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Local History Archive

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Our Local History Archive showcases the local history of Mansfield, CT using resources held by the Mansfield Town Clerk and Public Library.

Check back often as new material continues to be added.

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Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogy collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more.

Discover your family history and start your family tree. Search billions of genealogy records including censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, SSDI & military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

Please note: This is ONLY accessible from within the library. 

Consumer Reports Online

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Find product reviews and ratings on cars, appliances, electronics and more from Consumer Reports!

Remote access is available to Mansfield library cardholders.


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Watch animated storybooks, read books online, play educational games, and more!

Remote access is available to Mansfield library cardholders.



TrueFlix is an online resource for science and social studies content that comes alive through dynamic videos, interactive eBooks, and engaging projects ideas and activities! 

Remote access is available to Mansfield library cardholders.


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PebbleGo is a visually rich, fully narrated topic-browsing encyclopedia for early readers. PebbleGo is packed with informational articles featuring engaging multimedia, interactive lessons and games, and literacy supports for children of all abilities. 

PebbleGo is for grades PreK-3. Subjects include: Animals, Science, Biographies, Social Studies, Dinosaurs, and Health.
PebbleGo Next is for grades 3 - 5. Subjects include: Native American History, Biographies, Science, Social Studies, and States.  


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ResearchIT CT offers free online resources as a service of the CT State Library. Here you will find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles for Connecticut residents with valid CT public library card numbers. Opens in new window is your home for stories about the people, traditions, innovations, and events that make up the rich history of the Nutmeg State. icon Opens in new window joins as the next service category to be developed in the new digital, one-stop government ecosystem. Some of the resources available through include:

  • Health benefits eligibility screener
  • Healthy living tools
  • Emergency health service information
  • Insurance and financial resources
  • Heating and utilities assistance

History Reference Center 

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Offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

iConn Newsstand 

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Full-text coverage of major newspapers including: Los Angeles Times, Hartford Courant, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Learning Express Workforce Solutions 

Job Career Accelerator

Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in a different industry, Workforce Solutions has the powerful tools and expert guidance to help you through every step of the process. 

Legal Information Reference Center 

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Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis.

Science Reference Center

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A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text, science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student researchers needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.

Teacher Reference Center

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Provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.

Additional online learning resources:

Code Academy

Learn to code interactively, for free.


”Take the World’s Best Courses, Online, For Free.” Take free online classes from 80+ top universities and organizations.

From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.

Khan Academy

Self-pace learning that covers math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history.