Online Resources

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines from Libby, the library reading appPatrons can download the free Libby app to a smartphone, tablet, or computer and use their library barcodes to download free audiobooks, ebooks, or magazines to their device. An agreement with other library systems in the eastern part of New York state allows our patrons to also access materials from the Southern Adirondack, Upper Hudson, and Mid-Hudson library systems. Download the Libby app on your device and follow the instructions to add The Community Library as your home library.

logo for the NYS Historic Newspapers database

The NYS Historic Newspapers project provides free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York’s unique history. Over 8 million scanned pages of newspapers from around the state from the 18th Century to the present.

the dark maroon cover of the print edition of the New York State DirectoryThe New York State Directory is a comprehensive guide to public officials and private sector organizations and individuals who influence public policy in the State of New York. Fully updated with current addresses and officeholders, this edition includes dozens of four-color maps— Demographic and Congressional Maps that show population, race, employment, home value, education, income, voter distribution, and breakouts of New York’s congressional districts.

a stack of five old brown scrapbooks from the Daisy Brown collectionThe Daisy Brown Scrapbooks, made available as part of the New York Heritage Digital Collections, were created by Daisy Brown between 1874 to 1930 and include a detailed record of what happened in Cobleskill, NY and the surrounding Schoharie County during that time period. Brown, a Cobleskill local, gathered newspaper clippings, programs, invitations, photos, and other documents to highlight significant people and local events. To accompany these documents, Brown has added handwritten notes detailing certain events, such as births, deaths, and special community events.

a screenshot of the Community Library's database page featuring multiple separate databases on a range of subjectsThe Community Library provides free access to dozens of specialized research databases, each filled with a curated collection of relevant materials from scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, newspapers, and government reports. Great for help with homework, getting facts, planning a trip, growing a business, learning about your community and the world!

NY state library logoThe New York State Library is part of the Office of Cultural Education, within the New York State Education Department. The Research Library, established by law in 1818, collects, preserves and makes available materials that support State government work. The Library’s collections, now numbering over 20 million items, may also be used by other researchers on-site, online and via interlibrary loan.

logo for new york state's Talking book and braille libraryThe New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) is a free library service for eligible residents of upstate New York who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual, physical or reading disability. The TBBL collection includes print Braille books, and fiction and nonfiction audio and braille books, with over 70 magazine subscriptions available as well.

Links to Government Resources

New York State government: the official website of the State of New York

The United States government: a website providing easy-to-navigate links to federal government services and programs

The Internal Revenue Service: your source for tax forms and official information about taxes

Schoharie County Government: offices and services for residents of the county

the green and white logo of the Ancestry platformThe Community Library provides free access to the genealogy research site Ancestry, which features an array of helpful research tools including census records, marriage and death certificates, news articles, and photographs. Patrons may log in to the Ancestry site on one of the library’s public computers.