A-Z Resources


ABCmouse Early Learning Academy Home Access New! Library Card Required.

ABCmouse curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-8+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. ABCmouse is 100% educational, with more than 10,000 learning activities (books, puzzles, educational games, art activities, songs, etc.) across all major subject areas—reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music.

NOTE: You must create your ABCmouse account on a desktop computer, after which it can be accessed from a mobile device.
ABCmouse offers 30 day pass checkouts - after 30 days, you'll need to renew.  Each account will accommodate up to three children. 

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Access World News eMagazines & eNews Library Card Required.

Find current and archived articles on issues, events, people, government and more with the world's largest collection of full-text news sources. Includes local news, editorials, announcements and other sections from more than 10,000 sources.

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Adult Core Skills Library Card Required.

The Adult Core Skills center helps adults achieve their personal, education and career goals by offering resources to help them improve their basic skills in reading, writing, and math, and prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam. From LearningExpress Library

You will be required to create a LearningExpress Library account to use this resource.

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Ancestry Library Edition Primary Sources Library Card Required.

TEMPORARY REMOTE ACCESS - The Ancestry Library Edition collection has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; biographical index, DAR information, Social Security Index and a strong Civil War collection.

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Architectural Digest Magazine Archive eMagazines & eNews Primary Sources Library Card Required.

The Architectural Digest Archive is an extensive collection of the famed international design magazine from 1922 through 2011, presented in a comprehensive cover-to-cover format. Published monthly by Condé Nast, the magazine has enjoyed a longstanding reputation as the definitive source for architects and interior designers as well as for everyday design enthusiasts. Each issue features beautiful photography and information on architecture and interior design, art and antiques, travel destinations, and extraordinary products.

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AuthorCheck is a library service enabling you to create a list of your favorite authors that are currently available in your library’s catalog. You will receive an email notification as soon as the library orders a new title by one of your authors, with a link into the catalog to place your own hold!

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Beanstack is a free service designed for families with young readers. Discover our favorite books, matched to your child's interests, and other tools for building literacy.

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Black Freedom Struggle Collection Primary Sources

This website, focused on Black Freedom, features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. its intention is to support a wide range of students, as well as independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. – and the fights against it. 

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Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection Primary Sources

The Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection is a collaborative project to provide digital access to materials documenting the roles and experiences of Black Women in the Women’s Suffrage Movement and, more broadly, women’s rights, voting rights, and civic activism between the 1850s and 1960. From the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

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Brainfuse HelpNow Library Card Required.

Free tutoring for students of all ages. Expert online tutoring in math, science, social studies, writing, and English. Every day 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. Adult learners can find resume builders, career help, and citizenship preparation.


California Libraries Catalog (CalCat)

California Libraries Catalog is a unique database that shows the holdings of books, videos, audio, maps, and other materials held by libraries in California. Each public library in the state now has a subscription to FirstSearch, the search engine to WorldCat and the California Libraries Catalog. First Search is the tool that looks for books and other library materials by author, title, format, publisher, and many other search terms.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a national public health institute in the United States. It is a United States federal agency, under the Department of Health and Human Services, and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Its main goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability in the US and internationally.

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College Admissions Test Preparation Library Card Required.

Prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT, ACT, and SAT tests, study for your AP Exams, and write your college admission essay.  From LearningExpress Library

You will be required to create an account to use this resource. 

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College Center Library Card Required.

The College Center provides valuable resources that help college students strengthen their academic skills, prepare for placement tests, and get ready for graduate school entrance exams. From LearningExpress Library

You will be required to create a LearningExpress Library account to use this resource.

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Consumer Reports on EBSCOhost eMagazines & eNews Library Card Required.

Consumer Reports offers reviews for products and services. This is a version of Consumer Reports that is presented article by article. If you would like to read the latest issue of the eMagazine, it is in our Flipster eMagazine collection. Check out our FAQ for more instructions.

NOTE: Your Patron ID is your library card number.

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Digital Public Library of America (DPLA): Open Bookshelf eBooks

Read classic novels, children’s books, textbooks, and non-English titles, all for free, with no login or library card needed. These books are also available to read via the SimplyE app - choose Digital Public Library of America from the list of libraries.

Dragonsource eMagazines & eNews Library Card Required.

A full-text resource of over 100 popular and scholarly periodicals published in the Chinese language in China. Includes periodical articles for adults, young adults, and children and covers a wide range of topics including health, home, parenting, poetry, medical research, recipes, traveling, and politics.

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Driving Tests

Practice tests for the California driving permit. Includes practice tests for the automobile permit/license, commercial driver's license, and motorcycle permit/license. Also includes the driver's handbooks for all three types of test. Some material is available in Spanish and Russian.

en español
на русском

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Ebony Magazine Archive eMagazines & eNews Primary Sources Library Card Required.

