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Online Resources

Please note: access to many of these resources from home, work, or school requires a Monterey Public Library Card

Ebooks and Audiobooks

Cloud Library
Access to thousands of eBooks and audiobooks.
Digital Magazines.
Northern California Digital Library
Audiobooks, ebooks, and music you can download and play or read on your computer, tablet, ebook reader, or digital audio player. EPUB, Kindle, and MP3 formats.
New York Times
The New York Times is a newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership. Founded in 1851, the paper has won more Pulitzer Prizes than any other newspaper.
Enki Library
Over 70,000 ebooks including popular fiction and nonfiction, genres include: romance, mysteries, travel, technical, crafts, cooking and more. *Available for a limited time.
Open Library
An initiative of the Internet Archive, a non-profit organization building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.
Project Gutenberg
Offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose from among free epub books and free kindle books.

Especially for Kids:

California Missions EBooks
History of California's 21 Spanish Missions. View online.

From outside the Library, use the follow login information:
  • Username: missions
  • Password: missions

Books and Literature

A guide to fiction and non-fiction for adults, teens, and children. Find books that are similar to books you enjoyed, choose books by subject, or browse theme and award lists.
Novelist K-8
NoveList K-8 allows you to discover fiction and non-fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles to use in the classroom.
book connections
Book Connections
A collection of 174,000+ digital materials about books for children and teens. This service includes a reader's advisory tool, resources for homework help and homeschool support, summer reading and diverse book selections, and more.

Career Pathways

Looking for a job? Use the Career Resources to begin your job search. Create a polished resume from a range of templates and powerful creation tools. Use the Resume Lab to receive personalized resume assistance from our experts. Receive job interview assistance through live online practice and resources. Connect with a live job, resume, or interview coach for individualized, professional assistance with your job search.
Linkedin Learning
Focuses on the skills needed to land jobs that are currently in-demand (based on workforce and labor market data, the future of work predictions, and current trends) and provides professional certificates that can be added to a LinkedIn profile. Offers critical soft skills training, such as resilience, teamwork, and time management and provides courses in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and four other languages.
Northstar Digital Literacy
Northstar Digital Literacy defines the basic skills needed to use a computer and the internet in daily life, employment, and higher education.
A social learning platform for individuals 50+, taught by peers. The classes are live and consist of digital learning, physical health, mental health, social health, and vocational health.
Skillshare is an online learning community where millions come together—from California and across the world—to take the next step in their personal and professional journey. Skillshare offers courses on topics such as freelancing, entrepreneurship, graphic design, productivity, marketing, and more to engage and empower learners. With thousands of inspiring classes, we have everything learners need to become better problem solvers, inspired innovators, and energized leaders.
Coursera is the global online learning platform that offers anyone, anywhere access to online courses and degrees from world-class universities and companies. Through our partnership, you will be able to provide access to world-class, job-relevant content and credentials from 200+ business, government, and university partners, including Yale, Johns Hopkins and Google.

General Reference

Britannica School
Britannica School is for learning 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.
Concise cultural information on countries around the world. (Grades 3-12)
Gale in Context: Elementary
Gale in Context: Elementary meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5.
General OneFile
Magazine, news, & journal articles on general interest topics & current events.
New York Times
The New York Times is a newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership. Founded in 1851, the paper has won more Pulitzer Prizes than any other newspaper.

History and Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition
Billions of records from sources such as censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. Covers the United States, and includes information from Canada, the United Kingdom, and other countries as well.
Available in Library only.
Archives Unbound
Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of primary source documents for history research.
Heritage Quest
A treasury of American genealogical sources—includes U.S. Federal Censuses (1790-1940), Freedmans Bank records, unique primary sources, family histories, local histories, research guides, interactive maps, and more.
US History
Academic articles, videos, primary documents, & more on topics in U.S. history.
World History
Academic articles, videos, case studies, & more on topics in world history.

Language Learning

Duolingo offers 94 total language courses for 38 distinct languages, from the world’s top 5 most spoken languages to smaller, endangered languages such as Hawaiian, Navajo and Scottish Gaelic. iOS and Android apps available.

Monterey Newspapers

Historic Monterey Newspapers
The Library’s holdings of Monterey newspapers on microfilm from 1846 – June 1964 have been digitized and are accessible online from anywhere with an Internet connection.  Searching is faster, can be done by date, name, and event, and there is an adjustable tool for optimizing image quality for both text and photos.
Monterey County Herald from Newsbank
Monterey County Herald local articles and features from January 1, 2002 until the present.
Monterey Herald Obituary Index
An index to articles, obituaries and other local features published in the Monterey County Herald from January 1995 through June 2003, and obituaries only from July 2003 on.


Gale in Context: Environmental Studies
Focuses on the study of sustainability and the environment. Topics include ecosystems, global warming, food safety, and introductions to environmental disasters.
Gale in Context: Science
Contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.
Gale Interactive: Science
Pairs high-quality digital content with interactive 3D models and empowers instructors to lead virtual science labs and lessons.


Tutoring services designed for a range of homework, academic, and adult learning needs, whether it’s tackling a tough homework problem, learning an academic skill, writing a term paper or a resume. Available every day from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Northstar Digital Literacy
Northstar Digital Literacy defines the basic skills needed to use a computer and the internet in daily life, employment, and higher education.

Veteran Resources

Need help finding the VA benefits you are eligible for? Not sure who to contact? Get personalized assistance from a VA navigator to learn more about your eligibility for VA benefits. Send a question about benefits 24/7. Access Veteran Resources to discover local and nationwide resources in education, employment, housing, and healthcare.