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ABC Mouse
Interactive books and educational games for children ages 2-6.
  • 8,500+ individual learning activities.
  • 850+ lessons.
  • Reading, math, science, and social studies.
Only available at Palo Alto City Library
Academic One File
Peer-reviewed, full-text articles perfect for your next research paper.
  • Translate or listen to articles.
  • Citation tools make creating a bibliography easy.
Getting started with Academic One File.
Found In: Homework HelpResearch Journals
American Physical Society (APS) Physics Journals
Collection of resources on physics, includes volumes on:
  • Atomic, molecular, and optical physics.
  • Nuclear physics, gravitation, and cosmology.
  • The APS Journal Archive (back to 1893).
Found In: Science
Only available at Palo Alto City Library
AncestryLibrary (
Trace your family's history.
  • 4 billion names in worldwide historical records.
  • Family tree services.
  • Genealogy learning materials.
For help getting started, see our AncestryLibrary help videos.
Found In: Genealogy & Local History History
AtoZdatabase is the job search, reference & mailing list database. You can use it to find details on millions of business and individuals within the U.S.
  • Find a job.
  • Search by person or business.
  • Look up phone number to find out who called you.
  • Search for healthcare provider by speciality, state of license, geography.
  • Create mailing lists and sales leads.
Found In: BusinessCareersHealth
Axis 360
Download books and audiobooks to your favorite device.
  • eBooks and eAudiobooks.
  • Adult bestsellers and nonfiction titles.
  • Children and teen collections.
Check out the Getting started with Axis 360 video and Axis 360 FAQs if you need help.

Found In: Literature & Reading 
Find great books and apps for your child.
  • Handpicked by librarians.
  • Matched to your child's reading level and interests.
  • Track reading and earn badges.