Ebony is one of the key African-American magazines of the 20th century, covering 20th and 21st-Century current events, art, design, politics and culture, literature, advertising, and more. Their editorial philosophy is to “showcase the best and brightest as well as highlighting the disparities in Black life in the United States and worldwide”. The Ebony Magazine Archive contains indexing, abstracting, and full text for the complete archive (including Covers and Advertisements) beginning in November 1945 to June 2014.

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EBSCO eBooks eBooks Library Card Required.

Explore eBooks, available in the browser or for download, for adults, teens, and kids on a variety of subjects. Downloaded eBooks from EBSCO must be read in Adobe Digital Editions. Check out our Quick Start Guide for instructions.

EBSCOhost Library Card Required.

Comprehensive databases for finding articles on all topics; with the full text of more than 1,700 periodicals. Choose a specific subject collection in which to search or search all. Collections include business, children and teens, ethnic, health, home cooking and gardening, environment, science, sports, politics and more. Includes Consumer Reports magazine. 

Your patron ID is your barcode number.

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enki Library eBooks Library Card Required.

California Libraries' own eBook platform for small publishers and self-published works.
Quick Start

Explora for Elementary School Library Card Required.

Designed specifically with elementary school students in mind, this database provides access to popular full-text magazines for elementary school research.
Your Patron ID is your library card number.
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Explora for Middle School Library Card Required.

Full text for more than 150 popular middle school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays.

Additionally, Middle Search Plus contains primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History, reference books including the Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia; New Oxford American Dictionary, 2nd Edition; Encyclopedia of Animals™; and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags.

Your patron ID is your library card number.

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Explora for Public Libraries Library Card Required.

Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results including articles, essays, and primary source documents.
Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic.  Includes topic overviews that provide a starting point for research.

Your Patron ID is your library card number

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Foundation Directory Library Card Required.

TEMPORARY OFFSITE ACCESS - FDO provides comprehensive and accurate information on U.S. grantmakers and their funding activities.

The Fremont Main Library is a Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Grant Center provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center’s electronic collections.

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Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints Library Card Required.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints is designed for high school students and draws on a variety of sources including the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, to offer pro and con articles, statistics, topic overviews, and primary documents related to controversial topics. Also included are resources for the National Debate topic. 

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Gale OneFile: Educator’s Reference Complete Library Card Required.

A great resource for a variety of educators—from teachers and administrators to those studying in the field at the collegiate and graduate level. It seeks to provide full text for titles in the ERIC database and covers multiple levels of education and every educational specialty, such as technology, bilingual education, health education, and testing, and provides insight on issues in administration, funding, and policy.

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Gale OneFile: Information Science Library Card Required.

Contains valuable content for library science students, information science students, technology professionals, and others. Information Science is updated daily with articles covering all aspects of managing and maintaining information and technology, including usability, cataloging, circulation, business information, and more.

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Gale OneFile: News eMagazines & eNews Library Card Required.

Contains full-text cover-to-cover coverage of over 100 national and international newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and the Financial Times among others. In addition, selected news and business stories are provided from another 165 Knight-Ridder/Tribune newspapers.

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Gale OneFile: Religion and Philosophy Library Card Required.

Covers topics of philosophies and religions in one comprehensive collection. Researchers will gain valuable insight into the impact religion has had on culture throughout history, including literature, arts, and language. Updated daily, Religion and Philosophy supports a broad range of topics from theological approaches to social issues.

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Gale Presents: National Geographic Virtual Library 1888-2015 eMagazines & eNews Library Card Required.

National Geographic magazine, the official journal of the National Geographic Society,  built its reputation delivering the highest-quality photojournalism and cartography in the world.

The iconic monthly publication provides unparalleled, in-depth coverage of cultures, nature, science, technology, and more -- making it an essential resource for educators and students as well as general readers. Enjoy unlimited access to the magazine from the first issue in 1888 through 2015 -- every article from every issue, each fully searchable.

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Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep eBooks Library Card Required.

Previously known as Teaching & Education Reference Center plus Career Center (TERC)

Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs. Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals.  Take a Career Assessment, get career help, and find job listings from Indeed.com.  Use the VisualCV Resume Builder to easily create a professional-looking resume. 

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Gale Presents: Udemy Library Card Required.

Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and personal interests. Connect to 4,000+ on-demand video courses taught by world-class instructors. Courses cover content on leadership and management, coding, design, marketing, IT operations, data science, project management, human resources, sales, accounting and finance, and productivity. Powered by the Udemy for Business collection.

NOTE: This resource is only available to users with regular library cards. eCards are not compatible. You can convert your eCard by visiting one of our community libraries.
NOTE: Users must be physically within Alameda County at the time of registration to use this resource.  
NOTE: The Udemy for Business app is not currently available for library users.  

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Gale Primary Sources Primary Sources Library Card Required.

