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Research Assistance

The staff of the Silas Bronson Library is happy to answer your research questions by e-mail. Response time to questions will vary depending on available staff time and amount of research required.

Send requests to: bronsonlibrary@waterburyct.org

You may also contact us by regular mail at Silas Bronson Library, 267 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT 06702.


Local History & Genealogy Research

For local history and genealogy resources, please visit our Genealogy & Local History page for an extensive directory of information.



Online Databases at the Connecticut State Library

Your Silas Bronson Library card gives you free access to online magazines, books, and research databases through the Connecticut State Library.

You may need to enter your library card barcode number to access many of the resources from home.





Online Databases: Free Access with Silas Bronson Library card

You will need to use the barcode from the back of your Silas Bronson Library card to access these databases from home.

Some databases may also be accessed directly, without a log-in, at the library.

For some databases, you will also need to set up a PIN or password for your library account. Visit My Account to get started or to change your PIN/password.

Note: Your "Patron ID" is the barcode number on your library card.


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Available for use on the library's computers
and Wi-Fi.        

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America's Historical Newspapers

Search or browse the Waterbury American
from 1844 to 1865, one of more than
100 historical newspapers available in this
NewsBank database.


Black Life in America

Search thousands of newspapers from 1704 to
the present day or browse thematic topics in
this NewsBank database. Includes the Waterbury American from 1866 to 1877.



Search for articles from more than 10,000 news sources,
or browse more than 30 popular magazines.
Search for articles from 2004 to the present,
through our NewsBank subscription.



Also available on the Libby app.
Build your computer skills through online instruction.




Click World Book below if using your own
computer or tablet (library card barcode required):



Click a World Book option below if
using a library computer:







Online Databases: Free Access

The following databases and educational websites can be accessed from home or at the library without needing to use your library card. 







Digital Collections







archive of historical newspapers