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Information Databases

Resources Available Inside and Outside the Library for San Bernardino Public Library Cardholders

Sign up for library card online to use Overdrive eBooks and eAudiobooks and other resources at: http://catalog.sbpl.org:8086/ Please allow about a day for card to activate.


New Titles! EBooks and Audiobooks from OverDrive®  Users can browse the library's website, check out with a valid library card, and download to many devices. Patrons may check out 5 titles at a time. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees! Now includes from R & B Digital, the world's largest newsstand, offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from your library's collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download. also includes Audiobooks! Subscription generously provided by the San Bernardino City Library Foundation.

data axle reference sources (formerly ReferenceUSA) Various modules including the U.S. Business database of 44 million U.S. businesses containing information such as address, phone number, type of business, number of employees and sales. Advanced searches can be made with various limits including geography. These results are of interest to business people, job hunters, marketers and others. Among the other modules are a U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles database of more than 318 million American consumers with demographic information. A U.S. Jobs/Internships database includes some 2.5 million available job postings available from Indeed.org and Job Resources including, Starting Your Career  for exploring careers,  General Job Help for resume and interviewing tips, Education and Training with internships/job training, and Job Offer Advice which includes a salary estimator. The U.S. Standard White Pages has phone listings for 158 million U.S. households.

HelpNow by Brainfuse is now available for free homework assistance. Tutoring is available for those in elementary, middle school, high school, intro college and adult education in subjects including English, math, science, social science and other topics. SAT/ACT/GED test prep and writing lab is also available. It is available every day from 1-10 PM PST. It is also available in Español. Subscription generously provided by Edison International grant and SBCLF.

Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow features live online assistance, resume lab help, and wide range of academic tools to help job seekers and veterans reach their goals.

SIRS Issues Researcher  
Curriculum-aligned database of content organized by complex issues, ideally for middle and high school students and educators. (Grades 6+)

SIRS Discoverer
Selected content for novice researchers, especially elementary and middle school students and educators. (Grades 3-9)

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

CultureGrams Online
Concise cultural information on countries around the world. (Grades 3-12)

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States
This website focuses on Black Freedom, featuring select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history.

School & Educators Complete
Book subscription database (over 12,000 titles) to support multiple subject areas (English Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Information Literacy and Technology). (Grades 9+, possibly some content for Middle School, also includes professional development content for faculty)


New! New York Times access from 1851 to present. Create an account with your personal email address, or “Log In” if you already have created an account. Patrons can view up to five free articles a month. Remote access for patrons to redeem 24 hours of remote off-site access using code. Patrons will need to log in or register first in order to activate subscription.


Britannica School is the go-to site for learning more about any subject—for all grades and all reading abilities—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate databases—Elementary, Middle, or High.

Escolar Un excelente recurso digital en español que ayuda a enriquecer el aprendizaje de los estudiantes de primaria y secundaria El nuevo Britannica Escolar permite que los estudiantes completen sus trabajos escolares usando los más de 15.000 artículos de la enciclopedia y 9.000 elementos multimedia que incluyen imágenes, videos, audio y mapas detallados


Footsteps2Brilliance An innovative early learning mobile technology platform that provides free access to early literacy activities to all families with children birth up to 3rd grade who live within the boundaries of San Bernardino City USD. The program provides a comprehensive curriculum of more than 1,000 English and Spanish books, songs and games that are fun for children and address the vocabulary gap, according to the following press release from the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. Instructions for parents in English & Spanish .

Distrito Escolar de la ciudad de San Bernardino brinda acceso a Footsteps2Brilliance®, una app completa de alfabetización, a todas las familias con niños recien nacidos hasta el 3er grado totalmente gratis. Esta app entretenida ayudará a sus hijos a sobresalir en la lectura y a estar preparados para la escuela.

RBdigital Magazine and Audiobooks Magazines have moved to the Libby app in Overdrive. Access to these titles in RBdigital will end on or before March 31, 2021. Get started with Libby.


America's News Full-text articles from U.S. newspapers including The San Bernardino Sun (9/14/2001 - current) and Riverside Press Enterprise (9/28/1992 - current.) Updated daily, it includes obituaries.
Subscription generously provided by Edison International grant

The California Digital Newspaper Collection is a project of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research (CBSR) at the University of California, Riverside. Includes scanned versions of the San Bernardino News (1912-1918), San Bernardino Daily Courier (1886-1894) and San Bernardino Daily Sun (1894-1997).

Archives Unbound addresses students and scholars' pressing need to see primary, unpublished archival documents. There is no better way to study the past than through consultation of primary source documents. Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level.



Tuition Funding Sources is a private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information. TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.

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 Ebooks (also in Spanish) that may be checked out for 3 weeks at a time. Default PIN is last 4 digits of library card unless changed in patron account


TeachingBook.net Resources
Various resources are available to promote literacy and education including:








In partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the San Bernardino Public Library is proud to offer FREE California Driver Permit practice tests for both automobile and motorcycle. A Driver Handbook for each is also available.

Virtual Reference Desk
References to business, stocks, college and financial aid, computer tutorials, free email sites, employment, government and legal resources, health and medicine, online study books, phone books, transportation, search the Internet, tax information sites, etc. 

California's Library Services for People with Print Disabilities
California's Library Services for People with Print Disabilities, 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. Follow the link to find your local braille and talking book library and sign up for free library service.