eBooks & Digital Resources

New: CAreer Pathways

CAreer Pathways resources for jobseekers and learners of all levels are available thanks to funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library. Learn more about our CAreer Pathways resources below.

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Coursera’s mission is to help individuals build the skills they need for in-demand jobs.

  • Provides learners with access to more than 5,000 courses and certifications led by top businesses, universities, and organizations.
  • Courses include: English for Business and Entrepreneurship (ESL), Foundations of Public Health Practice, Become an EMT, Bookkeeping Basics, Introduction to Google Docs, Design a Restaurant Menu, Food and Beverage Management, Branding: The Creative Journey.
  • Contains “Gateway Certification,” a program for people without a college degree and with no experience in the field, built by leading companies such as Google. Facebook, and Salesforce.
  • Offers subtitles in more than 50 languages

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GetSetUp Is a social learning platform for individuals 50+, taught by peers who are experts in their field.

  • Hosts live classes covering digital learning, physical health, mental health, social health, and vocational health.
  • Courses include: Introduction to Youtube, Get Started with Zoom, Common Scams and Frauds, Being the Best Grandparent Ever, Android Smartphone Security and Safety, TV Streaming Devices, Blue Zones – What Are They?
  • Offers live classes, social hours hosted by community members, and special events with speakers who directly address areas of interest to older adults. 
  • Classes are taught in English, Spanish, Hindi and Mandarin.

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Job & Career Accelerator is an easy-to-use search tool with everything patrons and 
students need to find, apply for, and get hired into ideal positions.

  • Provides tools to create professional and competitive resumes and cover letters.
  • Features job and internship search engines matched to the user’s profile and needs.
  • Offers professional interview preparation and practice tools.
  • Includes occupation explorers to find the profession that suits the user’s wants and directs to the skills needed for chosen professions.
  • Contains college and scholarship finders.

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LinkedIn Learning focuses on the skills needed to land the most sought after jobs.

  • Provides professional certificates that can be added to a LinkedIn profile
  • Courses include: Pitching Yourself, Expert Tips for Answering Common Interview Questions, New Revenue Ideas for Food and Beverage Businesses, Construction Management: Technology on the Job Site
  • Includes a concentration on the “whole” person, emphasizing mental health and wellness resources, guidance for managing stress/burnout, and other items like “Balancing Work and Life as a Work-from-Home Parent”.
  • Contains critical soft skills training, such as resilience, team work, and time management.
  • Offers courses in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and four other languages.

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Skillshare is for creatives and others wanting to build or grow a business and/or learn new skills.

  • Provides 35,000 video courses on topics including entrepreneurship, graphic design, productivity, freelancing, marketing, illustration, and time management.
  • Courses include: Pricing Your Work and Negotiating with Clients, Etsy Launch: How to Open an Etsy Shop, Organizational Culture: How to Build an Inclusive Work Environment, Inclusive UX: Designing Websites for Everyone, and Starting a Successful Side Hustle
  • Skillshare’s short online classes help users find inspiration that fits their personal routine.

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VetNow is an all-in-one suite of services designed for a wide range of career and veteran needs.

  • Has access to live help and links for Navigating the Veterans Affairs system.
  • Navigators help veterans and their families understand and apply for the benefits they are eligible for from local, state, or federal programs.
  • Houses resources to support adjusting from military to a civilian career.
  • Helps veterans and their families prepare for college with a suite of academic tools. Live online tutoring in a variety of college level subjects is available, along with writing support, extensive video lessons, and comprehensive practice tests.

New: Brainfuse HelpNow

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Brainfuse HelpNow Live online tutoring for all learners. Access real-time assistance through the intuitive Brainfuse online classroom. Brainfuse HelpNow offers tutoring and homework help services in Spanish for all subjects offered in English.

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Irwindale Public Library DigiLab Collection, sponsored by the Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC), features photos and other items documenting the history of Irwindale.
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TeachingBooks.net (Pre-K through 12), a one-stop resource for books you are reading and teaching, including author and illustrator interviews, lesson plans, and other enrichment content.

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In association with the Library of Congress, provides free Braille and audio books, magazines and playback equipment to all eligible Californians unable to read standard print.
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The leading primary source reference for up-to-date cultural information on the countries of the world. Beyond mere facts and figures, delivers an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people(Grades 3-12)

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eBook database (over 12,000 titles) in multiple subject areas (English Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Information Literacy and Technology).

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General reference aggregation of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers. (Grades 6+)

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Information literacy tools and tutorials to help develop critical thinking. Nine multi-media based learning modules and seven interactive tools. (Grades 8+)

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Curriculum-aligned database of content organized by complex issues. Helping novice researchers make sense of the major issues of the day, offers balanced content selections from more than 2,000 global sources. (Grades 6+)

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General reference resource for young researchers that makes learning fun and intuitive. Aids students in grades 1-9 develop their research, writing, language and computer skills. . (Grades 1-9)