Articles & Databases


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

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.

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

  • Full-text content of East Bay Times and local papers. Thousands of U.S. and global news sources.

eBooks: enki | Overdrive and ...

California Missions
Cliffs Notes
Safari Technical Books Online
Skillsoft IT Pro eBooks and Videosnew
TumbleBook Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library encyclopedias

Explora - Elementary School Research

  • Full-text elementary school magazines. Topics covered include animals, arts and music, biographies, geography, language arts, mathematics, science and health, and social studies.

Explora - Middle, High School Research and Beyond

  • Full-text magazines for middle school and high school students. Includes Biographies and Historical Essays, Primary Source Documents, newspapers, reference books, and images.

Flipster - Digital Magazines

  • Read magazines on your mobile devices. Complete 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

Library Guides

  • Resources curated by your librarians.

Literary Reference Center Plus

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

  • An online learning site that hosts a growing library of courses and videos. The content is delivered by expert instructors on creative, business, and technology topics.

    Logging in: Use your library card number and last name (use last name for PIN). If using the app, sign in via organization,, and you will be directed to the Library's sign in page.

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.

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.


  • 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. Offers live, teacher-led conversation groups.

Publication Finder

  • Use theĀ Publication FinderĀ search tool to see where the journal, magazine, or newspaper, is located.


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

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, Governors, and History by the Decades.

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. NOTE: Users will need to create a free personal log-in to access T&E Ref Center resources. New SAT Practice Test!

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.