Library Learning Tools

Library Learning Tools

Contra Costa County Library has created several short videos designed to help students, teachers, and caregivers use some of our most useful online resources more easily. Pick and choose which resources sound like they would be most helpful to you.


How to use the Catalog

Learn how to find books and other items in our catalog, how to place them on hold, and how to check your account.

How to get an eCard

This video will show you just how easy it is to get an eCard, which gets you almost as much access to the library as a full-service card.


No Card, No Problem

You don’t need a physical library card to access many of the online resources available through the Library website.


Learn how to connect with a free live tutor every day from 1:00-10:00 p.m. for homework help. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available. Find a collection of lessons and practice tests in many core subjects for grades 3 and up. For writing assignments, students can upload their document and receive constructive comments from the tutors.


This powerful database has articles, maps, flags, primary source documents and more. Learn about the three versions of Explora for different age groups and get tips on how to find the information you need for reports and to learn about new subjects.

Learning Express

We have a variety of learning tools for students of all ages ranging from math practice for elementary students to test prep for the SAT, ACT, AP tests and more. Find out how Learning Express can provide you with practice tests, eBooks and skill-building resources to help you succeed in school and in life.


Find out how to locate 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.


Free eBooks and eAudiobooks are at your fingertips with OverDrive, or OverDrive’s easy-to-use Libby app. Get tips on searching, and learn how to check out and download books from a huge selection of material.


Here you can find books, puzzles and games for younger children. Learn how to find stories, read-alongs, videos and more.

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