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The Reference Department is a major service area and the first point of contact for information.

The Reference Department is a major service area and the first point of contact for information. In keeping with the library's mission statement, the Reference Department is committed to providing a wide range of services to the community. The Reference librarians are always available during the library hours for assistance.

Our collections, both traditional and electronic, contain a wide range of up-to-date reference materials including: college guides, Federal School Codes, newspapers, journals, Bayonne City Directories, and digitized obituaries of Bayonne residents from 1960-2002 (more years will be added in the course of time). The Library's archive offers an array of Bayonne-related materials consisting of old maps, pictures, postcards, military history, oral history of Bayonne veterans, and much more.


Databases available for Bayonne Public Library Cardholders

All of the following databases can be used at the library, or from any computer with an internet connection. When using these databases outside of the library, you will be prompted to enter your library card number. Enter all the numbers on the back of your library card, with no spaces. 

Rosetta Stone Language Learning Software

Learn 30 different languages with Rosetta Stone, including Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Hebrew and Greek. You will need to install the Rosetta Stone app on your device to use this software. If you have difficulty, please call the Library at 201-858-6980 or visit the Library's Reference Desk, with your device if possible. 

Job and Career Accelerator & Computer Tutorials

Create a resume and search for jobs using the Job and Career Accelerator. This link also accesses computer tutorials, where you can learn computer and internet essentials, as well as learn to use popular applications such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Legal Information Reference Center

Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center contains more than 225 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation's oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

Small Business Reference Center

Business information on many topics such as starting a business, creating a business plan, expanding or closing a business, legal issues, etc.
Includes the full text of many Nolo business titles , including Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit, the Complete Guide to Buying a Business, The Employer’s Legal Handbook and many others.

Reference USA

Provides detailed, current directory information on more than 12 million U.S. Businesses, 102 million U.S. residents, 683,000 U.S. healthcare providers, 1 million Canadian businesses and 11 million Canadian residents.


Newspapers, Magazines and Journals

Ancestry® Library Edition  (In-Library Use Only)

Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.
Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more.
Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian—inside the more than 7,000 available databases. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.


Choose from 20 databases (search one, as many as you want at the same time) covering magazine, newspaper and journal articles, many in full-text, as well as business, health, current events and other subjects. Very comprehensive.

En Español

Referencia Latina

Referencia Latina, a comprehensive Spanish-language database, offers content from a variety of sources including 49,000 encyclopedia entries.

Just For Kids

Middle Search  

Great for middle school students! This database contains full text for popular middle school magazines, full-text biographies and historical essays. In addition, it includes primary source documents, reference books and a vast image collection.

Primary Search

Great for elementary school students! This database contains full text for popular children's magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, such as endangered species, famous musicians, fitness, space exploration and more.

Novelist K-8

Need suggestions on what to read next? Need a biography of a particular author? Try Novelist K-8 Plus! Also great for teachers or parents who are supporting young readers.

Gale Databases 

Click here to search any of the databases below:

Literature Resource Center - LRC
Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.

Gale Biography in Context
Gale Biography in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content (including Lives & Perspectives) with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.

Reference Books from Salem Press

Complete contents of the following printed reference sets (printed sets are available in the library's Reference Room) :


Great Events from History : The Ancient World, Prehistory - 476 c.e.
Great Lives from History : The Ancient World, Prehistory - 476 c.e.
Great Events from History : The Middle Ages, 477 - 1453
Great Lives from History : The Middle Ages, 477 - 1453
Great Events from History : Renaissance & Early Modern Era, 1454 - 1600
Great Lives from History : Renaissance & Early Modern Era, 1454 - 1600
Great Events from History : The Seventeenth Century, 1601 - 1700
Great Lives from History : The Seventeenth Century, 1601 - 1700
Great Events from History : The Eighteenth Century,
Great Lives from History : The Eighteenth Century
Great Events from History : The Nineteenth Century
Great Lives from History : The Nineteenth Century
Great Events from History : The Twentieth Century, 1901 - 1940
Great Events from History : The Twentieth Century, 1941 - 1970
Great Events from History : The Twentieth Century, 1971 - 2000
Great Lives from History : The Twentieth Century
Great Lives from History : Notorious Lives

Historical Encyclopedia of American Business

Computer Technology Innovators

Internet Innovators

Milestone Documents in American History

Weapons and Warfare


Critical Insights : Dystopia

Critical Insights : Good and Evil


Encyclopedia of Energy

The Solar System

NoteIf you are accessing this database from outside of the library, click the tab at the top of the page marked "Remote Access Login". Then enter your library card number. 

Points of View Reference Center

Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. Use Points of View as a guide to debate, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills.

Great for learning about different sides of an issue, pros and cons, etc.


A reader’s advisory resource for fiction. Besides locating books to read, users can learn more about books and authors through Author Read-alikes, Feature Articles, Book Discussion Guides, and BookTalks.

Literary Reference Center

Helpful for high school and undergraduate students doing homework assignments or research on topics of a literary nature.


JerseyClicks is New Jersey's statewide portal for searching the statewide full-text databases offered by the New Jersey State Library, the New Jersey Library Network, and funds from the Library Services and Technology Act. The portal can be found at

These high quality databases cover subjects such as health, history, business, education, science, current events, literature, and popular fiction. If you have Internet access you can search for high quality Internet age information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


For more information, please contact Melody Scagnelli-Townley, the Outreach Librarian, or Bill Fischer, the Adult Services Librarian, at (201) 858-6980.