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A-Z Resources


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

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).
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Arts and the Humanities Through the Eras eBooks Library Card Required.

Explore history of the arts, literature, music, and religion.

  • Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.
  • Medieval to Enlightenment Europe.
  • 5 volume eBook.
  • Translate or listen to articles.
  • Citation tools make creating a bibliography easy.
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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.
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Bay Area Consumer’s Checkbook

Check ratings on plumbers, doctors, dentists, and auto repair services.

  • Quality and price of local services and products.
  • Surveys San Francisco Bay Area consumers.
  • Independent nonprofit consumer organization.
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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.
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Biography in Context Library Card Required.

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.

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Bookflix Audiobooks eBooks Library Card Required.

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.
  • Need Adobe Flash to use on desktop.


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.
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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.
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Britannica Escolar New!

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.
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Britannica School New!

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.
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Business Insights Global Library Card Required.

Comprehensive international business intelligence at your fingertips.

  • Company and industry profiles with history and market share reports.
  • Thomson Reuters company financial reports.
  • Search in English, Spanish, Russian, or Chinese (over 30 languages for searching).
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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).
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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

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Great resource for book reports, English papers, and exams.

  • Literature notes on commonly assigned books.
  • Test prep and study guides.
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CREDO Reference Library Card Required.

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
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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
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Discover & Go Library Card Required.

Discover & Go provides free and discount passes to a wide variety of Bay Area museums and other cultural destinations. Use your library card with Discover & Go and then search for passes by date and location.

See our Discover & Go FAQ for more info.

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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
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EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) Library Card Required.

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
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Enki Library eBooks Library Card Required.

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.

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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.

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Fashion, Costume and Culture Library Card Required.

Explore costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day.

  • History of clothing, headwear, body decorations, and footwear.
  • 5 volume eBook.
  • Translate or listen to articles.
  • Citation tools make creating a bibliography easy.
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Federal Statistics

Find data on communities and identify trends using US Federal Statistics. Data sets include:

  • Census Data
  • Maps
  • Federal Agency statistics
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Flipster Newspapers & Magazines

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.

Foundation Directory Online

Discover the funders most likely to support your organization or project.

  • In depth profiles on over 140,000 grantmakers.
  • With an inside look at grants they've made.
  • From Foundation Center Partnership.

Ask for access at the Front Desk.

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Freegal Music Music Library Card Required.

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.

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Gale Research in Context New!

Engaging reference resources for middle-school students.

  • Age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources
  • Categories such as the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, U.S. and world history, literature, and many more.
  • Engaging reference, periodical, and multimedia content supporting national and state curriculum standards for grades 6 to 12
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Grants to Individuals Online

Search over 10,000 funding sources.

  • Scholarships, fellowships, grants, and awards.
  • For students, artists, researchers, and small organizations.
  • Giving programs and application information.
  • From Foundation Center Partnership.
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Great Courses Audiobooks Library Card Required.

Listen to college-level lectures and literature.

  • Download audiobooks into mobile or desktop app.
  • Courses on history, religion, business, and politics.
  • Literature and fiction: Moll Flanders, White Fang, The Odyssey.
  • Use your login for RBDigital/Instant Flix.

Titles check out for 21 days.


Health and Wellness Center Library Card Required.

Research health and medical topics.

  • Information on diseases, conditions, and alternative medicine.
  • Search by symptom and for specific drugs and herbs.
  • Search directories of medical professionals and facilities.
  • Take online health assessments.
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Heritage Quest Library Card Required.

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
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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)
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Hyper History

HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps.

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Ideas Roadshow (beta) Movies & TV

Learn about many subjects from the perspective of the researchers who investigate them.

  • 100+ world-leading experts, including Nobel Laureates
  • Subjects include science, economics, religion, philosophy and many other areas.
  • Desktop use recommended. Mobile users may experience issues.
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Informe Académico Library Card Required.

Informe Académico es la base de datos enfocada en proveer material iberoamericano confiable de carácter académico, científico y de interés general.

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Kanopy Movies & TV Library Card Required.

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.

Limit 5 films per month per library card.

Watch Kanopy Tutorial online to get started. Check out Kanopy FAQs if you need help. 

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Kids InfoBits Library Card Required.

Learn about animals, plants, people and more.

  • Articles on social studies, the arts, and science.
  • For elementary students.
  • Translate or listen to articles.
  • Citation tools make creating a bibliography easy.
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LINK+ Library Card Required.

LINK+ enables you to borrow books from outside the Palo Alto Library system.

Literature Resource Center Library Card Required.

Full-text articles on authors, their works, and literary movements from scholarly journals and literary magazines

  • critical essays
  • author work and topics overviews
  • full-text works
  • biographies
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Mango Languages Library Card Required.

Learn a new language using real life situations and conversation.

  • 70 languages including English
  • Memory-building exercises and interactive tools.
  • Ages 6 and up.
  • Need Adobe Flash to use on desktop.
  • One time registration required to save sessions or use mobile app.

Getting started with Mango Languages.

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New York Times Online Newspapers & Magazines Library Card Required.

Get access to current news from the New York Times website.

  • Access articles from 1981-present, as well as 1851-1922
  • For articles from 1923-1980, use New York Times Archive

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, simple click on the authentication link once more to receive another 24-hour checkout.
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Novelist K-8 Plus

Book recommendation service for K-8 readers:

  • Notification services
  • Fiction and non-fiction recommendations
  • Mood-based recommendations
  • Core Curriculum recommendations
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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
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Opposing Viewpoints in Context Library Card Required.

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.

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Philanthropy InSight

Explore patterns of foundation giving and funding relationships.

  • Aggregated data and demographic maps.
  • From Foundation Center Partnership.
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Project Gutenberg Audiobooks eBooks

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).

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Statistical facts about all the states with an emphasis on California.

  • National, state, and local social science data.
  • Population, education, health, economy, and crime.
  • Review data as a table, chart, or graph.
  • Download data as CSV or Excel file.
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RBDigital Audiobooks Movies & TV Music Newspapers & Magazines Library Card Required.

A gateway to digital magazines, audiobooks and streaming video.

  • Magazines such as Discover, National Geographic, Forbes, and Newsweek.
  • Art House cinema from Indieflix
  • British television shows via Acorn TV
  • Qello Concerts. Watch Qello Tutorial online to get started.
  • Spanish television via Pangalo

Some services require multiple accounts and apps.

Check out RBDigital Help if you need help.

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Safari Tech Books Online eBooks Library Card Required.

Read computer, technology, and business "How To" eBooks online.

  • Over 6,000 technology, digital media, and business eBooks.
  • Programming, SQL databases, network administration, and project management
  • Titles from Microsoft Press, Adobe Press, Peachpit, and Jossey-Bass.
  • Read online.

Limited number of people able to login at any one time.

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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

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Science in Context Library Card Required.

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.
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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.
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Storyplay*r Audiobooks eBooks Library Card Required.

Picture books in French and in English for kids 3 to 10.

  • Read at your own pace, or listen to an audio narration
  • Use the built-in audio recorder function to record yourself reading
  • Share the recording, synchronized with images of the book, by e-mail link
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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).
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T New! Library Card Required.

This teaching resource provides tools for enriching student relationships to the books and authors they read.

  • Recommendations of titles around culture, diversity, interests and ability
  • Lesson plans, flyers and other teaching resources paired to titles and authors
  • Author bios, video and audio resources
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Testing & Education Reference Center New!

  • 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).

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U.S. History in Context Library Card Required.

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.
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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
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World History in Context Library Card Required.

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.
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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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