Arts & Science

Dive into our rich music, arts and science resources. 

This curated content collection includes traditional databases as well as streaming and downloadable film and music.

Health & Wellness Resource Center

Research a wide range of health issues here. You can look up medications, explore various diseases and conditions, and find information from the Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine.

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More than 7 millions songs from all genres of music are available to stream! 

Music Online is divided into 5 collections for easier browsing: 
American Song
Classical Music Library
Contemporary World Music
Jazz Music Library, and 
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries.

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Research magazine for full-text articles.

 

Find information here about:

Arts & Literature

Biography

Business and Careers

Current Events

Geography and Culture

Health

History and Social Science

Science and Math

 Discover & Go
Discover & Go provides Berkeley Public Library card holders (adult and senior cards only) access to free and discounted passes to amazing venues throughout the Bay Area including:
  • Asian Art Museum
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Oakland Zoo
  • Oakland Museum of California
  • Pacific Pinball Museum
  • and more!
 
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More than 200,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.
 
Calisphere's content has been selected from the libraries and museums of the UC campuses, and from a variety of cultural heritage organizations across California.
Academic OneFile

Features peer-reviewed full-text scholarly content across the academic disciplines. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive, a terrific first-stop for research.

Includes full-text New York Times back to 1995.

Medline

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

National Geographic Lobo
This collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue from 1888 to the present day — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.
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Enjoy thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to smartphones, tablets and computers. hoopla digital is offered at no cost to patrons via browser, Android and IOS.

To begin, you'll need a Berkeley Public Library card. Then go to hoopladigital.com and:

1. Follow their fast and easy sign-up process.

2. If you want hoopla on the go, you can install their free mobile app on your iOS or Android device.

That's it! No holds, no waiting! Once you sign in, you are set to begin borrowing. You can borrow up to 7 items per month. Borrowing times are 21 days for audiobook, eBook and comics, 7 days for music and 3 days for video.

Explore and register at hoopladigital.com. Questions? Check out hoopladigital.com/support

(This resource is not available on Library Catalog Machines. If using on Library internet machines, use Mozilla Firefox.)

The PBS Video Collection

The PBS Video Collection assembles hundreds of the greatest documentary films and series from the history of PBS into one convenient online interface.  Our streaming collection includes:  

  • America in Profile
  • American Experience
  • Frontline
  • God in America
  • Great Performances
  • History Detectives
  • NOVA
  • Odyssey
  • The films of Ken Burns and more.  


Enjoy!

Zinio for Libraries

Read full digital copies of your favorite magazines. Issues include the exact same material you get in print‚ and some have enhanced content. Read online or download to your computer or mobile device.  

Download the zinio mobile app to your computer or mobile device. Learn all about it!

Berkeley Public Library card holders will create a login and password using your email.  This same login and password provides access to IndieFlix, our streaming film service.

Zinio is not available at catalog only computers.

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Access thousands of ebooks & audiobooks. Download, listen or read on your computer, e-reader, smart phone, Kindle or tablet. Explore the collection and find your next favorite book to go.

Check out this page for support.

OverDrive is not available at library catalog only machines.

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Stream independent films, documentaries and shorts for free with your library card. Unlimited access to film festival favorites from internet-enabled devices including Roku and XBox.

Berkeley Public Library card holders will create a login and password using your email.  This same login and password provides access to Zinio, our digital magazine service.

InstantFlix is not available from Library Catalog Machines.

Britannica Library

Use this online version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica to conduct research and work on special projects. You can even store your research in your own personal My Britannica account. 

Start with the encyclopedia and then move on to current magazines, recommended Web sites, an atlas, biographies, news, and more.

Watch this video to learn more about Britannica.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Searchable reference books provide online access high quality information for students and other researchers. Topics covered include Business, Education, Film, Health, History, Law, Philosophy, Religion, Science and Social Sciences.

Naxos Music Library

You have access to the world´s largest online classical music library! Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 100,000 CDs with more than 1,500,000 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.

Find the awesome Naxos Jazz Music Library here and recently added Naxos World Music Library here.

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Connect with books you'll enjoy using NoveList!
 
Use this service to:
  • find titles similar to ones you have read
  • discover everything an author has written
  • figure out what order to read books in a series
  • explore books with specific settings, protagonists or plots

Learn more in this handy NovelList Handout.

 
Next Reads Newsletters

Sign up for these email newsletters for new book lists and reading suggestions.

Mystery, fantasy, biography, travel, books for kids and more!

CG Colombia Granger's World of Poetry
Contains 250,000 poems in full text and 450,000 citations, numbers that will continually expand with each update. The poems in full text are the most widely-read in the English language, as well as in Spanish, French, German, and a variety of other languages.
 
The Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry offers complete coverage of the works of several individual great poets, including the complete poems of Shelley, Blake, Burns, Keats, Marvell, Poe, Unamuno, Heine, Baudelaire, and other major poets.
 
In addition you will find a wealth of current poetry from some of the best poetry periodicals, such as Poetry Magazine, The Southern Review, and Poetry Northwest.