Interactive books and educational games for children ages 2-6.
- 8,500+ individual learning activities.
- 850+ lessons.
- Reading, math, science, and social studies.
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Interactive books and educational games for children ages 2-6.
Peer-reviewed, full-text articles perfect for your next research paper.
Collection of resources on physics, includes volumes on:
Trace your family's history.
Explore history of the arts, literature, music, and religion.
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.
Check ratings on plumbers, doctors, dentists, and auto repair services.
Find great books and apps for your child.
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.
Watch and read kids' eBooks.
Sign up to get book recommendations in your email box.
An online homework and study tools for kids and adults.
The Spanish version of Britannica Scholar.
Impulse su investigación con esta enciclopedia fácil de usar para estudiantes en edad escolar.
Jump start your research with this easy to use encyclopedia for school-age students.
Comprehensive international business intelligence at your fingertips.
Read nearly two centuries of digitized California newspapers. A rich primary source for those interested in the history of the Golden State.
Get ready to take the written California Driver's permit and license tests.
Research California's missions for your next social studies project.
Username = missions
Password = missions
Great resource for book reports, English papers, and exams.
Consumer Reports are part of Masterfile Complete.
This is a great place to start your research for background and terminology.
Provides detailed cultural information on over 200 countries, all 50 states in US and the Canadian provinces and territories. Includes four editions:
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.
Prepare to drive. Driving-Tests.org offers a number of practice tests for:
EDS provides fast, simple access to all of our library’s full text articles (both electronic and print).
Search directories of companies, publishers, and associations.
Learn about more than 1,500 global cultures.
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.
An online library of education-related research, including:
See the ERIC Product Guide for detailed information on how to search this database.
Explore costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day.
Find data on communities and identify trends using US Federal Statistics. Data sets include:
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.
Discover the funders most likely to support your organization or project.
Ask for access at the Front Desk.
Download music to your computer or device.
Five song limit per library card per week.
Gale Directory Library is a reference database.
Learn more about alternative medicine.
Engaging reference resources for middle-school students.
Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research:
Also includes Travel Guides
Research database covering:
Search over 10,000 funding sources.
Listen to college-level lectures and literature.
Titles check out for 21 days.
Get the latest information on animals. This encyclopedia is routinely updated by scientists working in the field.
Research health and medical topics.
Reveal your families history with this rich genealogy resource.
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.
Download and stream digital content to your computer or device:
Limit 5 checkouts per month per library card.
HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps.
Learn about many subjects from the perspective of the researchers who investigate them.
Infoplease is a free reference site, and it provides Homework Help on many subjects.
Informe Académico es la base de datos enfocada en proveer material iberoamericano confiable de carácter académico, científico y de interés general.
Free reports on the state of the Silicon Valley business environment and community. Requires submitting an email address for access to downloads.
Stream great movies to your PC or device, including:
Limit 5 films per month per library card.
Learn about animals, plants, people and more.
Asian language magazines, including publications from:
Legal resources including:
Full-text legal books from NOLO Press:
LINK+ enables you to borrow books from outside the Palo Alto Library system.
Full-text articles on authors, their works, and literary movements from scholarly journals and literary magazines
Search citations of local news stories going back to 1989. Some of the articles can be retrieved from the microfilm collection at Rinconada Library.>
Learn a new language using real life situations and conversation.
Explore different civilizations and peoples of Medieval times.
Research thousands of stocks and funds.
Watch Morningstar Tutorial online to get started.
Search the full-text archive of The New York Times from 1851 to five years from present.
Get access to current news from the New York Times website.
News from over 2,000 local, regional, and national publications.
Book recommendation service for K-8 readers:
Book recommendation service:
Search Palo Alto obituaries.
Find career information to help you on your career choices:
Topical resource on current issues in several areas.
Great resources for debates and pro/con papers.
Dive into the history of Palo Alto. PAHA's collections include:
Explore patterns of foundation giving and funding relationships.
Full-text access to major poems and short stories, as well as critiques and author biographies.
Full-text access to today's national and international newspapers and magazines from within the Library building. Or, set up 'hotspot access' to read publications from your device at home.
Watch PressReader Tutorial online to get started.
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).
Statistical facts about all the states with an emphasis on California.
A gateway to digital magazines, audiobooks and streaming video.
Some services require multiple accounts and apps.
Check out RBDigital Help if you need help.
Read computer, technology, and business "How To" eBooks online.
Limited number of people able to login at any one time.
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)
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.
Find your next science fair project or explore science topics and news.
California social studies facts for beginning researchers.
An invaluable resource to explore American history as seen through the eyes of Stanford undergraduates.
Picture books in French and in English for kids 3 to 10.
The Sutro Library holds the original collection of Adolph Sutro (1830–1898), California businessman and San Francisco mayor.
This teaching resource provides tools for enriching student relationships to the books and authors they read.
* 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).
Tumblebook Library is an online collection of eBooks for kids. It requires Flash player.
Explore U.S. history from pre-colonial time to present.
Data from the United States Census Bureau
The Virtual Privacy Lab at San Jose Public Library offers ways to educate yourself on the underlying technical issues that make online privacy challenging.
Provides current information on more than 5,000 legal topics.
Learn more about world history, politics, economics, and culture.
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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