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ABCmouse Library Card Required.

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With 10,000+ (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. 

Miscellaneous Instructions

  • If new to ABCmouse, you will create your own family account by entering your username and password. You will then be presented with an account confirmation page. We recommend saving this page for future reference, as it is associated with your library card number.
  • You will then build a profile for you and your child/children. You can add up to three children to your account.
  • At the end of the profile set up, you will be given the choice to do an assessment that will help you determine what your child needs to work on in ABCmouse. You will have an opportunity to do another assessment at the end of the four weeks to track progress.
  • Once you’ve created an account you will stay logged in until you log out. Log back in at ABCmouse at Home and enter your library card information.
  • For information about how to use a mobile device with ABCmouse, please go to this document

Help with Passwords and Other Customer Support Issues:

If you have forgotten your password, please use this form and enter the same email address you used to create your ABCmouse account.

If you have difficulty with changing your password or you need help with anything else, please contact the ABCmouse Customer Support Team: 866-779-1872 (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm PST) or BLHSupport@ABCmouse.com, opens a new window.


Alexander Street – Performing Arts Collection Databases Music Library Card Required.

A collection of music, dance, and theatre content spanning hundreds of genres and a wide range of subject types. Enjoy instructional videos, performances, and more from leading providers such as the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Qwest TV, Smithsonian, L.A. Theatre Works, and Broadway On-Demand.

Audio Collections

Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collections delivers some of the most significant dramatic literature of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries by leading actors from around the world, all from the curated archive of the nation’s premiere radio theatre company and recorded specifically for online listening. 

Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries provides an extensive virtual encyclopedia of unique American folk, blues, soul, jazz, and protest songs, as well as a broad range of world music through partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. 


Video Collections

Music Online: The Qwest TV Collection, co-created by Quincy Jones & Reza Ackbaraly, offers valuable materials for music history and cultural studies through the preservation of diverse live performances, spanning the evolution of jazz and beyond — representing funk, soul, hip-hop, folk, indie, electronic, blues, and other eclectic world genres. 

Dance Online: Dance in Video presents an extensive collection of performances, instructional materials, documentaries, and interviews, showcasing high-caliber performances from the greatest dance companies and performers worldwide, spanning from traditional ballet to hip hop, street dance, and modern dance, offering a unique opportunity for to study and analyze the fusion between styles. 

The Broadway On Demand Collection takes viewers from behind the stage to the bright lights of Broadway through masterful plays, musicals, and dance performances, but it also provides a diverse range of unique behind-the-scenes series, documentaries, instructional videos, and more. 

National Theatre Collections provides contemporary video productions, modern reinterpretations of classic all featuring acclaimed actors and directors of the highest caliber along with exclusive behind-the-scenes archival content. 

The Royal Shakespeare Company Collection with high-definition recordings of The Bard's dramatic canon, featuring the world's finest Shakespearean actors and directors, along with supplementary teaching materials, the Royal Shakespeare Company Collection helps bring Shakespeare to life in the modern age. 

Theatre in Video offers access to hundreds of the world's most important plays, documentaries, and instructional materials, as well as interviews with prominent directors, designers, writers, and actors, providing an authentic behind-the-scenes look at various productions. 

Classical Music in Video provide an extensive collection of influential performances and documentaries demonstrating the continuous development of classical music, spanning eras from canonical masters to modern composers. 

Opera in Video offers a curated selection of the world's most significant opera performances, featuring top artists, conductors, and venues, providing a valuable resource for studying opera's rich canon.

Access to these resources is made possible by the California State Library.

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American Physical Society Journals Magazines & Journals

Available for in-library use only

No library card required.

The Physical Review journals published by the American Physical Society (APS), offer high-quality research and review journals to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics. APS provides free online access to all APS journals in U.S. public libraries. This initiative is offered by APS as a contribution to public engagement with the ongoing development of scientific understanding.

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Ancestry Library Edition Databases

Available for in-library use only

No library card required.

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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

Features

  • 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.

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Archives Unbound Databases Library Card Required.

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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. 

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

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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Beanstack Website

 
No library card required. 
 
Beanstack is a digital way to participate in the Library's reading challenges throughout the year, including Summer Reading. With Beanstack, you can track the books or minutes you read, log activities, and more. 
 
There are two ways to use Beanstack: with the free app or online.
 
 
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Black Life in America Databases Newspapers Library Card Required.

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Comprehensive coverage of the African American experience from the early 18th century to the present day. Sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 current and historical Black publications. 

This primary source collection offers an expansive window into centuries of African American history, culture, and daily life—as well as the ways the dominant culture has portrayed and perceived people of African descent.

