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ABCmouse (from home use) Courses & Tutorials eBooks/eAudiobooks Games Library Card Required.

With 9,000+ (English/Spanish) interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners ages 2 to 8.

How to Checkout a 4-Week License

An ABCmouse license can be checked out for 4-weeks of home use. Follow these steps, and your child/children will be having fun and learning in no time!

  • Fill out the online Home Checkout formopens a new window. You'll need an email address, your library card number and PIN.
  • Create a password for your ABCmouse profile and save your login information. If a license is not available, you’ll be asked if you want to be added to a waiting list. You will receive an email when a license is available.
  • Build a profile for you and your child/children by answering a series of questions. You can add up to three children to your account.
  • At the end of the profile set up, you will be given the choice to do an assessment for your child/children. It is recommended that you do so. This will help you to determine what your child needs to work on in ABCmouse. You will have an opportunity to do another assessment at the end of the four weeks to track progress.
  • When the assessment is complete, your child is all set to explore the various games, activities, and features of ABCmouse from the home dashboard.

After Your 4-Week Checkout

When your 4-weeks are up, you will have an opportunity to sign up for another 4-week check out if there are licenses available. If not, you will be give an option to get on the waiting list. Your child's profile and progress will be saved.

You can also use ABCmouse from within the libraryopens a new window. It is accessible from the public computers or from your own computer or device when it is connected to the library WiFi. All of your progress will be saved.

Please note: An ABCmouse license for East Palo Alto patrons can only be checked out with an ABCmouse Learning Kit. Please check out a kit at the East Palo Alto Library first.

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Academic Search Complete Magazines Newspapers Readers' Advisory Reference New! Library Card Required.





AtoZdatabases: Search Jobs, Businesses or Mailing Lists Business Directories Reference Library Card Required.

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.

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Axis 360 Digital Media Library eBooks/eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

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. Requires "29041" library card.

  • 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.

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California Driver Permit Practice Tests Tests

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

Need a Driver License Handbook? You can get them in different languages from CA.govopens a new window.

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Chinese eMagazines (Kono) 中文電子雜誌(Kono) eMagazines Library Card Required.

Get eMagazines from Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan delivered to you instantly! Browse current popular magazines on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The Kono for Libraries website is currently available in Chinese, English, and Japanese, while the app is available in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Magazines range from fashion to business to sports and more and can be accessed anytime, anywhere. Requires "29041" library card.

從日本,香港和台灣的電子雜誌立即發送給您!在計算機,平板電腦或智能手機上瀏覽當前流行的雜誌。Kono在圖書館網站提供中文和日文電子雜誌,而該應用程序有英文,中文,日文和韓文版本。雜誌的範圍從時尚到商務到體育等等,隨時隨地都可以上網使用。需要“29041”的圖書證

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Chinese eMagazines (Qikan) 中文電子雜誌 (期刊) eMagazines Library Card Required.

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. Requires "29041" library card.

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Consumer’s Checkbook Magazines Reference Library Card Required.

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.

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eBooks in Spanish (eBooks en Español) eBooks/eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

Enjoy downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Peninsula Library System Digital Book Library. Explore new titles each month as we develop and build our own collection.

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EBSCOhost Encyclopedias Magazines Newspapers Reference New! Library Card Required.

Use EBSCOhost to select and search reference databases of your choice. This interface is recommended for advanced searchers. For students and general searchers, try one of the Explora databases below:

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Elementary School Research Dictionaries Encyclopedias Magazines Newspapers Reference New! Library Card Required.

Students can search multiple databases at once for elementary school research (grades K-5). All full-text articles included are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).

Databases searched:

  • Primary Search
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
  • American Heritage Children’s Dictionary
  • Topic Overviews K-5

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EveryoneOn Reference

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans.

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Financial Ratings Series Online Reference

Find trusted Weiss Ratings guides to stocks, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), banks, credit unions, and insurance companies online with the Financial Ratings Series powered by Greyhouse Publishing.

