Use the links below to search a number of library resources. A current Santa Clara City Library card is required to access some of these resources from home or office (see Getting a Card).
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Academic Search Premier - Ebsco
You can use Academic Search Premier to find university scholarly journal and magazine articles. Many of the articles are available in full-text. The database contains over 4,700 journals in full-text and more than 13,600 journals which are indexed and abstracted.
American Ancestors (Available at SCCL locations ONLY)
Patrons at SCCL locations have access to all areas of the American Ancestors Website, except The Great Migration Newsletter Online. Users can access over 110 million names in 2,000 databases. Patrons may view the most popular databases or select from an A-Z list of all the databases.
American Physical Society (APS) Journals (Available at SCCL locations ONLY)
Using this resource you can read full-text articles from all APS journals, from the most recent articles back to the first issue in 1893, a collection including over 400,000 scientific research papers. APS provides this access at no cost to participating public libraries, as a contribution to public engagement with the ongoing development of scientific understanding.
Ancestry Library Edition (Available at SCCL locations ONLY)
Ancestry Library Edition includes the following databases the U.S. Census Collection; Census Collections for the U.K., Australia, Canada and Germany, Birth, Marriage and Death Records; the Immigration & Travel Collection; the Military Collection; Family and Local History Records; Court, Land and Probate Records; and Trees and Message Boards.
AudioBookCloud Library allows you to listen to your favorite audiobooks with just a click of a button. Listen online to audiobooks in many different categories: fiction, non-fiction, classics and even Spanish language audiobooks. These books are always available, never on hold, and no need to download. Browse, click, listen. It’s that easy.
Auto Repair Reference Center - Ebsco
This database contains do-it-yourself repair and maintenance
information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported
vehicles. All of the content has been created by ASE
Bay Area Consumers' Checkbook
This resource rates local service businesses. It is published by an independent non-profit organization.
Biography Reference Center - Ebsco
Biography Reference Center™ offers a collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies. In addition to keyword searching, users can also locate biographies of interest by browsing more than 30 genre categories, including actors, authors, composers, explorers, figures relevant to U.S. & world history, inventors, musicians, Presidents of the United States, current world leaders and others.
BookFlix - In Library Access | Home Access
Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. BookFlix is for children in pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Business Source Complete - Ebsco
This is a good resource for researching companies, industries, and business topics. The database contains full-text articles from over 1,800 general business magazines and trade journals and more than 2,400 peer-reviewed journals. The database also includes market research reports, industry reports, company profiles, and additional material.
Consumer Health Complete - Ebsco
Consumer Health Complete supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. It provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine.
Enki Library contains a wide collection of eBooks from small and independent publishers in PDF and EPUB formats (not Kindle compatible). Click here to see how to get started with Enki Library.
Explora for Elementary School Students (Grades K-5) - Ebsco
Find what you need for your school assignments. Search by keyword or by topic to find magazines, reference books, photos, videos, images, flags, and Common Core content.
Explora for Middle School Students (Grades 6-8) - Ebsco
Search full text for dozens of popular middle school magazines as well as thousands of biographies and historical essays.
Explora for High School Students (Grades 9-12) - Ebsco
Designed specifically for high school students, search full text for hundreds of popular high school magazines covering a wide-range of subject areas including history, science, careers, and more.
Explora for Public Libraries - Ebsco
Get information on all topics by searching popular magazines (Consumer Reports, Time, People and Money), newspapers, biographies, primary source documents, over 1 million images, AP videos, and references books.
Find new music or old favorites and listen for free with your library card. Download 3 DRM-free songs per week and stream up to 3 hours of music per day. For frequently asked questions (FAQs) about using Freegal Music click here.
Heritage Quest Online
Heritage Quest Online contains the following databases 1790-1930 Federal Census Collection, over 28,000 digitized Genealogy & Local History Books, PERSI Index, Revolutionary War Pension Records & Bounty Land Warrants, Freedman’s Bank, and the U.S. Serial Set.
History Reference Center - Ebsco
History Reference Center is designed for use by high school and undergraduate college students. It contains historical documents, biographies of historical figures, full-text reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, and historical photos and maps.
IndieFlix - RBdigital
Discover great independent films anytime, anywhere. IndieFlix offers award-winning shorts, features, and documentaries from more than 50 countries.
Learning Express Library
Learning Express Library (formerly LearnATest) is a collection of online practice exams and test preparation material. Among the exams available are the G.E.D., S.A.T., C.B.E.S.T., G.R.E., Police Officer, Postal Worker, and U.S. Citizenship.
Legal Information Reference Center - Ebsco
Search full-text legal self-help reference books and print free legal forms. Many of the books and forms are from Nolo Press. Topics covered include business law, financial planning, family law, property & real estate and rights & disputes.
Library Services for People with Print Disabilities
California’s Library Services for People with Print Disabilities, in association with the Library of Congress, provides free Braille and audio books, magazines and playback equipment to all eligible Californians unable to read standard print. Follow the link to find your local braille and talking book library and sign up for free library service.
