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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 form, opens a new window by selecting California, a San Mateo County Library location, and entering your library card number and PIN.
  • If new to ABCmouse, you will be presented with an account confirmation page showing a temporary ABCmouse username and password. We recommend saving for future reference, as it is associated with your library card number.
  • You can also customize the login information by visiting the Parent Section under Settings (the gear icon) and clicking on My Account, Account Information, and replacing your temporary login information with your own email address and password.
  • 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 so please make sure to enter your personal email.
  • 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 given 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 library, opens 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 Library Card Required.


Access World News Research Collection 2022 Newspapers New! Library Card Required.

Explore and stay informed on local, national and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from around the world to around the corner, including The San Mateo Daily Journal. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

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

An 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, 29731 or 29735 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.

Available for these devices:

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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.gov, opens a new window.

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California Missions eBooks eBooks/eAudiobooks Reference

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Cell-Ed Courses & Tutorials

With Cell-Ed, your phone (basic or smart) becomes your teacher and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Learn English and other subjects like citizenship, math, or job skills all from your phone. Interact with live coaches over a call, text messaging, or download the app. No WiFi or internet required.

To get started, please fill out a short form, opens a new window and we will contact you with further instructions. For more information, please email us.

This resource is intended for adults within the San Mateo County Libraries service area.

Con Cell-Ed, ¡su teléfono (básico o “smart”) se convierte en su maestro y está disponible las 24 horas del día, 7 días de la semana! Aprenda inglés y otras materias como ciudadanía, matemáticas o habilidades para el trabajo con su teléfono. Interactúa con maestros a través de una llamada, mensajes de texto o por descargrar la aplicación. No se requiere WiFi ni internet.

Para comenzar, complete una breve encuesta, opens a new window y le contactaremos con más instrucciones. Para obtener más información, envíenos un correo electrónico.

Este recurso es para adultos que están dentro del área de servicio de las bibliotecas del condado de San Mateo.

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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, 29731 or 29735 library card.

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Coursera Courses & Tutorials

Level up your career with access to 5000+ courses and certifications taught by industry experts from leading universities. Courses include in-demand skills and certifications like data science, machine learning & AI, management essentials, and much more. Simply click on the link above to request an account. Once you’ve received your invitation email and joined the program, you can use this link to access Coursera, opens a new window in the future.

 It is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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Creativebug Courses & Tutorials eVideos Library Card Required.

Get crafting with Creativebug! You can choose from 5000+ online classes taught by crafting artists and ranging on subjects from painting and drawing to canning and preserving. You can take classes, get inspiration, and participate in the daily practice series. If you have the time, check out Creativebug Television (CBTV), where you can get a behind the scenes look at some of the artists featured on Creativebug. Requires 29041, 29731 or 29735 library card.

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data axle – reference solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) Business Directories Reference Library Card Required.

Offers up-to-date business and residential data in the United States. With data axle – reference solutions, you can find jobs, business opportunities, company research, market trends, addresses and phone numbers, and much more.

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Digital Newspaper Collection Newspapers

San Mateo County Libraries' microfilm collection is now completely digital. You can access the historical archives of the following newspapers from San Mateo County:

Brisbane Bee (1979-1980)
Brisbane Bee-Democrat (1961-1979)
Coast Side Comet (1910-1923)
Half Moon Bay Review and Pescadero Pebble (1916-2015)

The San Mateo County Libraries’ digital microfilm is hosted on a service called Digital ReeL, opens a new window, which provides an exact online replica of the original newspaper. You can browse by publication title, year, and issue date and do keyword searches across the full collection or individual titles.

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

Disfrute de libros electrónicos y audiolibros descargables de la biblioteca de libros digitales del sistema de bibliotecas de la Península. Explore nuevos títulos cada mes a medida que desarrollamos y construimos nuestra propia colección.

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 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 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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enki Library eBooks/eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

With over 70,000 eBook titles, enki Library is a librarian-curated collection of popular fiction and nonfiction genres including romance, mysteries, travel, technical, crafts, cooking and more. You can read enki titles online or download and open in Adobe Digital Editions on desktop, laptop or Android / iOS tablet or phone.

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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 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, 29731 or 29735 library card.

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Gale In Context: Environmental Studies Reference

Students can explore topics ranging from climate change to automobile emissions. This resource will help you critically analyze important environmental topics that will affect people around the world. Discover more about topics and events such as Earth systems, global change, pollution, and populations. Gale in Context allows for easy selection of content appropriate for different grade levels.

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General Research Encyclopedias Magazines Newspapers Reference 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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HelpNow Courses & Tutorials eVideos Games Study Guides Tests Library Card Required.