Gale Primary Sources takes users beyond a simple search, allowing them to analyze content using frequency and term-relationship tools. Through intuitive subject-indexing users will discover new material even in the most familiar of content sets.


Gale Primary Sources: Archives of Sexuality & Gender
Gale Primary Sources: Archives Unbound

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Great Courses at Libby Streaming Video Library Card Required.

The Great Courses Library Collection is the leading global media brand for lifelong learning and personal enrichment, with hundreds of courses spanning thousands of in-depth video lectures on subjects like Science, Health & Wellness, and much more.
7-day check out. 

Access the Great Courses through the Libby app from your favorite app store.  You can also access it using the Libby Site

Check out our Quick Start Guide to get started.

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HeritageHub Primary Sources New! Library Card Required.

Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. Access is available 24/7.

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High School Equivalency Center Library Card Required.

Build basic skills, prepare for the GED and HiSET, and get ready to get your High School Diploma. From LearningExpress Library.

You will be required to create an account to use this resource.

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hoopla Digital eBooks Streaming Music Streaming Video Library Card Required.

hoopla Digital offers eBooks, eComics, and streaming and downloadable music and movies. All materials are always available - no holds!  To use hoopla, create an account using email and library card number. It's free and easy! NOTE: The monthly limit for hoopla is six items.
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hoopla Digital Comics eBooks Library Card Required.

hoopla Digital offers a huge collection of comics and graphic novels from the most popular publishers in the field, including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, and many more. hoopla comics are always available - no waits, no holds!

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Infobase eBooks eBooks Library Card Required.

InfoBase eBooks offers nonfiction eBooks for Kids on a variety of subjects including history, arts, science, and more.  You can choose to create an account to save bookmarks and reading, but an account is optional.  Read without login in the browser.



LearningExpress Library Library Card Required.

Practice taking tests online for the ACT, SAT, GED and other academic exams. Tests also include civil service, military, law enforcement, real estate, other career exams and the U.S. Citizenship Test. You will need to register to create a free account with LearningExpress Library so you can access your own exams on repeat visits from your home.

For information about using the LearningExpress Library app, check out our FAQ.

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Living Nations, Living Words: A Map of First Peoples Poetry

This ground-breaking project, launched in celebration of Native American Heritage Month, is an interactive online map that features audio recordings of 47 contemporary Native American poets, including Louise Erdrich, Natalie Diaz, and Ray Young Bear, among many others.  The project was conceived by US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.

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MasterFile Premier eMagazines & eNews Library Card Required.

Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 general reference publications with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. It also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags. This database is updated daily. Includes Consumer Reports included.

Your Patron ID is your library card number.

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MyHeritage Primary Sources Library Card Required.

MyHeritage is the place for discovering, sharing, and preserving family history.  It contains records from World Vital Records. 

NOTE: The MyHeritage app is not compatible with the library's subscription at this time.

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Naxos Music Library Library Card Required.

The Naxos Music Library contains over 75,000 tracks of music, primarily classical and traditional music from around the world.

New Book Alerts

This free online service showcases the newest titles purchased by Alameda County Library. You can choose to receive alerts via email and/or RSS feeds. If you see a new title that you are interested in, just click "borrow" to place a hold on the item right away.

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OverDrive eBooks, eAudiobooks, eAudiobooks eBooks Library Card Required.

OverDrive provides eBooks and eAudiobooks for download and browser reading and eVideo for streaming in the browser. eMagazines are available in the Libby app or in the browser. Includes Project Gutenberg classics. Get your Kindle eBooks here!

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OverDrive eMagazine Collection eMagazines & eNews Library Card Required.

OverDrive eMagazines offers hundreds of popular titles you can read cover to cover in the browser or the Libby app. Magazine checkouts do not count against your eBook/eAudiobook limit!


Popular Software Skills Center Library Card Required.

Learn how to use today’s most popular software programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more. These easy-to-use courses will teach you everything you need to know and help make your goals a reality — all designed to fit your current skill level and schedule. From LearningExpress Library

You will be required to create an account to use this resource.

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PressReader eMagazines & eNews Library Card Required.

Explore eMagazines and News from around the world and in dozens of languages. Take a look at our Quick Start Guide for help with using PressReader for the first time. 

Primary Search eMagazines & eNews Library Card Required.

Primary Search provides full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full-text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full-text information dates as far back as 1990
Your Patron ID is your library card number.

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ProCitizen Library Card Required.

ProCitizen will help you prepare for the Civics, Reading, and Writing portions of the United States Naturalization Test.

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Pronunciator Library Card Required.

Pronunciator is an online language-learning service that includes courses in dozens of languages for beginners and advanced learners, kids, and adults. This includes ESL courses for speakers of a large selection of non-English languages. Pronunciator’s interactive online courses feature pronunciation analysis, virtual coaches, scored quizzes, and downloadable audio lessons and phrasebooks.


