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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.gov. Get App in Apple Store Get App in Play Store Found In:


California Missions eBooks eBooks/eAudiobooks Reference

California missions eBooks that can be read online for free. When asked for a Username and Password please enter Username: missions Password: missions.

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Chilton Library Manuals Library Card Required.

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. Requires "29041" library card. Get App in Apple Store Get App in Play Store Found In:


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. Found In:



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Enki eBooks eBooks/eAudiobooks

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.    Enki Help Found In:


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. Found In:

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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.    Flipster Help Get App in Apple Store Get App in Play Store Found In:


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.    Freegal Help Get App in Apple Store Get App in Play Store Get App in Amazon Store Found In:

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Gale Literary Sources (formerly Artemis Literary Sources) Dictionaries Encyclopedias Reference Library Card Required.

Gale Literary Sources integrates full-text literary content with metadata and subject indexing and provides workflow tools to analyze information. You can research authors and their works, literary movements and genres. Search across your library's Literature databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews. Found In:


General Onefile Dictionaries Magazines Newspapers Reference Library Card Required.

A one-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature, art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text. Get App in Apple Store Get App in Play Store Found In:


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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. Found In:


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" 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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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" library card. Found In:



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. Requires "29041" library card. Get App in Apple Store Get App in Play Store Found In:

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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. Found In:

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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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Opposing Viewpoints In Context eVideos Magazines Newspapers Reference Library Card Required.

An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the solution features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience. Get App in Apple Store Get App in Play Store Found In:

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PBS Video Collection eVideos Library Card Required.

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. Requires "29041" library card.    PBS Video Collection Help Found In:





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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. Found In:





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Testing & Education Reference Center Courses & Tutorials eBooks/eAudiobooks Reference Study Guides Tests Library Card Required.

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.). Requires "29041" library card.    On-Demand Tutorials

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Total Boox eBooks eBooks/eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

Over 50,000 titles available immediately – never any holds, never any waiting! Great selection of fiction and business, technical, computer, Mind/Body/Spirit, and travel titles from publishers like: O'Reilly, Maker Media, Elsevier Science, Algonquin, New World Library, F+W Media, Sourcebooks, Workman, Lonely Planet, Berlitz, and Insight Guides and many more. Download up to 1000 books. Books are yours to keep as long as the library subscribes to Total Boox and you have a library card. For mobile devices including: Android devices, Kindle Fire, iPad & iPad Mini.

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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. Found In:


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U.S. History in Context eVideos Magazines Newspapers Reference Library Card Required.

An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. Merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience. Get App in Apple Store Get App in Play Store Found In:

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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.
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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). Found In:

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World History in Context eVideos Magazines Newspapers Reference Library Card Required.

An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. Merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience. Get App in Apple Store Get App in Play Store Found In:


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Zinio eMagazines 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. Requires "29041" library card.    Zinio Help Get App in Apple Store Get App in Play Store Found In:

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