Also access a Medigap tool detailing Medicare supplemental insurance options as well as helpful financial literacy resources on subjects such as making a budget, managing debt, and starting a 401K.

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Flipster eMagazines eMagazines Library Card Required.

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. Requires "29041" library card.

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Freegal Music eMusic Library Card Required.

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. Requires "29041" library card.

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General Research Encyclopedias Magazines Newspapers Reference New! Library Card Required.

Search multiple databases at once covering general interest topics, business resources, literary reference, news articles and more.

Databases searched:

  • MasterFILE Premier (with Consumer Reports)
  • Business Source Complete
  • Newspaper Source Plus
  • Biography Reference Center
  • Topic Overviews Public Libraries
  • Associated Press Videos

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HeritageQuest Reference Library Card Required.

Resources for genealogical and historical research, including the U.S. Federal Census, Freedman’s bank records, the PERSI index, and more. Requires "29041" library card.

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High School Research Encyclopedias Magazines Newspapers Reference New! Library Card Required.

Students can search multiple databases at once for full-text articles, images, videos, and more for high school research (grades 9-12).

Databases searched:

  • MAS Complete
  • Newspaper Source Plus
  • History Reference Center
  • Literary Reference Center Plus
  • Science Reference Center
  • TOPICsearch
  • Biography Reference Center
  • Topic Overviews 6-12
  • Associated Press Videos

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hoopla eBooks/eAudiobooks eMusic eVideos Library Card Required.

Online service for library users to access eAudiobooks, Movies, Music, Comics, eBooks and Television shows using portable devices like smartphones and tablets, as well as computers. Requires "29041," "29045," or "29047" library card.

How to get started?

  • You must have a valid library card
  • Click on Get Started
  • Create an account by entering an email address and password
  • When asked to choose your library select San Mateo County Libraries
  • Enter your library card number and PIN

How does hoopla work?

  • You can check out 20 items per month, account resets at the beginning of the month.
  • Movies & TV Shows lend for 3 days
  • Music lends for 7 days
  • eAudiobooks, eBooks, and Comics lend for 21 days
  • No late fees.

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Japanese eMagazines (Kono) eMagazines Library Card Required.

Get eMagazines from Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan delivered to you instantly! Browse current popular magazines on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The Kono for Libraries website is currently available in Chinese, English, and Japanese, while the app is available in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Magazines range from fashion to business to sports and more and can be accessed anytime, anywhere. Requires "29041" library card.

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Kanopy eVideos Library Card Required.

Kanopy offers more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie, and classic films, and world cinema with collections from The Criterion Collection, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

Try It Now!

How to get started?

  • You must have a valid library card
  • Click the orange "Continue" button.
  • Click "Sign up" and create an account using one of the following three methods: Facebook, Google, or email address.
  • Go to your email inbox and look for a message from Kanopy instructing you to verify your email address. If you already have an account, simply click "Log in" and enter your information.
  • After you have verified your email address, go back to Kanopy and add your 14-digit library card number and PIN.
  • Download the Kanopy app for your preferred viewing device (iOSopens a new window, Androidopens a new window, Apple TVopens a new window, Chromecast or Rokuopens a new window).

How does Kanopy work?

  • You can watch 10 movies per month, account resets at the beginning of the month.
  • Videos lend for 3 days.
  • No late fees and no holds! You can start watching right away.

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Link+ Reference Library Card Required.

A combined catalog of books from participating public and academic libraries throughout California and Nevada. Members of the LINK+ consortium utilize a single searchable catalog to seamlessly borrow books from each other. Requires "29041" or "29047" library card.

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Lynda.com Courses & Tutorials eVideos Library Card Required.

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, lynda.com 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.

For Mobile Users:

  • Download the Lynda app
  • Open the app
  • Select Already a member?
  • From top of the screen select Organization
  • Under Web Portal type - smcl.org and click on Log in
  • Use your library card and PIN to Log in

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Mango Languages Courses & Tutorials Library Card Required.

