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Automotive & Consumer Resources

  • Exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks.

  • Non-profit ratings of local service companies and health care providers in the Bay Area. Provides easy to read charts comparing companies by quality and price, and articles with tips and advice on getting the most out of your money.

Biographies

  • Biographical information on over 220,000 people from throughout history and around the world.

Books, Reading, & Literature

  • Staff-recommended good reads, lists of award-winning books, and book review information.

  • Summaries and commentary for hundreds of literary classics.

  • Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses for over 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline.

  • Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

  • Tell NoveList what you like to read, and it will suggest similar books you might like! Find new fiction books and authors based on your old favorites.

  • NoveList K-8 helps children grades K-8, parents, & teachers identify books appropriate for children's reading abilities and interests.

  • Presents analysis, context and criticism on commonly studied novels.

  • Features discussion and analysis of poems of all time periods, nations, and cultures.

  • Provides critical overviews of short stories from all cultures and time periods. Includes discussions of plot, characters, themes and structure as well as the story's cultural and historical significance.

Business, Associations, & Finance

Community/Legal Information

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

eMedia

  • Ever expanding collection of popular eBooks and eAudio for kids and adults. Featuring popular adult fiction and nonfiction including cookbooks and crafts, children's picture-story and easy readers. The Axis Reader for iOS and Android devices allows you to locate and access your eBook library directly from the app. The Blio reader handles graphics very well so titles with photos and illustrations display crisp and clear. Download onto smartphones, tablets and personal computers, including Windows, Mac OS/iOS and Android using the Blio reader app or Adobe Digital Editions. Not compatible with Kindle eReaders other than the Kindle Fire.
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  • Twenty California missions eBooks that can be read online for free.

  • Explore 100 current, popular Chinese language magazines published in China anytime/anywhere—on your computer, tablet or smartphone in either traditional or simplified characters. Subjects include Health, Parenting, Marriage, Literature, Cooking, Travel, Finance, Computer and more.
    Qikan Quick Guide: English | Chinese

  • The Criterion Collection includes 205 films and documentaries that cover the history of cinema throughout the 20th century. From early silent films like Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush (1925) to releases from contemporary filmmakers like Gus Van Sant and Guillermo del Toro. Other renowned directors within the collection include Ingmar Bergman, Luis Buñuel, Federico Fellini, John Ford, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Francois Truffaut, Orson Welles and many more.

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  • Freegal Music is a downloadable music service which provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog of artists. Library cardholders can download three songs a week with their library card number.

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  • Reference eBooks about medicine, law, animals, colleges, social studies, and more.

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    Attend a Film Festival from anywhere! Stream award-winning independent movies, shorts, documentaries and web series from around the world. All you need is a broadband Internet connection and a device. Also available on Roku and through an app on Xbox 360.

  • Freely available public domain eBooks in a variety of text formats designed for a wide variety of e-text readers.

  • The PBS Video Collection assembles hundreds of the greatest documentary films and series from the history of PBS into one convenient interface allowing streaming access which you can search, view, clip, and cite. The PBS Collection includes America in Profile, American Experience, Empires, Freedom, Frontline, Films of Ken Burns, God in America, Great Performances, History Detectives, NOVA, Odyssey and many more.

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  • Enjoy downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Peninsula Library System Digital Book Library; only for library cardholders from Peninsula Library System Member Libraries. Explore new titles each month as we develop and build our own collection.

  • Freely available public domain eBooks in text and computer-created audio formats.

  • The best IT and technology eBooks from the best authors and publishers.
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  • Animated talking storybooks for children in English, Spanish, and other languages.

  • Animated talking storybooks for children in English, Spanish, and other languages.
    Libros animados para niños en español y en otros idiomas.

  • World Newsreels Online, 1929–1966 features full runs of newsreels (short documentary films) in their original form. You can stream more than 500 hours of newsreel content instantly to any computer or mobile device. The collection includes nine newsreel series from four countries—the United States, Japan, France, and the Netherlands, and brings history to life in a way that text cannot match.

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    Discover complete digital editions of your favorite magazines, anytime/anywhere—on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Over 100 titles to choose from, including titles like Cosmopolitan, Dwell, Food Network Magazine, Martha Stewart Magazine, Mental Floss, National Geographic, Newsweek, Smithsonian, US Weekly and many more! Check out as many magazines as you want—there are never any holds or due dates. Once you download the title, it stays on your device until you delete it.
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Genealogy

  • Resources for genealogical and historical research, including military, court, census, birth, marriage, and death records, and more.

  • Resources for genealogical and historical research, including the U.S. Federal Census, Freedman’s bank records, the PERSI index, and more.

Health & Medicine

  • Information on alternative and complementary medical practices, recommended therapies for specific disorders and diseases, and medicinal uses for plants and herbs.

  • Information on more than 1,600 medical disorders, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and procedures.

  • Health information from National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine.

  • (In Spanish)
    Health Information in Spanish. Información de Salud: sobre diversas condiciones, enfermedades y bienstar, pruebas médicas, síntomas, lesiones y cirugías.