Live real-time homework assistance is available for California K-12 students 24 hours a day by laptop, tablet or phone from qualified tutors using state curriculum and standards. 24/7 assistance is available in English and Spanish for Language Arts and Mathematics.

Every day between 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM, assistance is available in core K-12 subjects in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Vietnamese
  • Tagalog

Tutors can provide a virtual whiteboard, conduct live audio interactions with students and work with learners on a wide range of concepts. Students are expected to work through the content and learn from the feedback. Tutors do not provide answers — they provide guidance and help. All tutors have passed background checks and possess, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree.

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HeritageHub Newspapers New! Library Card Required.

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

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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, 29731 or 29735 library card.

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High School Research Encyclopedias Magazines Newspapers Reference 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.

Hoopla is an online service for library users to access eAudiobooks, eBooks, and Comic Books from top publishers as well as Movies, Music, and Television shows from media companies such as Nickelodeon, A24, The Great Courses, BBC, Acorn TV, and more. Hoopla can be used on mobile devices, TV streaming players, and computers. Requires 29041, 29044, 29045, 29047, 29731 or 29735 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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HyRead: 繁體中文電子書 | HyRead: Traditional Chinese eBooks eBooks/eAudiobooks eMagazines Library Card Required.

HyRead是繁體中文電子書平台,主要提供台灣出版社的中文圖書,豐富的電子書種類適合各年齡層讀者包括親子童書,文學小説, 商業理財,心理勵志, 語言學習,旅遊及飲食等等。 通過各種瀏覽器在線閱讀或下載HyRead App。只需使用您的圖書證號碼和密碼登錄即可。 圖書借閱證前5個號碼必需是 29041, 29731或 29735。

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HyRead is a traditional Chinese language eBook platform from Taiwan for all ages, including children's books for pair reading, literature, and fiction, business, self-help, language learning, cooking, travel, etc. The digital titles are accessible from your browser or your mobile device by downloading the HyRead App. Just log in with your library card number and PIN. Requires 29041, 29731 or 29735 library card.

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Indie Author Project (IAP) eBooks/eAudiobooks New!

Allows local authors to showcase their work through Biblioboard. After submitting your eBook through the Indie Author Project (IAP), you can have your eBook showcased in the inclusive Indie California Collection. If your eBook sees high circulation in Indie California Collection, it will then be considered for inclusion in the exclusive Indie Author Project Select Collection, which includes the highest-circulating titles from around the US and Canada.

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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, 29731 or 29735 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 (iOS, opens a new window, Android, opens a new window, Apple TV, opens a new window, Chromecast or Roku, opens 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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Kono: 中文電子雜誌 | Kono: Chinese eMagazines eMagazines Library Card Required.

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。圖書借閱證前5個號碼必需是 29041, 29731或 29735。

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, 29731 or 29735 library card.

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Learning Express Library Courses & Tutorials Tests

Your one-stop shop for professional exam preparation like plumbing, air traffic control, law enforcement, the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), and the California Real Estate Salesperson exam. Job seekers can find help with resume-building and interviewing skills. There are tools for earning a high school equivalency diploma and video courses on building computer literacy skills.

This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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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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LinkedIn Learning Courses & Tutorials eVideos Library Card Required.

Lynda.com is now LinkedIn Learning! Read more about this upgrade on our blog.

A constantly growing library of more than 8,500 courses in streaming video format with 40-60 new courses added weekly. Subjects covered range from 3D + Animation, Audio, Business including Office and Google software, Design, Developer, Photography and Video, and Web and Social Media. Videos use screenshots, narration, live-action, smart boards, charts and graphics, audio, and include captioning. Courses are available for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced learning tracks. This year’s subscription to LinkedIn Learning is funded through the California State Library.

To use the mobile app:

  1. Download the LinkedIn Learning app for iOS, opens a new window or Android, opens a new window.
  2. Tap Sign in
  3. Tap Sign in with your Library Card under the Continue button.
  4. Enter smcl when prompted to Enter your Library ID and tap Continue.
  5. Sign in with your 29041, 29731 or 29735 library card and PIN.

This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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MasterFILE Premier (With Consumer Reports) Magazines Newspapers Reference 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 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 a 29041, 29731 or 29735 library card.

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Museum Passes Library Card Required.

Print passes for museums and attractions throughout the Bay Area, such as the Asian Art Museum, Oakland Zoo, Cartoon Art Museum, and many more through Discover & Go!

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

72-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 72-hour access pass from anywhere by logging in with the same email and password entered during registration.

After your 72-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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News for You Newspapers

Newspaper articles in simple English about current events and other interesting topics that can help you learn to read, write, speak, and understand the English language. Seven new stories are posted each Wednesday, along with audio, exercises, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle, a word search, and a poll. Listen to each story in full or sentence-by-sentence.

