Educational Resources Available During COVID-19

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Schools and libraries may be temporarily closed during the COVID-19 response, but library resources are available online, 24/7, to help students complete their homework and to assist teachers and parents with preparing lessons and managing children's education from home.

A library card login is required to use most of the "Library eResources" below. You can now get an eLibrary Card online for access to most electronic resources.


For Teachers

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Services for Teachers and Educators

  • Educator Card - San Jose educators can now get a special library card that allows for an extended checkout and renewal period and no fines on overdue materials.
  • Virtual Class Visit - Bring the library to your classroom virtually.

Library eResources

Free Resources on the Web


For Parents

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Early Education (0-5)

  • Online Storytimes & Crafts – Videos of out library staff reading their favorite children’s books aloud, plus STEAM activities you can do at home.
  • Virtual Preschool Programs - Help your child prepare for kindergarten.
  • Telephone Tales - Stories, songs, rhymes, and more in English, Spanish, Vietnamese or Chinese.
  • Wee Reads Booklists – Our staff picks for children of different ages.
  • Ready4K - A research-based text messaging system for caregivers of children age 0-8. 
  • Parenting Blogs
  • Caregiver Café - A calm, safe, and non-judgmental space for caregivers to chat & connect with adult peers in an informal setting, with discussions led by Library staff. 

Free Resources on the Web


For Elementary School Students

Children studying at home

Library eResources

  • ABC Mouse – Learning tool for kids ages 2-8+.
  • Explora for Elementary School Students (Grades K-5) – Magazines, reference books, photos, videos, images, and flags.
  • MackinVIA – Easy access to eBooks, eResources, librarian-curated web links, videos and more, For kids K-8.
  • PowerKnowledge: Earth & Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science – Comprehensive science resource for Grades 3-6.
  • Homework Help – More online resources to help with homework assignments.
  • – Get homework help from a live certified tutor or use study guides, worksheets, and tutorials on common subjects, and various state standardized tests.
  • Kids Reads – Book recommendations, eBooks, and reading resources for kids.


For Middle and High School Students

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Library eResources

Free Resources on the Web


For College Readiness

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Library eResources

Free Resources on the Web

  • Big Future – Online guide to over 2,000 colleges in the United States.
  • College Board – Free AP exam study resource as well as online testing for AP exams (temporarily available, due to COVID-19).