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AB 3121: Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans: Interim Report

State of California Department of Justice

On June 1, 2022, the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans issued its interim report to the California Legislature. The interim report surveys the ongoing and compounding harms experienced by African Americans as a result of slavery and its lingering effects on American society today. The interim report also includes a set of preliminary recommendations for policies that the California Legislature could adopt to remedy those harms. A final report will be issued before July 1, 2023.

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ABCmouse Early Learning Academy Home Access Library Card Required.

This short tutorial will tell you what you need to know about signing up for an account.  Visit it before you head over to ABCmouse.

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.

Build your math, reading, writing, grammar, and public speaking skills. You’ll also find resources in English and Spanish to help you prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam.

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

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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Ancestry Library Edition In Library Use Only Primary Sources Library Card Required.

Note: Temporary remote access to Ancestry Library will end on December 31, 2021.  Ancestry will continue to be available inside any of our library locations.

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.

Your patron ID is your barcode number.

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ArtistWorks – a Libby Extra Library Card Required.

ArtistWorks provides players with world-class musical instruction from Grammy Award-winning professionals. ArtistWorks for Libraries offers users a guided path of video lessons containing everything they need to reach their musical goals. All levels of players are welcome!

  • Instruction in piano, guitar, voice, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, ukulele, and much more! 
  • Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock, Classical and More
  • Hundreds of hours of high-quality video instruction
  • Studio quality play-along tracks
  • Downloadable written materials, tablature, and sheet music
  • Supported languages: English
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Basic Computer Skills Library Card Required.

Learn the basics of using a computer, navigating the internet, and using popular Microsoft Office software programs such as Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word.

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

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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Beanstack

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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BiblioBoard HistoryLab Primary Sources Library Card Required.

Covering a wide range of topics—including Literature, Philosophy, History, Geography, and Science—HistoryLab is BiblioBoard’s chief historical database. HistoryLab contains 400 Anthologies with over 14,000 full-text eBooks and over 24,000 pieces of primary source content. BiblioBoard Core Anthologies cover a range of topics from Abraham Lincoln and the Alamo to ballet, baking, chocolate, Mozart, Jack London, and Victorian Fashion.

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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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Book Connections Library Card Required.

Book Connections adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. This online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books for youth, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities.

This resource is provided courtesy of the California State Library.

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Brainfuse HelpNow Library Card Required.

Free tutoring for students of all ages is now available 24/7! Brainfuse HelpNow offers assistance in Math, Language Arts, and other core K-12 subjects in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog. There’s no age limit to who can use the service. Adult learners can also access writing assistance, citizenship resources, and other tools.

This service is offered courtesy of the California State Library.

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Brainfuse JobNow Library Card Required.

Self-assessment and job search resources.  Get live resume and interview coaching, find unemployment assistance, job resources, and more, including eParachute, a Brainfuse partnership offering an online resource created by What Color is Your Parachute? author Richard Bolles. 

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Brainfuse VetNow Library Card Required.

Free online assistance for veterans and their families.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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Britannica School Library Card Required.

Britannica School is a three-part encyclopedia with portals for elementary, middle, and high school students. This resource is provided courtesy of the California State Library.

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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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Career Preparation Center Library Card Required.

Explore potential careers (including military service), build workplace skills, and prepare for the ACT® WorkKeys® Assessments, the ASVAB test, the TOEIC® test and career licensure exams.

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

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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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 a LearningExpress Library account to use this resource. 

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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College Students Library Card Required.

Brush up on your reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, math and science skills. Prepare for ACCUPLACER® and ASSET® college placement tests, CLEP® and DSST® exams, and graduate school admissions exams such as the GMAT®, GRE®, LSAT®, MCAT® and PCAT®.

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

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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Computer and Internet Basics Center Library Card Required.

The fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer is with video tutorials. Now you can learn computer and internet basics quickly and become comfortable with everything your computer has to offer. From LearningExpress Library.

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

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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Consumer Reports at 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.

Your Patron ID is your library card number.

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Craftsy – a Libby Extra Streaming Video Library Card Required.

Craftsy is an online resource for all creative makers, where you can find everything you need – from basic instruction to advanced techniques. It’s a community of enthusiastic makers, from quilters and sewers, to cake decorators and painters, wanting to create beautiful things and express their creativity.

Check out a 7-day pass through the Libby app or https://libbyapp.com/.  For help getting started, take a look at our Quick Start Guide.

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Creativebug Streaming Video Library Card Required.

Our subscription to Creativebug will end on February 28, 2023.  We offer similar content through Craftsy and Craftsy en Español.

Enjoy access to thousands of online art and craft classes. Watch classes anytime, anywhere. Since these classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace. No pressure, just possibilities!

