eResources by Subject
These resources are accessible from anywhere with your library card. While most resources are available to all MARINet patrons, some are limited to patrons whose home library is San Rafael. If you need help with your library card number, please contact us.
Ancestry.com Library Edition — Access available in-person at the library.
Genealogical information and records including the U.S. and Canadian Census, and the Social Security Death Index.
Resume and interview tips, live coaching, resume templates, job and career resources. Also support tools and resources for Veterans.
A comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues.
Career resources including practice tests for high school equivalency and US Citizenship tests, Microsoft Office help, and other career resources.
Online courses aimed at building relevant job skills, with some coursework including higher education credits or professional certification. Returning users can log in through the main portal.
Driving-Tests.org — Access for San Rafael Public Library patrons only.
Free California DMV practice tests and guidebooks for cars, motorcycles, and commercial licenses (in English and Spanish).
A live online learning platform specifically for older adults, with classes covering a multitude of subjects from technology to exercise.
Contains practice tests for college and career prep, educator resources, career help, digital skill-building tutorials, and resources for Spanish speakers.
Online learning centered on professional development, including courses from Lynda.com as well as new learning programs. Available in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese.
Online language learning program in a variety of languages, focusing on everyday conversational skills. Also includes English as a second language.
Classes on essential digital literacy skills, including basics, specific software such as Microsoft Word and Excel, social media, and career search skills.
A curated list of online and physical resources about anti-racism and equity, including materials for educators, families, and children, links to various local and national organizations, and podcasts and articles.
Online learning platform where creators share their knowledge on everything from cooking to graphic design to video editing.
Newspapers & Magazines
The CA Digital Newspaper Collection contains over 1,500,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-present, including the first California newspaper, the Californian, and the first daily California newspaper, the Daily Alta California.
Access the current issue of Consumer Reports online via Flipster.
Marin IJ (NewsBank) articles and images with searchable full text from 2002-current.
Unlimited free access to NYTimes.com, the digital version of The New York Times. Note: You will need to log in or create a NYTimes.com account.
Thousands of magazines in several languages, including popular magazines like The New Yorker, The Economist, Newsweek, OK, and US Weekly. Available through the Libby App.
Find articles from current major national and international newspapers including Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
San Francisco Chronicle (NewsBank) articles and images with searchable full text from 1985-current.
Access to The Wall Street Journal, an American business-focused, international daily newspaper.
Washington Post — Access for San Rafael Public Library patrons only.
Unlimited access to the Washington Post. Sign in with this email: firstname.lastname@example.org and use the password: SRPLguest
Student Resources (K-12 and Early Learning)
ABCmouse — In-library use only.
With 5,000+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-7+).
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, and three separate databases—Elementary, Middle, or High.
El recurso principal que ofrece miles de artículos, imágenes, videos, clips de audio, fuentes primarias, mapas, herramientas de investigación, y sitios web recomendados, todos actualizados, seleccionados y relevantes para el plan de estudios. Se ofrece dos niveles: primaria y secundaria.
Broadens student understanding of environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.
Allows students to manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand biology, chemistry, earth, and space science concepts.
Access to National Geographic Kids photos, videos, books, and magazines, all with school-appropriate citations included.
Combination of several databases including Coronavirus Research Database, eBook Central, eLibrary, Global Newsstream, LA Times, Publicly Available Content Database, SIRS Discoverer and SIRS Issues Researcher. Access provided courtesy of the California State Library.
Concise cultural information on countries around the world. (Grades 3-12)
General reference collection of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers. Includes newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, books, videos and audios, dissertations and theses, reports and more. (Grades 6+)
Selected content for beginning researchers, especially elementary and middle school students and educators. (Grades 3-9)
Collection of over 12,000 eBooks supporting multiple subject areas (English Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Information Literacy and Technology). (Grades 9+ and professional development content for faculty).
A collection of instructional materials about children’s and young adult books and authors, including booklists, meet-the-author videos, and many other author and book resources.
Some of our resources, including Skillshare, LinkedIn Learning, Northstar, GetSetUp, Coursera, and LearningExpress, were supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.