References & Online Research Sources

Whether you are doing research for school, need help with auto repair, searching for a job, seeking to learn a new skill, looking to do genealogical research, or something else, we have numerous online references and research sources to help you. Some of the resources provided are part of our collaboration with other public Libraries in Lancaster County. You can login to use these resources with your Library card here. Some of our favorite resources located here are:


Search for a business, job, people and more with AtoZdatabases. You can also create mailing lists and perform market research. There are millions of records ready for you to access.

Brainfuse HelpNow

Get tutoring help from wherever you are on a variety of subjects. You can ask specific questions or use the lessons and other materials here to help. Also, you can use MEET to meet with friends in a private virtual study room.

Brainfuse JobNow

If you are looking for a new job, this resource has helpful information and audio/visual trainings. Receive assistance in writing your resume, practice interviewing, and more all in one location.


You can read numerous popular magazines online with the Flipster database. All you need is your Library barcode to gain access anywhere.


This database houses the resources you need to delve into your family history. You can search through census records, books, and other historic documents to track down your ancestors.


Make learning fun with animated picture books for kids. Books written in Spanish and French are also available.

Resources Provided by Elizabethtown Public Library

There are other resources which are provided by Elizabethtown Public Library. Some of these may be used anywhere but most are available onsite only. They include the following:

  • Mango Languages
    • Do you want to learn a new language? Or even Slang terms, “Text Talk”, or Spanish Soccer Celebrations? Then Mango Languages is for you.
    • To access this resource, you will need to sign up on their website with an email address, your Library card number, and a password. Once you create your account you can start learning right away on their website or with their App (available in the Apple Store and Google Play).
    • Click here to begin learning your next language and learn about other cultures.
  • Foundation Directory Online
    • This tool helps non-profit organizations find grants which are a good fit for the organization to yield a higher possibility of being awarded funds.
    • Many foundations do not have their own website, so Foundation Center compiles the information of over 140,000 corporations, federal agencies, and foundations and provides information and funding history for them.
    • This resource is available to use onsite only. Please contact the Library and setup an appointment.
  • Consumer Reports
    • The Library has both magazines and annual printed volumes for people to consult. The more recent years are kept as a Library Use Only item, while older editions may be checked out.
    • You may also use the online version at the Library. Please call to make an appointment to access the online Consumer Reports.

Power Library

Power Library is available to all residents of Pennsylvania for free. It offers 24/7 access to resources and research materials including electronic databases, digital collections, and a live chat service.  

You can access the Power Library Resources by clicking here!

This project is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Library Access funds administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries. The views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the Pennsylvania Department of Education.