Ames Free Library

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LIBRARY CLOSED TO PUBLIC & STAFF THROUGH APRIL 7, 2020 - Please check back for updates


The Town of Easton and Easton Select Board have declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, March 23, the Governor of Massachusetts issued an order for non-essential businesses to close their physical buildings to workers and the public, while encouraging those businesses to operate remotely. Given that proactive flattening of the contagion will serve Easton in the long run:


  • The Ames Free Library and Queset House will be closed to the public and to staff through April 7, 2020.
  • All public programming and private group meetings at the Library and Queset House are suspended until further notice.
  • "Holds pickup" window is now closed, based on the direct recommendation of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
  • Please do not return any materials while the Library remains closed. All items are now due April 15, and there will be no late fines accruing during the period the Library remains closed.
  • As always, a range of online resources are available here on the website, 24/7, including our online reference services and brand-new, online Storytimes!  You may also register for a library card online. Library staff are continuing to work hard on increasing innovative online programs, so keep checking back for updates.


If you are researching local history or genealogy, please visit our Newspapers page to find back issues covering the Easton area. We also have many books in our Historical Collection. And here in Easton, we are lucky to have a very rich historical resource, The Easton Historical Society and Museum.

For other research needs, the Ames Free Library offers over 60 different databases to help you find the information you need! No pay walls or pop-ups, just reliable information. Below, you will find our most frequently used databases. To see ALL of our databases as well as a category overview, visit our full database listing HERE

Are you working on a high school project? Our Teen Homepage will show you some really useful databases under the "Teen Homework Help" section. If you are an elementary or middle school student, our Kids Homepage lists databases designed just for you!

For tips on using these databases, you can access individual tutorials on the Gale Support site.


Academic OneFile (Gale)

Academic OneFile (Gale) is the premier source of peer-reviewed full-text scholarly content across the academic disciplines. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive.

Ancestry Library Edition


In library use only.  Through Ancestry Library Edition, you may access Census records, immigration lists, vital statistics and military records. For an introduction and tutorial about Ancestry, visit our Tutorials page.

Biography (Gale in Context)

Biography (Gale in Context) offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure that you will have access to the very latest information.

Boston Globe 1980 - Current

The Boston Globe's detailed indexing helps users quickly find the news information they need. Each issue is indexed thoroughly, so you have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the paper. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information, but also companies, people, products, etc.

Business (Gale OneFile)

Business (Gale OneFile) provides coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. Users will understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through business and trade publications, complemented by a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications.

Career Transitions

Career Transitions provides guidance and essential activities to both current job seekers and those investigating new career options. Key features include resume and cover letter creation support, interactive interview practice, and tools to match previous work or military experience to potential career paths.

Complete Encyclopedia of African-American History, 2019 Edition


Offers digital access to the four volumes of this encyclopedia series. Includes profiles of over 700 influential African Americans as well as details on places and events pivotal to the Civil Rights movement.

Easton Journal

In Library use only. The Easton Journal database allows you to search all 2017 and 2018 issues by keywords such as people, places, or events.

Economics and Theory (Gale OneFile)

Economics and Theory (Gale OneFile) provides access to academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics and related fields. The database has an emphasis on titles indexed in the American Economic Association's EconLit bibliography.

Educator's Reference Complete (Gale OneFile)

Educator's Reference Complete (Gale OneFile) provides access to academic journals, reports, and many premier reference sources in the field of education. The database includes content in key subject areas including administration, bilingual education, child development and psychology, funding, health education, technology, and testing. The majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database.

Fine Arts (Gale OneFile)

Fine Arts (Gale OneFile) provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that support research in areas including drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. The database emphasizes full-text content for publications included in the Wilson Art Index and RILM bibliography.

General OneFile (Gale)

General OneFile (Gale) is a one-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and academic disciplines. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, General OneFile serves a wide audience of readers.

Information Science (Gale OneFile)

Information Science (Gale OneFile) provides access to scholarly journals and trade publications essential for information professionals and other knowledge workers. The database offers coverage of topics including information infrastructure, metadata architecture, publishing, and more. is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. For an introduction and tutorial about, visit our Tutorials page.

Mango Languages


With over 70 world languages for you to learn at your own pace (including English), Mango will prepare you for realistic conversations and strengthen everyday communication skills. For an introduction and instructions on Mango Languages, visit our Tutorials page.

News (Gale OneFile)

News (Gale OneFile) provides access to full-text newspapers and allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section, or other fields. The database offers a one-stop source for current news and searchable archives.

NoveList Plus


Looking for your next book? NoveList Plus will help you find expert read-alike recommendations when you search for books by title, author, genre, appeal, or award winners. For an introduction and instructions on using NoveList, visit our Tutorials page.

Psychology (Gale OneFile)

Psychology (Gale OneFile) provides access to academic journals and magazines that cover the study of emotions, personality, and the human mind. The database offers content of interest to both researchers and general users.

Religion & Philosophy (Gale OneFile)

Religion and Philosophy (Gale OneFile) provides access to scholarly journals and magazines of interest to both researchers and general users. The database offers balanced content that covers topics across a wide range of philosophies and religions.

Science (Gale in Context)

Science (Gale in Context) is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.