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Click on a subject to see a list of available resources. A library card is required for most resources when used outside the Library. Funding is provided in part through a generous donation from the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.

* Check the A to Z list of online products the Library offers.

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The Arts Encyclopedias & Reference Magazines & Journals
Automotive Repair Foreign Language & ESL Museum Passes
Business & Co. Reports Find Funding and
Foundations
Music
Careers & Job
Assistance
Genealogy & Local History Newspapers
Citizenship Health & Medicine People & Biography
Computer Books &
Training
History Science
Consumer Information Homework Help Statistics
Driver's Practice Tests Legal Resources Teachers &Teaching
eBooks & eAudiobooks Literature & Reading Test Taking - Practice
Tests
En español Video


The Arts:

Automotive Repair:
  • Chilton Library - Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs with the reliability of the Chilton auto manuals.
Business and Company Reports:

Careers and Job Assistance:

  • AtoZdatabases Use the "Find a Job" section to locate potential employers by zip code, city or state, get tips on interviewing, and locate a resume template. Find out more.
  • Career Transitions [tip sheet - pdf]
  • Learning Express 3.0 - includes help with job search and workplace skills and civil service exams. Users must register and log in to take tests, access tutorials or get eBooks.

Citizenship:

Computer Books & Training:

  • Learning Express 3.0 - includes online software tutorials for Microsoft Office products and both Mac and PC operating systems. Users must register and log in to take tests, access tutorials or get eBooks.
  • Safari eBooks - from beginner to pro full text books online.

Consumer Information:

Driver's Practice Tests:

  • Driving-Tests.Org 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.

eBooks and eAudiobooks:

  • See the A-Z list for descriptions of the various products the Library offers.
  • You can search the Library Catalog to locate the majority of titles.
  • Learn the basics to get started with eBooks & eAudiobooks

En español:

  • 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.

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Encyclopedias and Reference Resources:

Foreign Language & ESL:

Find funding through the Foundation Center Partnership:

NOTE: The three online products and the print collection are ONLY available at the Rinconada Library.
  • Foundation Directory Online
    - Over 110,000 grantmaker profiles
    - Over 5 million grant records
    - Over 4,000 company profiles
    - Over 700,000 grantmaker 990/990-PFs
  • Grants to Individuals Online
    - geared toward individuals and small organizations
    - over 10,000 foundations and public charity programs
  • Philanthropy InSight
    - aggregated data and demographic maps that reveal patterns of foundation giving and funding relationships


Genealogy and Local History:


Image Database 

Local News and Obituary Index - Searchable directly inside the library catalog. Narrow down search results by refining to "Collection: Local News & Obit Index" or "Location: Local News."


Health and Medicine:

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History:

Homework Help:

Kindergarten through 5th grade


Middle School, High School and Beyond

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Legal Resources:


Literature and Reading:

For all ages

Just for kids

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Magazines and Journals: (use for searching broad topics)
Museum Passes:

  • Discover & Go - online service through the library providing free and discount passes to a wide variety of Bay Area museums and other cultural destinations! [more info]
Music:

  • Freegal Music Service - Download free songs to your computer or mobile device [more info]
  • Hoopla Digital - Stream entire music albums in your web browser or use the free app to stream or download on your iOS/Android smartphone/tablet.
Newspapers:

  • Library Press Display - Today's national and international newspapers full text! [more info]
  • Local Historical Newspaper Collections - This digital collection contains local Palo Alto newspapers. Full-text digital scans are searchable by keyword, name, place, and publishing year. This is a continuously growing collection, so check regularly for new materials.
  • The New York Times 1851-2012 [more info]
  • Newsbank - Full text of local, state and national newspapers, including:
    The Daily News (Palo Alto) - 09/14/06 to present
    The Daily Post (Palo Alto) - 12/18/06 to present
    The San Jose Mercury News - 06/01/85 to present
    The San Francisco Chronicle - 01/01/85 to present.
  • Local News and Obituary Index - Searchable directly inside the library catalog. Narrow down search results by refining to "Collection: Local News & Obit Index" or "Location: Local News."
People and Biography:

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Science:

  • Academic One File
  • Endangered Species
  • Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
  • American Physical Society (APS) Physics Journals Only available in the library. Includes:
    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) 
  • Rand Statistical data on subjects such as air quality and toxic waste. Emphasis on on California. Find out more.
  • 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.
Statistics:

Teachers and Teaching Resources:

  • Learning Express 3.0 - CBEST practice tests and more. Users must register and log in to take tests, access tutorials or get eBooks.
Test Taking and Practice Tests:

  • Driving-Tests.Org 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.
  • Learning Express 3.0 - Practice tests on a wide variety of subjects, including civil service, college entrance, subjects in grades K-12, and many more. Users must register and log in to take tests, access tutorials or get eBooks.

Video:

  • Hoopla - Popular & hard-to-find movies and TV shows. Stream in your web browser or use the free app to stream or download on your iOS/Android smartphone/tablet.
  • InstantFlix - Enjoy streaming video online in your web browser (computer or mobile device). IndieFlix brings 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!

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For help using these resources, please contact the reference desk at 650-329-2436 (press 2) or email libraryreference@cityofpaloalto.org
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2016