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.

Gale Health & Wellness

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 670,000 tracks 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.

Explora

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

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Discover California history! 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.

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.

National Geographic Lobo
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.
Hoopla

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Enjoy thousands of titles –books, music, audiobooks, and films - available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to tablets, computers and Android and IOS smartphones.

To begin, go to hoopladigital.com and:

1. Follow the fast and easy sign-up process using your library card.

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

That's it! No holds, no waiting! You can borrow up to 10 items per month. Borrowing times are 21 days for audiobook, eBook and comics, 7 days for music, and 3 days for videos.

Questions? Check out hoopladigital.com/support

 

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Overdrive offers instant access to the latest issues of your favorite magazines. All Overdrive magazines are always available with no wait lists or holds to manage. 
More than 3,000 magazines available, including top titles like:

  • US Weekly
  • The New Yorker
  • National Geographic
  • The Economist
  • Vanity Fair
  • Rolling Stone

There is also a large selection of magazines in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, German, French and more.

Magazines will check out for 21 days. You will have the option to renew a magazine within 3 days of the end of the lending period or you can borrow it again with no waiting.  Magazine use does not count against Overdrive checkout limits.

Download the free Libby app to read on your device. Please see OverDrive Magazine support.

BPL card holders can check out up to ten Overdrive ebooks and eaudiobooks simultaneously. SimplyE can be used for Overdrive ebooks and eaudiobooks.

Libby

Overdrive provides a large and ever-growing collection of ebooks and digital audiobooks. Download the free Libby app, or visit the website libbyapp.com  then listen or read on your device. Please see this page for support. 

SimplyE can be used for Overdrive eBooks.

BPL card holders can now check out up to ten Overdrive items simultaneously!

Note: Mac users can read about how to use Overdrive on MacOs Catalina here.

 

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

Streaming access to 2.2 million tracks of classical music, Jazz, Access to a large 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.

Naxos Jazz Music Library here and Naxos World Music Library here.

(NOTE: BPL does not have an access code for the NAXOS app.)

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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.

 
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