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Newspapers – Local by NewsBank 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 a 29041, 29731 or 29735 library card.

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Northstar Digital Literacy Courses & Tutorials

An online learning platform started by digital media specialists from St. Paul Library and the state of Minnesota. The service focuses on learners with no, low, or limited technology skills as well as a lower English language level. Some examples of courses include Your Digital Footprint, Supports K-12 Distance Learning, Email, Internet Basics, Information Literacy, and more.

This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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O’Reilly for Public Libraries eBooks/eAudiobooks eVideos Library Card Required.

O’Reilly for Public Libraries is an online learning resource designed to help you understand the latest technologies and business strategies. You get unlimited access to over 50,000 technology eBooks as well as video courses, case studies from top companies, learning paths, expert playlists, and more—with nearly 1,000 topics to explore in technology and business.

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Odilo eBooks/eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

¡Ahora están disponibles más libros electrónicos en español. Usuarios pueden tomar prestados hasta 10 títulos cada mes. Requiere tarjeta de biblioteca 29041, 29731 o 29735.

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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More Spanish eBooks are now available to library patrons. Users can borrow up to 10 titles each month. Requires a 29041, 29731 or 29735 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.

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Pressbooks eBooks/eAudiobooks New!

A user-friendly digital self-publishing tool that allows local authors to edit, format, design and produce top-quality eBooks and print-ready files in ePub and PDF formats. You can create and export an unlimited number of files using Pressbooks.

To get started, create an account on BiblioBoard.

  • Click on Menu
  • Click on Don’t have a profile? Create Yours Now!
  • Fill in your information and click Create Profile

Submit your finished eBook to the Indie Author Project (IAP).

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PressReader—eNewspapers & eMagazines eMagazines Magazines Newspapers New! Library Card Required.

Browse full-image digital editions of over 3,000 newspapers and 4,000 magazines. Whether you want to catch up on national news with the Dallas Morning News or Philadelphia Inquirer, or read top magazine titles like Newsweek, Smithsonian and Vogue, PressReader has you covered. Change between full-image and article views seamlessly. The platform includes high-quality content from more than 120 countries in 60 languages. The interface can also be translated into 17 languages. You can view PressReader in your internet browser or on an app on your digital device. Requires 29041, 29731 or 29735 library card.

To use the mobile app:

  1. Download the PressReader app for iOS, opens a new window or Android, opens a new window.
  2. Tap Sign in
  3. Tap Libraries & Groups
  4. Search for and select San Mato County Libraries
  5. Tap Sign in
  6. Enter your library Username or Barcode and PIN
  7. Tap Log In

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PressReader—for Families, Kids & Tweens eMagazines Magazines Newspapers New! Library Card Required.

Parents, kids and tweens can find family-focused magazines in several languages for entertainment and educational purposes. Families can expect access to titles such as National Geographic Kids, Sports Illustrated Kids and parent-focused magazines. Requires 29041, 29731 or 29735 library card.

To use the mobile app:

  1. Download the PressReader app for iOS, opens a new window or Android, opens a new window.
  2. Tap Sign in
  3. Tap Libraries & Groups
  4. Search for and select San Mato County Libraries
  5. Tap Sign in
  6. Enter your library Username or Barcode and PIN
  7. Tap Log In

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ProCitizen Courses & Tutorials eVideos Study Guides Tests Library Card Required.

ProCitizen can help you prepare for the Civics, Reading, and Writing portions of the Naturalization Test. Through a series of 100 informative videos, practice exercises and quizzes, you will learn everything you need to know to successfully pass the Naturalization Test. Requires a 29041, 29731 or 29735 library card.

A Pronunciator app, written in responsive HTML5, is available and can be used in any browser — including browsers on any mobile device. You must first register an account with Pronunciator to use the app.

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ProCitizen (en Español) Courses & Tutorials eVideos Study Guides Tests Library Card Required.

ProCitizen puede ayudarte a preparar para las partes de Civismo, Lectura y Escritura de la Prueba de Naturalización. A través de una serie de 100 videos informativos, ejercicios de práctica y cuestionarios, aprenderás todo lo que necesitas saber para aprobar con éxito la Prueba de Naturalización. Requiere tarjeta de la biblioteca 29041, 29731 o 29735.

Una aplicación para Pronunciator, escrita en HTML5 responsivo, está disponible y se puede usar en cualquier navegador, incluidos los navegadores en cualquier dispositivo móvil. Primero debes registrar una cuenta con Pronunciator para usar la aplicación.

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Professional Development Collection Magazines Newspapers Reference Library Card Required.

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

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Pronunciator Courses & Tutorials eVideos Library Card Required.

