San Rafael Public Library

Research and Learning

These resources are accessible from anywhere with your library card.

E-Resources for Elementary & Middle School Students

E-Resources for High School Students

A-Z List of Resources


  • Hoopla – streaming movies, music, and TV with no holds and no waiting


Books and Reading

  • BookLetters – email newsletters with book recommendations
  • Drama Online – read hundreds of plays from leading playwrights or listen to professionally acted classics, prize winners, and iconic literary works
  • Literary Reference Center – critical essays and author biographies
  • NoveList – find new book recommendations based on current favorites

Business, Investing, & Legal

Consumer Information

  • Bay Area Consumers’ Checkbook –  Checkbook surveys consumers and evaluates the quality and prices of local services and products and reports its findings online.
  • Consumer Reports Magazine  – search individual issues by date on the right-hand side of the page or click on “Search within this publication” to enter a keyword search.



  • AHFS Consumer Medication Information –  a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information in lay language  (in English and Spanish)
  • Alt Health Watch – offers complimentary, holistic, and integrative approaches to health care and wellness
  • Consumer Health Complete – articles from newspapers, magazines, reference books, and encyclopedias on all areas of health and wellness from mainstream to alternative
  • Health Source – Consumer Edition – magazine articles from consumer health magazines such as Harvard Health Letter, Prevention, and many more
  • Health Source – Nursing/Academic Edition  – articles from scholarly, peer-reviewed, academic journals covering all the medical disciplines
  • Merck Manuals Online – one of the world’s most widely used medical information resource in 9 languages for professionals and consumers


  • Brainfuse Adult Learning Center – resume writing help, job site resources, high school equivalency and US Citizenship preparation (in English and Spanish)
  • JobScout – training to help you find a job online (in English and Spanish)


Learning Resources

  • Brainfuse HelpNow– homework help for all ages, subject skill-building, writing lab, standardized test center (in English and Spanish)
  • – free California DMV practice tests and guidebooks for cars, motorcycles, and commercial licenses (in English and Spanish)
  • – professional tutorials to learn computer, software, and creative applications; business and leadership skills, and more

Newspapers and Magazines

  • Academic Search Complete – full text magazine, newspaper and scholarly journal articles on every subject
  • California Digital Newspaper Collection – digitized California newspapers from 1846 onward
  • MasterFile Premiere  – thousands of magazines, journals, and newspapers including National Geographic, Consumer Reports, and Mother Jones
  • Newspaper Source Plus – 1,000 newspapers including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post
  • ProQuest Newspapers – 500 newspapers including the Marin IJ, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post
  • Zinio – read hundreds of popular magazines right from your screen, tablet, or smartphone (help)


Streaming Media

  • Hoopla – streaming movies, music, and TV with no holds and no waiting (help)