Work & Money

Find a job, grow your business, prepare your taxes, find federal forms, access stock market information and more.


Northstar Digital Literacy tests your computer skills, helps you build skills in key areas, and lets you demonstrate your knowledge by earning certificates and badges.
Included are assessments, instructor-led curricula, and self-directed online learning in three main areas:
Essential Computer Skills - Basic Computer Skills, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows OS, Mac OS
Essential Software Skills – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs
Using Technology in Daily Life - Social Media, Information Literacy, Career Search Skills, Supporting K-12 Distance Learning, Your Digital Footprint

BrainFuse JobNow & VetNow

FREE Live Online Assistance for Job Seekers, Veterans, and their Families.  Career,  Veteran Support and Learning Tools. Connect with a coach to get help in job search, resumes, career path.   Connect with an expert veteran to learn about VA benefits and community resources. Connect with a live tutor for help with academic  and reading/writing skills.

See this flyer to learn more.

California State Library

Thank you to the California State Library and US Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.


Information on more than 30,000 stocks, funds, and other investment products. Also Includes independent analysis, industry information, stock charts, and portfolio building tools. Limited to one user at a time.

Gale Presents Udemy

Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and personal interests. Connect to 3500+ on-demand video courses taught by world-class instructors. Courses cover the freshest and most relevant content on leadership and management, coding, design, marketing, IT operations, data science, project management, human resources, sales, accounting and finance, and productivity.

Data Axle Reference Solutions

Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) provides basic information on more than 24 million businesses and more than 262 million consumers in the US and Canada.

  • Search for jobs, location, and industry
  • Find new business opportunities
  • Research executives & companies worldwide
  • Track down addresses and phone numbers
  • Locate out-of-town companies
  • Profile a neighborhood, city or state

This video will show you more!

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If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.
Learn how to do basic searches, use email, explore Facebook and more!
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Learn about different careers, plan for your education, get salary and benefit information, search for jobs, improve your resume and get interview tips on this site from the US Department of Labor. Also provides links to local career centers. 

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Find and download tax forms for any state from this site. Please Note: Because of form types and restrictions, this site is not available from catalog only machines. with shooting star

Search for printable forms from  Federal agencies, including passport applications, Veteran benefit, and Social Security forms. Please Note: Because of form types and restrictions, this site is not available from catalog only machines.

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California income tax forms and instructions are available here in ready-to-print, fill-out-and-print, and electronic filing options.

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Free one-on-one advising and free seminars and trainings for small and medium-size businesses: business plans, marketing, sales, taxes, accounting, loans, technology, etc, to improve opportunities for small businesses throughout Alameda County.

Includes license and permit information.


Candid provides access to Foundation Directory Professional, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, Foundation Guide to Proposals Online, Foundation Guide to Proposal Writing and  

You can access Candid’s ( Foundation Directory Online from Inside the library. Berkeley Public Library can help you get access to Candid so you can explore their site. You will need to contact Candid via their FAQs or their Contact form for more in-depth assistance. Contact us here for help.


Safari is now O’Reilly for Public Libraries.

With O’Reilly for Public Libraries, you  get unlimited access to 50K+ titles (including O’Reilly books in early release), 30K+ hours of video, case studies from top companies, learning paths, expert playlists, and more—with nearly 1,000 topics to explore in technology and business. And with a range of content formats tailored to all levels, you can learn in the way that works best for you.

NOTE: O'Reilly is not available through our OPAC terminals. Check out a Chromebook at any branch to use this resource.

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Access free legal information including:

Accident Claims


Buying a House


Getting a Green Card

Human Resources

Living Trusts


Personal Injury

Rental Agreements

Selling a House


Includes access to many full-text Nolo books!

Also, download and print free Federal and State legal forms.


Includes Business Plans Handbook, Encyclopedia of Emerging Markets, Encyclopedia of Global Brands and more. 

Consumers Checkbook

From auto repair shops to doctors to plumbers to vets,  Checkbook helps you find the best local services—and avoid the worst.

The community comprises dedicated staff, who research prices and provide consumer advice, and thousands of members, who write reviews and provide ratings based on their real-life experiences.  Consumers' Checkbook never takes money from the reviewed companies so you can rely on the site to be independent and objective.

Consumer Reports is the world's largest nonprofit product-testing organization and has been helping subscribers find better, safer products for 80+ years. In addition to thousands of product ratings and reviews of appliances, electronics and more, you will find in-depth advice, tips and trends written by Consumer Reports experts. includes Consumer Reports with Cars Best Deals Plus® to assist consumers looking for reliable information on new and used cars. Additionally, features extensive health content from Consumer Reports Online Health, a trusted and unbiased source of information designed to help consumers navigate the health care labyrinth.
Content includes:

  • Money-saving advice and tips
  • Product ratings
  • Product reviews
  • Recommendations
  • Buying advice
Foundation Directory Online

Foundation Directory Online (FDO) delivers quality funding prospects by combining exhaustive data with intuitive search functionality and informative data visualizations.

(This resource is offered onsite only)