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A cartographic site offering a collection of 145,000 public domain maps that you can download and print without searching for size or scale.  Map types include world, country, state, political, physical, outline, environmental, scientific, and historic maps. Also included are visual glossaries, geography games, extensive flag images, and teaching tools. 

An online resource containing traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world and a food glossary with over 800 terms.  Includes articles on ingredients, food quotes, and historical timelines.

Thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data.

Contains millions of searchable historic newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s from around the world. Archives are not complete runs of newspapers.

Online version of the standard encyclopedia with updated science and technology news, biographies, learning resources, study guides, and links to related web sites.

Over 400 references, scholarly works, primary documents and papers, photographs, audio clips, maps and over 4,000 slave narratives explore their history and contemporary culture in the United States. Includes a timeline and lesson plans.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society database provides access to over 3,000 searchable collections, with information on over 135 million names and their NEHGS Register collection.

The American Indian Experience is a digital resource that illuminates the histories and contemporary cultures of the Native peoples of North America. This resource includes references, scholarly works, primary documents and papers, photographs, audio clips, and maps.

Genealogy resource with over 1.5 billion names. Includes records from U.S. census, military, court, land, probate, church records, and passenger lists.


A unique fully-searchable collection, Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, Part 1: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 brings together approximately 1.5 million pages of primary sources on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world. Rare and unique content from microfilm, newsletters, organizational papers, government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets, and other types of primary sources sheds light on the gay rights movement, activism, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and more.

This resource presents digital collections of historical documents, supporting the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level.

Art & Architecture Source is the largest full-text art research database covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. With strong international coverage, it offers hundreds of full-text art journals, magazines and books, plus detailed indexing and abstracts and thousands of images.

Citations to articles, reproductions, and book reviews in periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins published worldwide. Covers archeology, architecture, film, photography, etc. 1929-1984.

Access free music lessons with your library card!  ArtistWorks provides video based instruction from world class musicians.  Access ArtistWorks via the Libby app.

The Asian American Experience is a digital resource that illuminates the histories and contemporary culture of Asian Americans. This resource includes references, scholarly works, primary documents and papers, photographs, audio clips, and maps.

Contains over 211,000 full-text electronic articles and book reviews, from more than 100 journals selected by leading religion scholars in the United States. Database is produced by the American Theological Library Association.

Index to 1,700 autographs collected from 1905-1910 by former City Librarian Charles Lummis. Lummis sent specially designed library stationery to all the leading men and some women of the day asking them to improve the page with a saying, drawing, or other inspiring example. Call the Rare Books Department at (213) 228-7350 for an appointment to view the collection.

Covers more than 2,500 U.S. and international periodicals on subjects of archaeology, architectural design, city planning, interior design and decoration, landscape architecture, historic preservation, urban planning, plus biographical information about architects.

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Banco de contenidos aulaPlaneta- es una base de datos avanzada diseñada para estudiantes de secundaria y estudiantes adultos. Los artículos son altamente visuales y en un nivel avanzado de lectura en español que permiten a los estudiantes encontrar estadísticas mundiales o regionales.

Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. Extensive data on the habitats and ecosystems of more than 1,200 species identified by U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, arranged taxonomically, 6 volumes.

Index to 181 images, mostly photographs, of opera singers and other artists brought to the L.A. musical stage at the turn of the 20th century by impresario L.E. Behymer.

BiblioBoard features books, articles, images, photographs, maps, pamphlets, and documents as well as streaming audio and video content on a wide variety of topics. All content is available on an unlimited multi-user basis with no checkouts or returns. You can access BiblioBoard content from the web or various mobile devices using your library card number. Download the free app using these links: WebiPadNexusKindle Fire HD  Just choose "Los Angeles Public Library" from the Library Credentials drop down, then enter your library card # and pin.

An index to biographical dictionaries and directories. Each record provides name, birth and death dates, and the titles of the books in which a biographical sketch of the individual can be found.