Provides full-text searching as well as access to content by Topic, Event, and Eras in African American History. Updated daily.

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Brainfuse HelpNow Library Card Required.

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Live real-time homework assistance is available from qualified tutors using state curriculum and standards. This service includes writing assistance, support for adult learners, and live chess tutoring. 

Every day between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm, assistance is available in core K-12 subjects in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Vietnamese
  • Tagalog

24/7 assistance is available for Language Arts and Mathematics (English and Spanish-speaking tutors).

This program is supported with funds provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Librarian.

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Brainfuse JobNow Databases Library Card Required.

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Connect with a Live Job Coach to get assistance with searching, applying, and preparing for jobs. Brush up on your interview skills. Find templates to build an effective resume and submit your document to the resume lab and get suggestions on how to make improvements. 

New Enhancements to JobNow include Job Matching experts and Life Skills Coaches. After completing a questionnaire, the Job Matching experts will provide the job seeker with available positions matching their skills, interests, and preferences. Brainfuse Life Skills Coaches are live experts who assist people with essential skills, such as time management and budgeting.

Live help is available daily 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., excluding holidays. 

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Brainfuse VetNow

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No library card required. 

FREE live online assistance for veterans and their families. 

VetNow supports your community's veterans and their families with navigating the VA
bureaucracy, providing academic tutoring, and employment transition assistance. Live
navigation support is available, and all navigators are veterans.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library. 

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Britannica Escolar Encyclopedias Library Card Required.

Una enciclopedia en dos partes con portales para estudiantes de primaria y secundaria.

Acceso proporcionado por cortesía de la Biblioteca del Estado de California.

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Britannica School Encyclopedias Library Card Required.

A three-part multi-subject encyclopedia with portals for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Access provided courtesy of the California State Library. 

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California Digital Newspaper Collection (Digital Reel) Newspapers

Digital scans of Contra Costa County Library's microfilm collection of a selection of historical local newspapers from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

Antioch Ledger, Byron Times, Concord Transcript, Contra Costa Courier, Contra Costa Courier and Danville Journal, Contra Costa Gazette (Martinez), Contra Costan, Daily Gazette, Daily Press, Danville Journal, Journal (El Cerrito), Martinez Daily Standard, Pittsburg Post, Pittsburg Post Dispatch, and Richmond Daily Independent. 

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California Driver Education Website

No library card required. 

CA Driver Permit Practice Tests 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

Need a Driver License Handbook? You can get them in different languages from CA.gov, opens a new window.

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Cliffs Notes eBooks Library Card Required.

Expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background for more than 200 literary classics. View online or create an account for offline use. 


Coursera Databases Website Library Card Required.

This program for California residents is for a limited time with a limited number of seats. The program is full and there is no waitlist. If you received a “Program Full” message, you can log into your Coursera account on Mondays at 12 noon to see if any seats have become available.

Access to Coursera will end on September 14, 2024. 

Register for a user account with Coursera on the California State Library’s page:
https://c4b-integration.com/csl

  1. Have your email address and library card number ready to fill out the form.
  2. Select Contra Costa County Library when asked.
  3. You will receive an invitation email. Check your spam folder if it does not show up in your inbox.

Once you have created your Coursera account, sign in at coursera.org.

Note: For learners who previously accessed Coursera, you will need to re-register using the same email address associated with your Coursera account. If your previous work does not automatically repopulate, please re-enroll in your courses. 

Coursera’s mission is to help individuals build the skills they need for in-demand jobs. The resource
provides learners with access to more than 5,000 courses and certifications led by top businesses, universities, and organizations.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.  14, 2024. 

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Exploring Race in Society Databases Library Card Required.

Designed for high school, undergraduate students, and other researchers, this resource includes essays, articles, reports, and other reliable sources that provide an in-depth look at the history of race and a critical context for learning more about topics associated with race, ethnicity, diversity, and inclusiveness.

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Gale in Context: Environmental Studies Databases Library Card Required.

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Focuses on the study of sustainability and the environment. Topics include ecosystems, global warming, food safety, and introductions to environmental disasters.

Includes sources such as topic summaries, scholarly articles, statistics, conference proceedings, news and magazine articles, podcasts, videos, industry reports, and consumer data.

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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Gale Interactive: Science Databases Library Card Required.

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Allows students to manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand biology, chemistry, earth, and space science concepts.

Interactive content is not supported on mobile devices. To access this content, please use a desktop web browser. 

 

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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HeritageQuest Online Databases Library Card Required.

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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 1950, 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.
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Hoopla eBooks & eAudiobooks Magazines & Journals Movies & TV Music New! Library Card Required.

