eLibrary

Berkeley Public eLibrary

Enjoy and learn with our elibrary wherever you are, whenever you wish.

The Berkeley Public eLibrary is a collection of licensed resources that the library provides to all cardholders. To use: Start by selecting a category to see the most relevant resources for it.  We then list our most popular databases that cover almost any topic.  Finally, we have an A-Z list of all of our resources. If you already know the title of the resource you are looking for, then press [Ctrl+F] and type the title to take you directly to it.

Below see a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Berkeley Public eLibrary. Click one to see the answer below:

Can I use eLibrary resources from outside the country?

Yes you can if you download them before leaving the country.  You will not be able to download or access streaming resources from outside the country.

I am unable to log in because of a problem with my card.

There are several reasons why you may be unable to use electronic resources with your card.  Please call us at (510) 981-6177.  If you prefer to come in, please bring your ID and proof of your current address, which can be postmarked mail addressed to you.

How do I return electronic books or audiobooks?

In genral, all books will return by themselves with no need to do anything on your part. If you want to return a book early, please refer to the help pages from the resource. Hoopla OverDrive Enki.

What is an eLibrary?

A collection of licensed resources such as databases and streaming and downloadable content for entertainment or research on a variety of topics that can be accessed anywhere by library cardholders with an Internet connection.

How can I make suggestions about eTitles?

The Suggest-a purchase form is the best way to let us know what you want.

Why is there a hold on an eTitle, ie, why can't I always instantly download it?

On OverDrive, the library orders copies of titles just like in paper form.  If there are many holds, we will order (license) more copies.  On hoopla, the limit is on the number of titles you download per month.

How do I start using OverDrive?

OverDrive can be accessed using a variety of devices or computers, with a web browser, or a tablet, even a Kindle or iPod.  With such a variety of methods of access, the best place to start is with OverDrive Getting Started.  You'll be able to have instructions just right for your platform and device.

Browse our eLibrary by category

Please choose a category.

Try one of our most popular databases

Academic OneFile Research millions of Full-text scholarly articles across all academic disciplines. ...more
BIN (Berkeley Information Network) Community resources: local organizations, agencies, services, non profits, clubs, in and around Berkeley. ...more
Consumer Reports Be a more informed consumer when picking out what to buy. ...more
Discover & Go Get free access to many area museums and cultural institutions. (Berkeley residents only) ...more
Explora Our largest database of magazines and journals offering many full-text articles. ...more
Explora for Middle and High School Use our largest collection of magazine and journal articles plus reference books and much more. ...more
NoveList K-8 Plus Find great books by topic, reading level, genres and more. ...more

All eLibrary Databases A-Z

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Academic OneFile Research millions of Full-text scholarly articles across all academic disciplines. ...more
Ancestry Find research, photos, stories and records on your family's history. (In-Library use only). ...more
Archives Unbound Research digitized historical documents ranging from the Middle Ages to twentieth-century political history. ...more
Artemis Literary Sources Read full text of books, journal articles, criticism, reviews and more covering authors, literary movements and genres. . ...more
Berkeley Barb Browse our archive of the quintessential Berkeley counterculture newspaper from 1965-1980 ...more
Berkeley History Photo Archive Access annotated historical photos, images and maps from our Berkeley History Room. ...more
Berkeley Obituaries Our index of Berkeley Daily Gazette death stories and obituaries of Berkeleyeans, both famous and not. ...more
BIN (Berkeley Information Network) Community resources: local organizations, agencies, services, non profits, clubs, in and around Berkeley. ...more
Biography in Context Interested in a famous person? Research more than 525,000 people from the past and present here. ...more
Britannica Library for Children Do research on countries, animals, social studies, world religions and more. ...more
Britannica Library for Young Adults Teens, use this online version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica to conduct research and work on special projects. ...more
Britannica Library Reference Center Use the Encyclopaedia Britannica for research and work on special projects. A great starting point! ...more
California Fact Cards Find the basic facts you need for reports on California history. ...more
California Franchise Tax Board Get California income tax forms and instructions with ready-to-print, fill-out-and-print, and electronic filing options. ...more
Calisphere Explore the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history in primary source material. ...more
CareerOneStop Your first step to a great career starts with CareerOneStop. ...more
Chilton Car and Truck Repair Detailed manuals and diagrams for vehicles and labor estimating tools as well as ASE test preparation help. ...more
Citizenship Resources Multilingual support for obtaining US Citizenship. ...more
Consumer Reports Be a more informed consumer when picking out what to buy. ...more
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Digitized photographs and collections from libraries, archives and museums. ...more
DigitalLearn Learn how to do basic searches, use email, buy a plane ticket online, explore Facebook and more! ...more
Discover & Go Get free access to many area museums and cultural institutions. (Berkeley residents only) ...more
DMV Help Practice tests and manuals to help you become a California licensed driver. ...more
enki library Find encyclopedias; recovered classics; short stories & essays; and a "best-of" self-published collection! ...more
Explora Our largest database of magazines and journals offering many full-text articles. ...more
Explora for Kids Access great research tools for kids: books, magazines and media. ...more
Explora for Middle and High School Use our largest collection of magazine and journal articles plus reference books and much more. ...more
Federal Forms Print government forms from USA.gov ...more
Federation of Tax Administrators Download and print any state tax form. ...more
Flipster Magazines for Kids Read current and back issues of kid's magazines like Ranger Rick, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Zoodles, Ladybug & others.. ...more
Foundation Center Resources Find grants and support for yourself or your nonprofit agency (Available in-library only). ...more

