Research & Learning

Your Library Card gives you access to great information. Connect via the links below, and when asked, enter the ID number on the back of your library card. Note: RBdigital is no longer available. Check out Flipster for the latest offerings in digital magazines!

New: Did you know you can book a librarian at BAPL for research assistance? Need a book not in our collection? Request it through inter-library loan. Library Edition

Research your family tree! Note: this database can only be accessed at the library. Remote access is not available.


Search Businesses, People, Mailing Lists and Sales Leads, Jobs, and more.

Black Life in America

Black Life in America: the experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media.

Flipster: Digital Magazines

Browse the full collection of magazine titles

Gale Resources

Gale Resources – Book recommendations, reference eBooks, literature commentary, and more.




Genealogy Resources

Researching your family tree? Find useful genealogy links and library subscriptions here.

Government Websites

Useful links to national, state, and local governmental information.


A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources with primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Kanopy Films

Stream documentaries on many subjects as well as foreign, classic, and feature films. Free with your BAPL library card.

Learning Express

Online platform of career and academic resources: improve skills in math, reading, and writing, prepare to become a U.S. citizen. and more.


Learn 60+ languages online and on-the-go.

MasterFile Main Edition

Multidisciplinary resource with full text for more than 1,350 general reference publications including reference books, over 164,400 primary source documents, and an image collection of over 460,000 photos, maps & flags.


Masterplots analyzes the most important works in all genres—long fiction, short fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction—throughout history and around the world, helping to define and critique the literary canon.

NewsBank - Local Newspapers

Search and retrieve full-text articles from area newspapers covering Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley region. -- Library Edition

Search full-text of historical PA newspapers.


NoveList Plus provides access to fiction, nonfiction, and audiobook recommendations. The NoveList K-8 Plus platform also provides age-appropriate recommendations for younger audiences.

POWER Library

POWER Library provides access to educational resources such as e-resources, eBooks, primary source digitized materials, and the statewide union catalog.

Reference Shelf (Salem Press)

A collection of reference works from Salem Press including titles on literature, history, and careers.

Small Business Resources

Useful links with lots of helpful information for the local businessperson, curated by BAPL librarians.

Text a Librarian

Chat with a Librarian Now! Just have a quick question? You can text it to 610-222-7337 (Texting available Mon-Sat 10-5)

Value Line

Consult Value Line for unbiased, expert financial analysis and investment guidance. Insight and commentary on companies, industries, markets and more.

Weiss Ratings

In addition to investment advice and analysis, Weiss Ratings covers  insurance, credit unions, medicare, and other financial services and literacy tools.


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