San Rafael Public Library

Alphabetical List of E-Resources

These resources are accessible from anywhere with your library card.


Ancestry Genealogy Search – billions of records and photographs. Available remotely through December 2020.

Archives Unbound – historical documents on topics from the Middle Ages to twentieth-century political history. Password “sanrafael”

Brainfuse for Learners – Learning resources for all levels: elementary through grad school and adult. Help for ESL, US Citizenship, MS Office, tutoring, writing lab.

Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow – Resume and interview tips, live coaching, resume templates, job and career resources. Also support tools and resources for Veterans.

Britannica School Edition – Learn about any subject with content for all grades and all reading abilities K-12. Find articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, and recommended Web sites.

Britannica Escolar – Britannica en español.

California Digital Newspaper Collection – digitized California newspapers from 1846 onward

CultureGrams – Concise cultural information on countries around the world. (Grades 3-12) – free California DMV practice tests and guidebooks for cars, motorcycles, and commercial licenses (in English and Spanish)

eLibrary – General reference aggregation of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers.  Two unique interfaces available. (Grades 6+)

Hoopla – ebooks, eaudiobooks, movies, music, and TV with no holds and no waiting (help).

JobScout – training to help you find a job online (in English and Spanish)

Kanopy – streaming movies – documentaries, independent, world, classic, early film, shorts, Criterion Collection, kids and more.

Mango Languages – learn conversation skills for popular languages

Marin Independent Journal Collection (Newsbank) – high quality, easy to read image editions of the Marin IJ. Also includes extensive text edition archive.

New York Times Online – Unlimited free access to, the digital version of The New York Times. Note: You will need to log in or create a account. More info.

Newsbank’s Access World News – comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues. Includes image and text editions of the Marin Independent Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle.

O’Reilly Learning – Access to 35K+ books, 30K+ hours of video, curated learning paths, case studies, interactive tutorials, audio books, and O’Reilly conference videos about computer science, programming, engineering, data science, and more.

ProQuest Academic – 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.

ProQuest Newspapers – 500 newspapers including the Los Angeles TimesChicago Tribune, and Baltimore Sun

RBdigital (formerly Zinio) – Please note: RBDigital is now part of Overdrive/Libby. Read hundreds of popular magazines right from your screen, tablet, or smartphone (help)

San Francisco Chronicle Collection (Newsbank) -high quality, easy to read image editions of the San Francisco Chronicle. Also includes extensive image and text edition archive.

School & Educators Complete – eBook subscription database (over 12,000 titles) to support multiple subject areas (English Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Information Literacy and Technology). (Grades 9+, possibly some content for Middle School, also includes professional development content for faculty)

SIRS Discoverer – Selected content for novice researchers, especially elementary and middle school students and educators. (Grades 3-9)

SIRS Issues Researcher – Curriculum-aligned database of content organized by complex issues, ideally for middle and high school students and educators. (Grades 6+)

ThomasNet – suppliers, source products, and CAD drawings of industrial products

Washington Post – unlimited access for San Rafael residents only. Sign in with this email: and use the password: SRPLguest


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    San Rafael, CA 94903

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