Electronic Resources

Here you’ll find a variety of resources available to you with your Meadville Library POWER Code. Not sure what that is? Look for a blue sticker on your library card. No blue sticker? Stop by the Main Desk.


Universal Class

Over 500 online continuing education courses are now available through our website!
These video based courses are for patrons interested in personal or professional growth. As a student, you can sign up for 5 classes at a time & can learn on your own time at your own pace. There is a wide range of subjects which are offered from expert instructors giving continual feedback. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) can be earned on selected courses.

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BenchPrep for Libraries adjusts to the user’s learning style. Top education publishers, including McGraw Hill, offer complete and diverse course preparation. BenchPrep is a comprehensive online source for the top GED, civil, military and educational tests on your computer, iPhone, Android and iPad devices. Course lessons, flash cards, practice tests, full tests, study planners, game center and progress reports help a student learn according to his or her learning style & preference. There are several of adult education, career & graduate course offerings such as: Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Praxis I, Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Police Officer Exam & Postal Exams.

Ancestry & Ethnicity in America, Second Edition Link

Ancestry & Ethnicity in America

Looking for up-to-date demographic, population, or relocation information? This is a searchable version of the book we have in Reference. If you’re outside the library, click here. Log-in with your POWER code. Do not capitalize the pl (plxxxx).

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If you need information about a state, this is the place to look! Find state facts, flags, history, even crossword puzzles using this resource. To access from home, be sure to use your POWER Code in front of your library barcode number with lower-case pl to log in.

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Consumer Reports Online

Consumer Reports Online lets you find ratings and reviews for thousands of items. If you’re thinking about making a major purchase or just want to see what people are saying about a new appliance, this is the place for you. To access from home, you’ll have to enter your POWER Code (PLxxxx) when it asks for your Patron ID.

eBooks on EBSCOhost

eBooks on EBSCOhost

Access, read and download ebooks through EBSCOhost. You’ll need to create a new account to download books. From the “Sign In” page, click on the “Create a new Account” link. It only takes a moment to register and then you’ll be able to sign in directly to keep track of your reading. Here’s a list of supported devices: http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices. Log in with your POWER Code and the library barcode number.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online access to encyclopedias and reference e-book sets. You can search the books, download articles from them in a number of formats, even have the articles read to you. At-home access is available. Simply enter just Meadville’s POWER code, no barcode.

Learning Express Library Link

Learning Express Library

Practice for school, college or professional licensure exams or just hone your skills with Learning Express Library. Follow the link provided and register to take practice tests or access e-books on your particular topic.
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Magill’s Medical Guide

A new 6-volume reference work available electronically or in book format in the Reference section. Use the POWER code leaving off the PL and then add the first number of your library card barcode (xxxx2 or xxxx7). In the library, skip the log in and go to the “Home” tab.


If you’re looking for information on literature, Salem Literature’s Masterplots is a good place to start. Also available in the Reference Room, this 12-volume set summarizes works of literature, lists main characters, and provides critical analysis as well as suggestions for further reading. Use the POWER code leaving off the PL and then add the first number of your library card barcode (xxxx2 or xxxx7). In the library, skip the log in and go to the “Home” tab.

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Electronic resources provided to Meadville Public Library through the State of Pennsylvania. Search for articles in magazines, journals, and encyclopedia. Find images for school projects. Locate repair information to fix your car. Get informed about medical issues. Use your POWER code followed by your library card number to log in.

Click here to access Pronunciator Language ProgramPronunciator

Pronunciator is a language learning system. Register in with an email address and your library card number and then follow the directions to get right to learning through your broswer or download apps for the iPad, iPhone, iPod, or Android tablet or phone.


Use ReferenceUSA to locate businesses and individuals in the United States. The databases contains not just names and addresses, but also company profiles. To access ReferenceUSA outside of the library, use your POWER code plus your eight-digit library card number to log in.