Beginning Monday, August 28, 2023, the Alamitos, Harte, and Michelle Obama Neighborhood Libraries will offer an additional day of service on Mondays.

As of Monday, August 14, the Bay Shore Neighborhood Library will temporarily close for a scheduled renovation. All services at Bay Shore, including book drops, will be unavailable.

LBPL Digital Library

We have great resources in English and Spanish for students of all ages that are fun, interesting, educational, and free with a Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) card!

Use our online resources to watch movies, read a newspaper or magazine, take classes, research your family tree, learn a language, listen to books and articles, or get help with homework. You can also take practice tests, get help writing a resume, and find classroom materials for all grades.

Browse our resources in alphabetical order, select one from the drop-down list, or use filters to explore different subjects, formats, and age groups. When you click on any of the resources in the Digital Library, you will be leaving the Long Beach Public Library's website.

Do you have a comment or a recommendation that will help us improve our Digital Library? We'd love to hear from you! Fill out the Digital Library Feedback Form.

For technical issues, email our Digital Services Librarian. If you are having trouble accessing our digital resources because of a library card/account or PIN issue, please call the Library and ask to speak with a circulation staff member.

Learning can be fun and Early Learning Academy makes sure it is for kids ages 2-8! Available with audio in English and Spanish, children learn the alphabet, numbers, and animals through:

  • sight words
  • games
  • puzzles
  • songs
  • books
  • and other fun activities

Getting Started

This resource is free only through the Digital Library's link on-site at an LBPL location.

If you need a refresher or are looking to advance your math, reading, writing, grammar, and public speaking skills, check out Adult Core Skills. Each topic has multiple resources to help you succeed. This center also includes resources like flash cards, eBooks, articles, and practice tests in English and Spanish to help prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam. Más recursos está disponible en español en "Recursos Para Hispanohablantes" (otro centro en LearningExpress).

This resource is provided by the California State Library.

Get started by selecting a Suggested Topic or a Quick Link from the home page. You can also search the over 3,400 full-text newspapers and magazines, videos, blogs, websites, and many other resources by publication or keyword. Full-text of the Grunion Gazette and the Press-Telegram (2001–present) are available and can be searched separately. Includes a section for teachers with pre-made Lesson Plans on current events.

Ancestry Library Edition contains documents and records essential for genealogists and local history buffs. Researchers will find:

  • censuses
  • vital records
  • immigration records
  • unpublished family histories
  • military records
  • court and legal records
  • directories
  • photos
  • maps and other documents

Getting Started

This resource is available only on-site at an LBPL location.

Ancestry Research Tips:

This collection brings together approximately 1.5 million pages of primary sources on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world. Fully-searchable content from newsletters, government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets, and other types of primary sources sheds light on the gay rights movement, activism, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and other issues.

Selection of materials for this milestone digital collection is guided by an advisory board consisting of leading scholars and librarians in sexuality and gender studies

This resource is provided by the California State Library.

Archives Unbound presents digital collections of historical documents arranged by topic.

Researchers will find FBI files on Martin Luther King, Jr, Huey Long, American POWs in Vietnam, and others and U.S. Department of State files on countries and conflicts around the world, as well as collections on the history of film and Hollywood, the AIDS epidemic, Presbyterian missionary records, German folklore, and many, many others.

The documents and collections come from repositories around the world like:

  • Presidential libraries
  • U.S. and British National Archives
  • National libraries
  • Library of Congress
  • U.S. and international universities
  • Special libraries
  • Historical societies

This is an invaluable collection for scholars and university students, but high school students will find research ideas and sources in Archives Unbound, too.

This resource is provided by the California State Library.

Authors who write fiction and nonfiction on business, personal growth and self-help, social justice, history, current events, culture, and other topics share their stories with the audience. Each talk lasts about one hour and concludes with a live Q&A with the author.

If you can’t make the live discussion, don’t worry! All talks are recorded for you to access on-demand at your convenience.

Getting Started

The Library's virtual author talk series is supported by the efforts of the Long Beach Public Library Foundation and its generous donors.

Learning about the computer and how to use it just got easier with these video courses. The materials teach you the basics of using a computer, navigating the internet (including social media), and using popular software programs from the Microsoft Office suite such as Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. Achieve basic to advanced skills in word processing, creating spreadsheets and presentations, and sending email.