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Gale Biography eBook Collection Find authoritative biographies on thousands of individuals. ...more
Gale Business eBook Collection Find business plans, market research and more in the Gale Business eBook collection. ...more
Gale Directory Library Search directories of media and nonprofit organizations. ...more
Gale Literature eBook Collection Find literary criticism and author biographies from Gale. ...more
Gale Virtual Reference Library Search our online collection of Reference Books and Encyclopedias. ...more
Global Road Warrior Find travel, cultural and historical information for over 170 countries. ...more
Gobierno USA Informacion oficial del gobierno en español. ...more
Health And Wellness Resource Center Current medical information from Gale. ...more
hoopla digital Enjoy thousands of streaming movies, music, ebooks and eaudiobooks. ...more
InstantFlix Stream independent, foreign, documentary and film festival favorite films. ...more
Kanopy Must-see films including The Criterion Collection, Great Courses and PBS and more. Learn more. ...more
Kanopy Kids Kanopy has partnered with Common Sense Media™ to provide developmentally appropriate age ratings to help you decide what to watch. ...more
Legal Information Reference Center Access free legal information and forms from NOLO Press. ...more
Link+ Link+ is an interlibrary lending service that gives you quick access to millions of books. More ...more
Literature Criticism Online Find a wide range of literary criticism across eras and genres. ...more
Literature Resource Center Search for information on authors, literary works, and analysis across eras and literary disciplines. ...more

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Mango Languages Take online foreign language and ESL courses ...more
MedlinePlus MedlinePlus, the National Institutes of Health's website, provides up-to-date and easy to understand health information. ...more
Morningstar Investment Center Information on more than 30,000 stocks, funds, and other investment products. ...more
Music Online from Alexander Street Press 670,000 tracks from all genres of music are available to stream! ...more
MyHeritage Library Edition Public records and genealogy tools with an emphasis on newspapers, local history, books and directories. ...more
National Geographic Virtual Library A complete archive of National Geographic magazine . ...more
Naxos Music Library Streaming access to 2.2 million tracks of classical and Jazz music. Standard and rare repertoire. ...more
New York Times Digital Edition Enjoy access to all content from any Berkeley Public Library location and at home. ...more
Newsbank Full-text access to hundreds of U.S. newspapers including Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and more local sources. ...more
Next Reads Newsletters Subscribe to these digital newsletters for book recommendations on a wide range of subjects. ...more
NoveList K-8 Plus Find great books by topic, reading level, genres and more. ...more
Novelist Plus An all ages interactive guide to books and booklists. Also provides recommendations based on your reading preferences. ...more
Overdrive Digital Media A large collection of ebooks and digital audiobooks available to download or stream. ...more
Overdrive For Kids Read or listen to thousands of ebooks & audiobooks. available through a computer, e-reader, smart phone or tablet. ...more
Oxford English Dictionary OED An authoritative guide to the English Language, featuring the meaning, history, usage, and pronunciation of words. ...more
RBdigital Access full-color digital popular magazines. ...more
ReferenceUSA Provides basic information on more than 24 million businesses and more than 262 million consumers in the US and Canada. ...more

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Safari Tech Books Search, browse and read technical books online. ...more
Small Business Development-Alameda County Free one-on-one advising and free seminars and trainings for small and medium-size businesses: business plans, marketing, sales, taxes, accounti ...more