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ABCmouse (from home use) Library Card Required.

With 9,000+ (English/Spanish) interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners ages 2 to 8.

How to Checkout a 4-Week License

An ABCmouse license can be checked out for 4-weeks of home use. Follow these steps for getting started:

After Your 4-Week Checkout

When your 4-weeks are up, you will have an opportunity to sign up for another 4-week check out if there are licenses available. If not, you will be give an option to get on the waiting list. Your child's profile and progress will be saved.

You can also use ABCmouse from within the library. It is accessible from the public computers or from your own computer or device when it is connected to the library WiFi. All of your progress will be saved.

ABCmouse (from inside the library)

With 9,000+ (English/Spanish) interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners ages 2 to 8.

ABCmouse inside the library - use this link when you are visiting the library.

ABCmouse at home - use this link to check out the program for 4 weeks. The home checkout comes with the same games and activities, as well as an Assessment Center to track your child's progress in different developmental areas. You can track up to 3 children on one account.

Only available at Contra Costa County Library

Ancestry Library Edition Databases New!

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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.*

How it works

Getting Started Tutorial


  • To have your records waiting for you when you get home, use the "Send Document" feature. 
  • The Learning Center has guides for beginning searchers as well as tips for the advanced searcher.
  • Download blank ancestral charts and correspondence sheets to keep track of your research.

Access message boards with over 25 million posts on more than 198,000 boards. The comments, advice, feedback, and information posted by fellow genealogists and researchers may prove invaluable to your own research.

*Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

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Archives Unbound Databases

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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

Access to nearly 300 collections in many categories including:

  •       African American Studies
  •       Business History
  •       Colonial U.S. History
  •       County and Regional History
  •       Cultural Studies
  •       Environmental Studies
  •       Law and Legal Studies
  •       Native American Studies
  •       Social History
  •       Women’s Studies
  •       And much more!

Do a general search and search within results.

View primary source documents including newspapers, manuscripts and monographs.

Create an account and save items of interest in your folder.

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Brainfuse HelpNow

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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

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California Driver Education

CA Driver Permit Practice Tests are free to access and require no registration. They include the following:

  • 10 car practice tests
  • 6 motorcycle practice tests
  • 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
  • 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
  • An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions

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California Missions eBook Series eBooks

Research California's missions for your next social studies project.

eBooks for elementary and middle school students.

Login to read:

Username: missions
Password: missions

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Cliffs Notes eBooks

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Expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background for more than 200 literary classics. From eBook platform, browse by Category such as Literature and Criticism. View online or create an account for offline use. 

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enki Library eBooks

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Downloadable eBooks with an emphasis on independent publishers. enki eBooks can be checked out for up to 21 days. You can check out 20 enki titles at a time.

Always-available collections: Encyclopedias; Recovered Classics; Short Stories & Essays; Library Journal SELF-e Select: a best-of self-published collection!

Developed for California libraries by Califa and Contra Costa County Library.

enki eBooks are compatible with most eReading devices, PCs and Macs. 

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Explora – Middle School Research Databases

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Full-text for popular middle school magazines. Includes biographies and historical essays. Contains primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction.

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Flipster Magazines & Journals

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Your favorite magazines like Consumer Reports, People, Popular Science, Sunset, Wired, The New Yorker and more are available on your computer or mobile device! Complete issues with full-color images and articles. No check-out required, just click and read!

Titles available on Flipster: Advocate, American Craft, Ask, The Atlantic, Bicycling, Black Enterprise, Bon Appetit, Bust, Clean Eating, Consumer Reports, Consumer Reports Buying Guide, Consumer Reports on Health, Cooking Light, DIVERSEability, Dwell, Entrepreneur, Essence, Food Network Magazine, Forbes, Good Housekeeping, Health,  HGTV Magazine, How it Works, InStyle, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Men's Health, Money, Muse, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Newsweek Global, O,The Oprah Magazine, People, People en Español, Popular Science, Real Simple, School Library Journal, Sex Etc., Southern Living, Sunset, Us Weekly, The Week, and Wired.

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Foundation Directory Online Databases New!

Foundation Directory Online is now available from outside the library temporarily while libraries are closed due to COVID-19. 

Send fundraising and nonprofit questions to https://grantspace.org/ask-us/ or watch free online webinars.

  • Foundation Directory Online provides access to foundations and corporate donors.
    This resource is available at the Walnut Creek, El Cerrito, and Brentwood libraries.
  •  Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, includes profiles of 10,000 grantmakers with details on funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals. Foundation Grants to Individuals is only available at the Walnut Creek Library. Thanks to the support from the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, the Walnut Creek Library is a Funding Information Network Partner. 

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HeritageQuest Online Databases

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A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. The resource delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
The collection consists of six core data sets:

  • U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1940, slave, veteran, and non-population schedules, and more related content. 
  • Genealogy and local history books provide more than 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books. 
  • Revolutionary War records provides access to the complete NARA Series M804 collection - Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, a collection of an estimated 83,000 application files from officers and enlisted men who served in the Revolutionary War in all branches of the American military: army, navy, and marines.
  • Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors and researching the Reconstruction Era.

Links to the following content are also available:

  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.
  • Periodical Source Index Archive published by the Allen County Public Library, is recognized as the most comprehensive index of genealogy and local history periodicals. It contains more than 2.3 million records covering titles published around the world since 1800.

Guide to using Heritage Quest

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Kanopy Kids Movies & TV Library Card Required.

Stream a collection of movies and shows for kids. Kanopy Kids is appropriate for children ages 2 and up, with a focus on Kids age 2-8. Parents can also choose to implement parental controls to enable them to stay within the dedicated Kanopy Kids area for age-appropriate content.

