bound to have a course to interest you. All the available courses offer a flexible 6 month learning structure so you can learn at your own pace with the goal of earning Continuing Education Unit credits (CEU). And, many have an option to audit the classes by viewing the video courses without the structure of the CEU based class.
So, whether you have always wanted to learn to bake a pie, nurse a dog back to health after getting a burr in her paw, figure out ways to help your grandchildren with etiquette, master the art of picking the best wine for dinner, or add some tools to your work skill set—Universal Class will prove to be helpful and entertaining.
For a complete list of classes click HERE.