Found In: Literature & Reading 
Open source eBooks, including:
  • curated self-published works
  • exhibits and historical collections
Biography in Context
Biography In Context is for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people.
It's built on a foundation of more than 650,000 biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study, providing coverage of the most searched and studied people.
Found In: BiographyHomework Help
Book Connections
Enrich your reading experience for children's and young adult literature.
  • Author interview, read-alongs and explanations of their work
  • Reader's advisory
  • Teacher and librarian resources
Found In: Literature & Reading Teaching
Watch and read kids' eBooks.
  • Pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction.
  • Animals and Nature, Family and Community, Celebrations.
  • Read Along with word-by-word highlighting.
Sign up to get book recommendations in your email box.
  • For adults, teens, and children.
  • Browse award winning, subject, and best selling lists.
  • New book notifications.
Found In: Literature & Reading 
An online homework and study tools for kids and adults.
  • Live tutoring.
  • Create flash cards.
  • Practice tests for SAT and GED.
  • Prepare for U.S. Citizenship Test.
  • Discover college majors and careers that match your skills and interests.
Found In: CareersCitizenship & ImmigrationHomework Help
Britannica Escolar
The Spanish version of Britannica Scholar.
Impulse su investigación con esta enciclopedia fácil de usar para estudiantes en edad escolar.
  • Artículos, imágenes, videos y fuentes primarias.
  • Para estudiantes de la primaria o secundaria.
  • Traduzca o escuche los artículos.
  • La creación de una bibliografía es fácil al usar las herramientas de citaciones.
Found In: Encyclopedias & ReferenceHomework Help
Britannica School
Jump start your research with this easy to use encyclopedia for school-age students.
  • Articles, images, videos and primary sources.
  • For elementary, middle or high school students.
  • Translate, or listen to articles.
  • Citation tools make creating a bibliography easy.
Found In: Encyclopedias & ReferenceHomework Help
California Digital Newspaper Collection
Read nearly two centuries of digitized California newspapers. A rich primary source for those interested in the history of the Golden State.
  • 1846 to the Present
  • Over 200,000 issues
  • 7 million articles.
Found In: HistoryNews & Current Affairs
California Driver’s Tests
Get ready to take the written California Driver's permit and license tests.
  • Califorania DMV practice tests and exam simulator.
  • Permit, driver’s license, and senior citizens’ refresher tests.
  • Car, motorcycle, and commercial (CDL).
Found In: Test Prep
California Mission Books
Research California's missions for your next social studies project.
  • eBooks for elementary and middle school students.
  • Login to read.
Username = missions
Password = missions
Found In: History
Great resource for book reports, English papers, and exams.
  • Literature notes on commonly assigned books.
  • Test prep and study guides.
Found In: Homework HelpTest Prep
Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports are part of Masterfile Complete.
  • Reliable product reviews
  • Reliable services reviews
Found In: Consumer Research
Covid-19 Legal Issues
The coronavirus will have lasting legal implications for our society. In our effort to help our community find credible information on legal topics impacted by this pandemic we're sharing a law resource webpage created by the San Diego Law Library.
They provide legal resource information on topics such as:
  • Health
  • Employment
  • Government Benefits
  • Housing
  • And many more
For additional information and for topics not covered on this webpage, the UCLA School of Law and the Library of Congress have compiled Federal and California laws and orders enacted in response to the coronavirus.
Please share this where you can.
Found In: Legal Resources 
CREDO Reference
This is a great place to start your research for background and terminology.
  • Full text of over 600 reference books
  • Thousands of images from the Bridgeman Archive and the National Gallery.
  • Multi-language dictionaries
  • Who's Who publications
  • Crossword puzzle help
  • Conversion calculator
Found In: Encyclopedias & ReferenceHomework Help
Culture Grams
Provides detailed cultural information on over 200 countries, all 50 states in US and the Canadian provinces and territories. Includes four editions:
  • World Edition
  • Kids edition
  • States edition
  • Provinces edition
Found In: Encyclopedias & ReferenceHomework Help
Digital Local History Collections
Found In: Genealogy & Local History HistoryNews & Current Affairs
Prepare to drive. offers a number of practice tests for:
  • Getting driver permits.
  • Prepping for the written California Driver's test
  • Signs and situations
  • And a featured Test Simulator
Found In: Test Prep
eBook Central
Authoritative eBooks on a variety of subjects including:
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Health and medicine
  • History
  • Law
  • Religion and philosophy
  • Science and technology
  • Social Sciences
Found In: Art​Business​Health​History​Legal Resources Science
EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)
EDS provides fast, simple access to all of our library’s full text articles (both electronic and print).
  • Contains content from hundreds of academic publishers.
  • Supports full text language translation.
  • Citation format is available.
  • Supports personalized and shared folders.
  • Includes EBSCO Master File Complete:
    • Consumer Reports
    • NOLO Press Legal eBooks
Topics Include:
  • Business & Economics
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Current Events
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Literature
  • Performing Arts & Theatre
  • Philosophy & Religion
Found In: Research Journals
Enki Library
Enki Library is an eBooks platform created by libraries in California with great content from indie publishers.
Downloadable eBooks in Enki are compatible with most eReading devices, PCs & Macs.
Check out Enki FAQs if you need help.

Found In: Literature & Reading 
An online library of education-related research, including:
  • research reports
  • journal articles
  • conference papers
See the ERIC Product Guide for detailed information on how to search this database.
Found In: Teaching
Federal Statistics
Find data on communities and identify trends using US Federal Statistics. Data sets include:
  • Census Data
  • Maps
  • Federal Agency statistics
Found In: Statistics
A next-generation digital magazine service for browsing the latest issues of popular magazines on your mobile device or computer.
Check out Flipster FAQs if you need help.
Freegal Music
Download music to your computer or device.
  • 3 million songs
  • Over 10,000 labels
  • Over 60 countries
Five song limit per library card per week.