Our Quick Start Guide will help you set up your account for the first time.

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Curiosity Stream from hoopla Streaming Video Library Card Required.

Check out a Curiosity Stream Bingepass and get a one-week pass to access an ever-growing collection of award-winning original and curated factual films, shows, and series covering science, nature, travel, history, technology, and more.  Checking out a pass will use one of your hoopla monthly checkouts.

After pressing play, you will be redirected to a new browser window to view Curiosity Stream videos.  You will not be required to create an account. 
The Curiosity Stream app is not compatible with this offer.

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Digital Public Library of America (DPLA): Palace 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.



Diversity & Ethnic Studies eBooks (EBSCOhost) eBooks Library Card Required.

This subscription collection includes academic eBooks related to diversity, anti-racism, ethnic studies, disability studies, gerontology & age studies, migration studies, gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies, and religious studies. The collection utilizes outside resources and scholarship to ensure that the collection remains up to date and aligned with current research.

Your patron ID is your barcode number.

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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.

Your patron ID is your barcode number.

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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.


EBSCO Free Research Databases

EBSCO provides free research databases covering a variety of subjects for students, researchers, and librarians. Researchers can also use EBSCO Essentials to search for free, reliable articles and connect to their library to access additional EBSCO content.  This collection includes the resources listed below.

  • EBSCO Essentials
  • EBSCO Open Dissertations
  • GreenFILE
  • Library, Information Science, and Technology Abstracts
  • Teacher Reference Center
  • European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750
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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.
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enkiGeo eBooks

This collection from enki Library can be read in the browser or through the BiblioBoard app. No login is necessary for anyone located in California!



Ethnic Diversity Source Primary Sources Library Card Required.

With its curated full-text materials, Ethnic Diversity Source is essential to support the study of African Americans, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, Jewish Americans, Latinx Americans, Multiracial Americans, and Native Americans, among others, with respect to their cultures, traditions, social treatment, and lived experiences. Scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, historical documents, and biographies are complemented by primary sources, such as speeches and interviews. Complete with robust collections of videos and e-books, Ethnic Diversity Source creates a dynamic research experience for students and researchers.

Your patron ID is your barcode number.

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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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Flipster eMagazines eMagazines & eNews Library Card Required.

Flipster offers popular eMagazines that can be read in the browser or through the Flipster app.

Your patron ID is your barcode number.






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Gale Directory Library eBooks Library Card Required.

The GDL hosts a variety of directory products that particular libraries can choose from. Use it to search, sort and export information both from current directory editions as well as prior editions that are maintained as searchable backfiles. Multiple directories can be cross-searched. GDL includes Encyclopedia of Associations.

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Gale eBooks eBooks Primary Sources Library Card Required.

Formerly known as Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale eBooks offers encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Includes reference eBooks, literature resources, and more.

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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: 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.

This resource requires that you create an account.  You can log in with an existing Google or Microsoft account, or create an account with Gale Cengage.

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 to use this resource.
NOTE: The Udemy for Business app is not currently available for library users.

If you are denied access to this resource, check out our troubleshooting guide.   

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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.

Searches: 

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

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Grades 4-8 Educator Resources Center Library Card Required.

Build skills for classroom and homework success. The Grades 4-8 Educator Resources Center helps elementary and middle school educators prepare students for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects. From LearningExpress Library

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

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.


Great Courses – a Libby Extra 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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Great Courses BingePass from hoopla Digital 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.
This is part of hoopla's Bingepass collection.  7-day check out.

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

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Hellosaurus BingePass from hoopla Digital Streaming Video Library Card Required.

Incredibly engaging, interactive, and educational, Hellosaurus puts kids ages 2 to 8 in their favorite shows. Featuring popular titles like The Wiggles and Love, Diana, children develop life skills independently and safely by having fun. One borrow gets them all the Hellosaurus they want for 7 days.

You must download the Hellosaurus iOS or Android app to your mobile device to play this content. No signup is needed. 

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HeritageHub Primary Sources 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 a LearningExpress Library account to use this resource.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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High School Students Center Library Card Required.

Build skills for classroom and homework success. The High School Students Center helps students in 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 a LearningExpress Library account to use this resource

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.


Highlights Collection BingePass from hoopla eAudiobooks eBooks Streaming Video Library Card Required.

With content from the publishers of the award-winning magazine that generations of families grew up with, the Highlights Collection BingePass delights kids with its positive messages, puzzles, and "things-to-do." With one borrow, enjoy 7 days of uninterrupted access to more than 200 multimedia series including the Timbertoes, Listen & Learn, Tex and Indi, and Ask Arizona.

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Homework Central from ProQuest Library Card Required.