This resource is provided by the California State Library.

Black Freedom Struggle contains approximately 1,600 documents organized into 6 different phases of African American history:

  • 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)

Researchers will find documents from:

  • National Archives
  • Presidential libraries
  • Historical news articles
  • Supreme Court
  • And many other repositories

This resource is provided by the California State Library.

Book Connections offers easy-to-use tools and supplemental resources that will transform the reading experience. Use the Book Finder and the Diverse Books Toolkit to find your next read. Learn about your favorite authors. Enhance classroom or book group discussions with audio performances, questions, and activities. The site is designed to be used by adults, but curious kids and teens will find a lot to interest them too!

Getting Started

Book Connections is only available from within the state of California.

This resource is provided by the California State Library.

Live real-time homework assistance every day by laptop, tablet, or phone from qualified tutors using state curriculum and standards.

24/7 assistance is available in English and Spanish for Language Arts and Mathematics. Every day between 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM, assistance is available in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Vietnamese for core K-12 subjects.

Homework Help:

  • Skillsurfer – Master subjects by practicing with online lessons and videos.
  • Language Lab – Games, quizzes, flashcards, and tutoring for Spanish.
  • Writing Lab – Receive quick writing help using the live chat function, or for a more thorough analysis, visit the Writing Lab and send us your paper. Within 24 hours, you will receive a detailed analysis of your paper in your HelpNow inbox.

Study Tools:

  • LEAP Learning Platform – A test center with practice quizzes for standardized (SAT, ACT, GED, and more) and subject specific tests (like math and science).
  • Flashbulb flashcards – Enjoy 24/7 access to an extensive library of online, mobile-friendly flashcard sets in hundreds of subjects. You can also create your own flashcards and build quizzes for self-study.

Work With Classmates:

  • MEET™ – Easily schedule online meetings with your peers in the Brainfuse classroom.
  • Brainwave™ – Record video notes of your study session on a virtual Brainfuse whiteboard. Ideal for recording solutions to homework problems, class projects, or any other concepts that involve motion or sequencing.

Adult Learners:

The Adult Learning Center provides comprehensive academic support from trained adult education specialists in areas such as:

  • US Citizenship testing
  • resume and cover letter assistance
  • and core skills–building

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

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

Start with the JobNow job matching service and let them search for open positions for you. Then build your resume using the JobNow templates and have it reviewed before you send it out. You can even connect with an interview coach to learn up-to-date techniques to help you land that job.

Other services available include Career Assessments, Life Skills Coaching, Tips and Guides for resume writing and interviewing, and even help getting through unemployment benefits applications.

VetNow offers live VA benefits navigators (available in English only) and career transition coaches (available in English and Spanish) to help you with your eligible VA benefits, community resources, and applying for jobs.

  • Access to live help and links for navigating the Veterans Affairs system.
  • Resources directing veterans and their families to support with benefits, education, employment, healthcare, housing, and more.
  • Education and career tools for skill-building, preparing to enter the workforce, and applying for jobs.

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

Britannica Escolar tiene artículos, imágenes, videos, atlas y materiales de aprendizaje para los estudiantes de primaria y secundaria. También son 65 juegos interactivos sobre diversos temas que cubren las siguientes asignaturas: Competencias básicas, Español, Geografía, Historia y Matemáticas.

Este recurso es proporcionado por la Biblioteca del Estado de California.

This online encyclopedia is perfect for students of all ages. Whether you use it for schoolwork or just to look up a fun fact, Britannica School is easy to use and offers 3 levels of reading comprehension. Britannica School also has an automated translation tool for over 50 languages, as well as quick dictionary definitions and audio pronunciation.

This resource is provided by the California State Library.

Find eBooks and reliable practice tests for vocational and certification exams for many fields like WorkKeys® Assessments, nursing, teaching, electrician and plumbing, pharmacy, civil services, California real estate agent, and many others. Use the eBooks and practice tests to boost your knowledge and help you ace the test!

This resource is provided by the California State Library.