Found In: Music
General OneFile from Gale
Research database covering:
  • business
  • computers
  • current events
  • economics
  • education
  • environmental issues
  • health care
  • hobbies
  • humanities
  • law
  • literature and art
  • politics
  • science
  • social science
  • sports
  • technology
Found In: Art​Business​Health​History​Legal Resources Literature & Reading Research JournalsScience
Heritage Quest
Reveal your families history with this rich genealogy resource.
  • Search historical census databases
  • 28,000 local and family histories
  • Revolutionary War database search
  • Freedman's Bank search
Found In: Genealogy & Local History History
Historical Newspaper Collection
Learn about Palo Alto history. This online collection contains Palo Alto newspapers going back to the 1870s.
Full-text digital scans are searchable by keyword, name, place, and publishing year.
  • Palo Alto Live Oak (10/28/1896 – 1903)
  • Palo Alto Press (1901-1902)
  • Palo Altan (12/1/1905-12/28/1906, 1912-1914)
  • Mayfield Enterprise (3/5/1870-5/3/1871)
  • Citizen (3/5/1904-12/31/1905)
  • The Daily Palo Alto (published by students of Leland Stanford Univ. 9/3/1902-12/17/1902)
  • The Palo Alto Times (1893-11/23/1905)
  • The Daily Palo Alto Times (1/9/1908-1918)
Found In: Genealogy & Local History HistoryNews & Current Affairs
Download and stream digital content to your computer or device:
  • Streaming movies & TV.
  • eBooks
  • eAudiobooks
  • graphic novels
  • Music albums
Limit 3 checkouts per month per library card. For a limited time Hoopla also offers a Bonus borrows collection which will not deduct from this checkout limit. 

Found In: Literature & Reading Movies & TVMusic
Hyper History
HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps.
Found In: Homework Help
Infoplease Homework Help
Infoplease is a free reference site, and it provides Homework Help on many subjects.
Found In: Homework Help
Find data for your research project or grant.
IssueLab contains social sector knowledge covering 30 major areas.  
The documents in each collection area include reports from major organizations, such as:
  • the Knight Foundation
  • Pew Charitable Trust
  • the National League of Cities
Found In: Foundations & GrantsStatistics
JobNow & VetNow
This is an all-in-one suite of services designed for career or veteran needs. Here you can get online coaching and self-study tools to:
  • Update your resume
  • Write a cover letter
  • Prepare for a job interview
  • Navigate veteran benefits and community resources
Found In: Careers
Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Free reports on the state of the Silicon Valley business environment and community. Requires submitting an email address for access to downloads.
Found In: BusinessStatistics
Stream great movies to your PC or device, including:
  • Great cinema from the Criterion Collection.
  • A broad collection of foreign films.
  • Engaging lectures from The Great Courses.
  • Documentaries from PBS.
Viewing Limits
Limit 3 films per month per library card. However, Kanopy Kids provides unlimited views.
Get Started
Watch Kanopy Tutorial online to get started. Check out Kanopy FAQs if you need help. 

Found In: Movies & TV
Kono for Libraries
Asian language magazines, including publications from:
  • China
  • Japan
  • Taiwan
  • Hong Kong

Found In: News & Current AffairsNon-English Resources
Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County
Legal resources including:
  • Immigration
  • Family Law
  • Housing
Found In: Legal Resources 
Legal Information Reference Center
Full-text legal books from NOLO Press:
  • renter's and landlord's rights
  • divorce
  • small business start ups
Found In: Legal Resources 
LINK+ enables you to borrow books from outside the Palo Alto Library system.
Local News Index
Search citations of local news stories going back to 1989. Some of the articles can be retrieved from the microfilm collection at Rinconada Library.>
Found In: Genealogy & Local History 
Mango Languages
Learn a new language using real life situations and conversation.
  • 70 languages including English
  • Memory-building exercises and interactive tools.
  • Ages 6 and up.
  • One time registration required to save sessions or use mobile app.
Getting started with Mango Languages.

