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County Libraries Offer Free Online Access to Books, Videos, Music and More [web resource]

All Santa Clara County Libraries are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19, but you can still enjoy free access to  eBooks, audiobooks, downloadable movies, music, magazines, newspapers, international content, online learning, research and more in the online library, available to you 24/7 from the comfort of your home or anywhere you have an internet connection.

Now Available from the Santa Clara County Online Library

  • A full array of online storytimes for families including Facebook Live Storytimes
  • Ancestry is now available from home
  • MacMillan has ended their embargo on new release eBook titles!

Read, Watch, Listen and Relax

The library has a robust collection of:

Resources for Kids and Teens

Explore the curated selection of eBooks, animated eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, comics, games, early learning videos, online tutors, test preparation, and homework resources including articles and multimedia. You may want to start by browsing the A to Z Resources for Students.

If you do not have a library account and live within Santa Clara County, you can apply for an eCard from the website.  If approved, the eCard gives you instant access to the entire online library.

Contra Costa County Libraries

All Contra Costa County Library locations are also closed until further notice. With many adults staying home and kids out of school, access to resources that educate and pass the time are essential. Some of the free resources available with a Contra Costa County Library card are listed below:

  • OverDrive/Libby — Choose from thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks. For those who don’t have library cards, an Instant Digital Card will you give you access to OverDrive for a year. Simply click on the OverDrive link on the digital resources page at ccclib.org.
  • Enki — Thousands more eBooks, open to everyone, are available without even a library card to access the Enki library.
  • Flipster — Dozens of magazines, including The New Yorker, People, Consumer Reports and many more are available.
  • Kanopy — Stream thousands of movies for free at this site.
  • Kanopy Kids — Stream free movies and shows for kids.
  • Brainfuse — Connect to free online tutors. Trained tutors are available for academic assistance every day for kids and adults. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available.
  • Explora — Find age-appropriate articles and facts with easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topics, full-text magazines and topic overviews. Explora is available for elementary, middle school and high school students.
  • LearningExpress Library — This includes online tutorials, practice tests and eBooks to help students of all ages.
  • TumbleBook Library — 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.
  • Video Storytime — Enjoy songs, rhymes and fun with your favorite librarians.

See the full list of online resources available at the library system’s website, ccclib.org.

If you live in Contra Costa County and do not have a library card, you can sign up for an eCard anytime. Visit ccclib.org/get-a-library-card to sign up now.

Do you need someone to talk to? CHC can help.  We invite you to call or email our Care Managers at 650.688.3625 or careteam@chconline.org  to set up a free 30-minute consultation.

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