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Public Libraries: Unique Materials Available in Public Libraries

Use this guide to find out about the wonderful services available from your public library!


Below are materials/services that are not widely available in most university libraries:

  • Audiobooks
    • Overdrive & Libby (also includes ebooks and video)
  • English Language Learning/ESL
    • CellEd
    • Digitalia Public Library
    • Discovery Curso de PC
  • Genealogy
    • Ancestry Library Edition (only available onsite)
    • HeritageQuest
    • MyHeritage Library Edition
    • many unique local databases such as City Directories at LAPL
  • Language Learning
    • Mango Languages provides instruction in over 20 languages and there is even an app!
  • Newspapers
    • many local collections not available at CSULB
  • Online Learning/Courses
    • Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow
    • Career Online High School
    • Chilton Auto Repair
    • Gale Courses
    • Northstar
    • Skillshare
    • and many more..
  • Streaming (Popular) Video
    • hoopla digital (popular movies not yet available to university libraries)
  • Test Books (civil service, military exams, CBEST, etc.)
    • CA DMV Tests
    • Learning Express Test Prep
    • Peterson's Test Prep

Did you know?

There are many, many unique services/programs available at public libraries! 

Laptop and Hotspot loans

Tool loans at LA County Library

Borrow a California State Parks pass

Visit museums for free

Homework help for K-12

A myriad of services at Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL)