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eLibrary

Borrow free eBooks and eAudiobooks or search our databases for up-to-date popular and scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. The Library's eLibrary never closes and its content can be read or downloaded on your computer* or portable device.**
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Databases

NYTimes.com Spotlight

San Diego Public Library offers free digital access, with your library card to NYTimes.com and NYT apps. This video will guide you on how to get started. Create an account with your personal email address and a complimentary pass will be provided for 24 hours. After expiration, you may activate a new 24 hours pass by signing in through this portal with the account that you created.
 
 

Books & Literature

eBooks & eAudiobooks

Bookflix logo
A literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.
 
cloudLibrary logo
cloudLibrary allows you to borrow and read a wide array of eBooks from the San Diego Public Library for free.
 
enki Library logo
The enki Library is a shared open source eBook Network that allows California libraries to own and store eBooks for access by library patrons.
 
Gale ebooks logo
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
 
RBdigital logo
RBdigital has the largest collection of digital audiobooks; including exclusive content from Recorded Books; as well as titles from all major publishers.
 

Literature

Gale Literature Resource Center logo
Access biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of novelists, poets, essayists, and journalists from every age and literary discipline.
 
NoveList K-8 logo
Find fiction titles for classroom use or reading including picture books; children's chapter books; and young adult titles.
 
NoveList Plus logo
Guide to suggested reading for all ages with reviews and other features.
 
OCLC WorldCat logo
Find locations and information about millions of books; magazines; and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Business & Careers

Business

Gale database icon
Research, analyze and compare companies and industries with industry rankings, profiles, market share data, company histories and more.
 
Gale Business Plans handbook graphic
Collections of actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses in North America.
 
Gale Entrepreneurship graphic
Learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles, and websites.
 
Gale Directory Library graphic
Online access to directories of associations, broadcast media, brands, business information, consultants, and publications.
 
ReferenceUSA logo
U.S. business; residential; and healthcare telephone directories and more.
 
NetAdvantage logo
Financial reporting on investment devices; companies; industries; and the economy.
 

Careers

Gale database icon
Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. Online courses start every month and run for six weeks.
 
Gale database icon
Prepare for tests, download test handbooks, plan for higher education, explore career paths, build a resume, and access job interview tips.

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia Judaica graphic
Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel.

Education & Language

Education

Brainfuse logo
Whether you are going back to school, switching jobs or just want to brush up on an academic skill, the Adult Learning Center will help you achieve your goals. It offers live tutoring, skills building, writing lab and test center, such as GED and US Citizenship.
 
Gale Educator's Reference Complete graphic
Resource for educators and education students. Content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education.
 
Gale database icon
Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. Online courses start every month and run for six weeks.
 
Help Now logo
HelpNow can provide you with tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and even adult education.
 
Gale Middle School in Context graphic
Created specifically for middle school students, categories cover a range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, US and World History, literature and many more.
 
Gale Opposing Viewpoints graphic
Provides contextual information and opinions on current social issues supported by primary sources, statistics, and various digital media.
 
Gale database icon
Prepare for tests, download test handbooks, plan for higher education, explore career paths, build a resume, and access job interview tips.
 

Languages

Rosetta Stone logo
Learn a new language for free! Featuring a selection of 30 easy-to-use language courses.

Health & Medicine

Health and Wellness Resource Center graphic
Gale Health and Wellness offers access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more.
 
MedlinePlus logo
Produced by the National Library of Medicine; it brings you information about diseases; conditions; and wellness issues in language you can understand.
 
MedlinePlus logo
Producida por la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina, MedlinePlus le brinda información sobre enfermedades, condiciones y bienestar en un lenguaje fácil de leer.

History & Genealogy

History

Gale Archives of Sexuality and Gender graphic
Research sexuality and gender in relation to LGBTQ+ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, and other related categories.
 
Gale Archives Unbound graphic
Contains a wide range of historical primary sources that support the research and study needs of scholars and students.
 
Gale Biography in Context graphic
Authoritative reference content on the world's most influential people with periodicals and multimedia.
 
Government Documents Catalog graphic
Government Documents Catalog (SDPL Locations only)
Catalog of U.S. Government Documents; covers period July 1976 - present.
 
ProQuest NY Times historical graphic
Complete run of The New York Times from 1851 to 2014.
 
Digital Sanborn Maps graphic
Access to 2448 Sanborn historical maps from 1867-1970, which chart the growth and development of 573 California towns and cities.
 
Two illuminated pages from a manuscript
The SDPL Digital Archive allows you to explore unusual and rare materials in the San Diego Public Library's collections.
 
Gale US History graphic
Information specifically on significant people; events and topics in U.S. History, provided with various reference sources and media material.
 
