Online Collections

Use with your SPENCER Library Card.

Genealogical & historical sources

HeritageQuest logoU.S. Federal Censuses, books, bank records, and more. Unique primary sources, local & family histories. You need to have a Spencer Library Card for Spencer Databases to use Heritage Quest.

Ancestry Library Edition

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Free Temporary Access until end of May.  Go to the BOTTOM of the Ancestry page to search.

Genealogy collection 200+ billion images in 7,000 unique databases. The world’s most popular online genealogy resource. NOTE: ANCESTRY DATABASE IS IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY.

Massachusetts On-line Newspapers and Magazines

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Find information on just about anything. This database includes the Boston Globe, New York Times, magazines, health, medical, sports, biography, gardening, business, global issues, travel, history, careers, tourism, information for children, and much more!

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E-Books, Online-Magazines, downloadable Audio-books, and Movie Collections

You will need your library card number and PIN. (If you do not know your C/WMARS pin: come in or call the library @ 508-885-7513.) This eBook Collection consists of bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction.

Looking for more content? Browse and borrow from neighboring CLAMSMinuteman Library NetworkNOBLEOCLN and SAILS Library Network through our reciprocal lending program.


Read articles from your favorite magazines and The Boston GlobeExplore local history and archives online. Search through millions of books and DVDs at libraries throughout the state. Find free classes and programs near you.

Boston Public Library (BPL) eCards

An eCard is a Boston Public Library card that you can sign up for online. The eCard provides access to all online resources, including genealogy databases and Hoopla (e-audiobooks, e-books, comics, music, film/TV), and lots more. All residents of Massachusetts can use the Boston Public Library’s electronic resources. Sign up for a BPL eCard to get started.

 Massachusetts Historical Collections

Digital Commonwealth: Massachusetts Collections On-line.

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This collection provides access to photographs, manuscripts, books, audio recordings, and other materials of historical interest.


The State Library of Massachusetts digital photograph collection predominantly consists of the 26th Yankee Division soldiers who served in World War I. 

This collection donated by the Boston Globe in 1935, represents over 8,500 soldiers from MA and other areas in the northeast and contains over 11,000 images. Accompanying many of these photographs are “cut slips” produced by Boston Globe staff, which include biographical and military information, as well as newspaper clippings.

 Resources For New Books, What’s Next In Series, and Title/Author Read-A-Likes

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