List of Online Resources

  • Access World News  

    Access World News features Orange County Register articles from 1987 to present, as well as international, national, regional, and local news, supporting a diverse range of research needs across many subject areas. Includes access to more than 13,000 sources from over 200 countries and territories.

  • AtoZDatabases

    Search businesses, people, mailing lists and sales leads, jobs, and more. Includes 30 million business and executive profiles; 240 million residents with interests, hobbies and lifestyles information; real-time job listings; new businesses; healthcare professionals; new movers; new homeowners. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives. Email, print or download 1,000 records per search with no overall limit.

  • Audiobooks & eBooks

    Browse the cloudLibrary collection and download audiobooks and eBooks for free to your computer or device.

  • Biblioboard 

    This collection uses geolocation to provide access to anyone physically located in the state of California. The library includes several thousand simultaneous use ebooks from leading publishers as well as the Indie Author Project Select collection, which features over 400 award-winning indie-published ebooks, some of which are right here in California!

  • Brainfuse Help Now

    Connect 24/7 with tutors in English and Spanish with help in Language Arts and Mathematics. For all major K-12 subjects, live tutors in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog are available from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.                                                                                       >Click here if you are outside California or using a VPN.

  • Book Connections

    Book Connections strives to joyfully enrich everyone's experience reading children's and young adult books.

  • California Missions eBook Collections                                                                                                                                                       A comprehensive guide of the California Missions                                                                                                                          
  • CultureGrams

    CultureGrams provides concise cultural information on countries around the world. Country reports feature basic information as well as perspectives on daily life and culture, including background, customs, and lifestyles of the world’s people.

  • Coursera

    Coursera partners with more than 200 leading universities and companies to bring free, flexible, job-relevant online learning to individuals and organizations worldwide. Coursera offers a range of learning opportunities: from hands-on projects and courses to job-ready certificates and degree programs.  Note: The California State Library (CSL) requires Coursera users to sign up again once their subscription ends. To do so, click on the Coursera link and complete the online registration form. Users may receive a “Program Full” message directing them to try signing up again Monday after 4pm, due to a limited number of seats being released by CSL over time.


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  • eLibrary
    Library consists of a general reference collection of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers, helping them choose research topics and find authoritative information to support research claims.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Escolar

    Escolar is the leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish.

  • Encyclopedia Britannica School

    Britannica School is the go-to site for learning more about any subject—for all grades and all reading abilities—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate databases—Elementary, Middle, or High.

  • Gale Courses                                                                                                                                                                                                  Library cardholders can select from hundreds of free instructor-led courses covering technology, personal finance, career development, including test prep and certification.

  • Gale in Context: Biography 
    Gale in Context: Biography contains biographical information on authors, musicians, politicians, world leaders, historical figures, and more. All articles retrieved are full-text and can be printed or emailed.                                                         

  • Gale in Context: Elementary
    Gale in Context: Elementary meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a kid-friendly visual interface, a subject-based search, and full-text, curriculum-related reference content.                                                       

  • Gale OneFile: Entrepreneurship

    Gale OneFile: Entrepreneurship provides insights, tips, strategies, and success stories for business schools and entrepreneurs.

  • Gale In Context: Environmental Studies

    Gale In Context: Environmental Studies helps students understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.

  • Gale OneFile: Home Improvement

    Gale OneFile: Home Improvement places the research of hobbyists and professionals on a solid foundation with articles from more than 200 home improvement-focused titles. Home Improvement covers topics such as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and more.

  • Gale Interactive: Science

    Using Gale Interactive: Science, students can manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science.

  • Gale OneFile: U.S. History
    Gale OneFile: U.S. History contains scholarly journals and magazines that can be used by novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers. Updated daily, U.S. History offers balanced coverage of events in U.S. history and scholarly work being established in the field. 
  • Gale OneFile: World History
    Gale OneFile: World History provides 

    access to scholarly journals and magazines for use by novice historians and advanced academic researchers. World History offers balanced coverage of events in world history and scholarly work being established in the field.                              

  • Gale Presents: Peterson's Test and Career Prep

    Prepare for standardized tests with Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test Prep. This valuable resource includes full-length practice tests for GED, SAT, ACT, AP, PSAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, TOEFL, U.S. citizenship, and more. It offers information on undergraduate and graduate programs and tuition and scholarship assistance, as well as a resume builder and interviewing advice. Whether you’re a student planning for college or a professional embarking on a new career path, Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test Prep can help you along the way.

  • GetSetUp

    GetSetUp provides free online classes for older adults (ages 50+) taught by peers, with opportunities to ask questions, make friends, learn new things, and have fun. GetSetUp helps older adults stay mentally and physically fit, assists with jobs and re-skilling, and offers a community where people help each other and form new connections.

  • Historic Anaheim Photos                                                                                                                                                                              A digital archive of nearly 2,000 historic photographs dating back to 1860. These unique local history resources have been organized for easy browsing by Anaheim residents, scholars, and history buffs throughout California and the world.

  • Issues and Controversies

    More than 650 in-depth articles on controversial topics in the news. Full text of Issues and Controversies On File from 1995 to the present, analyze and explain hundreds of controversial topics, in a language and format that students can understand. The annual National High School Debate Topic is given feature coverage.

