Helpful Resources During Library Closure (and other times)

This list was compiled by our President John Henderson! We are so grateful for his dedication and his research librarian background.

How to use the library when the library is closed or you are in quarantine:

Sign in with your library card to use these resources:

1) Start at the Lodi library’s Website.

2) Read ebooks or listen to audiobooks through Overdrive.

3) Look at articles and other content in popular magazines for free through RBDigital or one of Finger Lakes Library System’s periodical databases.

4) For homework help or just reliable information, try some of FLLS’s other online resources and research tools. It is better than searching Google and getting 10,000 uncertain facts or opinions all jumbled together.

5) Contact us with a question or a suggestion. Even if the library is closed and no one can answer the phone (607-582-6218), the library’s email system will still be working and incoming messages will be read.

6) Get ready for the next time the library is open by ordering books and DVDs in advance online so they might be ready for pick up when you or a healthy friend can come through the door. This even works for materials the Lodi library doesn’t own itself.

Try one of these free resources:

Note: most, but not all, of the materials included are from before 1924, due to copyright restrictions.
1) Google Books – Full text of magazines and books in the public domain. Previews of many other books.

2) HathiTrust Digital Library – a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

3) Internet Archive: Text Archive – Full-text of books and other materials available,

4) Online Books Page – An index to books that are freely readable over the Internet

5) International Digital Children’s Library – a collection of books from around the world including both historical and contemporary

6) Biodiversity Heritage Library – an open access digital library for biodiversity literature and archives

Note: most of these resources are free of copyright restrictions, as well, so the selections are limited.
The Internet Archive and Way Back Machine – a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.

1) Center for Disease Control

2) Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Center

3) World Health Organization

1) GovInfo – provides public access to all official publications of the Federal Government’s three branches, Executive, Legislative, and Judicial

2) Legal Information Institute (LII) – based at the Cornell School of Law, provides open access to a wide range of legal materials

3) The Public Library of Law – another good source for accessing legal resources