Chilton Library provides access to repair, maintenance, and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs on the road today. This continually updated resource includes:

  • Step-by-step repair procedures
  • Troubleshooting guides
  • Diagnostic trouble codes
  • Multimedia explanations: photos, illustrations, diagrams, videos, and animations

This online resource provides articles and news coverage on COVID-19. Start exploring by searching these phrases in the resource:

  • Coronavirus therapy
  • Coronavirus and vaccines
  • Coronavirus and health care providers
  • Coronavirus mitigation measures
  • Occupational, educational, and healthcare impacts of the coronavirus
  • Coronavirus and mental health
  • Coronavirus and misinformation
  • Everything MERS and SARS
  • Respiratory and lung injury and disease therapies and treatments

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

Coursera is your place for flexible, job and career online learning whether you are looking for a new skill or a new job. By partnering with more than 275 leading universities and companies—like UC San Diego, University of Washington, State University of New York, Google, and Intel—Coursera brings in-demand educational and job skills to individuals and companies. Coursera offers 4 learning methods:

  • Guided Projects (less than 1-2 hours): Learn practical job skills using real-world scenarios.
  • Courses (1-8 weeks): Learn something new with a free course. Courses include assignments, video lectures, and community discussion forums.
  • Specializations (2-6 months): Master a specific skill with curated course collections. Some Specializations offer college credit upon completion.
  • Professional Certificate (3-12 months): Get ready for an in-demand career, gain entry-level skills to launch a new career, or start a college degree program.

Getting Started

  1. Click on the blue "Access Resource" button below to create your Coursera account.
  2. Fill out the form then click "Register now."
  3. Read the Terms of Agreement and click "Agree." Upon clicking "Agree" a pop-up will appear, make sure to click "Join Now" to complete the registration process.
  4. Now you can start any Guided Project, Course, Specialization, or Professional Certificate! Once registered, you can use or the LBPL Coursera page to log in.

This program for California residents has a limited number of paid all-access seats available.

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

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

Perfect for a report or background information, CultureGrams gives accurate, unbiased information about the history, geography, culture, and lifestyles of societies from all over the globe. The online version is greatly expanded and includes both primary and secondary sources like interviews, photos, recipes, and more that are organized into comprehensive, easy-to-use reports.

This resource is provided by the California State Library.

Reference Solutions by Data Axle is the leading source for business and residential data in the United States.

Easily searchable by author, title, keyword, or format, this amazing selection of eBooks and eAudio has something for everyone. You can find fiction and nonfiction for all ages. All books are read or listened to through the browser, so no downloads or checkouts needed. Also, no library card is required!

Getting Started

Access is only available in the state of California.

enki California Digital Library is a joint project of Califa and Bibliolabs and was started in 2020 in response to COVID-19.

Find credible, science-backed information about the environment and sustainability with Environmental Studies (Gale in Context). Learn about global issues such as:

  • climate change
  • food security
  • soil ecology
  • water privatization
  • ecotourism
  • pollution

Gale In Context: Environmental Studies is ideal for high school and college students’ research and reports.

This resource is provided by the California State Library.

Designed for high school and college students, Exploring Race in Society provides reliable information on complex topics making it ideal for research and term papers.

Find essays, articles, reports, and other vetted resources for an in-depth look at race-related issues, history, and policies. There’s even a built-in citation tool to help students easily create a list of references/works cited!

Topics include:

  • Affirmative Action
  • Black Lives Matter Movement
  • COVID-19 and Communities of Color
  • Digital Divide
  • Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice
  • Food Insecurity
  • Neighborhood Gentrification
  • Police Use of Force
  • School-to-Prison Pipeline
  • Sports Team Branding Changes
  • Voting Rights and Voter Suppression
  • Wealth Gap

General OneFile is an expansive database perfect for homework or curiosity. It contains more than 8,000 titles and millions of articles, reviews, reports, and audio/video clips. Articles are available in PDF and HTML full-text formats.

GetSetUp is the place for older adults to learn new skills and hang out with peers. Exclusively for ages 55 and up, GetSetUp provides live, virtual classes teaching everything from fitness to starting a business, and from computers to art. There are frequent orientation classes and so many interest groups, you are bound to find one that piques your interests!

Taught by instructors who are also 55 or older, this new peer-to-peer classroom can help older adults live healthier, happier, and more connected lives from the comfort of home. There are even classes in Spanish, Mandarin, and Hindi.

Getting Started

Access to GetSetUp member classes is completely free for Long Beach Public Library patrons who are 55 and over.

