Information Databases

Resources Available Inside and Outside the Library for San Bernardino Public Library Cardholders

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EBooks and Audiobooks New Titles! EBooks and Audiobooks from OverDrive® Users can browse the library's website, check out with a valid library card, and download to many devices. Patrons may check out 5 titles at a time. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees! Also includes Audiobooks! Subscription generously provided by the San Bernardino City Library Foundation.

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Download award-winning Libby app and link to Apple Store and Googe Play Store

“Instant Digital Card” available for city of SB residents and a few nearby zip codes.
Americas News Logo America's News - Full-text articles from U.S. Newspapers including SBSun LogoThe San Bernardino Sun (9/14/2001 - current)

Explore San Bernardino history through local news, events and people with The Sun Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device. Full-text articles from 9/14/2001 and Image Edition from 6/1/2022 to current.

Also includes Riverside Press Enterprise (9/28/1992 - current.) Both newspapers updated daily and include obituaries.

Subscription generously provided the SB City Library Foundation, Inc.
Archives Unbound Archives Unbound addresses students and scholars' pressing need to see primary, unpublished archival documents. There is no better way to study the past than through consultation of primary source documents. Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level.
Black Freedom Struggle in the United States - This website focuses on Black Freedom, featuring select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history.
Britannica School Logo Britannica School is the go-to site for learning more about any subject-for all grades and all reading abilities-offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate databases-Elementary, Middle, or High.
The California Digital Newspaper Collection is a project of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research (CBSR) at the University of California, Riverside. Includes scanned versions of the San Bernardino News (1912-1918), San Bernardino Daily Courier (1886-1894) and San Bernardino Daily Sun (1894-1997).
California's Library Services for People with Print Disabilities - California's Library Services for People with Print Disabilities, in association with the Library of Congress, provides free Braille and audio books, magazines and playback equipment to all eligible Californians unable to read standard print. Follow the link to find your local braille and talking book library and sign up for free library service.
NewsStand cloudLibrary NewsStand - Stay entertained and informed with the world's largest catalogue of digital magazines and newspapers delivered directly to your devices. Instantly access 7,000 titles in more than 60 languages when you download cloudLibrary NewsStand. An easy-to-use standalone app that offers individual articles, back issues, and an EZ read mode. All you need is your library card!Download cloudLibrary NewsStand: Apple App Store | Google Play Store
Logo for Coursera Coursera’s mission is to help individuals build the skills they need for in-demand jobs. Access over 5,000 courses featuring subtitles in 50 languages and receive certificates for course completion in business, education, and more.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library. 
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 is not guaranteed.  CAreer Pathways program will wrap up in the fall as scheduled and access to the following resources will end September 14, 2024, last day to sign-up for access is July 15, 2024.
Data axle reference sources data axle reference sources - (formerly ReferenceUSA) Various modules including the U.S. Business database of 44 million U.S. businesses containing information such as address, phone number, type of business, number of employees and sales. Advanced searches can be made with various limits including geography. These results are of interest to business people, job hunters, marketers and others. Among the other modules are a U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles database of more than 318 million American consumers with demographic information. A U.S. Jobs/Internships database includes some 2.5 million available job postings available from and Job Resources including, Starting Your Career for exploring careers, General Job Help for resume and interviewing tips, Education and Training with internships/job training, and Job Offer Advice which includes a salary estimator. The U.S. Standard White Pages has phone listings for 158 million U.S. households.

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Enki logo Ebooks are digital books (also in Spanish) that may be checked out for 3 weeks at a time. Default PIN is last 4 digits of library card unless changed in patron account
Britannica Escolar Logo Escolar - Un excelente recurso digital en español que ayuda a enriquecer el aprendizaje de los estudiantes de primaria y secundaria El nuevo Britannica Escolar permite que los estudiantes completen sus trabajos escolares usando los más de 15.000 artículos de la enciclopedia y 9.000 elementos multimedia que incluyen imágenes, videos, audio y mapas detallados
Footsteps 2 Brilliance Footsteps2Brilliance - An innovative early learning mobile technology platform that provides free access to early literacy activities to all families with children birth up to 3rd grade who live within the boundaries of San Bernardino City USD. The program provides a comprehensive curriculum of more than 1,000 English and Spanish books, songs and games that are fun for children and address the vocabulary gap, according to the following press release from the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. Instructions for parents in English & Spanish.

