Online Databases

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Britannica School

Elementary through high school students will find encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, educational games, and other learning resources that support student research. Access is provided by the California State Library.

Britannica Escolar

Estudiantes en la primaria y la secundaria descubrirán los artículos enciclopédicos, los recursos multimedia y otros materiales de aprendizaje que apoyan la investigación de los estudiantes y refuerzan la programación curricular. El acceso es provisto por la Biblioteca del Estado de California.

Gale's Archives Unbound

Archives Unbound offers online access to primary source materials covering a vast array of topics of importance to U.S. and California history. With more than 290 archives and over 14 million pages available, California public library users have access to world class digital materials as a part of their public library’s permanent collection.

The New York Times

NY Times Online - Inside of the library

NY Times Online - Outside of the library
The California State Library is pleased to offer the New York Times online to California public libraries! This offer features direct access to from 1851 to right now, including:

  • All regular newspaper content (articles, editorials, etc.)
  • All multimedia, including video, photography, VR features, and all new multimedia to come
  • Spanish and Mandarin Chinese versions of
  • Personalized access, including e-mail newsletters such as California Today, mobile apps* for phones and tablets, with customizable news feeds, and article recommendations based on topics you most commonly read about.


Your Guide to Fiction for children & adults. Brief summaries, series lists, reviews, read-alikes, book discussion guides, and more.


You can learn 80 languages in any of 50 languages with Pronunciator. That’s 4,000 possible course combinations!  One of the great things about Pronunciator is that you can learn any language, in virtually any other language. Plus, we have ESL for speakers of 50 non-English languages!

Each language course has a minimum of 1,500 phrases to learn, and most have 10,000 phrases.  You can also learn on the go, Pronunciator apps have the same functionality as the web-based version of Pronunciator. So whatever you want to do with Pronunciator, you can do it wherever you’re happiest! Plus, your progress is automatically synced between your devices, so you can go from laptop to mobile phone to tablet without missing a beat.

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A comprehensive resource of youth book lists and guides to award-winning and diverse literature, literature lesson plans, literature-based vocabulary lists, meet-the-author videos and book readings, readers' theatre scripts, and video book trailers. Access is provided by the California State Library.