You must create an account (sign up) to login and take classes. To sign up:

  1. Click Sign up for free OR click Log In/Sign Up in the upper right corner, then click Sign Up.
  2. Enter the information for an account.
  3. The coupon code: CSL-LB should already be in the form, but if it isn’t type that in, too.
  4. Now you are ready to go! Browse the courses or check today’s schedule to see what is starting soon.

Need help? Take a look at the GetSetUp FAQ or call (888) 559-1614.

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

Teachers and parents will find easy-to-use eBooks, worksheets, practice tests, tutorials, videos, and other materials for grades 4–8. Specific subjects include:

  • Math Expressions and Equations
  • Algebra and Geometry
  • Statistics
  • American History
  • Geography
  • Informational Reading
  • Writing
  • High School Entrance Exam Practice Tests

This resource is provided by the California State Library.

hoopla is known for their remarkable comic and graphic novel selection, and their high-quality e-reader that allows viewing by individual panels or the whole page. You will also find an incredible selection of music and British and American movies and TV shows to check out.

Or you can BingePass entire collections of streaming content like Hallmark Movies Now, The Great Courses videos, eMagazines, and award-winning content for kids. A BingePass gives you one week of unlimited access for each borrrow!

Looking for fiction and non-fiction eBooks and audiobooks? Try OverDrive/Libby instead.

Getting Started

  • Patrons have 4 checkouts total per month, including BingePasses which offer one week of unlimited access per checkout.
  • A hoopla account is required to check out items. Visit the hoopla website by clicking the “Access Resource” button below or download the hoopla app to sign up for an account with your library card.
  • Download the app from the App Store, Google Play, Roku, and Amazon Appstore. Compatible with Chromecast, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Whether you’re looking for a new job in your current field or a career in a new industry, Job & Career Accelerator has the tools and expert guidance to help you succeed.

  • Write winning resumes and cover letters
  • Get expert advice about job interviews, salary negotiation, and work etiquette
  • Search current job and internship postings
  • Match your skills and interests to jobs
  • Learn about the salaries and skills for over 1,100 occupations
  • Find colleges and scholarships

This resource is provided by the California State Library.

Kanopy includes acclaimed movies and documentaries on-demand from award-winning filmmakers. Browse the collections of top film-festival favorites, classic films, world cinema, and popular movies including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, PBS, and others. With new films added every week, Kanopy allows you to access an unrivaled collection of over 30,000 films.

Getting Started

    1. Go to Kanopy and create an account by clicking on the orange "Add A Library Card" button.
    2. Enter your library card number and PIN, then click "Continue."
    3. Create a Kanopy account with an email address and password.
    4. Start watching videos!
      • You have 6 play credits each month.
      • You have 3 days to watch the film as many times as you like.
      • Play credits reset on the 1st of each month.
      • Kanopy Kids offers films for ages Preschool to 12th.

Need help? If you are using a supported browser/device and the General Troubleshooting Instructions do not resolve the issue, please report the problem directly to Kanopy's support team.

Download the app from the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, or for Roku.

Discover Long Beach City directories, high school yearbooks, photographs, and teen journals from Long Beach history! Browse over 4,000 digital images with more added each week.

The Long Beach History Collection at the Main Library originally contained articles, photographs, and artifacts that could only be viewed in person. In 2009, we started to digitize and share these local history treasures with the launch of the online LBPL Digital Archive.

Getting Started

Search by keyword, share, save, and print our online images, but please credit Long Beach Public Library. Higher resolution images are available for purchase from the Library.

Stories from local newspapers—the Long Beach Press Telegram, the Press, the Press Telegram, and several weekly newspapers—are indexed in the Long Beach Public Library History Index, along with selected magazine articles, pamphlets, and documents.

Getting Started

The index is best searched by keywords, for example Bixby family or cyclone racer. Most articles indexed can be found in or on microfilm at the Billie Jean King Main Library.

LearningExpress Library Complete offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and citizenship exam prep.

Career Improvement:

  • Job & Career Accelerator – Whether you’re looking for a new job in your current field or a career in a new industry, Job & Career Accelerator has the tools and expert guidance to help you through every step of the process.
  • Career Preparation – If you are exploring different occupations, building workplace skills, or preparing for an exam, the Career Preparation center has everything you need.

