An A - Z List of Online Products

Funding for these resources is provided in part through a generous donation from
the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.

Databases by Subject
Browse through a list of Digital eBook Providers


With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities,'s online curriculum is a valuable resource for young learners (ages2-6+). Free for use inside our library.

Academic One File

Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources.

American Physical Society (APS) Physics Journals - available only within the library
Physical Review Letters (PRL) (brief important papers, all topics in physics)
Physical Review A (atomic, molecular, and optical physics)
Physical Review B (condensed matter and materials physics)
Physical Review C (nuclear physics)
Physical Review D (particles, fields, gravitation and cosmology)
Physical Review E (statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics)
Physical Review X (open access articles, all topics of physics)
Physical Review Applied (applied physics)
Reviews of Modern Physics (in-depth articles, all topics in physics)
Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams
Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
The APS Journal Archive (back to 1893)

American Revolution Reference Library - Part of the Gale Virtual Reference collection.

Ancestry Library Edition (ALE)
- available only within the library

Arts and Humanities Through the Eras - part of the Gale Virtual Referencecollection.

Find a job, business, person or create mailing lists & sales leads.

Author Alerts
Get notified by email or text message when the Library orders new titles by your favorite authors or performers.

Axis 360
Downloadable eBooks & audiobooks in a variety of formats compatible with different types of devices.
Learn more on the eBook Basics web page for tips on getting started and finding what's compatible with your device.


Bay Area Consumer's Checkbook - available only within the library

Beanstack - receive personal book recommendations matched to your child's age & interests.

Biography In Context
A comprehensive database of biographical information on more than 150,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. Combines award-winning biographies from respected Gale Group sources.

Ebook resource: Kids Ebooks you can watch and read online. This subscription pairs fiction and non-fiction titles to enhance learning and fun!

Subscribe to our weekly e-newsletters for Adults, Kids & Teens or browse the lists of bestsellers & award winners.

Brainfuse - An online homework and study tool for kids and adults.

Business Insights Global - Deep business intelligence powered by statistical data.

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California Mission Books from Follett
Ebook resource: full text books for reports on California missions.
USERNAME = missions
PASSWORD = missions

Career Transitions from Gale
Career Transitions can help you make the most of your job searching and career exploration efforts. The site is organized by resources that will help you find a new job, and those that will help you discover a new career. Just create an account and let this product help you write your résumé, practice for an interview, and land your next job.

Chilton Library from Gale
Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs with the reliability of the Chilton auto manuals.

CREDO Reference
Full text of over 600 reference books that cover all subjects. Also includes thousands of images from the Bridgeman Archive and the National Gallery. This is a great place to start your research for background and terminology. Multi-language dictionaries, full text encyclopedias, Who's Who publications, crossword puzzle help and a conversion calculator round out their offerings.

Culture Grams
Provides detailed cultural information on over 200 countries, all 50 states and the Canadian provinces and territories. Includes four editions: the World Edition (for junior high school and up) and the Kids, States, and Canadian Provinces editions (for upper elementary school students).


Discover & Go
Discover & Go is an online service through the library providing free and discount passes to a wide variety of Bay Area museums and other cultural destinations! Get more details on the Discover & Go information web page.
Offers a number of practice tests for those getting driver permits. Tests teach as well as test, and would be good practice for anyone getting ready to take the written
California Driver's test.


Ebsco Master File Complete
Covers all topics in thousands of magazines, many full text. A great place to start!

Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia Britannica Online provides in-depth research and formatted citations, time-lines, timelines and subject searching. This resource is suitable for middle or high school students and adult audiences. Use Encyclopedia Britannica Online for Kids for younger audiences.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online for Kids
Encyclopedia Britannica Online for Kids is a simple way to do research, with tips on writing papers, book reviews and science reports. This resource includes ways to search by subject or key word. Contains Compton's Encyclopedia, Elementary Encyclopedia and a dictionary. Excellent for elementary or middle school students.

Encyclopedia of Associations
Part of the Gale Directory Library, which contains the full text of the Encyclopedia of Associations, including Regional, State & Local; National; and International Organizations.

Encyclopedia of World Cultures - part of the Gale Virtual Reference collection.

Endangered Species - part of the Gale Virtual Reference collection.

Enki Library
Downloadable eBooks compatible with most eReading devices, PCs & Macs. Visit the eBook Basics web page for tips on getting started and finding what's compatible with your device.
Enki Library was created by libraries in California with great content from indie publishers. Find an unexpected new favorite!

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Fashion, Costume and Culture - part of the Gale Virtual Reference collection.

Flipster - A next-generation digital magazine service for browsing the latest issues of popular magazines.

Freegal Music

Freegal Music is a downloadable music service for library cardholders! Freegal offers you access to over 3 million songs, including Sony Music's catalog. The collection is comprised of music from over 10,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries. Download 3 songs per week with your library card right through your web browser. iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad free app available here. Android free app available here. Get more details on the Freegal information web page.


Gale Directory Library
Ebook resource: Gale Directory Library is a database that includes the 3-volume set of Encyclopedia of Associations (including Regional, State & Local; National; and International Organizations) as well as the National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.

Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine - part of the Gale Virtual Reference collection.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Ebook resource: Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.

General OneFile from Gale
A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

Great Courses
College-level lectures delivered as audiobooks.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia -
part of the Gale Virtual Reference collection.


Health and Wellness Resource Center

Use this database to research topics in health and medicine, medications, and wellness. Includes encyclopedias, directories, medical dictionary, magazines, journals, and newspapers.

Heritage Quest
The company is best known for its collection of the U.S. Federal Census records from 1790 through 1930, along with more than 25,000 fully searchable family and local history books, Freedman's records and more. View the original records and book pages as high-quality images.

U.S. History in Context
Provides integrated access to over 4,000 historical (primary) documents, articles from more than 30 reference titles, and over 110 full-text journal covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present. The material also includes citations from over 180 additional history journals from the Institute for Scientific Information's Arts and Humanities Citation Index, as well as the entire "American Journey Online" series.

World History in Context
This powerful search tool reaches back nearly 5,000 years to chronicle the rise and fall of cultures and societies across all continents and eras. Rare primary sources combine with reliable references to put content into context for every learner.

Hoopla Digital
Streaming video (movies & TV), eAudiobooks and Music albums you can enjoy in your web browser on a computer or in the free mobile app for iOS & Android devices.

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Bring the film festival experience home with independent films, shorts & documentaries from around the world including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more.
Unlimited access--all videos in the collection are available anytime -- no waitlists, no due dates, no late fees! Visit the
Streaming Video webpage for more information.

Informe Académico

Informe Académico es la base de datos enfocada en proveer material iberoamericano confiable de carácter académico, científico y de interés general. En ella encontrarás publicaciones sin periodos de embargo, disponibles en formato PDF y HTML. Su intuitiva interfaz te permitirá ubicar información exacta de manera sencilla y rápida.


The Kanopy Streaming Collection includes 30,000 films featuring titles from the Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, PBS, and many more.

Kid's InfoBits

For elementary school students, easy access to full articles with pictures in magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on animals, plants people. geography, science and math, history, sports and more. Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5.

Kono for Libraries
Kono for Libraries - Chinese & Japanese digital magazines from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.


Learning Express 3.0

Learning Express 3.0 provides a way to prepare for academic or professional exams on-line, including SAT, ACT, GED, GRE, GMAT, PRAZIS, ASVAB, Cosmetology, Civil Service, Postal Worker, Law Enforcement, Fire, and more. California specific exams including 4th grade, 8th grade, CBEST, and California Highway Patrol. Online courses include Reading Comprehension, Grammar Skills for Writing, Math, Vocabulary and Spelling, as well as courses in Spanish. Users must register and log in to take tests, access tutorials or get eBooks.

Legal Information Reference Center
Contains NOLO Press full text legal books, including renter's and landlord's rights, divorce, small business start ups and more. 

Literature Resource Center
Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.


Mango Languages
Mango Languages is an online learning system that teaches 52 different languages by using real life situations and actual conversations to help you more effectively learn a new language. Also a module for learning English. There is a Mango app as well for learning on the go! One time registration is required to save you sessions.

MasterFile Complete
Covers all topics in thousands of magazines, many full text. A great place to start!

Middle Ages Reference Library - part of the Gale Virtual Reference collection.

Morningstar Investment Research Center
Morningstar is now available to customers 24/7, with your valid Palo Alto library card. Research more than 23,000 stocks and mutual funds; build and analyze an investment portfolio; learn about stocks, mutual funds and portfolios.