Gale World History graphic
Information on significant people; events and topics in World History, provided with various reference sources and media material.
 

Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition graphic
Resources for genealogical and historical research; with more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases. Remote access will be available until the end of August.
 
Gale Biography and Genealogy Master Index graphic
Indexes biographical listings in print dictionaries and encyclopedias covering millions individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.

Kids & Teens Homework Help

Homework Help

Help Now logo
HelpNow can provide you with tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and even adult education.
 

Kids & Teens

Gale Biography in Context graphic
Authoritative reference content on the world's most influential people with periodicals and multimedia.
 
Bookflix logo
A literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.
 
Britannica School graphic
The go-to site for learning more about any subject—for all grades and all reading abilities—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended web sites.
 
driving-tests.org graphic
Practice the California driver’s license test, read the DMV handbooks, and get answers to your frequently asked questions.
 
Gale General OneFile graphic
A source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, current events, economics, environmental issues, hobbies, humanities, politics, science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.
 
New York Times logo
The New York Times website. You must create an account with the New York Times for full access. Click Create Account to create an account with your personal email address, or Sign In if you already have created an account.
 
ProQuest NY Times historical graphic
Complete run of The New York Times from 1851 to 2014.
 
NoveList K-8 logo
Find fiction titles for classroom use or reading including picture books; children's chapter books; and young adult titles.
 
Gale Opposing Viewpoints graphic
Provides contextual information and opinions on current social issues supported by primary sources, statistics, and various digital media.
 
Gale Middle School in Context graphic
Created specifically for middle school students, categories cover a range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, US and World History, literature and many more.
 
Gale Science in Context Graphic
Contextual information on hundreds of current science topics, accompanied by periodicals, primary sources, and digital media.
 
TeachingBooks logo
An engaging collection of digital resources that brings books to life.

LGBTQ

Gale Archives of Sexuality and Gender graphic
Research sexuality and gender in relation to LGBTQ+ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, and other related categories.

Magazines & Newspapers

Magazines

Gale Academic OneFile graphic
Gale Academic OneFile provides millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources.
 
Flipster logo
Flipster is an easy-to-use digital newsstand the offers access to bestselling digital magazines.
 
Gale General OneFile graphic
Research any topic from current events, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. Includes articles from newspapers, reference books and periodical.
 
JSTOR logo
JSTOR (SDPL Locations only)
Full-text articles from hundreds of scholarly journals covering a wide range of subjects.
 

Newspapers

Los Angeles Times logo
Los Angeles Times; fulltext. Coverage: 1985 - present.
 
New York Times logo
The New York Times website. You must create an account with the New York Times for full access. Click Create Account to create an account with your personal email address, or Sign In if you already have created an account.
 
ProQuest NY Times historical graphic
Complete run of The New York Times from 1851 to 2014.
 
Gale OneFile News graphic
Provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
 
San Diego Union Tribune logo
Explore local history with our new full-color digital archive of the San Diego Union Tribune! This archive covers January 1, 2019 and will grow going forward (there is a 90 day embargo from publication date). Archival issues prior to 2019 are available on microfilm.
 
ProQuest US Newsstream graphic
Current and archived texts of over 2,800 U.S. and international news sources including the LA Times, New York Times, US Newsstream, trade journals, magazines, blogs, podcast websites, and many San Diego newspapers.

Science & Do-It-Yourself

Do It Yourself

Mitchell ProDemand logo
Mitchell ProDemand (Central Library only)
Find auto repair information, manuals, maintenance, labor estimates and full-color wiring diagrams for all types of automobiles and trucks.
 
SAMS Technical Publishing
Schematics for small consumer electronics including radios; TVs; stereos; and VCRs from 1946 to present. Includes diagrams; instructions and data for the repair technician.
 

Science

Gale Science in Context Graphic
Contextual information on hundreds of current science topics, accompanied by periodicals, primary sources, and digital media.

Spanish/Español

Britannica Escolar logo
The leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish.
 
MedlinePlus logo
Producida por la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina, MedlinePlus le brinda información sobre enfermedades, condiciones y bienestar en un lenguaje fácil de leer.

Index

Gale Academic OneFile provides millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources.
 
Whether you are going back to school, switching jobs or just want to brush up on an academic skill, the Adult Learning Center will help you achieve your goals. It offers live tutoring, skills building, writing lab and test center, such as GED and US Citizenship.
 
Resources for genealogical and historical research; with more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases. Remote access will be available until the end of August.
 
Research sexuality and gender in relation to LGBTQ+ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, and other related categories.
 
Contains a wide range of historical primary sources that support the research and study needs of scholars and students.
 
Indexes biographical listings in print dictionaries and encyclopedias covering millions individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.
 
Authoritative reference content on the world's most influential people with periodicals and multimedia.
 
A literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.
 
The leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish.
 
The go-to site for learning more about any subject—for all grades and all reading abilities—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended web sites.
 
Research, analyze and compare companies and industries with industry rankings, profiles, market share data, company histories and more.
 
Collections of actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses in North America.
 
cloudLibrary allows you to borrow and read a wide array of eBooks from the San Diego Public Library for free. Content Video | How it works | Using a PDF icon Kindle - Nook
 
Practice the California driver’s license test, read the DMV handbooks, and get answers to your frequently asked questions.
 
Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel.
 
Resource for educators and education students. Content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education.
 
The enki Library is a shared open source eBook Network that allows California libraries to own and store eBooks for access by library patrons. Enki Library Help
 
Flipster is an easy-to-use digital newsstand the offers access to bestselling digital magazines.
 
Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. Online courses start every month and run for six weeks.
 
Online access to directories of associations, broadcast media, brands, business information, consultants, and publications.
 
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
 
A source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, current events, economics, environmental issues, hobbies, humanities, politics, science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.
 
Government Documents Catalog (SDPL Locations only)
Catalog of U.S. Government Documents; covers period July 1976 - present.
 
Gale Health and Wellness offers access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more.
 
HelpNow can provide you with tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and even adult education.
 
JSTOR (SDPL Locations only)
Full-text articles from hundreds of scholarly journals covering a wide range of subjects.
 
Access biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of novelists, poets, essayists, and journalists from every age and literary discipline.
 
Los Angeles Times; fulltext. Coverage: 1985 - present.
 
Produced by the National Library of Medicine; it brings you information about diseases; conditions; and wellness issues in language you can understand.
 
Producida por la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina, MedlinePlus le brinda información sobre enfermedades, condiciones y bienestar en un lenguaje fácil de leer.
 
Created specifically for middle school students, categories cover a range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, US and World History, literature and many more.
 
Mitchell ProDemand (Central Library only)
Find auto repair information, manuals, maintenance, labor estimates and full-color wiring diagrams for all types of automobiles and trucks.
 
Provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
 
The New York Times website. You must create an account with the New York Times for full access. Click Create Account to create an account with your personal email address, or Sign In if you already have created an account.
 
Complete run of The New York Times from 1851 to 2014.
 
Find fiction titles for classroom use or reading including picture books; children's chapter books; and young adult titles.
 
Guide to suggested reading for all ages with reviews and other features.
 
Provides contextual information and opinions on current social issues supported by primary sources, statistics, and various digital media.
 
RBdigital has the largest collection of digital audiobooks; including exclusive content from Recorded Books; as well as titles from all major publishers. RBdigital Help
 
Learn a new language for free! Featuring a selection of 30 easy-to-use language courses.
 
U.S. business; residential; and healthcare telephone directories and more.
 
Schematics for small consumer electronics including radios; TVs; stereos; and VCRs from 1946 to present. Includes diagrams; instructions and data for the repair technician.
 
Access to 2448 Sanborn historical maps from 1867-1970, which chart the growth and development of 573 California towns and cities.
 
The SDPL Digital Archive allows you to explore unusual and rare materials in the San Diego Public Library's collections.
 
Explore local history with our new full-color digital archive of the San Diego Union Tribune! This archive covers January 1, 2019 and will grow going forward (there is a 90 day embargo from publication date). Archival issues prior to 2019 are available on microfilm.
 
Contextual information on hundreds of current science topics, accompanied by periodicals, primary sources, and digital media.
 
Learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles, and websites.
 
Financial reporting on investment devices; companies; industries; and the economy.
 
An engaging collection of digital resources that brings books to life.
 
Prepare for tests, download test handbooks, plan for higher education, explore career paths, build a resume, and access job interview tips.
 
Information specifically on significant people; events and topics in U.S. History, provided with various reference sources and media material.
 
Current and archived texts of over 2,800 U.S. and international news sources including the LA Times, New York Times, US Newsstream, trade journals, magazines, blogs, podcast websites, and many San Diego newspapers.
 
Find locations and information about millions of books; magazines; and other materials in libraries worldwide.
 
Information on significant people; events and topics in World History, provided with various reference sources and media material.

*eBooks and eAudiobooks cannot be downloaded on library computers.
**Downloadable items are compatible with most eBook devices and Smartphones. While the San Diego Public Library strives to provide high quality customer support for our eCollection services (including cloudLibrary and RBdigital), the wide variety of computer operating systems and configurations of personal computers make it impossible for the library to guarantee that all eCollection-related software will run on all electronic devices. Library staff can provide assistance with installing and navigating eCollection software. We cannot, however, provide personalized troubleshooting for operating system/software configurations that may cause eCollection software to malfunction.
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