College Resources:

  • Prepare for College – Applying to college? This Prepare for College center has everything you need such as a School Matcher, Scholarship Finder, and finance management tools for tuition and housing expenses. You can also take practice tests for exams like the SAT, AP subjects, ACT, and more.
  • College Students Center – Undergraduates can use the College Students center to study for tests, get extra practice with difficult subjects, and prepare for graduate school entrance exams.

Elementary, Middle, and High School Learning:

  • Grades 4-8 Educator Resources – Use the Grades 4-8 Educator Resources center to prepare students in elementary and middle school for tests, provide extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in different subjects.
  • High School Students Center – Study for difficult subjects by completing practice questions and reviewing short video lessons in the High School Students center.

Adult Learning:

  • Adult Core Skills – It’s easy to brush up on reading, writing, or math skills by using the Adult Core Skills center. U.S. citizenship exam preparation is available in English and Spanish, too.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Basic Computer Skills – Interactive video tutorials to master computer, internet, and Microsoft Office fundamentals.

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

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

Learn new skills from thousands of online classes about business, creative work, and technology. With classes taught by industry experts, LinkedIn Learning has something for everyone, whether you are learning new job skills or just curious.

Complete classes at your own speed to earn certificates and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to add to your resume. Courses are free and available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and other languages.

Getting Started

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

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

MakeMake es una plataforma de libros digitales, interactivos y con animación que ofrece acceso a una colección de literatura infantil y juvenil única en español, proveniente de América Latina. En MakeMake encontrarás más de 200 cuentos ilustrados, historietas, novelas, mitos y leyendas para lectores desde los 3 años en adelante.

MakeMake is a digital, interactive, and animated book platform offering access to a unique collection of children's and youth literature in Spanish from Latin America. In MakeMake you will find more than 200 illustrated stories, comics, novels, myths and legends for readers from 3 years old and up.

Learn practical conversation skills for languages spoken all around the world!

  • Lessons focus on practical conversations while increasing vocabulary and grammar skills.
  • Choose from over 70 languages or ESL learning offered in 15 languages.
  • Includes cultural insights, memory building exercises, and pronunciation help.
  • Downloadable courses for offline learning.

Getting Started

A library card and Mango Languages account are needed to use the resource and save your progress.

How to create an account:
  1. Click the "Access Resource" button to go to the Mango log in page.
  2. Click the "Sign Up" button to create an account.
  3. Enter your information then click the "Sign Up" button. Your Long Beach Public Library card number will allow you to skip the subscription payment and access Mango for free.
  4. After you make an account, use that email and password to sign into the Mango mobile app or website.

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Gale Presents: Miss Humblebee’s Academy prepares children to succeed in kindergarten with interactive, guided, and self-paced lessons that use both sound and visual cues to support diverse learning styles. 40 percent of the material is designed to be used offline, including activities and printable resources for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM).

For parents and caregivers, it includes assessment reports, progress and performance reports, and other resources. It is a great resource for homeschoolers, family daycares, and preschools, too.

This well-rounded site has sections for:

  • Language and literacy
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Art and music
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Physical fitness

The same fun magazine for kids just online and with videos, games, and craft ideas.

  • Experience nature and wildlife with vivid, award-winning videos (like the Amazing Animals series) and images
  • Discover fascinating facts about the wild, the wacky, and the in between
  • Play fun games like word scrambles and searches
  • Create something new from the Craft Corner

This resource is provided by the California State Library.

Los Angeles Times Historical (1881–1987) and Los Angeles Times Full-Text (1985–present).

This resource is easy to use with search, browse, save, and share capabilities designed for newspaper research. Library Edition provides opportunities for analysis of historical events and people, and is a great source of information for genealogists. Content is updated frequently.

Includes access to the following historical Long Beach Newspapers:

  • Independent (1957–1977)
  • Independent Press-Telegram (1949–1977)
  • Long Beach Independent (1938–1957)
  • Long Beach Press (1901–1924)
  • Long Beach Evening Tribune (1905–1906)
  • Long Beach Tribune (1906–1907)
  • The Daily Telegram (1905–1923)
  • The Long Beach Telegram (1923–1923)
  • The Long Beach Telegram and The Long Beach Daily News (1923–1924)

Get direct access to the New York Times online from 1851 to the present, including:

Getting Started

You will need to create an account to read the New York Times online.