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eCard access does not include Hoopla. Upgrade to a full-service card.

Hoopla has movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, eAudiobooks, comics, and magazines. No holds or waiting lists. Selecting the 'Kids Mode' will limit results to children's content only. 

Check out up to 4 items per month

How long do I get to keep what I've checked out?

  • TV/Movies = 3 days 
  • Music = 7 days 
  • eBooks/eAudiobooks/Comics =  21 days
  • Magazines = 7 days
  • BingePasses = 7 days

Frequently Asked Questions

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Kanopy Kids Movies & TV Library Card Required.

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Use library card number and PIN when signing in. After registering with an email address and password, go to your inbox and open the email from Kanopy. Verify your email address.

eCard access does not include Kanopy. Upgrade to a full-service card.

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.

Kanopy Kids titles don't use tickets, so you can watch as many kid-friendly titles as you'd like. 

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Kanopy Movies Movies & TV Library Card Required.

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Use library card number and PIN when signing in. After registering with an email address and password, go to your inbox and open the email from Kanopy. Verify your email address.

eCard access does not include Kanopy. Upgrade to a full-service card.

Stream independent, classic, international, critically-acclaimed and documentary films. You have 24 tickets each month to watch films. How tickets work.

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

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LearningExpress Library Databases eBooks Library Card Required.

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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 (including the California Basic Educational Skills Test [CBEST], California Subject Examinations for Teachers [CSET], California Real Estate Salesperson exam prep, ServSafe California Food Handler practice exams, and the California Police Officer Exam, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED test prep, and more. 

Go directly to one of the Centers within LearningExpress Library:

  • Adult Core Skills
    Helps adults achieve their personal, education and career goals by offering resources to help them improve their basic skills in reading, writing, and math, and prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam.
  • Career Preparation
    Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills? Choose the Career Preparation Center and begin your path to a bright future.
  • College Admissions Test Preparation
    Getting into college is an important step to building a strong future. First, you must do well on your college admission tests and write a personal essay that highlights your special talents. Use this center to get the resources you need to achieve your college preparation goals.
  • College Students
    Provides valuable resources that help college students strengthen their academic skills, prepare for placement tests, and get ready for graduate school entrance exams.
  • Computer Skills
    Learn the basics of using a computer, navigating the internet, and using popular software programs from Microsoft and Adobe. Achieve basic to advanced skills in word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design, and more.
  • Grade 4-8 Educator Resources
    Elementary and middle school teachers: Supplement classroom instruction with curriculum-aligned materials in math, reading, writing, and social studies.
  • High School Equivalency Center
    If you are preparing for the GED test, HiSET or TASC exams, the High School Equivalency Center's practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks will help you reach your goal.
  • High School Students 
    Find resources to help you build classroom and homework skills in math, English language arts, social studies, science, and technology.
  • Job & Career Accelerator
    Explore detailed information on over 1,000 different occupations. Match your interests and skills with the career that's best for you. Search local and national job postings. Create professional resumes and cover letters. Practice and master interviewing skills. 
  • Recursos Para Hispanohablantes
    Herramientas de aprendizaje, carrera, y ciudadanía en español. Este centro ofrece a los adultos que están muy ocupados los recursos para mejorar sus habilidades básicas, ganar sus credenciales de GED o ser ciudadano estadounidense.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library. 

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LinkedIn Learning Databases Library Card Required.

Getting Started Video

Choose from thousands of online courses to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts. Learn business, creative, and technology skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. New courses added each week. 

After creating an account, you can watch videos, create playlists, bookmark pages, and obtain certificates of completion. Please note the Library version of LinkedIn does not capture any personally identifiable information from patrons; therefore, they are unable to include names on certificates of completion.

For support:

  • Enter card number and PIN
  • Visit LinkedIn Learning for Library Patron FAQ 
  • Library ID for LinkedIn Learning app is contracostacountylibrary
    https://www.linkedin.com/learning-login/go/contracostacountylibrary
  • If you change your library card number you will lose any playlists you saved with your previous card.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library. 

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Literary Reference Center Plus Databases Library Card Required.

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The definitive literary database covering all genres and timeframes. Literary Reference Center Plus includes thousands of full-text poems, short stories, synopses, critical essays, literary journals, reference books and author biographies, plus lesson plans and literary study guides. This resource gives students a complete foundation of literary reference works. 

Coverage List

 

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Local History Connection Databases

No library card required.

The Local History Connection (formerly 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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National Geographic Kids Databases Magazines & Journals Library Card Required.