Recursos Para Hispanohablantes Library Card Required.

Herramientas de aprendizaje, carrera y ciudadanía en español. Este centro ofrece a los adultos que están muy ocupados los recursos para mejorar sus habilidades básicas, ganar sus credenciales de GED® o ser ciudadano estadounidense. De LearningExpress Library

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Reference Solutions from Data Axle Library Card Required.

Previously known as ReferenceUSA

US and Canadian Businesses provide key executives, sales volume, #of employees, parent and subsidiary relationships for over 10 million U.S. & over 1 million Canadian companies. Residential USA and Canada databases contain 120 million residential listings for the U.S. and 12 million for Canadians, with income and house values. Health Care Providers contains 650,000 doctors and dentists searchable by geography, specialty, Board certification, and much more. 

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ReferenceUSA Library Card Required.

ReferenceUSA is now Reference Solutions from Data Axle.  

Rosetta Stone Library Solution New! Library Card Required.

Learning languages is fun with Rosetta Stone!  Experience immersive learning that includes:

  • 30 languages to meet a range of cultural interests
  • Core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills
  • Focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more

Get Started

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School Center Library Card Required.

Build skills for classroom and homework success. The school center helps students in elementary, middle, and high school prepare for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects. From LearningExpress Library

You will be required to create an account to use this resource.

SimplyE eAudiobooks eBooks Library Card Required.

SimplyE is an app that gives Alameda County Library cardholders one interface to browse, borrow, and read eBooks.  The app brings together titles from our eBook and eAudiobook providers, including Overdrive, BiblioBoard, and enki.


Teacher Reference Center eMagazines & eNews Library Card Required.

This database provides coverage on key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more for K-12 Teachers & Librarians. This index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books is now also offered free via the EBSCOhost.

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Testing & Education Reference Center with Career Center

This resource is now called Gale Presents: Peterson's Test and Career Prep.  You can find it under "G" for Gale.

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U.S. News & World Report Magazine Archive eMagazines & eNews Primary Sources Library Card Required.

The U. S. News & World Report Magazine Archive (1926-1984) database consists of the influential news magazine U. S. News & World Report (1948-1984) -- plus the predecessor titles: United States Daily (1926-1933), United States News (1933-1948), and World Report (1946-1948). Each title features cover to cover processing, which renders all of the content from the front cover to the back cover fully searchable, including the advertisements.

USA Learns

Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL) promotes programs that help American adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens. The major areas of support are Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English Language Acquisition. These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem-so

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Washington Post – At Home and On the Move eMagazines & eNews Library Card Required.

Enjoy full access to the Washington Post, one of our nation's leading newspapers. Take advantage of:

  • Expert reporting and analysis from Washington and around the world, including award-winning investigative coverage and editorial commentary.
  • Real-time Q&A Discussions providing a behind the scenes look at key stories.
  • Live-streaming of Washington Post Live events, where top-level government and business leaders, emerging voices, and newsmakers discuss the most pressing national and global issues of the day.
  • Newsletters
  • and much more!

NOTE: To use offsite access you will need to check out a pass in the browser.  You will then be able to log in to the app.  Follow the instructions in our Washington Post Quick Start Guide

Washington Post Inside the Library eMagazines & eNews In Library Use Only

Enjoy full access to the Washington Post, one of our nation's leading newspapers.  In Library Only use lets you take advantage of:

  • Expert reporting and analysis from Washington and around the world, including award-winning investigative coverage and editorial commentary.
  • Real-time Q&A Discussions providing a behind the scenes look at key stories.
  • Live-streaming of Washington Post Live events, where top-level government and business leaders, emerging voices, and newsmakers discuss the most pressing national and global issues of the day.
  • Newsletters
  • and much more without a library card! 

Also, check out our at-home/offsite access.  

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World Book Advanced Library Card Required.

A powerful reference tool that includes all the same effective research tools as Student, plus provides users with access to primary sources, historical documents, and multimedia directly from each encyclopedia article.

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World Book Discover Library Card Required.

Assists differentiated learners and older adults with a research resource that offers a practical Life Skills section. A collection of unique videos, featuring expert answers to often asked questions, and a visual dictionary make content more accessible for readers of all levels.

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World Book eBooks eBooks Library Card Required.

Nonfiction and classic eBooks just for kids! No login or download is required - read in the browser!

World Book Kids Library Card Required.

Provides thousands of easy-to-read articles with embedded multimedia for increased comprehension. Includes fantastic age-appropriate resources, such as Important People, Science Projects, Webquests, and games.

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World Book Student Library Card Required.

Student is packed with such research tools as Citation Builder, How to Do Research, Compare Places, Interactive Maps, and the World Book Atlas to
help students get the most out of their research experience.

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