  1. Use the Off-site Access link to redeem a code for 72 hours of unlimited access
  2. Register for a NYT account then log in, or if you already have an account you can simply log in with your email address and password
  3. When your 72 hours expire, come back to the Digital Library and click the Off-site Access link again for another free session

For more details about off-site access, click the "View Tutorial" button at the bottom of this section.

On-site at LBPL
  1. Go directly to
  2. Register for a NYT account, or if you already have an account you can simply log in with your email address and password
  3. Enjoy unlimited access to on any device during your visit
Please be advised:
  • *Mobile apps are only available for off-site access.
  • Articles from 1923–1980 are only available off-site at a limit of 5 articles per day.
  • The Crosswords and Cooking apps are not included. Patrons should visit the New York Times website to access this content.

Need help? Email or call (800) 591-9233. If you are having trouble with the access links in the Digital Library, contact the Library online or in-person at any of our locations.

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

This resource was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Need to build your computer skills? Northstar Digital Literacy and Online Learning is the perfect place to do that. The online, self-guided program includes assessment tests and learning modules for the following topics:


  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Internet Basics
  • Using Email
  • Windows OS
  • Mac OS

Software Programs:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Google Docs

Using Technology in Daily Life:

  • Social Media
  • Information Literacy
  • Career Search Skills
  • Accessing Teleheath Appointments
  • Your Digital Footprint
  • Supporting K-12 Distance Learning

Getting Started

Create an account with your name and email address to save your progress and results. Or, log in with just your name to only take the assessments (your results will not be saved).

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

Opposing Viewpoints is an especially rich resource for debaters, but high school and college students will find a wealth of ideas and resources for research projects and papers.

This resource supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.

Specific titles include The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, American Scientist, and Education Week.

Debaters will find that the "National Debate Topic" category in Opposing Viewpoints provides quick and easy access to content on frequently studied and discussed issues.

Browse the Library’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free. OverDrive is compatible with all major computers and the Libby, by OverDrive app is compatible with all major devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows phones and tablets, and Kindle.

Getting Started

Starting February 1, 2023, patrons may have a maximum of 15 OverDrive items with active holds and 10 OverDrive items checked out. More information about this change is available.

Device-specific tutorials:

Download the Libby, by OverDrive app from the App Store or Google Play.

Libby is not available on the Amazon Appstore. Learn how to download Libby on your Amazon Fire tablet directly from OverDrive, the developers of Libby.

Browse, read, and download newspapers and magazines like The Guardian, Bloomberg Businessweek, Rolling Stone, Vogue, and thousands of others. Read, listen to, and translate articles into 19 different languages. No checkout limits and no waiting.

Getting Started

  1. Log in to PressReader through the link below or after downloading the app version
  2. Click on the sign-in or account icon
  3. Click Library or Group on the sign in pop-up
  4. Search for Long Beach Public Library
  5. Enter your library card number and PIN
  6. Check the box allowing PressReader to verify and exchange your registration
  7. Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world

Download the app from the App Store, Google Play, or other operating systems like Amazon Fire and Windows.

PressReader is provided to Long Beach Public Library cardholders completely free through the Southern California Library Cooperative.

The Press Telegram Collection offers full-color newspaper pages (2020–present) and text-only (1990–present) of published articles and content only available online.

Use ProQuest eLibrary Guided Research to find diverse, authoritative perspectives and sources for your research assignments, all in one place.

Examples of topics:

  • Global issues: gun control, climate change, internet censorship, gender discrimination
  • Assigned readings and authors: Animal Farm, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Amy Tan, Margaret Atwood, Aldous Huxley
  • History: Wars and uprisings, landmark Supreme Court cases, important global figures and events
  • Careers: The latest news, trends, and training requirements for hundreds of careers

Getting Started

Not sure how to start or which sources to pick? We recommend clicking the “Guided Research interface” link on the resource’s home page for easy browsing of the topics.

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

ReadyRosie is a simple tool to:

  • Discover activities and games you can play that will help your child succeed at school.
  • Have more fun than ever with your child through learning together!