History & Countries

Homework, Education, & Testing

  • Biographical information on over 220,000 people from throughout history and around the world.

  • Twenty California missions eBooks that can be read online for free.

  • Need to find out about California Mission or California Indians? How about California Governors or Explorers? California Social Studies Fact Cards will help you out with facts at your fingertips for California Indians, Explorers, Missions and Mission life, Ranchos, Datelines and more.

  • Summaries and commentary for hundreds of literary classics.

  • The definitive guide to thousands of 2- and 4-year schools in the U.S. and Canada, their programs, degrees, and financial aid sources.

  • Information about clothing, body adornment, and examines the origins of clothing, the development of fabrics and technologies, and the social meanings of dress from a variety of historical eras and cultures.

  • Essays on specific culture groups in the United States, emphasizing religions, holidays, customs, languages, historical background, and settlement patterns.

  • Encyclopedia of animal life, describing microscopic animals through primates. Contains color pictures and detailed descriptions.

  • Connect live with an expert tutor for homework help in English & Spanish, seven days a week
    from 1 PM – 10 PM. Kindergarten - Adult.

  • Useful websites to help you with common homework topics.

  • The ipl2 digital collections include Resources by Subject, Newspapers and Magazines, Special Collec-tions created by the ipl2, and special collections for Kids and Teens.

  • Homework help resources for beginning elementary school; also includes 75 popular kids magazines like Highlights and Sports Illustrated for Kids.

  • Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses for over 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline.

  • Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

  • Historical and biographical essays about the different civilizations and peoples of Medieval times.

  • Hot topics database of pro and con articles and statistics on many current social issues.

  • Over 4,200 sources of education-related financial aid and awards at all levels of study.

  • Researching science topics has never been easier -- with Science In Context, thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations are just a few clicks away and the latest scientific developments are covered in articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites.

  • Guided homework help with biographies, literature, history, health, science, and multicultural studies.

  • Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? 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. Create your own account to track your progress. Free electronic study guides / prep books (SAT, MCAT, ASVAB, etc.).

  • Articles, primary sources, and scholarly analysis about United States history.

  • Covers 20th-century events and social history beginning in 1900 and ending in 1999.

  • Articles, primary sources, and scholarly analysis about world history.

Jobs & Resumes

  • Connect live with an expert tutor for homework help in English & Spanish, seven days a week
    from 1 PM – 10 PM. Kindergarten - Adult.

  • A new online learning and social media platform that will teach you the basic Internet skills and job-hunting techniques you need to find a job.

Language Learning

  • Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Korean & more. Mango can also help second language learners learn English and is available for those speaking Chinese and Spanish.
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Library Resources & Services

  • Email your question to one of our librarians and receive your answer within two days.

  • Connect live with an expert tutor for homework help in English & Spanish, seven days a week
    from 1 PM – 10 PM. Kindergarten - Adult.

  • The ipl2 digital collections include Resources by Subject, Newspapers and Magazines, Special Collec-tions created by the ipl2, and special collections for Kids and Teens.

  • Other libraries within driving distance of San Mateo County.

  • Catalog of materials (books, DVDs, CDs, eBooks, books-on-CD, and more) in the public libraries of San Mateo County.

  • Search the library catalogs of thousands of worldwide public, school, academic, law, health and other libraries.

Magazines & Newspapers

  • (Includes Expanded Academic)
    Academic and research articles from scholarly journals in arts and humanities, social sciences, science and technology, etc.

  • Full-text articles for 5,800 popular magazines like Time, Newsweek, and People.

  • Homework help resources for beginning elementary school; also includes 75 popular kids magazines like Highlights and Sports Illustrated for Kids.

  • Search current and archived issues of local newspapers for full-text news articles, editorials, events, people, government, sports and more. Search each paper individually or search all five local papers at the same time using the links below:

    San Francisco Chronicle – 1/1/1985-present (no obituaries included)
    San Mateo County Times – 9/15/2001-present
    San Mateo Daily Journal – 10/2/2000-present
    San Jose Mercury News – 6/1/1985-present
    Half Moon Bay Review – 8/15/1997-present
    Search all five local papers at the same time.

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    Discover complete digital editions of your favorite magazines, anytime/anywhere—on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Over 100 titles to choose from, including titles like Cosmopolitan, Dwell, Food Network Magazine, Martha Stewart Magazine, Mental Floss, National Geographic, Newsweek, Smithsonian, US Weekly and many more! Check out as many magazines as you want—there are never any holds or due dates. Once you download the title, it stays on your device until you delete it.
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Science & Technology

  • Encyclopedia of animal life, describing microscopic animals through primates. Contains color pictures and detailed descriptions.

  • The best IT and technology eBooks from the best authors and publishers.
    Note: The Favorites and Bookmarks features do not currently work in Safari.

  • Researching science topics has never been easier -- with Science In Context, thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations are just a few clicks away and the latest scientific developments are covered in articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites.

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