eBooks and Online Learning

Access With Your Library Card!

Did you know your Placentia library card provides you FREE access to some of the best digital resources, apps and websites available today? Check out our resources page to find your digital library card perks. Connecting is as easy as a few clicks of your mouse.

Many of our databases are available through web or mobile apps.

Don't have a library card? Apply for a Placentia Library card in-person at the library during open hours, or apply for a virtual card online.

Entertainment and Book Resources

Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines to your phone, eReader, tablet, computer, or mp3 device! Access through the website or an easy to use app. New titles and new releases added each month.

Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, TV shows and more, 24/7 with your library card. No waiting, ever! Stream immediately or download to phones or tablets for offline viewing anytime, anywhere.

Creativebug.com has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Novelist K-8
An excellent resource when searching for recommended children’s books! This resource makes it easy to find the right book to match your child’s interests and reading level. Both fiction and non-fiction titles for children are included.

Novelist (Inside the Library Link / From Home Link)
Looking for book recommendations? From read-a-likes, book club resources and author lists find your next great read with Novelist!

Enjoy access to 15+ million songs from 200+ genres with Freegal. Streaming is unlimited and you can download up to 5 songs each week, yours to keep until you delete. Create, save, and share playlists!

Lifelong Learning

 LinkedIn Learning
Learn relevant, professional skills on LinkedIn Learning. Get access to 16,000+ online courses in 7 languages and expert instructors with real-world experience. Start learning today!

Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people. Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more. Click here to learn more about this resource, presented by the California State Library. Access is for a 3-month membership.

GetSetUp is an online community of people over 50 who want to learn new skills with others that will unlock new experiences in their lives. We created a safe, social, and interactive learning environment specially designed for older adults.

  New York Times Online

News, investigations, opinion, photos and video by the journalists of The New York Times from more than 150 countries around the world.

Heritage Quest
Start researching your family history! Powered by Ancestry,® Heritage Quest provides you free access to a variety of searchable databases, convenient research guides, war records, census data, obituaries and much more. What are you waiting for; start building your family tree today!

Consumer Reports
Everything you love about the Consumer Reports magazine in an easy to use, searchable website. Access thousands of product reviews, ratings and consumer safety guides right at your finger tips and free with your library card. Stay informed and safe!

BrainFuse JobNow & VetNow
Free live online assistance for job seekers, veterans, and their families.

DataAxle Reference Solutions (formerly Reference USA)
Research database focusing on U.S. businesses, consumers, jobs and healthcare sources and data.

Student Resources


Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies including Yale, IBM and Google. To register, please visit the California State Library CAreer Pathways page and navigate to the Coursera registration tab and enter your name and email address and select Placentia Library District as your library.

 Northstar Digital Literacy

Northstar Digital Literacy tests your computer skills. You can build skills in key areas, and demonstrate your knowledge by earning certificates and badges. Prepare for your future now!

 EBSCO LearningExpress for Libraries

EBSCO LearningExpress offers test prep and skill-building resources to support those looking to improve academically, pass the GED®, prepare for college, and much more.

Gale Resources
Gale offers a variety of resources for education, lifelong learning, and academic research available in easy to use websites.

  • Engage young students and broaden their horizons with reputable, authoritative, age-appropriate digital content that brings them the world in a way they’ve never seen before with National Geographic Kids.

  • Experience environmental education with Gale In Context: Environmental Studies. Get 24/7 access to nearly 400 pages across science, social studies, and the humanities.

  • Gale Interactive: Science provides engaging, interactive models that bring science to life. While supporting high school curricula and university coursework, this resource helps students better visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science. Students and instructors can manipulate and explore 3D models that are paired with reference and periodical content for further understanding.

  • If you are looking for biographical information check out Biography In Context.

  • If you are searching for contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues checkout Opposing Viewpoints.

  • Need sources to cite for a paper or looking for a magazine article? Try the General Reference Center (magazine articles).

  • Gain access to rare primary source documents with these topically focused digital collections for academic research with Archives Unbound.

  • Access general interest magazines and key serials in a single resource with OneFile. Best for general research.

Each site provides you with peer reviewed articles; full-text magazines, newspapers, and eBooks; primary source documents; academic journals; statistics; images; websites; and videos or podcasts. Gale puts the right vetted content and tools at your fingertips!

ProQuest Resources
ProQuest offers a variety of research and academic resource databases.

ABC Mouse
The #1 learning app for children ages 2–8+ is available for free with your library card! ABC Mouse offers more than 8,500 activities that teach award-winning curriculums in reading, math, science, health, social studies, art, and music. Make learning fun with books, games, songs, puzzles, videos, and more!

Need a little extra help with your school work, a math problem troubling you or just need an extra pair of eyes to review a paper? Check out Tutor. com, where you can submit your questions and get live one-to-one help, available every day from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Help for students from elementary through college!

Britannica School / Britannica Escolar
There’s nothing like a good old fashioned Encyclopedia to answer your questions. It is now searchable in an easy to use website and available in four versions: Elementary School, Middle School, High School and Spanish. No more volumes to page through and no more guessing with Google - start here with trusted sources and accurate, up to date information.

 Teaching Books
Books come to life with this engaging collection of resources about children's and young adult books.

 World Book Online
Visit World Book Online to shop for children's books, encyclopedias, activity books and more!

 Tumble Book Library
Tumble Book Library a free online collection of animated, talking picture books.

Looking to search for books on our online catalog instead? Click here to search our catalog!