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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.**
 

Databases

Flipster

Flipster is a digital magazine distribution service which lets library patrons access their favorite magazines from a variety of publishers through their local libraries. Accessible via a web browser or custom apps made specifically for Apple devices, Android devices, and the Kindle Fire tablet, with Flipster users can download magazines to read offline, anytime, anywhere. Login with your full library card number and PIN. Try it today!
 
Available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
 

Books & Literature

eBooks & eAudiobooks

Book Connections logo
Personalize and enjoy digital connections to books for kids and teens.
 
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.
SimplyE app: Video Tutorial
SimplyE available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store
 
Comic Plus logo
You have unlimited, simultaneous access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, annd manga through Comics Plus- including popular titles like Avatar: the Last Airbender; Big Nate; Blade of the Immortal; Bone; The Boys; B.P.R.D; Disney Decendants; Disney Fairies; Geronimo Stilton; Heavy Metal; Invisible Kingdom; Locke & Key; Mail Order Ninja; March; Peanuts;  Phoebe and Her Unicorn; Snow, Glass, Apples; Stranger Things; They Called Us Enemy.
Video Tutorial: Navigating Comics Plus
 
ProQuest Ebook Central database button graphic
eBook database with over 12,000 titles to support multiple subject areas (English Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Information Literacy and Technology).
 
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.
SimplyE app: Video Tutorial
SimpleE available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store
 
Gale ebooks logo
 
Gale Ebooks is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

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 logo
Find fiction titles for classroom use or reading including picture books; children's chapter books; and young adult titles.
 
NoveList 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.
 
Reference Solutions icon
Reference Solutions (Formerly ReferenceUSA)
Reference Solutions is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses (59 million) and U.S. residents (310 million).
Please note: If unable to access Reference Solutions remotely using Google Chrome™, please try using a different internet browser. The most recent version of Chrome has been known to cause access issues.
 
NetAdvantage logo
Financial reporting on investment devices; companies; industries; and the economy.
 

Careers

Brainfuse JobNow and VetNow logo
Live online assistance for job seekers, veterans, and their families including job coaching, resume assistance, writing lab, tutoring and much more.
 
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 Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep.
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 Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep.
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. Need to learn a language on the go? Download and use the Rosetta Stone App for free on your mobile device, click PDF icon here to learn how.

Health & Medicine

ProQuest Coronavirus Research Database button
A health and medical research database for openly available content related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
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 New York Times database button graphic
Complete run of The New York Times from 1851 to 2014.
 
ProQuest Digital Sanborn Map database button 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 Collections allows you to explore unusual and rare materials in the San Diego Public Library's Special 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

ProQuest Ancestry Library Edition button 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 December 31, 2021.
 
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 logo
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.
 
ProQuest CultureGram Database button
Online resource of reports on 209 countries, each U.S. state, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories.
 
driving-tests.org graphic
Practice the California driver’s license test, read the DMV handbooks, and get answers to your frequently asked questions.
 
ProQuest eLibrary Guided Research Database button
Help for students in choosing research topics and finding reliable sources of information.
 
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 New York Times database button graphic
Complete run of The New York Times from 1851 to 2014.
 
NoveList 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.
 
ProQuest Research Companion Database button
Online tutorials to help guide students through the research process.
 
Gale Science in Context Graphic
Contextual information on hundreds of current science topics, accompanied by periodicals, primary sources, and digital media.
 
ProQuest SIRS Discoverer Database button
Material and information to help students in Grade 3 to Grade 8 with classwork, homework and research papers.
 
ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher Database button
Content presenting both sides of today’s most debated issues, geared to middle and high school students.
 
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 New York Times database button 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 database button 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

ProQuest Coronavirus Research Database button
A health and medical research database for openly available content related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
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 December 31, 2021.
 
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.
 
Personalize and enjoy digital connections to books for kids and teens.
 
A literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.
 
Live online assistance for job seekers, veterans, and their families including job coaching, resume assistance, writing lab, tutoring and much more.
 
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.
SimplyE app: Video Tutorial
SimpleE available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store
 
You have unlimited, simultaneous access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, annd manga through Compics Plus- including popular titles like Avatar: the Last Airbender; Big Nate; Blade of the Immortal; Bone; The Boys; B.P.R.D; Disney Decendants; Disney Fairies; Geronimo Stilton; Heavy Metal; Invisible Kingdom; Locke & Key; Mail Order Ninja; March; Peanuts;  Phoebe and Her Unicorn; Snow, Glass, Apples; Stranger Things; They Called Us Enemy. Video Tutorial: Navigating Comics Plus
 
A health and medical research database for openly available content related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
Online resource of reports on 209 countries, each U.S. state, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories.
 
Practice the California driver’s license test, read the DMV handbooks, and get answers to your frequently asked questions.
 
eBook database with over 12,000 titles to support multiple subject areas (English Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Information Literacy and Technology).
 
Help for students in choosing research topics and finding reliable sources of information.
 
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.
SimplyE app: Video Tutorial
SimpleE available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store
 
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 Ebooks 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.
 
Online tutorials to help guide students through the research process.
 
Learn a new language for free! Featuring a selection of 30 easy-to-use language courses. Need to learn a language on the go? Download and use the Rosetta Stone App for free on your mobile device, click PDF icon here to learn how.
 
Reference Solutions (Formerly ReferenceUSA)
Reference Solutions is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses (59 million) and U.S. residents (310 million).
Please note: If unable to access Reference Solutions remotely using Google Chrome™, please try using a different internet browser. The most recent version of Chrome has been known to cause access issues.
 
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 Collections allows you to explore unusual and rare materials in the San Diego Public Library's Special 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.
 
Material and information to help students in Grade 3 to Grade 8 with classwork, homework and research papers.
 
Content presenting both sides of today’s most debated issues, geared to middle and high school students.
 
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), 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.