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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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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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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BiblioBoard eBooks

Open source eBooks, including:

  • curated self-published works
  • exhibits and historical collections

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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Book Connections New! Library Card Required.

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
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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.


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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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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Covid-19 Legal Issues Expanded Services During Pandemic New!

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, opens a new window and the Library of Congress, opens a new window have compiled Federal and California laws and orders enacted in response to the coronavirus.
Please share this where you can.
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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 New! Library Card Required.

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.

Get free and low-cost passes for cultural destinations like:

  • museums
  • science centers
  • zoos
  • theatres
  1. Log in with your library card and last name on the Discover & Go site
  2. Browse for passes by date or by venue
  3. Make a reservation
  4. Print your pass
  • Discover & Go passes are available to Palo Alto Library cardholders age 14 and older. For some attractions, the minimum age will be 16 or 18 and up.
  • Patrons must live within the library's service area in order to log in and reserve passes.
  • You can have 2 active reservations at a time.
  • You can make reservations up to 3 months in advance.
  • Active reservations can be canceled only if the pass has not been printed.
  • If you reserve a pass and do not use it or cancel the reservation, the unused pass will count towards your limit.
  • Some venues have placed a 1-pass-per-year restriction and you will only be able to reserve those passes once per calendar year. You will find details about each pass within the venue information.
  • The pass is for use only by the person named and only on the date specified. No photocopies are allowed.
  • Valid ID is required for admission with passes to venues.
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Prepare to drive. Driving-Tests.org 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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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.

Freegal Music Music Library Card Required.

Download and stream music to your computer or device. You can also create playlists for listening to later.

  • 3 million songs
  • Over 10,000 labels
  • Over 60 countries


  • Downloads: 5 per library card per week.
  • Streaming: 3 hours per day.
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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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IndieFlix Movies & TV Library Card Required.

IndieFlix is a movie service that offers access to pop culture favorites, box office hits, award-winning feature films, documentaries and shorts.

Unlimited access is available via the Libby website or the Libby app by following the steps below:

  • Add your library card number to log into Libby
  • Scroll down and click/tap on the "Extras" section
  • Click/tap on "IndieFlix"  to get your 7-day pass

You can always get another 7-day pass to IndieFlix by repeating the above steps after the previous access expires.

If you need help with Libby, please contact Libby Support.

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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
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iVOX Audiobooks eBooks New! Library Card Required.

iVox is an interactive storybook app for children ages 4-8. It brings popular stories to life with three dimensional characters and scenes that children can explore.

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JobNow & VetNow New!

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
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Kanopy Expanded Services During Pandemic 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.

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. 

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Libby (Overdrive) Audiobooks eBooks Movies & TV Music Newspapers & Magazines Library Card Required.

Libby, provided by Overdrive, 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

Libby also provides additional streaming services:

  • 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 the Libby FAQs if you need help.

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LINK+ Library Card Required.

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


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.
  • One time registration required to save sessions or use mobile app.

Getting started with Mango Languages.

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medici.tv New! Library Card Required.

Watch classical concerts anywhere.

  • Symphonies
  • Operas
  • Ballet
  • Documentaries
  • and recorded classes from the masters.
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New York Times Online Newspapers & Magazines Library Card Required.

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.
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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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O’Reilly Audiobooks eBooks New! Library Card Required.

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.

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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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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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ProQuest Research Companion New! Library Card Required.

Develop your research skills with these research tutorial videos:

  • How to find information
  • How to evaluate information
  • How to use information
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Qello Concerts Music Library Card Required.

Qello Concerts is the world's largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries. 

Unlimited access is available via the Libby website or the Libby app by following the steps below:

  • Add your library card number to log into Libby
  • Scroll down and click/tap on the "Extras" section
  • Click/tap on "Qello Concert" to get your 7-day pass

You can always get another 7-day pass to Qello by repeating the above steps after the previous access expires.

If you need help with Libby, please contact Libby Support.

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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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SIRS Discoverer New! Library Card Required.

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
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SIRS Issues Researcher New! Library Card Required.

Curate pro/con database for middle and high school students, university undergraduates and instructors.

  • Pro/con
  • Controversial issues
  • Persuasive writing
  • Argument
  • Social issues
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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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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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Teaching Books Audiobooks eBooks Movies & TV

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 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 NelNetSolutions.com 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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Washington Post Newspapers & Magazines New! Library Card Required.

Unlimited digital access to WashingtonPost.com 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.
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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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