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Literary Reference Center

Literary criticism, plot summaries, biographies, poems, short stories, and reviews. For high school level and up.

LOTE (Languages Other Than English) Online for Kids (Digital picture books for children)

Kids can now enjoy more than 1300 digital picture books in over 45 languages along with English translations. New stories and languages are added regularly.

Mango Languages

Learn conversation skills for over 70 different languages. Some languages include feature films.


Information on medical topics. Includes links to a medical encyclopedia/dictionary, and clinical trials. From the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health.

Missions of California eBooks

Over 20 full-color browser-based eBooks for students to read about California missions. Each eBook includes history of the mission, the mission today, and a project. Perfect for school reports.

Music Collections at King Library (no digital images or full text)

San José Public Library's extensive music holdings at the King Library include five collections.

MyHeritage Library Edition

Find ancestors and research genealogy.  Includes census records, birth, marriage, & death records, military records, newspaper articles, and family trees.

New York Times Online (In-Library Use)

Full access to current news and limited access to archives from NYT. New York Times digital website.

New York Times Online Home Access

Full access to current news and limited access to archives from the New York Times (NYT) digital website.


Articles on current events and hot topics, and local articles from the San Jose Mercury News from 1985 to current. California Collection California Collection provides access to 547 California newspaper archives. Research archive databases and old news articles to help uncover California history, your genealogy and family stories.

Northstar (Digital Literacy)

Northstar is a set of online, self-guided modules used to test computer and technology skills. Access is provided courtesy of the California State Library.

NoveList K-8 Plus (Grades K-12)

Find out what books to read next based on your favorite books and topics.

NoveList Plus

Find out what books to read next based on what you already like. For adults and older teens.

O'Reilly for Public Libraries

Use online learning content and tools to learn new technologies and research business trends. O'Reilly provides access to eBooks, videos, learning paths and case studies.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Learn about current social issues with pro/con viewpoint essays, periodical articles, biographies, images, podcasts and more. Provided by Gale.


Recent bestsellers, popular fiction and nonfiction, and more.  Features eBooks in English, Español, 中文, 한국어, русский; (Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Russian).

OverDrive - Thư Liệu Tiếng Việt

Các Sách Điện Tử và Thâu Âm Đọc Truyện Điện Tử

Palace Project

Use a single app to access a wide selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks from vendors such as Axis360, cloudLibrary, enki, and Overdrive, as well as titles available only from Palace.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

Complete poems and short stories, criticism, and information about poets and authors.

PowerKnowledge Earth & Space Science (Grades 3-6)

Explore topics including ecosystems & biomes, energy & matter, natural disasters, space science, and more.

PowerKnowledge Life Science (Grades 3-6)

Explore topics including animals, food chains & food webs; green living; habitats & ecosystems; the human body; life cycles; plants; and survival & adaptation.

PowerKnowledge Physical Science (Grades 3-6)

Explore key science topics including atoms and molecules; elements and the periodic table; energy and matter; force and motion; and temperature and measurement.

Prenda Code Club

Prenda Code Club is a self-paced learn-to-code software for kids ages 8-18. Through gamified projects and tutorials, kids can learn a variety of coding skills.