Distrito Escolar de la ciudad de San Bernardino brinda acceso a Footsteps2Brilliance®, una app completa de alfabetización, a todas las familias con niños recien nacidos hasta el 3er grado totalmente gratis. Esta app entretenida ayudará a sus hijos a sobresalir en la lectura y a estar preparados para la escuela.
Free Permit Practice Tests Free Permit Practice Tests - In partnership with, the San Bernardino Public Library is proud to offer FREE
California Driver Permit practice tests for both automobile and motorcycle. A Driver Handbook for each is also available.
Environmental Studies by Gale Gale In Context: Environmental Studies - Understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.
Science by Gale Interactive Gale Interactive: Science - Manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science.
Brainfuse Logo HelpNow by Brainfuse is now available for free homework assistance. Tutoring is available for those in elementary, middle school, high school, intro college and adult education in subjects including English, math, science, social science and other topics. SAT/ACT/GED test prep and writing lab is also available.

The key enhancements are:

• 24/7 tutoring in math, reading, and writing (language arts),
• The live hours for all other subjects is from 10 AM to 10 PM,
• Bilingual tutors in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalong, and Vietnamese

Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow features live online assistance, resume lab help, and wide range of academic tools to help job seekers and veterans reach their goals.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library. The following resources will end September 30, 2024.
EBSCO Learning Express LearningExpress Library is an easy-to-use e-learning platform featuring online tutorials, practice tests and e-books to help you achieve your educational and professional goals. In addition to helping you improve your skills in reading, writing, math and basic science, LearningExpress Library offers tools and resources to help you search for jobs, build workplace skills and prepare for career certification exams. You'll also find college and grad school admissions test prep, GED® test prep and much more.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library. CAreer Pathways program will wrap up in the fall as scheduled and access to the following resources will end September 30, 2024.
Logo for LinkedIn LinkedIn Learning is an online educational platform that helps you discover and develop business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led course videos. With more than 5,000 courses and personalized recommendations, you can discover, complete, and track courses related to your field and interests.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library. CAreer Pathways program will wrap up in the fall as scheduled and access to the following resources will end September 30, 2024.
National Geographic Kids Logo National Geographic Kids - Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Best for children aged 6 - 14.
New York Times Logo New York Times - Access from 1851 to present. Create an account with your personal email address, or "Log In" if you already have created an account. Patrons can view up to five free articles a month. Remote access for patrons to redeem up to 72 hours of remote off-site access using code. Patrons will need to log in or register first in order to activate subscription.

The New York Times has made the instructional videos for patrons available via YouTube and with captions.

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Logo for Northstar Digital Northstar Digital Literacy focuses on people with no, low, or limited technology skills. Develop basic computer and internet skills. For full login access contact SBPL Literacy at [email protected].

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library. CAreer Pathways program will wrap up in the fall as scheduled and access to the following resources will end September 30, 2024.
Pro Quest CultureGrams Online - Concise cultural information on countries around the world. (Grades 3-12)

eLibrary - General reference aggregation of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers. Two unique interfaces available. (Grades 6+)

ProQuest Research Companion – Information literacy tools and tutorials to help develop critical thinking. (Grades 8+)

SIRS Discoverer - Selected content for novice researchers, especially elementary and middle school students and educators. (Grades 3-9)

SIRS Issues Researcher - Curriculum-aligned database of content organized by complex issues, ideally for middle and high school students and educators. (Grades 6+)

School & Educators Complete - eBook subscription database (over 12,000 titles) to support multiple subject areas (English Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Information Literacy and Technology). (Grades 9+, possibly some content for Middle School, also includes professional development content for faculty) Resources - Various resources are available to promote literacy and education including:
Book Guides & Lesson Plans
Booklists: Build Your Own
Diverse Books
Literature-Based Vocabulary Lists
Meet-the-Author Movies & More
Award-Winning Books
Video Book Trailers
Reader's Theater Scripts
Author Name Pronunciations
Tuition Funding Sources Tuition Funding Sources is a private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information. TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.
Virtual Reference Desk - References to business, stocks, college and financial aid, computer tutorials, free email sites, employment, government and legal resources, health and medicine, online study books, phone books, transportation, search the Internet, tax information sites, etc.