Found In: Language Learning
Watch classical concerts anywhere.
  • Symphonies
  • Operas
  • Ballet
  • Documentaries
  • and recorded classes from the masters.
Found In: Music
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Research thousands of stocks and funds.
  • New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange, and NASDAQ.
  • Track performance of particular indexes, and sectors.
  • Create short lists of stocks, funds and ETF's.
Watch Morningstar Tutorial online to get started.
Found In: Business
New York Times Online
Get access to current news from the New York Times website.
Also includes, access to articles from 1981-present, as well as 1851-1922
Checkout Procedures
  • Click on the authentication link.
  • Log in with your 14 digit library barcode and PIN.
  • Once logged in, you will be prompted to create an account.
    During the account creation process, an email must be provided to the New York Times.
  • Once logged in, you have access to the New York Times Online for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours has expired, simply click on the authentication link once more to receive another 24-hour checkout.
Found In: News & Current Affairs
News from over 2,000 local, regional, and national publications.
  • Newspapers, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts, and videos.
  • From 53 States and Territories.
  • Customize news alerts on specific topics.
  • 1978-present.
Found In: Genealogy & Local History HistoryHomework HelpNews & Current Affairs
Novelist K-8 Plus
Book recommendation service for K-8 readers:
  • Notification services
  • Fiction and non-fiction recommendations
  • Mood-based recommendations
  • Core Curriculum recommendations
Found In: Literature & Reading 
Novelist Plus
Book recommendation service:
  • Notification services
  • Fiction and non-fiction recommendations
  • Mood-based recommendations
Found In: Literature & Reading 
eBooks, audiobooks and video trainings on computer, technology, and business.
  • Over 35,000 technology, digital media, and business eBooks, including Safari Tech Books content, in multiple languages.
  • 30,000 hours of video trainings
  • curated learning paths and case studies.
  • Programming, SQL databases, network administration, and project management
  • Titles from Microsoft Press, Adobe Press, Peachpit, and Jossey-Bass.
This service has a 500 daily user limit, so in rare circumstances, users may experience delays in access.
Found In: Technology Skills
Obituary Index
Search Palo Alto obituaries from 1890 to present.
Found In: Genealogy & Local History HistoryNews & Current Affairs
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Find career information to help you on your career choices:
  • outlook for hundreds of occupations
  • descriptions of job types and typical duties
  • education and training requirements
  • pay ranges
Found In: CareersStatistics
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Topical resource on current issues in several areas.
  • Business & Economics
  • Health & Medicine
  • Energy & Environmentalism
  • Law & Politics
  • Society & Culture
  • Science, Technology & Ethics
  • War & Diplomacy
Great resources for debates and pro/con papers.
Found In: Homework Help
OverDrive & Libby
Overdrive, along with its app Libby, is a platform for eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and streaming video.
  • Almost 3000 eBooks
  • Over 3600 audiobooks
  • Over 3000 magazines such as The New Yorker, Discover, National Geographic, Forbes, and Newsweek
  • Qello concert and performance streaming, plus films on music
  • Indieflix films and documentaries from emerging filmmakers 
  • Great Courses college-level lectures and literature
Check out Overdrive FAQs if you need help.

Found In: Literature & Reading Movies & TVMusicNews & Current Affairs
Palo Alto Historical Association (PAHA)
Dive into the history of Palo Alto. PAHA's collections include:
  • Historical images
  • Local publications
  • Obituaries
  • Organizational and business archives
  • Oral histories
Found In: Genealogy & Local History History
Full-text access to today's national and international newspapers and magazines. Sign in to the PressReader app or website while connected to the library's wifi to checkout 2-day 'hotspot access' from your device at home or on the go.
Watch PressReader Tutorials online to get started.

Found In: Language LearningNews & Current AffairsNon-English Resources
Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg offers free eBooks and audiobooks.
There are several file formats for download, including the ones compatible with Kindle (mobi), as well as Nook, Kobo or iBooks (epub).