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In this resource you will find the National Geographic Kids magazine 2009-present (three-month embargo); more than 500 National Geographic Kids books; 900 kid-friendly, downloadable images; and more than 200 videos. It offers endless opportunities for kids to explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Best for children aged 6–14.

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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New York Times Digital Newspapers Library Card Required.

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 72-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.

Note:

  • 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.

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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NewsBank Databases Newspapers Library Card Required.

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Explore and stay informed on local, national, and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues, and more.

Read full-page, full-color versions of hundreds of national, international, and California newspapers with NewsBank's Image editions. Search for a specific title and select the "Image" format when available.

  • East Bay Times daily image edition from 12/18/18 - present.
  • San Francisco Chronicle Collection - current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles, and content only published online. The daily image edition is available from 2017 - present. 
  • Contra Costa Times is available from 6/1/95 - 4/4/16. Obituary articles are included, but obituary notices are not.
  • Black Life in America - The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today. Discover hard-to-find articles from historical and current sources with information on people, issues, and events that shaped and continue to influence conversations about race, equity and diversity.
  • Hispanic Life in America - This collection is sourced from more than 17,000 American and global news sources, including over 700 Spanish-language or bilingual publications. The time period Hispanic Life in America covers is from the early 18th century to today. 
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Niche Academy Website

No library card required.

Learn how to use the Library's digital resources with step-by-step getting started videos. 

The videos include instructions for using Libby by OverDrive, Rosetta Stone, Ancestry Library Edition, Discover & Go, and many others.

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NoveList Plus Databases Library Card Required.

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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. Includes selections for kids, teens, and adults. 

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O’Reilly for Public Libraries eBooks New! Library Card Required.

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Gives users on-demand access to a vast collection of titles from O'Reilly (including eBooks in early release) and nearly 200 other publishers. Find videos, eBooks, resource centers, learning paths, case studies, and playlists. Subject areas include information technology and software, business, digital media, professional and personal development, and desktop and web applications.

Due to licensing restrictions, content can only be streamed online in a standard web browser for Windows and Mac, not downloaded. Print pages for offline access. You can read anytime with no due dates. 

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OverDrive/Libby eBooks & eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

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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.

This collection also includes magazines with unlimited checkouts. 

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

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

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OverDrive/Libby for Teens eBooks & eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

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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 titles for 7, 14, or 21 days; it's your choice at the time of checkout. You can have up to 10 holds. 

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

Libby Help

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OverDrive/Libby Magazines Magazines & Journals New! Library Card Required.

Find popular titles such as US Weekly, National Geographic, Good Housekeeping, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone. Titles in a variety of languages including Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, German, French, and more. Includes Comics and Manga magazines. Rolling 3 years of back issues, wherever available. 

Unlimited checkouts on magazines. 

Magazines can be read in the Libby app, on Libby in your browser, and on the Library's OverDrive site

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Points of View Reference Center Databases Library Card Required.

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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. The database includes thousands of articles from top political magazines, videos, radio and television news transcripts, images, and more. 

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PressReader Magazines & Journals Newspapers Library Card Required.

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PressReader is a newspaper and magazine service that provides unlimited access to 7,000+ current publications from over 120 countries, in 60 different languages. Publications include The Economist, USA Today, The New York Times, La Opinión, World Journal, Times of India, El Diario, La Razón, China Daily, Der Tagesspiegel, The Guardian, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Variety, Newsweek, and Popular Science.  

(Please note: issues for The Economist and The New York Times are limited to a 24-hour checkout period and can be checked out again once the 24 hour period is up.) 

Read online or download. No limits on downloads. Provides up to a 60-day backfile and the ability to perform keyword searches across all titles. Instantly translates articles into 18 languages. Listen to content out loud.

Use PressReader in your browser

Click on PressReader and enter your library card number and PIN, if needed. If you are in a Contra Costa County Library location you may see language indicating you are at a "PressReader Hotspot." This designation should provide you with access to all of the PressReader content.

To use the full features of PressReader, such as creating collections, saving articles, and reading offline, create a personal account from the sign in page using your email address.

Use the PressReader App

  1. Download and open the PressReader app
  2. Tap on "Libraries & Groups"
  3. Search and select “Contra Costa County Library”
  4. Enter your library card number and PIN
  5. Tap on Sign in

After you’re authenticated, you have access to the app for about 48 hours. When your two days are up, just repeat the process.

More Help

PressReader Help Center

PressReader Support Site

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ProQuest Black Freedom Struggle Website

No library card required.

This website contains primary-source documents focused on six different phases of Black Freedom:

  • Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860)
  • The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)
  • Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932)
  • The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945)
  • The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975)
  • The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)
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ProQuest CultureGrams Databases Library Card Required.

