Articles & Databases


  • Interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities for children ages 2 - 8. (Available from Library computers and for home checkout)

Ancestry Library Edition (In-Library Use Only) new

  • Coverage of the US and UK, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia, and other areas of the world. This resource is a strong complement to HeritageQuest Online. Getting Started Tutorial

Archives Unbound

  • Presents topically-focused digital collections of primary sources such as photos, newspapers, letters, diaries, ephemera, and more. Collections cover a broad range of topics of importance to U.S. and California history. Note: This product requires Adobe Flash viewer for images; however, there are options for a work around.

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. Video instructions

Brainfuse HelpNow

  • Connect to FREE Online Tutors. Trained tutors are available for academic assistance every day from 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Includes resume writing support help for adult learners. Spanish speaking tutors are also available.
    Intro Video and en Español

Britannica School

  • Age-appropriate encyclopedias for elementary, middle, and high school.

California Driver Education

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

eBooks: enki | Overdrive and ...

Britannica School | Britannica Escolar
California Missions
Cliffs Notes
Gale Virtual Reference Library encyclopedias
Skillsoft IT Pro eBooks and Videos
TumbleBook Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library encyclopedias

Explora - Elementary School Research

    Age-appropriate articles and facts with easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topics, full-text magazines, and topic overviews.

Explora - Middle School Research

    Full-text for popular middle school magazines. Includes biographies and historical essays. Contains primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags.

Explora - High School Research and Beyond

  • Contains full-text for popular high school magazines covering a wide-range of subject areas. Includes biographies, primary sources, primary source documents, newspapers, reference books, and images.

Flipster - Digital Magazines

  • Read magazines on your computer or mobile device. Complete issues with full-color images and articles. No check-out required, just click and read!

Foundation Directory Online

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

HeritageQuest Online

  • Search U.S. census records, books, directories, Revolutionary War pension files, Freedman's Bank Records, and an index of genealogy and local history articles. Guide to HeritageQuest

Kanopy Movies

  • Stream independent, classic, international, and documentary films. You have 8 film play credits available per calendar month. Getting Started with Kanopy

LearningExpress Library new

  • Features online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help students of all ages. Offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED test prep, and more. Getting Started Video

Literary Reference Center Plus

  • Plot summaries, literary criticism, poems, short stories, author biographies, book reviews, and more.

NewsBank (East Bay Times/Contra Costa Times/ U.S. and World Newspapers)

New York Times Digital new

  • Get direct access to the New York Times online from 1851 to the present, including: all regular newspaper content, all multimedia, and Spanish and Mandarin Chinese versions of this newspaper of record.

Niche Academy

  • Includes video introductions and device specific instructions on using our eBook collections, online learning resources, research databases, and more.

NoveList Plus

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

Points of View

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

Publication Finder

  • Use the Publication Finder search tool to see which of our databases have a particular magazine, journal, or newspaper. Magazine Guide


  • Directory information for businesses and consumers. Create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds, and locate people. Video instructions

Rosetta Stone

  • Includes 30 languages to meet a range of cultural interests. Learning is structured around core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and also includes focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more.
    If you are new to Rosetta Stone, watch this video.

Skillsoft IT Pro eBooks and Videos

  • This collection covers a wide-range of technology topics including Coding, Business & IT, and Certification.

Social Studies Fact Cards - California

  • A research resource for students in grades 4 - 8. Provides facts and figures about topics for California: Indigenous Peoples, Ranchos, Explorers, Governors, Missions, Counties, Governors, and History by the Decades.

  • Explore children's books, young adult literature, and their authors. Find high quality, ready-to-use instructional resources by book, author, illustrator, subject, series, award, or booklist.
    View the Interactive Tutorial


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.