Found In: Literature & Reading 
ProQuest Research Companion
Develop your research skills with these research tutorial videos:
  • How to find information
  • How to evaluate information
  • How to use information
Found In: Teaching
Santa Clara County Law Library
The Santa Clara County Law Library is a public library providing free access to its legal collection and databases.
Open to residents of Santa Clara County.
For access to the online resources of SCCLL, please contact:
(408) 299-3567 (Recorded Information)
(408) 299-3568
Found In: Legal Resources 
Santa Clara County Superior Court – Self-Help
This Self-Help section of the Court's website will help you find assistance and information, work better with an attorney, and represent yourself in some legal matters.
Found In: Legal Resources 
Science in Context
Find your next science fair project or explore science topics and news.
  • Articles, videos, images and audio files on science topics.
  • Chemistry, Biology, Health and Medicine, Math and Technology.
  • 200+ experiments and projects from U*X*L Experiment Central.
  • Citation tools make creating a bibliography easy.
Found In: Science
SIRS Discoverer
A curated reference database for educators teaching basic research skills in primary and secondary education.
Resources include:
  • General reference
  • Common assignments
  • Biographies
  • Animals
  • Countries
  • Pro/con
  • Lexiles
Found In: Teaching
SIRS Issues Researcher
Curate pro/con database for middle and high school students, university undergraduates and instructors.
  • Pro/con
  • Controversial issues
  • Persuasive writing
  • Argument
  • Social issues
Found In: Teaching
Social Studies Fact Cards: California Edition
California social studies facts for beginning researchers.
  • Missions and Ranchos, Indigenous Peoples, governors and explorers.
  • Explore California history by decade.
  • Topics from California social studies curriculum.
  • Grades 4-8.
Found In: History
Stanford Daily archive, The
An invaluable resource to explore American history as seen through the eyes of Stanford undergraduates.
  • The collection contains 18,931 issues dating back to 1892.
  • Issues are presented both as originally printed and in plain text.
  • The collection is entirely searchable.
Found In: HistoryNews & Current Affairs
Sutro Library
The Sutro Library holds the original collection of Adolph Sutro (1830–1898), California businessman and San Francisco mayor.
  • The largest genealogy collections in the U.S.
  • William Shakespeare's First, Second, Third and Fourth folios (1623–1685);
  • Letters and papers of British explorer and naturalist Joseph Banks (1800s);
  • The Mexican Collection: materials on Mexican culture, religion and politics (1540–1889)
  • Belgian mapmaker Pieter van den Keere's World Map (1611).
Found In: Genealogy & Local History History
Teaching Books
Teaching Books is an online database of thousands of multimedia resources you can use to explore children's and young adult books and their authors. Look up any favorite author--from David Macaulay to J.K. Rowling, from Dr. Seuss to Shakespeare--or any title, fiction or nonfiction.You instantly get online teaching/learning resources about that author or specific book.
It also provides immediate access to useful materials and exciting programs that add a multimedia dimension to reading in the clasroom, library, and home:
  • short movies
  • audiobook readings
  • book discussion guides
  • and more
Testing & Education Reference Center
Prepare for your next exam with this test prep resource.
  • English and math skill-building
  • AP Subjects and High School Equivalency tests
  • College Prep like the ACT and SAT
  • Career and military tests
  • GMAT, GRE, LSAT and other college exams
  • TOEIC, TOEFL and US citizenship exams
* Requires customers to create a user name and password on the site (after authenticating as a library user with barcode and PIN when accessing outside the library).
Found In: Citizenship & ImmigrationLanguage LearningTest Prep
Tumblebook Library
Tumblebook Library is an online collection of eBooks for kids.
  • Animated, talking picture books
  • Reading comprehension quizzes
  • Educational games
  • Teacher resources
Found In: Literature & Reading 
U.S. History in Context
Explore U.S. history from pre-colonial time to present.
  • Articles on events, individuals, and periods of U.S. History.
  • Translate or listen to articles.
  • Citation tools make creating a bibliography easy.
Found In: HistoryHomework Help
US Census
Data from the United States Census Bureau
Found In: Statistics
Virtual Privacy Lab
The Virtual Privacy Lab at San Jose Public Library offers ways to educate yourself on the underlying technical issues that make online privacy challenging.
  • Privacy topics
  • Customizable privacy toolkit
  • Solutions to privacy issue
Found In: Technology Skills
Washington Post
Unlimited digital access to without creating a new account.
  • Expert reporting and analysis from Washington and around the world.
  • Real-time Q&A Discussions providing a behind the scenes look at key stories.
  • Live-streaming of Washington Post Live events.
Checkout Procedure
  • Click on the authentication link.
  • Log in with your 14 digit library barcode and PIN.
  • Once logged in, you have unlimited access to The Washington Post website.
  • Note that closing your web browser or restarting your computer may require revisiting the authentication link.
Found In: News & Current Affairs
World History in Context
Learn more about world history, politics, economics, and culture.
  • Articles on history, political movements, and current events.
  • Cross searchable with U.S. History In Context.
  • Translate or listen to articles.
  • Citation tools make creating a bibliography easy.
Found In: HistoryHomework Help
Search library catalogs from around the world.
Note: Palo Alto City Library does not have inter-library loan services with libraries outside the LINK+ system. Most resources found in WorldCat will require a library account with the library holding a particular item.
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