Research & Learn


Learn a Language

Transparent Language

Language learning that’s worth the effort!
Language learning takes time and effort – Transparent Language makes sure you get the most of every minute you invest.

Kanopy for Kids: Kids Languages
Access language learning videos for kids from Little Pim and the BBC’s Muzzy through the Kanopy streaming video service.

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Job & Career Resources

Job Now

Expert Resume Review, Interview, and Job Search Help

Job Express
Current job openings listings from the New York State Department of Labor

Gale OneFile Vocations and Careers
Full text magazine and academic journal articles related to Vocations and Careers.

Other Business Reference Resources

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Health Resources

Mental Health for Veterans
Veteran’s Crisis Line – 24/7 confidential crisis support for all Veterans and their loved ones. Dial 988, then press 1.

Make the Connection – Find stories like yours. Veterans and their loved ones talk about their experiences, challenges, and recovery.

Medline Plus

Comprehensive source of health and wellness information from the National Library of Medicine

Information on diseases & conditions, medications, healthy living, and health assessment; features “Find It Fast” button to look up a disease or condition, a symptom, or access first aid information; also has “Ask a Specialist” section.

Columbia County Department of Health

Mental Health and Addiction 

National Institute of Mental Health
Search “Mental Health Topics” for descriptions of disorders and treatments and to locate mental health services, affordable healthcare, & NIMH clinical trials.

Mental Health America
Search for information by audience, issue or disorders & treatments. Addresses all aspects of mental health and mental illness with information on advocacy, education, research and service.

Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties, Inc.
Columbia County Mental Health Center

Mental Health for Medical Professionals

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Newspapers & Magazines


Chatham & Canaan Library patrons can browse full-text articles from the following regional newspapers: Register-Star, Chatham Courier (2009-2017), Troy Record, Berkshire Eagles, Albany Times-Union, plus much, much more.

Black Life in America (Newsbank archive documenting the experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media)

Hudson River Valley Heritage
>Historical materials from New York State’s Hudson River Valley including the following newspapers:

  • Newburgh Telegraph (1831-1835)
  • Rockland County Journal (1850-1879)
  • Rockland County Messenger (1848;1851-1855;1857)
  • Rockland County Times (1902-1904)
  • The Kingston Daily Freeman (1895;1903-1912)
  • Vassar Miscellany News (1914-2000)

The New York Times
Access to full text New York Times articles, including the New York Times Magazine and Book Review.

Search FultonHistory Newspapers
A searchable repository of historic newspapers published in New York State and the United States between 1795 and 2007, frequently updated. FultonSearch offers an alternative interface to, pointing to files hosted and indexed there. To browse a list of the newspapers included in this resource, click here.

Gale News Stand
Over 1,100 newspapers, 33 of which are New York State newspapers,  including the Albany Times Union, New York Times, Newsday, Buffalo News, Post-Standard (Syracuse), Watertown Daily Times, Times Herald-Record (Middletown) and others.

Overdrive Magazine Collections
Over 3,200 magazines from around the world now available in Overdrive and Libby.

Gale Magazine Collections
Browse popular magazines in the Gale database collection by topic including Home Improvement, Gardening and Horticulture, Small Business, Culinary Arts, World History, and Pop Culture.

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Consumer Information

Annual Fuel Economy Guide (Published by the US Department of Energy and the EPA)

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New York State & Local History

NY Heritage Digital Collections

Gateway to digitized historical resources and online exhibits, contributed by museums and libraries throughout New York State.

Chatham Public Library’s Digitized Local History Collections

Chatham Public Library Photograph Collection

Chatham Public Library Postcard Collection

Chatham Public Library Yearbook Collection (1903-1947)

Chatham School Photographs, 1890-1940

Chatham High School Commencement Programs

Local News Archives

Columbia County Historical Society

Historic Hudson Valley

Hudson River Maritime Museum

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

New York History Net (through 03.17)

New York State Library Digital Collections

In addition to our digital resources, the Chatham Public Library has a variety of materials related to the history of Chatham, NY and surrounding areas in Columbia County including maps, photos, postcards, yearbooks, newspapers, and assorted ephemera.

For information about our local history collections or to book a reference help appointment with library staff , please email us or call 518-392-3666 and select 2 for the Local History and Reference Desk.

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Genealogy Resources

Ancestry for Libraries

Genealogy resources including federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records; family histories, military records, and more.
*Only accessible at the library.*

HeritageHub (Newsbank archive of obituaries and death notices from 1704 – Present)

National Archives Resources for Genealogists

NYPL Genealogy Databases (Resources preceded by a globe icon are available to all)


Where to Write for Vital Records

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Homework Help

High School Homework Help

Britannica High School
Britannica High School edition provides thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, and recommended websites targeted toward high school students completing schoolwork or private study.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
From offshore drilling to climate change, health care to immigration, Opposing Viewpoints in Context presents the issues of the day in an engaging, debate-style format, helping students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

Gale OneFile Diversity Studies Collection
For social science, history and liberal arts coursework, this collection of more than 150 journals explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community.

Middle School Homework Help

Britannica Middle School
Designed especially for middle school students, Britanica Middle School offers thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, and recommended websites.

Research in Context
Offers magazines, newspapers, primary sources, over 12,000 videos and more on a variety of topics. Supports national and state curriculum standards in language arts, social studies and science.

Elementary School Homework Help

Britannica Elementary School
Britannica Elementary School is a safe, up-to-date, and age-appropriate information resource, offering curriculum relevant encyclopedia articles, web sites, videos, and articles from magazines.

Kids InfoBits
Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs.

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Online Classes

Universal Class

Lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors. Take multiple classes and learn at your own pace.

Great Courses on Kanopy

Use your library card to access over 6,000 streaming videos from The Great Courses series on diverse topics from history, hobbies, and humanities to science and skill-building through our Kanopy account.

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