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  • With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities,’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+).

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    Academic and research articles from scholarly journals in arts and humanities, social sciences, science and technology, etc.

  • Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data.

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

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

  • AtoZdatabases is the Premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business & executive profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more.

  • 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.

    More Info:
    • You must have a valid San Mateo County Library card.
    • Your library card number must start with 29041.
    • You may have up to 15 ebooks checked out at one time.
    • You may have up to 20 titles on hold.
    • Choose your own loan period between 7 and 21 days.
    • Titles cannot be renewed, but they can be checked out again after they expire if they are still available.

    Try the new all in one Axis 360 App! Streamlined checkout process – read or listen to popular adult fiction and nonfiction, teen and children's picture, chapter and easy readers.

    Available for these devices:

    iOS devices running iOS 7 or later
    Android devices running Android 4.0 or later
    Kindle Fire devices
    • Windows PCs, use our new Axis 360 Desktop Reader. Visit the App Zone to download
    • Mac computers, check out content via the library's Axis 360 website and then read it on your mobile device via the Axis 360 mobile app.

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

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

  • Research and analyze companies, industries, countries and economies around the world. Features the tools you need to interpret a global business landscape: robust data sets, visualization tools to help you develop data-driven insights, and case studies to broaden your perspective on real-life situations.

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  • CA law consists of 29 codes covering various subject areas.

  • Information to help you work better with an attorney, and represent yourself in some legal matters.

  • CA Driver Permit Practice Tests are free to access and require no registration. They include the following:

    • 10 car practice tests
    • 6 motorcycle practice tests
    • 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
    • 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
    • An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions

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  • 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.

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    Information to help you in some legal matters. Le ayudará a encontrar ayuda e información, trabajar mejor con un abogado y en algunos asuntos legales le ayudará a representarse a sí mismo.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • From the Gale Directory Library access the directory for international, national and regional associations.

  • 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.

  • The Enki Library is a shared open source eBook Network open to all California Libraries. Content is focused on smaller and independent publishers including, but not limited to, Workman, UC press, McGraw Hill, National Highlights, Akashic, Bancroft, Dzanc, InfoBase, Lerner, Permanent Press, Crossroad, Xist and Smashwords.

  • Enjoy unlimited digital access to some of your favorite magazines – you can browse online, or checkout and read offline for 3 to 7 days. Research your next purchase, big or small, with Consumer Reports, enjoy travel tips from Sunset and Travel and Leisure, get news and financial information from Fortune, Money and TIME, or stay on top of trends with Coastal Living, Entertainment Weekly, Essence, InStyle, People, Real Simple and Southern Living.

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  • Freegal Music is a downloadable and streaming music service which provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog of artists. Library cardholders can download five songs a week and stream up to 5 hours of music a day with their library card number.

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  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • Useful websites to help you with common homework topics.

  • Contact information for local, state, and federal elected officials.

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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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Provides a vast library of streaming online instructional videos covering business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognized industry experts, is a high-quality resource for anyone looking to learn new skills in a wide range of subjects including photography, animation, music, web development, software, and project management. You can take an unlimited number of courses with 24/7 access on your computer or smartphone. Create an account with your library card number & PIN and learn at your own pace.

  • 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.
    (Note: Your library card # is required)

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

  • 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.

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

  • Research mutual funds and stocks for investment opportunities.

  • 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 six 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
    Pacifica Tribune – 9/24/2003-present (no data 9/10/2009-6/6/2012)
    Search all six local papers at the same time.

  • 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.

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

  • Other libraries within driving distance of San Mateo County.

  • 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.

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

  • 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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  • Rules and regulations for a wide variety of situations and issues as handled in San Mateo County.

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

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  • 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.

  • Retrieve detailed information about the services available in San Mateo County, California.

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

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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.

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

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

  • American legal information on more than 5,000 legal topics.

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

  • 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 200 titles to choose from, including titles like Bon Appetit, Cosmopolitan, Dwell, Forbes, Hello!, Martha Stewart Magazine, Mental Floss, National Geographic, Newsweek, New Yorker, Smithsonian, Star Magazine and many more! Collection includes Children’s’ favorites like Highlights, Cricket, Cobblestone and American Girl. You’ll also find Chinese, Spanish and Japanese language magazines. 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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