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Ancestry Library (ONSITE)

News, Newspapers, and Magazines

The library edition of, one of the most important genealogical collections available today with unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom. Search across billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. Accessible only on computers in the Library.


Literature and the Arts

The Artcyclopedia is an index of online museums and image archives. Find where the works of over 8000 different fine artists can be viewed online.

California Digital Newspaper Collection

News, Newspapers, and Magazines

Part of the Library of Congress' Chronicling America Project. Provides free full text access to many of the state's principal historic newspapers.

Education Technology

Free learning tools to help make technology work for you.

Directory of Open Access Journals

Business and Finance Consumer Information Health Literature and the Arts News, Newspapers, and Magazines

"Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages." Users can search for articles across all titles or browse journals by subject.

Estate Planning: An Easy Introduction to Some Powerful Tools

Business and Finance Consumer Information

View of any of these 10-minute illustrated estate planning briefings videos on wills, living trusts, probate, trustees, charitable trusts, gift annuities, advance health care directives and other powerful estate planning tools vital to you and those you love.

Internet Archive

Literature and the Arts Technology

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, and music, as well as 435 billion archived web pages.


Literature and the Arts News, Newspapers, and Magazines

Offers a scholary, interdisciplinary, chronological "moving wall" of journals, mostly published over past five to ten years. Comprises over one thousand academic titles in the humanities and social sciences. This resource is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes images, and is interlinked by multiple citations and references.



Kanopy is an award-winning video streaming service providing access to more than 30,000 independent and documentary films ─  titles of unique social and cultural value from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Media Education Foundation, and thousands of independent filmmakers. Our subscription also includes Kanopy Kids - educational and engaging videos for children of all ages.

Morningstar Investing Center

Business and Finance Education

Morningstar is the premier source of unbiased information for thousands of mutual funds, and a respected source of information on stocks.

New York Times

News, Newspapers, and Magazines

National and world news, reviews, and opinion. Limited to 10 full articles per month for articles published within the last 12 months.

Online Archive of California

Literature and the Arts The Online Archive of California (OAC) is a research gateway to unique and historical materials at archives, libraries, and museums throughout California.

Value Line Resource Center

Business and Finance

Value Line is one of the most widely-used independent investment information publications. The online version contains information on more than 7,500 publicly traded companies, along with Mutual Fund Survey, Daily Options Survey, and a Special Situations service. Note: Value Line is not compatible with smartphones and some tablets. It is best used on a desktop computer.