Homework Central gives student researchers access to five resources: 

  • CultureGrams: Offers unique, concise cultural information, multimedia, and vital statistics on the countries of the world, US states, and Canadian provinces. (Grades 3-12)
  • eLibrary: Offers a collection of multidisciplinary periodical and digital media content, designed for beginning and intermediate researchers. (Grades 6+)
  • ProQuest Research Companion: eLearning platform offering multimedia-based lessons on information literacy principles including finding, evaluating, and using information. (Grades 8+)
  • SIRS Discoverer: Selected content for novice researchers, especially elementary and middle school students and educators. (Grades 3-9)
  • SIRS Issues Researcher: Curriculum-aligned database of content organized by complex issues, ideally for middle and high school students and educators. (Grades 6+)

This resource is available courtesy of the California State Library.

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hoopla Digital eAudiobooks eBooks Streaming Music Streaming Video Library Card Required.

hoopla Digital offers eBooks & eAudiobooks, 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 eight items.
 
Check out our Quick Start Guide to get started.
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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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hoopla Digital Movies Streaming Video Library Card Required.

Enjoy a huge selection of movies from all around the world.  At hoopla, everything is always available - no holds, no wait!

The loan period for hoopla video is three days.

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hoopla Digital TV Streaming Video

Enjoy a huge selection of television shows from all around the world.  At hoopla, everything is always available - no holds, no wait!

The loan period for hoopla video is three days.

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iNDIEFLIX – a Libby Extra Streaming Video Library Card Required.

At iNDIEFLIX, stream classic and contemporary features, award-winning shorts, film festival favorites, and documentaries from around the world. Explore thought-provoking, well-known and undiscovered content. 

  • Thousands of full-length feature films, shorts, documentaries, and series from around the world
  • Diverse voices, pop culture favorites, and box office hits
  • Award-winning feature films, documentaries, and shorts
  • Thousands of hours of commercial-free programming
  • Academy Award-winning animation

Some content may include mature themes and language - viewer discretion is advised.  You will be asked to provide an email address the first time you use iNDIEFLIX.

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Job & Career Accelerator Library Card Required.

Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in an exciting new industry, Job & Career Accelerator has the powerful tools and expert guidance to help you through every step of the process to succeed in today's job market. 

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

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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Kids’ Books in Action BingePass from hoopla Digital Streaming Music Library Card Required.

As their favorite picture books come to life, kids will get excited about reading while watching the events of their favorite stories unfold. One borrow gives your little ones 7-day access to classic bedtime stories, nursery rhymes, and new favorites. There is so much variety that every child will find something they love.

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KidzVidz BingePass from hoopla Digital Streaming Video Library Card Required.

Kids will enjoy hours of fun and they'll learn something in the process with the KidzVidz BingePass. This collection of movies and TV series covers animals, inspirational children in history, and the planet. They've also included a how-to-draw animals series to jumpstart creativity! Don't forget, one borrow gives you 7-day access to the entire collection.

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Kovels Antiques & Collectibles – a Libby Extra Library Card Required.

Kovels is the expert on antiques and collectibles in the U.S., educating and inspiring collectors for over six decades. The website includes over 40 books and 25,000 articles, all written by Kovels, and it’s updated with new information weekly.

Features:

  • Antiques & Collectibles Information
  • Marks Guide, a database of more than 20,000 marks on pottery, porcelain, silver, jewelry, and more.
  • Price Guide, more than one million prices of antiques and collectibles all reviewed by experts.
  • Buy & Sell Guides, 60+ topics plus downsizing, how to settle an estate, auction advice.
  • Digital edition, Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles, monthly newsletter plus 47 years of archives.
  • Sales reports, in-depth analysis on what’s selling at auction and for how much.
  • Thousands of reader questions with expert answers on their antiques, collectibles, and marks.
  • Reproductions explained and identified to keep collectors informed on fakes found in the market.
  • Latest news, such as record prices, flea markets, what’s in, what’s out, and items of interest.
  • Know Your Antiques, access to 20+ years of Kovels syndicated newspaper columns.
  • Business Directory, collector-related auction houses, clubs, publications, restorers, and more.
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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.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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LinkedIn Learning Library Card Required.

LinkedIn Learning for Library provides unlimited access to great content from Lynda.com plus courses offered in English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese.
Users of any skill level will find bite-size tutorials or comprehensive courses on hundreds of topics the latest software, creative, and business skills.  All you need to get started is your library card/PIN.

If you choose to use the LinkedIn Learning app, our library ID is aclibrary. For help, check out our Quick Start Guide.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

NOTE: Due to privacy concerns, the library version of LinkedIn Learning is anonymous.  This means that certificates earned by library users will not have the student's name on them. 

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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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MAS Reference eBook Collection eBooks Library Card Required.

