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Learn What Your Library Card Can Do

"[Getting] a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning." (American Library Association)

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when libraries nationwide remind parents, caregivers and students about the life-long benefits of a library card.

Try these Library resources at home:


  • OverDrive/Libby (Sunnyvale Public Library's standalone collection) - Popular fiction and nonfiction eBooks and eAudiobooks for free download.
  • cloudLibrary - Popular fiction and nonfiction titles for children, teens and adults.
  • TumbleBook Library - A collection of animated, talking picture books for children.
  • Flipster - Popular magazines including Consumer Reports, Eating Well, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker.
  • 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.


  • hoopla - Popular movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks.
  • Kanopy - Access over 30,000 movies and documentaries, including titles from the Criterion Collection, PBS, children's content and more.


  • Ancestry.com - (Library use only) Research family history and genealogy.
  • AtoZDatabases - Reference and marketing database that includes 30 million business profiles and and contact information for 200 million residents. Sales leads, mailing lists, market research and employment opportunities.
  • Creativebug - An online learning community for DIY crafters. Unlimited access to classes on painting, drawing, sewing, cake decorating and more.
  • Earn Your High School Diploma (Career Online High School) - Expand your career opportunities, re-enter the workforce or continue your education. Learn more about our online high school program.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • O'Reilly for Public Libraries (formerly Safari Tech Books) - 50K+ books, 30K+ hours of video, curated learning paths, case studies, interactive tutorials, audiobooks, and O'Reilly conference videos.
  • 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.

Need a Library Card?

If you're not a Sunnyvale Public Library cardholder, but would like to obtain instant access to eBooks, streaming movies, music and more: Get a Library Card

May 7, 2021