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Online Databases

These resources are only available with your Sunnyvale Library card. Resources labeled "Library use only" must be used in the Library, and a Library card is not required to use them when in the building.

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ABCmouse - Learning activities for children ages 2 to 8. Over 8,500 activities that teach reading, math, science, health, social studies, art, and music.

Alt HealthWatch - Information about complementary and alternative medicine.

American Physical Society Journals - (Library use only) American Physical Society full-text articles from over 400,000 research papers dating back to 1893.

Ancestry.com - (Library use only) Research family history and genealogy.

Archives Unbound- Primary source material from 296 archival collections covering topics of importance to U.S. and California history.

AtoZdatabases - Reference and marketing database that includes 30 million business profiles and contact information for 200 million residents. Sales leads, mailing lists, market research and employment opportunities.

Auto Repair Source - Accurate and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. Includes step-by-step repair instructions, diagrams, parts and labor estimates and more.


Biography Reference Center - Full-text biographies on figures in history, science, the arts, multicultural and gender studies, business, government and politics, sports and entertainment.

Business Searching Interface - Company and industry profiles, market research reports and business videos.

Business Source Complete - Full-text, indexing and abstracts dating back to 1886.


cloudLibrary - Popular fiction and nonfiction titles for children, teens and adults. Read and listen on your computer or install the cloudLibrary app to download items directly to your mobile device.

Computer Source - Information and current trends in technology.

Consumer Health Complete - Information about mainstream, holistic and integrated medicine.

Consumer Reports (periodical resource) - Articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial and regulatory actions that affect consumers. Available on Flipster.

Creativebug - An online learning community for DIY crafters. Unlimited access to classes on painting, drawing, sewing, cake decorating and more.


Driver Education - Preparation for the California Driver Permit test with free practice tests; includes resources such as the California Driver Handbook and the California Motorcycle Guide. Disponible en Español.


EBSCOhost Audiobook Collection - Download fiction and nonfiction audiobooks on a variety of topics.

EBSCOhost eBook Collection - Business-related and computer-related titles (also available: EBSCOhost Audiobooks).

Enki - Classic novels, fiction and nonfiction titles for children and adults, focusing on smaller publishers. Read online or download to devices compatible with the ePub format. Not compatible with Kindle eReaders.

ERIC (Education Resource Information Center) - Education literature, lesson ideas and resources from the Education Resource Information Center (ERIC).

Explora - Resources for scholarly research, with access to full-text and peer-reviewed journals, periodicals, reports, books, images and video.

Explora for Elementary School - Full-text articles, book chapters, biographies, images, videos and more.

Explora for Middle School - Full-text articles, book chapters, biographies, images, videos and more.

Explora for High School - Full-text articles, book chapters, biographies, images, videos and more.


Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text - Articles on film and television.

Flipster - Popular magazines including Bloomberg Businessweek, Consumer Reports, Entertainment Weekly, O, the Oprah Magazine and Shape. Read online or download digital versions of print magazines for free and read with the app on your device.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia - General encyclopedia featuring 25,000 full-text articles.


Gale in Context Environmental Studies - Understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news and multimedia content.

Gale Interactive Science - Manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science. 

GetSetUp - GetSetUp is a learning platform for people 50+ with live classes on digital learning, physical and mental health and more. Use code CSL-Sunnyvale for free classes. You will need to renew this code every month.


Health Source: Consumer Edition - Includes 80 full-text consumer health magazines with information on specific diseases as well as overall health topics.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition - Full-text scholarly journals focusing on many medical disciplines including pediatric nursing, critical care and more.

History Reference Center - Reference books, encyclopedias and nonfiction books; historical documents, biographies, historical photos, maps and videos and cover-to-cover full text for history periodicals.

hoopla - Popular movies, TV shows, music, and audiobooks. View or listen online (chromecast, Roku, firetv, etc.) or download the free app for your Android or iOS device and watch anytime.


JobNow - All-in-one suite of services designed for a wide range of career needs. Includes live online help.


Kanopy - Access over 30,000 movies and documentaries, including titles from the Criterion Collection, PBS, children's content and more.