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Kanopy Movies Movies & TV Library Card Required.

Stream independent, classic, international, and documentary films. You have eight film play credits available per calendar month.

Use your library card and last name (instead of PIN) to sign up for Kanopy. 

Kanopy is available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecase. If you need help downloading the app or streaming videos, check out their help page

Getting Started with Kanopy

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LearningExpress Library Databases

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Includes 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.

Go directly to one of the Centers within LearningExpress Library:

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Literary Reference Center Plus Databases

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A comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Content includes plot summaries, essays of literary criticism, author biographies, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, and author interviews.

Literary Reference Center Plus Help

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New York Times Digital Newspapers

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Your Contra Costa County Library card gives you 24 hour complimentary access to the digital edition of The New York Times.

Get started:

  • Go to the New York Times account page.
  • Enter your library card and last name if outside the library.
  • Create Your New York Times Account or Log In if you already have an account with this provider.
  • Off-site access is available through 24-hour passes. To continue using this resource, log in again.  (You will only be asked to create a user account the first time you access this content.)
  • Enjoy from any location, on any web enabled device, by just logging into NYTimes.com with that same email and password.


  • In-library use provides full-text online articles from 1981 – present. Due to publishing restrictions, articles from 1923 – 80 are not available for on-site access; however, patrons can access 5 articles per day from this date range via remote access.
  • The Crosswords app is not included; however, crosswords from the past week, as well as a handful from the archive, are available in the Crosswords section. The Cooking app is not included, but patrons can access recipes via the Food section.
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NewsBank Databases Newspapers

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Search current and archived coverage from local, U.S., and global news sources.

NewsBank gives you the East Bay Times Image edition, the full-page, full-color newspaper online. It includes photos, advertisements, & articles, and can be browsed or searched. The East Bay Times daily image edition is available in NewsBank from 12/18/18 - present.

Contra Costa Times is available from 6/1/95 - 4/4/16. Obituary articles are included, but obituary notices are not.

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Niche Academy

Learn to use digital resources with step-by-step how-to video tutorials. 

Tutorials include OverDrive, Rosetta Stone, Ancestry Library Edition, Discover & Go, and others.

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OverDrive eBooks & eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

Downloadable bestsellers, classics, fiction, and nonfiction. Loan period is 7, 14, or 21 days; it's your choice at the time of checkout. You can have 6 titles checked out at any time— total includes all formats. You can have up to 10 holds.

You may check out a maximum of one Lucky Day item from OverDrive at a time with a loan period of 14 days

Libby is an app by OverDrive that is available for Android and iOS devices. 


OverDrive for Kids eBooks & eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

Downloadable eBooks and eAudioBooks for children. Loan period is 7, 14, or 21 days; it's your choice at the time of checkout. You can have up to 6 titles checked out at any time-total includes all formats. You can have up to 10 holds.

OverDrive also offers a Help section to answer your questions. Contact Front Line Tech Support for further questions. 

The Libby, by OverDrive app is available for Android and iOS devices. 

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OverDrive for Teens eBooks & eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, just for teens! Every book lover is sure to find an enjoyable title, available for download to the device of their choice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can check out up to 6 Overdrive titles for 7, 14, or 21 days; it's your choice at the time of checkout. You can have up to 10 holds. 

OverDrive also offers a Help section to answer your questions. Contact Front Line Tech Support for further questions. 

The Libby, by OverDrive app is available for Android and iOS devices. 

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Reference USA Databases

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Directory of U.S. businesses, company leaders, parent companies, and subsidiaries. Includes U.S. healthcare listings, job and internship listings, and white page listings. Find contact information, sales, and employee figures. Create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds, and locate people. 

Check out this tutorial video to get started

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Remember & Go Databases

Remember & Go provides access to historical materials relating to Contra Costa County. The database features the Library’s collections as well as those of other local history-related institutions, such as historical societies and museums, in order to create awareness of these resources and increase their use. Materials of historical significance featured in the database include, but are not limited to, photographs, art and artifacts, newspapers and clippings, documents, maps, and personal papers.


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Rosetta Stone Databases

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Includes 30 languages and offers over 50 hours of foundational immersion instruction at every language level. Learning is structured around core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and focuses on activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. 

If you are new to Rosetta Stone, watch this video.

Mobile users need to follow the Mobile Application Log-In Instructions for their first session. 

If you experience trouble setting up Rosetta Stone, please contact their support team at instsupport@rosettastone.com.

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Skillsoft IT Pro eBooks and Videos eBooks

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

Productivity & Collaboration Tools
This collection of eBooks and courses provide training on the most popular applications and hardware in the workforce including Microsoft Office, Google, Android, iOS, Slack, Adobe and much more!
IT Skills and Certifications
This collection of eBooks and courses provide you with coverage for over 100 industry certifications in the IT world. These courses allow you to prepare for the certification exams which will prove your skills in a very competitive IT job market.
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Social Studies Fact Cards – California Databases

A research resource for students in Grades 4-8. Provides facts and figures about topics for California:

  • Missions and Ranchos, Indigenous Peoples, governors and explorers.
  • Explore California history by decade.
  • Topics from California social studies curriculum.
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TeachingBooks Databases

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. Resources include meet-the-author videos and book readings, book discussion guides, and literature lesson plans. 

Access is provided by the California State Library K-12 student readiness initiative.  

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TumbleBook Library eBooks & eAudiobooks

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This resource features interactive, animated stories, puzzles and games. There are stories by well-known authors, original stories, classic fairy tales, puzzles and games in English, Spanish, French and a mobile version. Some bilingual stories are also available. You can have stories play automatically, or click through at your own pace.

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Video Storytime

See video storytimes through the Library’s YouTube channel. Enjoy songs, rhymes and stories at your own convenience.

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