Featured Databases and Websites

Morningstar Investment Research Center Trial: An easy to navigate database designed for library customers to help meet their investment goals. We have arranged for a trial of this database and are inviting all of our customers to use it as much and as often as they would like. You can log in for free from home with

Username: chester
Password: library

Please remember, this is only a trial and a future subscription is not guaranteed. When you're done exploring, please tell us what you think by emailing mlynch@ccls.org. We will use your feedback to help us determine whether or not to add this database to our collection.

Chester County Parks and Trails: As we enter Spring, check out what's happening in the County parks and trails.


Philadelphia Inquirer Image Edition (via NewsBank). Scanned copies of the complete issues, including advertisements, classified, obituaries, etc.  Search entire issue or current page; export features include citation format, print, e-mail, and download. Coverage includes: 1829 to 1922 - images, 1981 to current - text only, January 2018 to current - images.

What is Included in the Databases?

The Chester County Library System (CCLS) provides access to over 30 Electronic Resources covering everything from Car Repair to Genealogy, from a Business Directory to a Language Learning Resource. They also range from searchable indexes with full-text of journal articles or newspaper articles to learning tools, from animated children’s books to complete reference books.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries provides a suite of electronic resources to public libraries and school libraries called the POWER Library. The Chester County Library System, through state funding, provides the remaining resources. Most of the databases are available remotely with the use of a Chester County Library System library card. Here's how you can get one.

Check this page often for highlighted databases or to learn about new feaures of the existing ones. Also check out the complete list, by name or subject.