Learn a new language with Pronunciator! Choose from any of the 163 languages in Pronunciator and dive in with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. Learn at your own pace or join a live teaching session. Requires 29041, 29731 or 29735 library card.

A Pronunciator app, written in responsive HTML5, is available and can be used in any browser — including browsers on any mobile device. You must first register an account with Pronunciator to use the app.

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ProQuest eBook Central eBooks/eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

Provides authoritative, full-text eBooks in a wide range of subject areas along with powerful tools to find, use, and manage the information. Subjects covered: Business & Economics; Computers & IT; Education; Engineering & Technology; History & Political Science; Humanities; Interdisciplinary & Area Studies; Language, Literature & Linguistics; Law, International Relations & Public Policy; Life Sciences; Medical; Nursing & Allied Health; Physical Sciences; Psychology & Social Work; Religion, Philosophy & Classics; Sociology & Anthropology.

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ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher (Grades 6-12) Reference Library Card Required.

Delivers the pros and cons on social issues with relevant, credible information. Analyses and opinions hand selected from thousands of national and international sources such as newspaper and magazine articles, videos, charts, maps, statistics, primary sources and government documents.

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Redwood City Public Library Online Resources (Students Only) Business Directories Courses & Tutorials Dictionaries eBooks/eAudiobooks eMagazines eMusic Encyclopedias eVideos Games Magazines Manuals Newspapers Readers' Advisory Reference Study Guides Tests Library Card Required.


Referencia Latina Magazines Newspapers Reference Library Card Required.

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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SimplyE App eBooks/eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

The SimplyE app is a convenient way to access library eBooks and eAudiobooks, as well as thousands of works in the public domain. SimplyE consolidates San Mateo County Libraries Overdrive, Axis 360, enki, and public domain eBooks and eAudiobooks into a single collection.

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Skillshare Courses & Tutorials

An online learning community that can help you take the next step in your creative journey. The service offers 35,000 video courses on topics including entrepreneurship, graphic design, productivity, marketing, data analytics, and time management. Skillshare is ideal for creatives, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and anyone who wants to learn new skills. All courses are taught by expert instructors, and learners have the opportunity to connect in the built-in peer community.

Please note that Skillshare has a limited number of accounts that are shared with the Peninsula Library System.

Membership to Skillshare through the library is for three months and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you already have a Skillshare account with an existing email, you must create a separate account to take advantage of the free three months. To see if it’s possible to freeze a current paid subscription, you need to file a ticket with Skillshare support, opens a new window.

This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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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, 29731 or 29735 library card.

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TumbleBook Library (en Español) eBooks/eAudiobooks eVideos Library Card Required.

Una colección de libros electrónicos, videos y libros hablados con títulos de ficción, no ficción, novelas gráficas y aprendizaje de idiomas extranjeros. También incluye videos y rompecabezas/juegos. Requiere tarjeta de biblioteca 29041, 29731 o 29735.

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Udemy by Gale Courses & Tutorials eVideos Library Card Required.

An online learning platform for San Mateo County Libraries cardholders who want to improve work-related skills or further develop a personal interest. Users can search through more than 4,000 continuously updated, on-demand video courses across 75 categories in business, technology, design, health, mindfulness, and more. Requires 29041, 29731 or 29735 library card.

To Use the App:

    1. Download the Udemy for Business app in the View available apps below.
    2. Open the app and enter gale.udemy.com as the organization account and click Next.
    3. Under Find Your Institution select Public Library and search for San Mateo County Library.
    4. Click San Mateo County Library and you’ll be taken to the screen where you can enter your library card number and click Sign In.
    5. You’ll be taken to the screen where you can sign in using a Google or Microsoft account.

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VetNow Courses & Tutorials eVideos Games Study Guides Tests Library Card Required.

Provides live help with VA benefits and resources. Also includes support tools, college skills tools (including free tutoring), and job-hunting help for veterans transitioning from the military to civilian life.

This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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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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Weston Woods Plus: Streaming Video Books for Ages 3-10 eVideos New! Library Card Required.

Children can immerse themselves in this interactive streaming video book collection. Parents and teachers are encouraged to use the lesson plans and the key vocabulary words chosen carefully from each book. There are even some bilingual titles available in Spanish and Mandarin. Requires 29041, 29731 or 29735 library card.

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World Book Online Dictionaries eBooks/eAudiobooks Encyclopedias eVideos Games Reference Library Card Required.

An engaging, interactive, gamified and trustworthy online learning experience for grades pre-K through high school. A suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, educational games, pictures, audio, maps and video, complemented by children’s ebooks, current periodicals and related Web sites.

Perfect for school reports and research papers. There are different portals for different age ranges and includes Spanish resources for elementary school users.

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Yewno Discover Reference Library Card Required.

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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