The best part is that every activity is shown in a 2-minute video, available in English or Spanish, so you and your child can watch it together and then play the game. Each video tackles important early learning skills like sorting, sequencing, motor skills, and vocabulary. The video activities are curated into a convenient, weekly playlist that's delivered directly to your device by text message or email.

Getting Started

Sign up for ReadyRosie by clicking the blue "Access Resource" button below and use the code: LBPL. Select "Long Beach Library" and then create your account.

ReadyRosie Long Beach is supported by the Mayor's Fund for Education.

Formerly known as ReferenceUSA, Reference Solutions by Data Axle is the leading source for business and residential data in the United States. It helps users of all kinds find sales leads, search for jobs, research U.S. businesses, create marketing and small business plans, even locate specific people.

Need help with a specific search? Contact Reference Solutions support at (800) 808-1113.

This resource is available thanks to the efforts of the Long Beach Public Library Foundation and its generous donors.

Whether it is your first research paper or your 10th, the tools, tips, and quick tutorials in Research Companion will help at every step of the essay process. You’ll learn how to:

  • choose a research topic
  • find and evaluate credible sources
  • write a thesis statement
  • organize your points to persuade your audience
  • develop your voice and properly cite sources

Getting Started

For off-site access, please create a Research Companion account at any LBPL location while you are connected to our Wi-Fi or using a library computer. Research Companion cannot be accessed off-site without an account and you cannot create an account off-site.

This resource is provided by the California State Library.

Use the 3D models, science articles, and built-in citation tool to study and ace your school projects on:

  • the solar system
  • Earth’s weather patterns
  • chemical reactions
  • growth of organisms
  • cell and animal anatomy
  • the water cycle
  • and more!

Plus, you can download and print 3D printer projects for free using the 3D printers in The Studios at Billie Jean King Main Library or the Michelle Obama Library. Please see Studio staff for more details.

This resource is provided by the California State Library.

Find newspapers, magazines, nonfiction eBooks, websites, and images for curated topics, all in one place.

Research Topics:

  • Animals
  • Controversial Issues
  • Countries, States, and Provinces
  • Famous People

Nonfiction Books:

  • Animals
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Biographies
  • Curriculum Activities
  • Environment
  • Health and Human Body
  • History and Government
  • Science
  • Sports
  • Technology

Getting Started

Not sure how to start or which sources to pick? We recommend clicking the “Guided Research interface” link on the resource’s home page for easy browsing of the topics.

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

SIRS Issues Researcher combines summaries, debate questions, articles, statistics, infographics, and more for over 360 complex global topics.

Getting Started

Not sure how to start or which sources to pick? We recommend clicking the “Guided Research interface” link on the resource’s home page for easy browsing of the topics.

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

LBPL offers free access to Skillshare! Get 12 months of unlimited access to thousands of award-winning classes where you can explore new skills and deepen existing passions.

Skillshare's Creative, Business, Technology, and Lifestyle classes are taught by experts and industry rockstars sharing their experience, wisdom, and trusted tools with you. You also get access to a community that will empower you to achieve your goals with tips and helpful project feedback.

Getting Started

  1. Click the blue "Access Resource" button below to activate your Skillshare account.
  2. Your free access expires 12 months from the date you sign up. September 30, 2023 is the last day for patrons to sign up for free access to Skillshare. You can only sign up one time and cannot sign up for a second 12 months of classes.
  3. Not sure where to start? Explore these curated class lists on productivity, career planning, building an online business, freelancing, social media, communication, entrepreneurship, and starting a side hustle.

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

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

A top collection of nearly 20,000 video courses curated Udemy Business (powered by Users receive access to relevant skills-training in 75+ topics across business, tech, and personal development.

Features 7,000+ courses taught by native speakers in more than 12 different languages designed to help more users achieve success at work and in life.

Courses cover the following topics:

  • leadership and management
  • coding
  • design
  • marketing
  • IT operations
  • data science
  • project management
  • human resources
  • sales
  • accounting and finance
  • productivity
  • personal development
  • and more!

Getting Started

A Long Beach Public Library Card is required to use this resource, and users must log in to Gale Presents: Udemy from within California. Do not use a VPN or IP masking when logging in to Gale Presents: Udemy.

If you are locked out of your account or unable to reset your password, please contact Gale Support directly.

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