  • Kelley Blue Book
    For the past 91 years, Kelley Blue Book has published printed guide books, providing many different values for the automotive and motorcycle industries. Sign up for free to access the digital publication.

  • LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator

    LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator gives job seekers the tools they need to explore careers, find open positions, apply for jobs and get hired.

  • LearningExpress Library

    LearningExpress Library is an easy-to-use online test prep resource that helps people improve their core academic skills, earn a high school equivalency, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen, and much more.

  • LearningExpress: Recursos para Hispanohablantes
  • Library Speakers Consortium

    Library Speakers Consortium features high-quality online author talk programs, both live events and archived recordings. The consortium’s mission is to dramatically increase access to the most influential authors of our time. Books and authors selected will cover a wide range of fiction and non-fiction genres including historical fiction, contemporary fiction, romance, #OwnVoices, poetry, business, personal growth, career advancement, social justice, history, art, culture and more.

  • LinkedIn Learning

    LinkedIn Learning offers over 16,000 online courses covering everything from the latest technologies to basic computer literacy. Learn the in-demand hard and soft skills companies are hiring for right now, in courses taught by real-world experts and instructors. Courses are offered in English, Spanish and five other languages.

  • National Geographic Kids

    Visit National Geographic Kids to explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space! Designed for children ages 6-14. 

  • The New York Times

    Enjoy complimentary access to the world’s finest journalism on To get started follow these simple steps: 1. Select your Library, 2. Enter your Library Card Number or ACES ID; 3. Choose "Redeem"; 4. Enter your email address, choose a password, then select "Create Account"; 5. Select "Get Started" to enjoy three days' unlimited access. After the three days are up, you can repeat the process to enjoy continued access.

  • Northstar Digital Literacy

    Northstar Digital Literacy offers help with the basic skills needed to use a computer and the internet in daily life, employment, and higher education. You can test your existing skills in each of 14 areas, build new skills, and demonstrate your knowledge by earning certificates and badges. Prepare for your future now!

  • O.C. Register

    Includes the O.C. Register database for articles from 1987 to present, for local and regional news stories. 

  • Performing Arts Collections                                                                                                                                                                                                   Access a truly remarkable and diverse collection of music, dance and theatre content, covering hundreds of genres and a wide range of content types, from instruction to performance. Leading content providers include National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Qwest TV, Smithsonian L.A. Theatre Works, Broadway On-Demand, and many more. 
  • Pronunciator
    Learn over 160 different languages, as well as study English (ESL). This full-spectrum language learning program features speech recognition, scored quizzes, a virtual coach, downloadable MP3s, and virtual conversations, as well as a free app for your tablets, smartphones and listening devices. Choose from a variety of learning levels, even for children as young as 3.
  • ProCitizen 

    With over 100 instructional videos, plus interactive drills and quizzes, ProCitizen provides the civics, vocabulary, plus reading and writing practice that new citizens need to succeed in the United States naturalization test. ProCitizen en español.

  • ProQuest Central Student

    This database of millions of articles from more than 10,000 full-text scholarly journals provides information in science, technology, education, social sciences, humanities, and news.

  • Reference Solutions

    Reference Solutions is a searchable database that provides contact information and data on more than 14 million U.S. businesses and 120 million U.S. households. The directory contains verified, accurate data about industries and companies to help you research a potential investment, employer, or service provider; find executives and company descriptions.

  • Research Companion

    Information literacy is a key component of the education process today. Research Companion tools and tutorials help to guide students through the research process and develop critical thinking in information literacy skills.

  • Schools & Educators Complete

    Schools & Educators Complete provides access to over 12,000 full-text eBooks that support learning in multiple subject areas, from science to social studies, as well as aligning with the Common Core standards.

  • SIRS Discoverer

    SIRS Discoverer consists of selected information for beginning researchers, especially elementary and middle school students and educators, helping them find reliable age-appropriate content for classwork, homework, and research assignments.

  • SIRS Issues Researcher

    Examining over 360 complex issues, SIRS Issues Researcher is a curriculum-aligned database of content geared to middle and high school students and educators, with a focus on current and relevant analysis of today’s most important controversial issues.

  • Skillshare

    Last day to sign up: Saturday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. Anyone can join to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities. On Skillshare, millions of members come together to find inspiration and take the next step in their creative journey.  Note: If you get an error message when signing up, the California State Library recommends that you try signing up again using a different email address.

  • Teaching Books

    Teaching Books features a suite of instructional resources that enrich the fiction and nonfiction books read by children and young adults. Includes Book Guides & Lesson Plans, Diverse Books, Literature-Based Vocabulary Lists, Meet-the-Author Videos and Book Readings, and Resources for Award-Winning Books.

  • Today's Science

    Science news written for students. Includes full text of Today's Science On File from 1992 to present. Today's Science bridges the gap between textbooks and what's happening in science today. Drawing on major scientific journals, magazines, and newspapers in the United States and abroad. Today's Science covers all the topics that today's students study: health, environment, technology, life science, physical science, earth, and space science, and science and society.

  • Tumblebooks
    Online storybooks and reading games for kids. Includes a Language Learning section with stories in French and Spanish.

  • VetNow   

     Access an array of tools for veterans, such as unemployment assistance, resume building, and interview resources.