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. Requires "29041" library card.

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MasterFILE Premier (With Consumer Reports) Magazines Newspapers Reference New! Library Card Required.

Search and browse full-text articles from magazines, reference books, and other primary source documents.

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Middle School Research Encyclopedias Magazines Newspapers Reference New! Library Card Required.

Students can search multiple databases at once for full-text articles for middle school research (grades 6-8). All full-text articles included are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
Databases searched:

  • Middle Search Plus
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
  • Topic Overviews 6-12

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Morningstar Investment Research Center Reference Library Card Required.

Morningstar is a respected tool for collecting financial information, obtaining portfolio analysis, learning about investment options and reading financial news commentary. Find data on over 14,500 stocks, 24,800 mutual funds, 1,500 exchange-traded funds, and 700 closed-end funds. Also find analyst reports on over 3,500 securities, offering in-depth background and analyst opinions on top investments. Requires "29041" library card.

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New York Times Online eMagazines eVideos Magazines Newspapers Readers' Advisory Reference Library Card Required.

24-hour complimentary, unlimited access pass to the full edition of The New York Times online and eligible apps without a subscription. Find all regular newspaper content, photography, and videos dating back from 1851 to present. Personalize your access through email newsletters, mobile apps, and customizable news feeds and recommendations. Mandarin and Spanish versions are also available.

Getting Started
To get started, register for a free account either by being logged into smcl.org or from within a San Mateo County Libraries location using a library computer or using your own device on the library WiFi. Once registered, you will be able to enjoy your 24-hour access pass from anywhere by logging in with the same email and password entered during registration.

After your 24-hour pass expires, you may activate a new pass by visiting the pass activation page while once again being logged into smcl.org or from within a San Mateo County Libraries location using a library computer or using your own device on the library WiFi.

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Newspapers – Local Magazines Newspapers Reference Library Card Required.

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. Requires "29041" library card.

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Odilo eBooks/eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

More Spanish eBooks are now available to library patrons. Users can borrow up to 10 titles each month. Requires "29041" library card.

Odilo is accessible from devices such as:

  • Chromebook
  • eBook readers (Sony® Reader, Barnes & Noble NOOK ™, Kobo eReader, Amazon® Kindle)
  • iOS devices
  • Personal computers with Windows and Mac®
  • Any Android device

There are no late fees and titles are automatically returned to the library at the end of the loan.

¡Ahora están disponibles más libros electrónicos en español. Usuarios pueden tomar prestados hasta 10 títulos cada mes. Requiere tarjeta de biblioteca "29041."

Odilo es accesible desde cualquier dispositivo como:

  • Chromebook
  • Lectores de libros electrónicos (Sony® Reader, Barnes & Noble NOOK™, Kobo eReader, Amazon® Kindle)
  • Dispositivos iOS
  • Ordenadores personales con Windows y Mac®
  • Cualquier dispositivo Android.

No hay cargos por retrasos y los títulos se devuelven automáticamente a la biblioteca al fin del préstamo.

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Professional Development Collection Magazines Newspapers Reference New! Library Card Required.

A highly specialized database of full-text electronic information especially for educators, professional librarians, and education researchers.

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RBdigital eMagazines (formerly Zinio) eMagazines Library Card Required.

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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Referencia Latina (en Español) Magazines Newspapers Reference New! Library Card Required.

This full-text Spanish-language database covers subjects inside and outside academia and offers content from a variety of sources, including reference books, general interest magazines, and health reports.

Este base de datos de texto completo en español cubre temas dentro y fuera de la academia y ofrece contenido de una variedad de fuentes, incluidos libros de referencia, revistas de interés general e informes de salud.