LearningExpress Brainfuse Library - Prepare for exams and polish your resume through LearningExpress. Prepare for the California Real Estate Salesperson exam, the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) and more.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text - Full-text articles for more than 240 journals.

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) - Educational site with over 16,000 courses in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education and instruction, media production and business. Courses also available in six languages other than English.

Literary Reference Center - Find information on thousands of authors and their works, such as author biographies, plot summaries, full-text essays and book reviews from leading publishers.


Magazines, Journals and Newspapers - Articles on current events, popular culture, business, arts, sciences, sports and more.

Mango Languages - Learn a new language, or study English as a Second Language (ESL), by practicing conversation skills with Mango's online language learning tool.

Morningstar Investment Research Center - Unbiased guidance, including the Star Rating, to help investors make informed decisions.
Access Morningstar inside the Library
Access Morningstar outside the Library


Newspaper Source Plus - Full-text articles from 1,570 newspapers; includes articles from newswires and news magazines; television and radio news transcripts.

The New York Times - Direct access to issues from 1851 to today's news, including Spanish and Chinese versions. Access is made possible with support from the California State Library. First-time visitors will need to create an account with The New York Times.
Access The New York Times inside the Library
Access The New York Times outside the Library

Niche Academy - Learn how to use popular library eResources and common online services with these simple tutorials.

Northstar Digital Literacy - Test and build your digital literacy skills through Northstar Digital Literacy. After testing your skills, you can take courses on subjects like Your Digital Footprint, Email, Internet Basics, and Information Literacy. Enter code F4WV to start learning.

NoveList - Discover your next read with NoveList, a database of reading recommendations, reviews, articles and book lists.


O'Reilly for Public Libraries - 50K+ books, 30K+ hours of video, curated learning paths, case studies, interactive tutorials, audiobooks, and O'Reilly conference videos.

OverDrive (Sunnyvale Public Library's standalone collection) - Popular fiction and nonfiction eBooks and eAudiobooks for free download. Popular magazines, such as Bon Appétit, The Economist, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Reader's Digest, Rolling Stone and more. Read and listen on your computer or install the OverDrive or Libby app to download items directly to your mobile device.


Points of View - Collections of essays that present multiple sides of current issues.

PressReader - Access to over 7,000 digital magazines and newspapers in multiple languages from around the world.

Primary Search - Full-text articles for popular children's magazines and easy-to-read encyclopedic entries.

Professional Development Collection - A collection for professional educators that includes education journals, peer-reviewed titles and educational reports.

Project Gutenberg - A collection of classic novels in eBook and eAudiobook formats.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection - Full-text coverage for nearly 600 journals.


Regional Business News - More than 80 regional business publications.


Salud en Español - Spanish-language material for topics covering health and wellness, diseases and conditions.

Science Reference Center - More than 600 science encyclopedias, reference books and periodicals.

Skillshare - Skillshare has thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing and more. Our link provides free pre-paid access for three months at a time. Create a Skillshare account to get started.

Sunnyvale Digital Archive - More than 590 historic images. Images contributed by California History Center, Sunnyvale Historical Society and the Sunnyvale Public Library.

Sunnyvale Historical Newspaper Collection - Search digitized microfilm of Sunnyvale newspapers dated between 1908 and 1963.
Complete Collection (inside the Library)
Newspapers published prior to 1963 (available anywhere)


Tuition Funding Sources - Database for scholarships, college and career information.

TumbleBook Library - A collection of animated, talking picture books for children.

Tutor.com - Get live online help from tutors in more than 40 subjects, including math, science and English. Live help is available daily from noon to midnight. Tutoring for students from kindergarten through adult classes. Service also offers job search coaching and test preparation.


Value Line - Comprehensive investment research information.

VetNow - All-in-one suite of services designed for a wide range of veteran needs. Includes live online help.

Vocational and Career Collection - More than 350 trade and industry-related periodicals.


World Book Online Reference Center
Access the World Book Online Reference Center from inside the Library
Access the World Book Online Reference Center from outside the Library

Last Updated: Apr 2, 2022