Helpful Resources

More than a Database

The Library is here to offer you access to information from every viable informational outlet. This page is dedicated to these helpful resources owned and updated by a variety of organizations.

Looking for local resources? See our Local Information page. There are also more resources on our Parenting Resources page.

Better Business Bureau

As a leader in advancing marketplace trust, BBB sets high ethical standards for business conduct. We also apply these standards to ourselves and our Business Partners. The BBB Business Partner Code of Conduct helps ensure that BBB Business Partners share our commitment to an ethical marketplace.


CancerCare® is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

Center for Consumer Health Care Info.-Physician Profiles

The information on this New York State’s web site includes physician credentials and disciplinary actions, results of recent hospital and nursing home surveys, performance measures for managed care plans, and physician and hospital performance for cardiac bypass surgery. Consumers and providers will also find information on how to file a confidential complaint about healthcare quality, review public health laws and regulations, and gain access to clinical guidelines and other healthcare best practices.

Clinical Trials is a Web-based resource that provides patients, their family members, health care professionals, researchers, and the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions. The Web site is maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Information on is provided and updated by the sponsor or principal investigator of the clinical study. Studies are generally submitted to the Web site (that is, registered) when they begin, and the information on the site is updated throughout the study. In some cases, results of the study are submitted after the study ends. This Web site and database of clinical studies is commonly referred to as a “registry and results database.”

Consumer Product Safety Commission

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

Consumer Safety strives to make information about recalls and safety-related news about drugs, medical devices, food, and consumer products accessible to everyone in a transparent, easily understandable way.


DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs. DailyMed is the official provider of FDA label information (package inserts). This Web site provides a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling found in medication package inserts.

Drug Information Portal

Search for patient education, drug safety information and research on over 60,000 medications.

Fuel Economy is federal government website that helps consumers make informed fuel economy choices when purchasing a vehicle and helps them achieve the best fuel economy possible from the cars they own. is maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy with data provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The site helps fulfill DOE and EPA’s responsibility under the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to provide accurate fuel economy information to consumers.

Genetics Home Reference

Genetics Home Reference provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variation on human health.


HealthReach is a national collaborative partnership that has created a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency. Resources include health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos), provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters), and special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health and Mental Health. The HealthReach offers easy access to quality health information to individuals for whom English is not their primary language. It is also an important resource for health professional as well as public health administrators. HealthReach grew out of the Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) when it became apparent that the information resources in the database are useful to all those who have limited English proficiency, not just refugees and asylees. For a summary of the RHIN program, please read History of RHIN.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

HEAP is a federally funded program that assists low-income New Yorkers with the cost of heating their homes. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Questions regarding the HEAP program should be directed to your local department of social services office.

Judicial Candidates

In New York State certain judgeships are filled by election, while others are filled by appointment. The Voter Guide provides information about judges who are candidates in the upcoming General Election. The Voter Guide covers all judgeships except Town and Village Courts. This page also provides basic information about the different courts in the NY State Court System.

Long Island Parent Center

The mission of the Long Island Parent Center of the Center for Community Inclusion LIU, is to provide parents of children with disabilities, in conjunction with the professionals who service their children, with information and resources necessary to promote meaningful involvement in their children’s education programs.

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)

Provides schedules for the LIRR.

Long Island Volunteer Center

The Long Island Volunteer Center is an all-volunteer agency working to provide support to volunteer service on Long Island. LIVC was designated a New York State Regional Volunteer Center in September 2011 to raise the profile of volunteerism on Long Island and increase volunteer engagement.

Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)

Provides access to all transportation owned by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).

Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council

The Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council helps enhance health care for all Long Islanders by representing the interests of its member hospitals before lawmakers, regulatory agencies, the media, and the public.

National Guidelines Clearinghouse

Search evidence-based guidelines from a variety of sources.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-Safety Issues & Recalls

Check your vehicle safety. NHTSA issues vehicle safety standards and requires manufacturers to recall vehicles and equipment that have safety-related defects. Know if there is a safety problem with your vehicles, tires or car seat, and how to get it fixed.

NY Free Legal Answers

The NYS Bar Association hosts this free website where volunteer attorneys respond to questions about civil (non-criminal) legal matters. Users of the website are asked to provide information that they meet low income requirements. If you do NOT meet the low income requirements, visit to find legal forms, videos, referrals, and more.

NYS of Health

You and your family have many new low cost, quality health insurance options available through the Individual Marketplace. You can quickly compare health plan options and apply for assistance that could lower the cost of your health coverage. You may also qualify for health care coverage from Medicaid or Child Health Plus through the Marketplace. Anyone can apply here.


The Pillbox website was developed to aid in the identification of unknown pills (oral solid dosage form medications). It combines images of pills with appearance and other information to enable users to visually search for and identify oral solid dosage form medications. Once a pill has been identified, additional information is provided, including brand/generic name, ingredients, and the National Drug File identification number. Links are provided to NLM drug information resources, such as drug labels from DailyMed and the Drug Information Portal, which searches NIH and FDA drug information resources.


The world’s premiere biomedical bibliographic database with online access to the MEDLINE database that contains more than 25 million citations to journal articles in these major content areas: biomedical sciences, nursing, density, pharmacy and allied health, and veterinary medicine.

PubMed Health

PubMed Health provides information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions. PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care.


PubMed Central (PMC) is a full-text, online archive of journal literature operated by the National Library of Medicine. NASA is using PMC to permanently preserve and provide easy public access to the peer-reviewed papers resulting from NASA-funded research. For more information about public access and other funders who use PMC, see Funders and PMC. The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 challenged our Nation to grow our technical and scientific abilities in air and space. Since the 1970s, numerous economic reports and articles have demonstrated that NASA investments help grow the US economy. Perhaps most importantly NASA-funded R&D helped stimulate our long-term capacity for innovation and economic growth within the government, at universities, and at industrial companies. The disciplines advanced are many – including earth and space science, materials, computing and electronics, fuels, radio communications, safety, and even human health.

Social Security

Check out your Social Security Statement, change your address & manage your benefits. Whether you are applying for or receiving benefits, learn what you can do online. Calculate your benefits based on your actual Social Security earnings record. Get answers to frequently asked questions.

Suffolk County Bus Schedules

See schedules, bus routes, accessible formats, and information on accessible transit.

Theatre Development Fund

Theatre Development Fund, a not-for-profit organization, was created with the conviction that the live theatrical arts afford a unique expression of the human condition that must be sustained and nurtured. TDF’s twofold mission is to identify and provide support, including financial assistance, to theatrical works of artistic merit and to encourage and enable diverse audiences to attend live theatre and dance in all their venues.


We have a vision to provide economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation’s natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration- Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts

The list on this website provides information gathered from press releases and other public notices about certain recalls of FDA-regulated products. Not all recalls have press releases or are posted on this page. See Additional information about recalls for a more complete listing.


Zip Codes

Search by an address to find a zip code through the United States Postal Service.