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New York Times (1851-2012)
A unique full-image archive that brings you the entire historical run of The New York Times since 1851, delivering every page of every issue from cover to cover, with full-page and article images in PDF format. This fully searchable database provides multiple search options including keyword, article type, date ranges, specific dates, authors and articles in quick results and full page images for context browsing.

The Palo Alto Daily News and The Daily Post full text, plus State and National Newspapers.

Novelist Plus
You can find your next book to read by searching subject, author or "read alikes". Novelist Plus includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more. Now with non-fiction as well as fiction. Find out more:
Novelist FAQ - Novelist YouTube channel.

Novelist K-8Plus
NoveList K-8 allows you to discover the fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles to use in your classroom. Core Curriculum recommendations are a great feature of Novelist K-8 Plus. Find out more: Novelist FAQ - Novelist YouTube channel.

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Opposing Viewpoints

The premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

Overdrive's Northern California Digital Library
Learn how to get started with e-books from Overdrive's Northern California Digital Library. Explore the A to Z List of all our eBook and eAudio products.
Download eBooks, audiobooks and music via the Northern California Digital Library site. Choose from a growing collection of almost 3000 eBooks and over 3600 audiobooks to download to your personal computer, laptop, mobile device, eReader or MP3 player using your Palo Alto City Library card.

Oxford English Dictionary - We are discontinuing Oxford English Dictionary due to low usage and suitable alternatives already in our collection and via the open web.

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PAHA (Palo Alto Historical Association) Photograph Collection
The Palo Alto Historical Association Photograph Collection contains over 13,000 photographs of Palo Alto from 1870 to the present. The entire collection is available in the archives at the History Desk in Cubberley Community Center, Room K-7, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Hours are Tuesday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. Learn more about this resource. Visit the PAHA website for more information.

PAHA (Palo Alto Historical Association) Obituary and Local News Database
This database is an index to the obituaries that have appeared in local newspapers since as far back as the 1890's.
Entries predominately include Palo Altans and some residents of neighboring cities who worked in Palo Alto.

Search directly inside the library catalog.
Limit your search results by either:
* Collection: Local News & Obit Index
Location: Local News

Copies of the obituaries themselves are available at the History Desk at the Cubberley Community Center, Room K-7, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306.
To retrieve a copy of an obituary,
email the reference desk or phone the reference desk at (650) 329-2436.
Visit the
PAHA website for more information.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
This full-text database provides a historically rich collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques–including contemporary content from the finest publishers. 

Full text issues of thousands of newspapers and magazines.


Rand Statistics

Social Science data from the nation's leading think tank. Nearly 200 databases covering all 50 states with 162 additional detailed databases on California, Texas and New York. Data is at the national, state, local levels. Find out more.

Rosen Teen Health & Wellness
The first place to search for health information for teens and their parents. Includes videos on health topics made by teens and topics that concern teens, such as body basics, friendship and dating, and more.

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Safari Tech Books Online
Ebook resource with over 7,500 computer and information technology titles. Read more about this product.

Science in Context
From earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography, this revolutionary, curriculum-oriented online experience is designed to boost achievement for students and researchers.

Social Studies Fact Cards: California Edition
Fact Cards are a series of research resources designed for quick reference for students in grades 4 through 8. Topics covered include California missions, Indians, explorers and history by decade.

A French and English, bilingual service, StoryPlay*r allows you to record your personal readings of children's books for playback on any device.


Total BooX
Total Boox provides access to 50,000+ instantly downloadable eBooks without waitlists, expiration dates, or other limitations.

Tumblebook Library

Ebook resource: an online collection of animated, talking picture books, reading comprehension quizzes, educational games, and teacher resources. Requires Flash player.


U.S. Immigration and Migration Reference Library - part of the Gale Virtual Reference collection.


West's Encyclopedia of American Law - part of the Gale Virtual Reference collection.

World Book Online
We are discontinuing World Book due to low usage and suitable alternatives already in our collection and via the open web.


RBDigital - Previously Zinio
A subscription digital magazine service where library cardholders get free access to complete digital magazines, including full-color pictures, keyword searching, and interactive elements such as audio & video. Read more about this product.

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Last Updated: Sep 13, 2017