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NOVEL Online Resources for Kids and Families

What is NOVEL?

New York Online Virtual Electronic Library  is an online library that provides all New Yorkers with access to high quality resources, including a wide variety of databases,  magazines, books ,encyclopedias and other reference materials.  Best of all, it's free and convenient to access from any computer.

Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELny is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Why should I use NOVEL?

NOVEL provides you and your family with access to current, reliable  resources in a safe online environment.
  • Materials available through NOVEL have been evaluated by teachers and librarians, so it's information you can trust.   
  • You can access these resources 24 hours a day, so you have information at your fingertips any time you need it.
  • Will help your child perform better in school by providing them with the best content on the web.
  • NOVEL has no advertising or other distractions
  • Prepares our students for the 21st Century by allowing them to develop inquiry skills

How do I log on?

You can log on by using the following:

  • Your local public library card
  • Though our school library.  See Mrs. Israel  for our school passwords
  • Your New York State Drivers License, or DMV Non Drivers Identification Card.
 Click below for more information and to log on:

What resources are available for elementary students?

NOVEL provides access to a great deal of resources, books and materials.  Check out these databases designed for elementary students:

Kids Search

(Part of EBSCO)
Kids Search is designed for K-5 students. It contains full text for over 50 popular, elementary school magazines, over 100 student pamphlets, an encyclopedia and a dictionary.

Grolier Online
(Includes Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, and the New Book of Knowledge
(A part of Scholastic)
Includes access to the Encyclopedia Americana, New Book of Knowledge and Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia as well as Roget's II: The New Thesaurus and the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia includes encyclopedia articles, news, timelines, quizzes and games, and research starters. It also includes an atlas and dictionary.

The New Book of Knowledge
is for middle grade students and includes literary selections, a timeline, projects and experiments, news, homework help and more.


(Part of EBSCO)
 Designed for children in grades 1-3.  Includes a dictionary and encyclopedia geared for young
students.  Full-text articles from over 80 magazines and pamphlets appropriate for younger elementary students.

Primary Search

(Part of EBSCO)
An easy to use database for students in grades K-8.  You can search by keyword or topic.  Also included  full- text of 57 school magazines,  almanacs, an encyclopedia, and dictionary.

InfoTrac Custom Newspapers

(Part of Cengage - Gale)
This full-text newspaper database has several New York Newspapers including the New York Times from 1995 on, and over fifty national and international newspapers.

What other resources are available?

The New York State Library provides a number of resources for borrowing or use online.  Click on the link below to see a complete list of electronic  resources

To find out what's available anytime using  their  Catalog.
  For more  information on using the online catalog, check out this information page.

You can access The New York State Digital Collection to view primary documents, photographs and other historical documents.

How to I get help?

You can always email P.S. 62's School Librarian Ms. Israel at or take advantage of the
New York State "Ask A Librarian" Program
by clicking here:

NOVEL is provided by the New York State Library, NOVELny is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).