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Still images of animated favorites such as Babar and Badoo on Kanopy Kids

Looking for a new source of education and entertaining children’s programming? Then check out  Kanopy  Kids, featuring  hundreds  of  enriching  videos  available  to  stream  whenever  you  want.  Kanopy  has  partnered  with  Common  Sense  Media™ to  provide  developmentally  appropriate  age  ratings  to  help  you  decide  what  to  watch.

Here’s how to get started:

1. Go to and create an account by clicking on the Sign Up button.

2. Go to your email account to verify your email address.

3. Add your library card number.

4. Start watching! Play credits are not required to watch Kanopy Kids. Enjoy unlimited plays in the curated collection for kids. 

For more information about Kanopy Kids, check out the FAQ.

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Get instant access to awesome kid's magazines like Ranger Rick, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Zoodles, Ladybug and more.

Easy to use and you get access to lots of back issues too!

Parents, need some help? Check this page.

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Find the basic facts you need for reports on California history, including:


Native Americans





and decade-by-decade events

Includes early civilizations, countries, US states, presidents, and religions.

Biograph in Context

Interested in a famous person? Research more than 525,000 people from the past and present here.

Find Images, audio files, excerpts from primary sources such as newpapers and speeches, links to websites, and other resources here.

Britannica Library

Kids, you can do research for your reports here on subjects like countries, animals, social studies, world religions and more. You'll also find images and video clips.

(Certain map links will not work on our Catalog Only computers.)

 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:
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Oakland Museum of California
  • Pacific Pinball Museum
  • UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
  • and more!
NOTE: Discover & Go has implemented residency requirements for all Libraries and Library Systems, effective September 11, 2018. In order to access Discover & Go through Berkeley Public Library, you must live within the City of Berkeley as determined by the zip code in your record. If you need to update your address information, please come in to your local branch to do so. Locations and open hours are found here:

Many Bay Area libraries participate in Discover & Go; you can find other Library’s Discover & Go portals here:

Overdrive For Kids

Access thousands of ebooks & audiobooks. Download, listen or read on your computer, e-reader, smart phone 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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Find your next favorite book! Search by topics, reading level, genres, ethnicity of authors, read-alikes and more.

Oxford English Dictionary

An authoritative guide to the English Language, featuring the meaning, history, usage, and pronunciation of words. The online version of the Oxford English Dictionary contains the complete text of the 20-volume 2nd edition and all work to date on the 3rd edition including regular updates and revisions. Research over 1000 years of English through entries for 600,000 words.



Language Learning Centered Around You

Mango is a personalized, adaptive language-learning experience that provides the tools and guidance you need to expand your language skills wherever and however you learn best.


● Choose from 70+ world languages and dialects through courses crafted using conversational methodology and delivered thorugh native speaker dialogue.
● Real-world conversations that won’t leave you lost in translation
● Voice Comparison for matching your pronunciation with native-speaker audio
● Listening & Reading Activities for reinforcing learned material and building new skills
● Personalized Review System that adapts to your individual learning pathway
● Culture Notes for unique insights into different cultures
● Mango Movies for learning through engaging, authentic content

Try Mango now!

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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.

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.

Full-text access to Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeley Voice, San Jose Mercury News, and West County Times, and hundreds of newspapers throughout the U.S. Also features Hot Topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people. Its diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos

Global Road Warrior

GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE for Culture • History • Language • Travel • Education

Features information about 175 countries, including culture, history, language and travel. Great for school reports and cultural exploration. Provided by World Trade Press, a publishing and information products company dedicated to providing reliable, up-to-date digital media essential for researchers, educators, travelers, and logistics and international trade professionals..