A website available via the Internet
LINK+ is a cooperative project among participating public and academic libraries, which provides a single, searchable catalog for books. Using LINK+, Santa Clara City Library users may borrow books from one of the more than 30 participating LINK+ libraries when they are not available at Santa Clara City Library.
Literary Reference Center Plus - Ebsco
This full-text database provides relevant information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes - to give students, professors, and researchers a complete foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.
Learn to speak a language via the Web. You can learn English as a Second Language, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Spanish with Mango Languages. The latest version of Adobe Flash Player is required. Mango Languages replaces Rosetta Stone Online, which no longer is sold to libraries.
MasterFILE Premier - Ebsco
This is a good place to look for general interest magazine articles. Within MasterFILE Premier you will find full-text articles from nearly 1,700 magazines including Consumer Reports, Foreign Affairs, Saturday Evening Post, and more.
A website available via the Internet
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
Morningstar Investment Research Center - In Library Access | Home Access
This resource includes approximately 2,100 mutual fund reports, 1,900 stock analyst reports, and 150 exchange-traded fund (ETF) reports. The Help & Education section offers courses on investing and training in the use of the Morningstar Investment Research Center. There is a limit of three simultaneous users.
Northern California Digital Library - OverDrive
eBooks and audiobooks are downloadable to your own personal computer and many mobile devices with a current SCCL card
Digital books are electronic versions of print books. They include downloadable audiobooks for listening and eBooks for on-screen reading.
NoveList K-8 Plus: Your Guide to Reading - Ebsco
Use NoveList to find a good book to read. This resource contains recommended fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults.
OneClickdigital - RBdigital
OneClickdigital is a collection of downloadable audiobooks for adults, young adults, and children.
Points of View Reference Center - Ebsco
Essays, articles, and news items presenting multiple sides of over 250 current or controversial issues.
ReferenceUSA indexes the contents of telephone white and yellow pages in the United States. The Business section is useful for locating businesses, associations, schools, and government agencies; it can be searched and sorted by name, type of business, city, business size, SIC code, etc. The Residential section searches individual names, and may be used as a "reverse directory" to locate people by address and phone number.
Safari Books Online
Safari contains technical and business eBooks from publishers such as O’Reilly, Peachpit Press, and Que.
Salud en Español - Ebsco
Este recurso provee reportes de especificos temas cubriendo todos los aspectos de salud y bienestar sobre enfermedades, condiciones medicas, procedimientos y varios tratamientos. Salud en Español es el recurso inmediato para tener reportes basados en evidencias y paginas completas de hechos que estaran en Español.
San Jose Mercury and Evening News Historical Archives, 1884–1922
Newsbank provides access to fully digitized San Jose newspapers from 1884-1922. This is a great tool for researching Santa Clara county local history.
San Jose Mercury News, (1985 - current)
Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of the San Jose Mercury News. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.
Santa Clara City Library Online Catalog
A website available via the Internet
Search the catalog by author, title, subject, keyword, or call number; the catalog indexes books, audio-visual materials, compact discs, and CD-ROMs owned by Santa Clara City Library.
Science Reference Center - Ebsco
Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text, science-oriented content. It is designed to meet the needs of student researchers. It contains full-text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.
ScienceFlix - In Library Access | Home Access
ScienceFlix combines curriculum-driven resources, interactive features, and an easy to use interface for students in grades 4 through 9. Use it to read about science topics, watch videos, take quizzes to show what you’ve learned, and more. You can also learn how to create science experiments and explore careers in science.
Small Business Reference Center - Ebsco
This database offers a variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subjects, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on creating business plans that lead to successful funding. Also included are many full-text Nolo Press books covering areas of interest to small businesses.
Tuition Funding Sources
Tuition Funding Sources (TFS) is a database of college scholarships. Use it to find scholarships and financial aid to help pay for your college education. To search the database you will need to register. To register click on the Tuition Funding Sources link above. Then click on the “login” button on the TFS home page.
TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of e-books, audiobooks, and educational videos for middle school and high school level readers. The collection contains young adult/teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, young adult/teen audiobooks, graphic novels, and educational videos from National Geographic. All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an Internet connection.
TumbleBookCloud Junior is an online collection of e-books, audiobooks, and educational videos for elementary and middle school level readers. The collection contains early reader chapter books, children’s classics, graphic novels, children’s audiobooks, and National Geographic videos. All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an Internet connection.
TumbleBooks: e-Books for e-Kids
An online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they love. This service has been made available through the generosity of the Foundation and Friends of the Santa Clara City Library.
Value Line Research Center – In Library Access | Home Access
The Research Center provides online access to Value Line's publications covering: stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertible securities.
WorldCat: The World’s Largest Library Catalog
A website available via the Internet
Search library catalogs throughout the United States and the world.
Worldcrunch: All News is Global - RBdigital
Worldcrunch is a source of English-translated news from leading global news sources. It will provide you a global perspective on the news.
Zinio Online Magazines - RBdigital
View full digital copies of your favorite magazines. Read magazines online or download issues to your computer or mobile device to read offline. Instructions for using Zinio Online Magazines. Zinio magazine titles available from the Library.