A-Z Online Resources


America’s News Collection Newspapers Library Card Required.

Over 3,700 credible, vetted U.S. news sources. Search for current events, business, health, education, political and social issues, and more. Includes full-text access to current issues of the East Bay Times and San Francisco Chronicle.

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American Physical Society Library Card Required.

APS is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities.

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Bendable Online Learning New!

Choose from thousands of learning resources, handpicked for Oakland. Whether you're looking for a new job, managing your finances, or improve your well-being, Bendable has free learning courses available to help you.

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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Black History Bulletin Library Card Required.

A peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the education of African Americans. The aim of the publication is to provide primary and secondary educators with innovative materials that teach Black history and conform to national history standards. This is an official publication of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH).

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Black Panther Newspapers New! Library Card Required.

The Black Panther was the official newspaper for the Black Panther Party. It was founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in 1967 and ran through 1980 printing 537 issues.

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Black Thought and Culture New! Library Card Required.

A collection of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major black figures in America, covering 250 years of history. Provides online access to essential primary sources from black history to students of all ages, whether they're working on school projects, term papers, or college-level research.

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Brainfuse HelpNow New!

Free online homework help with a live tutor! Get help for Math, Language Arts, and other core K-12 subjects in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog. There’s no age limit; adult learners can also access writing assistance, resume review, citizenship resources and other tools.

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Coursera Library Card Required.

Coursera partners with more than 200 leading universities and companies to bring flexible, affordable, job-relevant online learning to individuals and organizations worldwide. Offers a range of learning opportunities—from hands-on projects and courses to job-ready certificates and degree programs.

These resources are supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Creativebug Library Card Required.

Creativebug offers a variety of arts & crafts video lessons. All skill levels and ages welcomed.

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Digital Transgender Archive

From the DTA website: "The purpose of the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) is to increase the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world. Based in Boston, Massachusetts at Northeastern University, the DTA is an international collaboration among more than sixty colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, public libraries, and private collections. By digitally localizing a wide range of trans-related materials, the DTA expands access to trans history for academics and independent researchers alike in order to foster education and dialog concerning trans history."

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Gale In Context: Elementary

Introduce elementary students to database searching with resources featuring age-appropriate, curriculum-related content.

Gale OneFile: Business

Understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through leading business and trade publications. Updated daily.

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GetSetUp provides live online courses for seniors to help reduce isolation and build community, with a spotlight on peer-led learning. All instructors are seniors. Users must set up an account using their email address and the coupon code: CSL-Oakland

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History: Online Archive of California

The Online Archive of California provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 institutions, including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California

History: OPL Digital Collections

Photographs, letters and newspapers that document the history of Oakland and the East Bay Area and the history of African Americans in California

How-To Videos

How to use various services at the Oakland Public Library.


Journal of African American Studies Library Card Required.

Covers topics concerning social transformations that impact the life chances of continental Africans and the African diasporam, including diverse methods and perspectives that include anthropology, art, economics, law, literature, management science, political science, psychology, sociology, social policy research, and others.

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Journal of Pan African Studies Library Card Required.

A transdisciplinary scholarly journal devoted to an Africological synthesis of African world community studies and research that works to ask questions and seek answers to critical contemporary and historical issues, based on an affirmative African centered logic and language of liberation.

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Journal of Southern History Library Card Required.

"A scholarly quarterly journal devoted to the history of the American South, covering any chronological period, methodology, or any topic of southern history." Part of Gale in Context: World History.

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Kanopy Movies & TV Library Card Required.

Free access to thousands of movies with your library card. Borrow 4 movies per month.


LearningExpress Library New! Library Card Required.

LearningExpress Library is an easy-to-use online test prep resource that helps people improve their core academic skills, earn a high school equivalency, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen and much more.

This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

LinkedIn Learning New! Library Card Required.

LinkedIn Learning, formerly Lynda.com, features video courses in technology and business skills, from “soft skills” like communication to “hard skills” like Python and SQL.

This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.


MakeMake eBooks New! Library Card Required.

MakeMake es una plataforma digital de 300 libros electrónicos en español para niños. La colección incluye libros ilustrados y libros interactivos de América Latina.

MakeMake is a digital platform of 300 Spanish-language ebooks for children. The collection includes picture books, read-along books, and interactive books from Latin America.

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National Geographic Kids New!

Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Includes the complete run of the magazine from the first issue in 2009 to the present, as well as books and videos. Best for children aged 6–14.

NewspaperArchive Newspapers Library Card Required.

The world's largest collection of online newspapers. Includes issues of the Oakland Tribune between 1874 and 1977. Available on site only.

Only available at Oakland Public Library

Northstar Digital Literacy New!

Northstar provides assessments, instructor-led curricula, and self-directed online learning for basic digital literacy skills. Learners can build their computer skills and earn awards certificates and badges in Basic Computer Skills, Using Email, Career Search Skills, etc.

This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.


O’Reilly for Public Libraries Library Card Required.

Over 45,000 current ebooks and 30,000 hours of video in areas such as information technology and software; business; digital media; professional and personal development; and desktop and web applications. Includes the popular "For Dummies" series.

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Palace Project eBooks New!

Introducing the Palace Project, an e-reading experience developed by and for libraries. With thePalace app you have access to the library’s digital collections in one place. Enjoy thousands of free books from the Palace Bookshelf as well as titles your library has purchased through thePalace Marketplace–available exclusively in the app. Download the Palace app for Apple iOS or Android and check out the Palace!

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Physics Today New!

Physics Today, published by the American Institute of Physics, covers physics and related sciences, keeping readers informed about the role of science in society. The online magazine includes archival content going back to 1948, as well as daily posts on current topics and debates in the field.

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Pronunciator Library Card Required.

Learn a new language, perfect a non-English language, or learn English.


Skillshare New!

Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people. Create an account for 3 months of free access.

This resource is available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.



Free online tutoring for students K - 12th grade, college students, and adult learners.
Free help finding a job, applying for a job online, and writing a cover letter and resume. Live one-on-one help is available everyday from 12pm (noon) until 12am (midnight). Live Spanish-speaking support is also available for math, science, and social studies subjects.
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VetNow Library Card Required.

Learn new skills, prepare for certification testing, create and improve resumés, prepare for and practice interviewing, and search for jobs. Veterans can connect with community resources and get live online help navigating their benefits. 

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