Articles & Databases

Elementary School Research

  • 80+ full-text elementary school magazines. Includes the following: Encyclopedia of Animals, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, American Heritage Children's Dictionary and an Image Collection.

Social Studies Fact Cards - California

  • A research resource for students in grades 4 - 8. Provides facts and figures about topics for California: Indians, Ranchos, Explorers, Governors, Missions, Counties, and Governors.

Associations Unlimited

  • Information on U.S. national associations, international associations, U.S. regional, state, and local associations and professional societies. Includes nonprofit organizations.

Auto Repair: Chilton Library

  • Get detailed information on vehicle maintenance and repairs. Includes diagnostics, step-by-step repair procedures, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls, and more.

California Driver Education

  • Free permit practice tests for getting you ready for your DMV test.

Contra Costa Times/
U.S. & World News

  • Full-text content of Contra Costa County local papers. NewsBank's Research Collection featuring thousands of U.S. and global news sources.


Middle, High School Research

  • 140+ full-text middle school magazines. 500+ full-text high school magazines and expanded full-text backfiles ( to 1975) for key magazines. Includes Biographies and Historical Essays, Primary Source Documents, newspapers, reference books and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.

Literary Reference Center

  • Provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

NoveList Plusnew

  • Choose the best titles for your reading list! Find "read-alikes,"reviews of both fiction and nonfiction, plot summaries, book discussion guides, recommendations, articles, and more.

Points of View

  • Provides students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. 340+ topics, each with an overview, point, counterpoint, and Critical Thinking Guide.


  • Self-paced language learning for over 80 languages and ESL for 50 non-English languages. Includes all levels of vocabulary and grammar, from basic to advanced study.


  • Directory information for 20+ million businesses and 260+ million consumers. Create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds, and locate people.

Testing & Education Reference Center

  • Prepare for high school, college, and graduate school. Find scholarships. Get assistance with resumes, cover letters, and interviews. Includes career licensing exams.

eBooks: enki | Overdrive | Axis 360 and ...

California Missions
Cliffs Notes
Safari Technical Books Online
TumbleBook Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library encyclopedias


  • Streaming independent films, shorts, and documentaries from around the world.


  • Research assistance, pathfinders, and useful resources curated by your librarians.

Foundation Directory Online

  • Provides access to foundations and corporate donors. Available only inside the Walnut Creek, Brentwood, and El Cerrito library locations.

Magazines by Title

  • Online popular magazines and research journal subscriptions accessible from the Library.


This collection of premium online resources is selected and provided by the Contra Costa County Library. Many of these resources are not found on the web and only available to Library card holders.