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San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury Reports Reference

The Civil Grand Jury serves as an ombudsperson for the citizens of San Mateo County. The jury may receive and investigate complaints by individuals regarding the actions or performances of county or public officials. The yearly Final Reports and responses are available online starting from 1998.

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Skillsoft Library Courses & Tutorials eBooks/eAudiobooks eVideos New! Library Card Required.

Skillsoft offers eBooks, courses, and videos focusing on computer software, business skills and personal development. You can create a customized learning plan and advance your career with Skillsoft's IT certification preparation.

Get started with the mobile app:

  • Download the appropriate app for your mobile device below.
  • Open app and tap Sign In.
  • For Skillport Name enter peninsulals and select skillport.com from the drop-down.

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TeachingBooks.net: Book Guides & Lesson Plans Readers' Advisory Reference Library Card Required.

Find lesson plans, discussion questions, novel units, reader's theater scripts, and other instructional support for the books you're reading in any K–12 classroom.

  • Ready-to-use and vetted for quality to save you time
  • Stimulate discussions about the books you're teaching
  • Use for book clubs and to prompt conversation about books at home
  • Choose from thousands of guides for both fiction and nonfiction
  • Great for new educators and teachers-in-training

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TeachingBooks.net: Build Your Own Custom Reading Lists Readers' Advisory Reference Library Card Required.

Compile, organize, analyze, and share instructional materials associated with the books in your curriculum.

  • Create your own booklists
  • Manage text sets
  • Analyze text complexity differentiation
  • Seamlessly edit, sequence, and annotate lists
  • Immediately have instructional materials
  • Distribute lists with QR codes, emails, or permanent links

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TumbleBook Library eBooks/eAudiobooks eVideos Library Card Required.

A collection of eBooks, videos, and talking books with fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, and foreign language learning titles. Also includes videos and puzzles/games. Requires "29041" library card.

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Voter’s Edge California Reference

Voter’s Edge California is a comprehensive, nonpartisan online guide to elections covering federal, state, and local races in the state of California.

With Voter’s Edge California, voters can:

  • Access their full, personalized ballot by entering their address.
  • Get in-depth information on candidates, measures, and who supports them.
  • View candidate biographies, top priorities, answers to questions, photos, policy videos, endorsements, and detailed information about who funds their campaigns.
  • Browse unbiased explanations of ballot measures; find out who supports, opposes, and funds them.
  • Check where, when, and how to vote, including information on their local polling locations.
  • Keep track of their choices to make voting easier.
  • Share information about the election with friends and family.

A joint project of MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (LWVCEF).

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Voter’s Edge California (en Español) Reference

Voter’s Edge California es una guía integral para las elecciones, sin ninguna afiliación partidista y disponible en línea, que cubre las contiendas federales, estatales y locales en el estado de California.

Con Voter’s Edge California, los votantes podrán:

  • Tener acceso detallado y personalizado a su boleta electoral al ingresar su dirección
  • Obtener información detallada sobre los candidatos, las iniciativas de ley y quién los apoya.
  • Ver las biografías de los candidatos, sus prioridades, respuestas a preguntas, fotografías, videos políticos, respaldos e información detallada acerca de quién financia sus campañas.
  • Explorar las explicaciones imparciales de las iniciativas de ley en la boleta electoral; saber quién las apoya, se opone a ellas y las financia.
  • Revisar dónde, cuándo y cómo votar, incluida la información sobre la ubicación de los lugares de votación locales.
  • Dar seguimiento a sus opciones para hacer que el proceso de votación sea más sencillo.
  • Compartir información acerca de las elecciones con familiares y amigos.

Voter’s Edge California (VEC) es un proyecto conjunto de MapLight y la League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (LWVCEF).

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Yewno Discover Reference New!

Yewno Discover is a research tool that augments reference databases and keyword searching. Yewno allows users to browse for information and ideas through a visual map called a Knowledge Map, suggesting other related concepts. Drawing on Yewno's databases, users can then review, build upon, and refine their search by making connections between related concepts.

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