REMOTE ACCESS: Sacramento Public Library

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Thu, March 26 2020
Central Library
828 I St.
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During this time of school closures, expanded online learning and social distancing recommendations to curtail the spread of COVID-19, the library is still here as a critical resource with online support. We have plenty to offer you without the need to leave your couch. We provide access to over 50 online resources along with multiple digital media options to help you research for online classes, learn a new skill or find a good ebook or audiobook to read or listen to.

If you don’t have a card yet, that’s okay. Apply online(Opens in a new window) and get instant access to our digital resources. Card pickup has been extended from 14 days to 3 months.

Check out our tutorial(Opens in a new window) and get tips for self-navigating our databases during library closures.

Magazines and Newspapers

Stay in the know with access to daily editions of The Sacramento Bee(Opens in a new window) and The New York Times(Opens in a new window)
Flip through your favorite magazines(Opens in a new window) like Cosmopolitan, Food & Wine, and HGTV
Read through current and past National Geographic(Opens in a new window) magazines in digital format

Ebooks and Audiobooks

Access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks right from your computer, tablet or mobile phone.

Main Overdrive Catalog(Opens in a new window)
Teen collection(Opens in a new window)
Kids collection(Opens in a new window)

Download the app for simplified mobile access.

Libby(Opens in a new window) – The newest app is the easiest way to get started. Libby offers a simplified browsing, checkout and reading experience. Libby is still new and doesn’t yet offer all of the features included in the original OverDrive app.
OverDrive(Opens in a new window) – The classic app is best if you want access to more than the basic features, such as more accessibility settings, streaming video, and the ability to recommend titles for purchase in-app.

Choose from thousands of ebooks, audiobooks and comics. Borrow titles immediately with no waiting, and read them in your web browser or download to your phone or tablet for offline enjoyment. Titles are automatically returned and removed from your device at the end of the lending period.

Download the mobile app by searching for “Hoopla Digital” in your app store.

Access hundreds of K-12 and adult ebooks and audiobooks from your computer or tablet with any internet browser.

K-6 children’s ebooks
K-6 math ebooks
Middle school & high school ebooks
Romance ebooks

Online Classes and Training

Gale Courses(Opens in a new window) – Enroll and learn at your own pace in 6-week instructor led courses
Knowledge City(Opens in a new window) – View online training videos for business, computers, finance and more

Reading Lists

Not sure what to read? Visit our staff-curated reading lists(Opens in a new window).

Online Research

Many schools and colleges have closed or transitioned to online learning. Sacramento Public Library gives you online access to thousands of primary source materials to complete your coursework.


Online Picture books and activities(Opens in a new window) for young readers
K-5 Primary source Research(Opens in a new window)
K-5 Science(Opens in a new window)
K-5 Social Sciences & History(Opens in a new window)
Scholastic – A free, open-access resource covering STEM, Social studies and Science

Middle School and High School

6-8 Primary Source Research(Opens in a new window)
High School – College Primary Source Research(Opens in a new window)
Gale – A COVID-19 resource center has been created that includes free resources
Geography(Opens in a new window)
Science(Opens in a new window) and Science Experiments(Opens in a new window)
World History(Opens in a new window)
US History(Opens in a new window)

Online Tutoring

Connect with a live tutor(Opens in a new window) who can help with a variety of subjects including math, English, history and more.

Genealogy Research – Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

Discover your unique family history with billions of free records from around the world, including census and vital records, immigration and passport records, plus periodicals, books and photos. You can also send documents home from the library for your own records. Available in-library only.

Other Learning Resources for Your Family

Looking for fun indoor activities and games to play? Check out Ready Rosie(Opens in a new window). These quick, two-minute videos offer ways to boost learning through everyday activities like washing dishes or choosing clothes, using materials often found around the home
Healthy at Home(Opens in a new window) offers a mix of brand new material from pediatricians and material pulled from our existing Ready Rosie subscription.
Activities are appropriate for children from infants through early elementary school. No library card needed, just jump right in!
Stream animated adaptations of picture books on BookFlix

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