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Provides brief reports on countries. Learn about the land, history, people, customs, lifestyle, society, and government. Find recipes by country, printable flags and maps, and audios of national anthems.

The Kids Edition features reports on the U.S. states and country reports written for elementary students with easy-to-understand information and fun facts.

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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ProQuest eLibrary Databases Magazines & Journals Newspapers Library Card Required.

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General reference collection of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers. Includes newspapers (Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times), magazines, scholarly journals, books, videos and audios, dissertations and theses, reports and more. 

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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ProQuest Research Companion Databases Library Card Required.

Getting Started Video

Provides video instruction on the important concepts in information literacy. Develop your research skills with these tutorial videos:

  • How to find information
  • How to evaluate information
  • How to use information

Grades 9+

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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ProQuest SIRS DISCOVERER Databases Library Card Required.

A general reference database for upper elementary and middle school learners, researchers and educators covering curriculum areas such as reading, language arts, current events, science, social studies, history, health and technology. Includes age-appropriate newspaper, magazine, book and website content. Grades 3-9

SIRS Discoverer Help

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher Databases Magazines & Journals Newspapers Library Card Required.

Delivers the pros and cons on social issues with relevant, credible information. Analyses and opinions are hand selected from thousands of national and international sources such as newspaper and magazine articles, videos, charts, maps, statistics, primary sources and government documents. Grades 6-12

SIRS Issues Researcher Help

Access to this resource is made possible by the California State Library.

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Reference Solutions Databases Library Card Required.

Getting Started Video

Formerly known as Reference USA, Data Axle's Reference Solutions is the go-to resource for comprehensive data on both businesses and individuals, tailored to the needs of small business owners, marketing professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers, and job seekers. It empowers users to create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, secure funding, and locate individuals.

This platform offers detailed profiles of over 50 million U.S. businesses, 150 million U.S. residents, 2 million job postings, internships, historical business data, and healthcare listings, making it an invaluable research tool for job seekers, businesses, and researchers.

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Rosetta Stone Databases Library Card Required.

Getting Started Video

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. 

On your computer:

    1. From the Library website, go to Digital Resources - Home from the top navigation bar. 
    2. Under Learning, select Rosetta Stone.
    3. Click on the link into Rosetta Stone Library Solution.
    4. Sign in with your email address and password. If this is your first time using Rosetta Stone, you will need to create a new free account.
    5. Select a language you would like to learn.
    6. Click on Launch Rosetta Stone Foundations.

On a mobile device: 

First-time users: Download the Rosetta Stone app, but do not open it. 

  1. Download the Rosetta Stone app:
    Apple
    Android
  2. DO NOT launch or open the app or you will not access the free site.
    Instead:
  3. Open your browser on your mobile device and follow the steps listed above under "On your computer."
  4. After you Sign in and click on “Launch Rosetta Stone Foundations,” the app should launch automatically.
Once you have created your Rosetta Stone account, you can follow these alternative instructions:
 
  1. Follow the steps for on your computer to create your account.
  2. Open the Rosetta Stone app and tap Sign In
  3. You will be asked what type of account you have - choose Work or School
  4. For Username and Password use the email address and password you have created in the steps above. 
  5. Under Workspace type s9024568

If you experience trouble setting up Rosetta Stone, please contact their customer support team by emailing support@rosettastone.com or by completing this form.

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Skillsoft IT Pro eBooks and Videos eBooks Library Card Required.

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

Productivity & Collaboration Tools: This collection of eBooks and courses provides 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 provides coverage for over 100 industry certifications in the IT world. These courses will help you to prepare for the certification exams in a very competitive IT job market.

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TeachingBooks Databases

No library card required.

Getting Started Video

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 Library Card Required.

Getting Started Video

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

No library card required.

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


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Wall Street Journal Databases Newspapers Library Card Required.

Get started:

  • Use this link to create your account. Password parameters are 5-15 characters, at least 1 capital letter, 1 number, and no special characters.
  • Your access will be available for the next 3 days.
  • After 3 days, come back and click the above link again and login as an existing user with the same username and password you originally created.

You will have access to: 

  • Unlimited articles on WSJ.com
  • A four-year archive/article search
  • The digital version of the daily paper
  • More than 30 newsletters and alerts
  • Informative videos and podcasts, featuring interviews with WSJ editors and notable influencers

The default search is for the last 90 days of articles. The Advanced Search feature lets you search articles for the last four years.

This service is available via any web browser (such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge) on your computer or device, however it is not available via the WSJ app.

IMPORTANT: You are not permitted to share the sign-on credentials with any other person whatsoever. Any violation of this clause will result in Dow Jones terminating access for our library. 

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