This ebook reference collection offers a rich selection of eBook titles covering a broad range of general reference subjects for high school students. Topics include biography, history, careers, language arts, literature, government, health, math, science, current events, and social-emotional health.

Your patron ID is your barcode number.

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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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MasterFILE Reference eBook Collection eBooks Library Card Required.

This ebook reference collection offers a rich selection of eBook titles covering a broad range of general reference subjects. Topics include biography, history, careers, cooking, literature, genealogy, health, parenting, personal finance, politics, architecture, science, current events, social-emotional health, sports, and travel.

Your patron ID is your barcode number.

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Middle Search Plus eMagazines & eNews Library Card Required.

Middle Search Plus provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full-text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps, and flags.

Your patron ID is your barcode number.

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Middle Search Reference eBook Collection eBooks Library Card Required.

This eBook reference collection offers a rich selection of eBook titles covering a broad range of general reference subjects for middle school students. Topics include social studies, math, history, language arts, technology, geography, culture, and science.

Your patron ID is your barcode 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.

Your patron ID is your barcode number.

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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.



Naxos Spoken Word Library eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

Naxos Spoken Word Library offers eAudiobooks including literature and poetry, and classics from medieval times to the twenty-first century; many original productions supplement a range of non-fiction. Included are a variety of unabridged and skillfully abridged audiobooks.


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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Northstar Digital Literacy

Northstar Digital Literacy defines the basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. Online, self-guided modules assess the ability of individuals to perform tasks based on these skills. Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in three main areas:

  • Essential Computer Skills - Basic Computer Skills, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows OS, Mac OS
  • Essential Software Skills – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs
  • Using Technology in Daily Life - Social Media, Information Literacy, Career Search Skills, Supporting K-12 Distance Learning, Your Digital Footprint.

You will need to create an account to use this resource.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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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!



OverDrive LGBTQIA Reading Room eAudiobooks eBooks Library Card Required.

OverDrive provides eBooks and eAudiobooks for download and browser reading. Includes Project Gutenberg classics. Get your Kindle eBooks here!





Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Library Card Required.

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from dictionaries of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find present-day meanings in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

The OED started life more than 150 years ago. Today, the dictionary is in the process of its first major revision. Updates revise and extend the OED at regular intervals, each time subtly adjusting our image of the English language.

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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 a LearningExpress Library account to use this resource.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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Prepare for College Library Card Required.

Get ready to achieve your college goals. 

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

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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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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Primary Search Reference eBook Collection eBooks Library Card Required.

This ebook reference collection offers a rich selection of eBook titles covering a broad range of general reference subjects for primary school students. Topics include social studies, history, language arts, geography, culture, math, and science.

Your patron ID is your barcode 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.


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Read-Along 2 Learn BingePass from hoopla Digital eBooks Library Card Required.

This BingePass collection is perfect for curious kids. Read-Along eBooks allow young readers to explore independently or with narrator support and word highlighting. With topics like sports, animals, emotions, STEM, and more, kids can dig into the world around them at their own pace. And they can do all of this for 7 days using only one borrow.

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Reading Corner BingePass from hoopla Digital eAudiobooks eBooks Streaming Video New! Library Card Required.

Bring story time to your home or on the go. Kids 10 months to 10 years old will love hearing stories read out loud and brought to life with illustrations and music. Use just one borrow to view The Reading Corner’s entire collection of more than 500 videos in English and Spanish. And with new storytime videos added every week, there’s always more to explore!

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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.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State 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.  



Rock’s Backpages eMagazines & eNews Library Card Required.

Rock’s Backpages is the largest database of music journalism online.  The archive features over 50,000 articles on thousands of artists from ABBA to Zappa, plus over 800 audio interviews with legends from Jimi Hendrix to Kate Bush.
Rock's Backpages has been going for over 20 years and works with hundreds of writers to archive their interviews and reviews for students, researchers, and music-lovers.

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Rosetta Stone Library Solution 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

Setting up the Rosetta Stone app? Check out our FAQ for important information.

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SimplyE 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 enki Library and BiblioBoard.

Check out our SimplyE Guide for more information.




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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.

Your patron ID is your barcode number.





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

NOTE: If you have trouble with logging in to get a pass, particularly if you've tried multiple times, try going to https://www.washingtonpost.com/ and logging in there.  It's possible that you have an active pass already.  You can see the status of your pass by clicking on your name in the upper right corner of the screen and choosing "Account Settings," and then choosing "My Subscriptions."

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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.

  • Ideal for reluctant readers, ELL, ESL, and adult literacy students with content tailored for ease of comprehension and vocabulary building.
  • Makes content more accessible to readers of all levels and helps you differentiate instruction in any learning environment
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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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