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eLibrary your place for online resources

These online resources are offered to the public courtesy of the Shasta Public Libraries. If you are accessing the databases from home, please have your library card handy — you will be asked for your 14 digit Library Card Number or 12 character PACREG code.

Homework & Education

Homework Help

Free expert tutoring, proofreading for essays, and more.

Online tutoring and homework help for kids and teens from Kindergarten to 12th grade, as well as an Adult Learning Center.

Biographies, images, maps, references, encyclopedias, and the most popular magazines for all ages.

Encyclopædia Britannica (PreK-12)

A comprehensive interactive resource for research and learning. Includes correlations to California Content Standards and other valuable teacher resources.


Elementary  Middle  High Escolar

ProQuest (grades 3-12)

SIRS Discoverer (grades 3-9)
An easy-to-follow search of hand selected curriculum-aligned general reference content.

SIRS Issues Researcher (grades 6+)
Explore the pros and cons on today’s complex social issues.

eLibrary (grades 6+)
A collection of periodical and digital media content designed to support middle and high school students and beyond.

CultureGrams (grades 3-12)
Learn about cultures around the world, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.

ProQuest Research (grades 8+)
Learn the fundamentals needed for research and writing and research.

Book Connections (PreK-12)

Resources to enrich your experience reading children's and young adult books. Enjoy digital content connected to books for kids and teens.



More Resources for K-12

Teachers & Homeschoolers (PreK-12)

One-stop resources for books you are reading and teaching, including author and illustrator interviews, lesson plans, and other enrichment content.



Magazines for Teachers

Topics covered include best practices, curriculum development, literacy standards, pedagogical research, instructional media, language arts, science & mathematics, school administration, and more.


Encyclopedia Databases

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Archives Unbound

Access primary source material from 296 archival collections covering topics of importance to U.S. and California history.


Thousands of downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks with no late fees.

Find out more about the process here.

New! Access Ancestry Library Edition from home!


ancestryAncestry Library Edition - Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more.

If connecting from home please follow the link here.

Self Help

Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow
Access online resume help, live job coaching, help with determining your eligibility for VA benefits, and more.

Practice DMV Tests
Access to Free Practice Tests, California DMV Handbooks, and frequently asked questions.

Magazines & Journals

EBSCOhost Magazines and Online Research Sources - Access thousands of current magazines, newspapers, trade journals, primary source documents and encyclopedic entries.  Perfect for writing research papers and reports and browsing for general knowledge.

Including magazines like:


Visit Libby or Overdrive to access the latest magazines.

Offering full-color, digital magazines for immediate checkout and reading online for desktop and mobile devices. Popular new and backlist titles with no holds, no checkout periods and no limits.


Online newspapers available for anyone with a library card.

America's News

Free access. No subscription needed.

Newspapers - Visit NewsBank to read full-text articles in current editions of local, regional and national U.S. newspapers, and select magazines.

Including newspapers like:

The New York Times

Read the New York Times online

Enjoy complimentary unlimited access
to Accessible within library only.

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If you would like to try it out but are not at the library, click here for 24 hours of free off-site access. 

California Digital Newspaper Collection

Browse through hundreds of old California newspapers online here.

Newspapers available starting from 1846, and can easily be searched by County or newspaper, as well as date.

The Wall Street Journal

View the Wall Street Journal online

(Accessible within library only.
Please ask the Reference Desk to sign you in.
One user at a time.)

Adult Literacy & ESL

HelpNow's Adult Learning Center - (from HelpNow site click on Adult Learners) LIVE one-on-one academic coaching, practice test center, writing lab, career resources and other online resources.

Basic ESL for Libraries - Learn English online.

Government Documents

Government Documents - Access the Federal Depository Library Program Basic Collection.


GreenFile - Magazines and articles on environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments.

Librarian Resources

California Libraries Catalog - Find the materials you need in northern California libraries.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts - Indexes more than 735 journals, plus books, research reports and proceedings. Coverage includes librarianship classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.