Offers the in-depth profiles from H.W. Wilson’s Current Biography and World Authors, as well as periodical coverage of Biography Index and the specialist content of Junior Authors & Illustrators. Search this resource to access full-text biographies, articles and images from today’s leading magazines and journals.

This online resource focuses on  African American U.S. history, featuring historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, and correspondence.

The content in this database is sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 current and historical Black publications and reflects the experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media.

Read, watch and listen to books and book videos! This fun Scholastic website reinforces reading skills for early readers, reluctant readers and English language learners for grades preK-3.

Index to 1,300 bookplates commissioned by people who wished to identify the books in their libraries through a unique work of art. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", with the images available for online viewing.

Using HelpNow, K-12 students and adults can access free, on-demand, academic tutoring in English, math, science, social studies, writing, and world languages (ESL, Spanish, Tagalog, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except major holidays). Tutoring is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. HelpNow also offers expert assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), a diagnostic test center for ACT/SAT, GRE/HiSET, and AP test prep with customized study plans, lessons, videos, and practice tests, and private virtual study rooms.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Brainfuse VetNow is an all-in-one suite of services designed for a wide range of career and veteran needs including access to live help and links for navigating the Veterans Affairs system.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Una enciclopedia en dos partes con portales para estudiantes de primaria y secundaria.

This digital resource is a three-part multi-subject encyclopedia with portals for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Business Insights: Essentials brings together in a single database company profiles, company brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and periodicals.

Index of current magazine subscriptions for the Central Library's Business and Economics Department.

Bibliographies, abstracts, and location of reference tools kept in the reference area of the Central Library's Business & Economics Department.

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Get free access to practice tests for Class C, Commercial, and Motorcycle license tests from Practice tests are available in English, Spanish and Russian, and the CA DMV Handbook is available to download in multiple languages.

Index to adult fiction which takes place in California. Index can be searched by author, title, locale, decade in which the story takes place, and/or major characters.

Indexes information about people, places, and events that have had a significant impact on life in Southern California. Most newspapers, magazines, and books cited here can be found in the Central Library. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", many of the source materials can be viewed online.

Index to 456 images in various media including wood engraving from the mid-20th century.

The Candid Foundation Directory provides access to up to date information to assist users in finding grants, access funder data and meet fundraising goals.
GuideStar (information on nonprofits)


The Los Angeles Public Library has partnered with Smart Horizons to offer grants so adult learners can obtain a free high school diploma and career certificate with Career Online High School. This innovative curriculum offers the convenience of an anytime-anywhere online learning platform and interactive, engaging content that can help you achieve your educational goals.

Salem Career ebook. Profiles describing specific fields of interest available to those who wish to work overseas, including information about opportunities and prospects, training, advancement, earnings, working conditions, etc.  Also covers requirements for working overseas such as visas, vaccinations, work permits, and residency requirements.

Index to The Joseph E. Casey Fashion Plate Collection, which contains over 6,000 handcolored fashion plates from British and American magazines dating from the 1790s to the 1880s. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", the images are available for online viewing.

The largest source of web-based California legal commentary and analysis

Access provided by the L.A. Law Library. Access available only at the Van Nuys Branch Library.

Gain access to English Language Learning/ESL courses, Spanish literacy for Spanish speakers with little to no reading or writing ability in Spanish and The SkillBuilder program—a series of courses in reading, writing and social studies for native English speakers preparing to take one of the high school equivalency tests, such as the HiSET or GED. All lessons provided with the aid of a cellphone.

Statistics on demographics, social, economic and housing characteristics for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties compiled by Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).

Statistics on demographics, social, economic and housing characteristics compiled by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).

Standard auto repair manuals online with photographs, diagnostics, step-by-step repair procedures, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins for automobiles and light trucks

This selection of Los Angeles-Area City and Street-Address Directories spans from 1875-1987 and can be searched by name or address. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections," the directories have been digitized and can be viewed online.

A listing of paper and microform U.S. city, county state, and regional directories located in the History & Genealogy Department. The collection also includes some Canadian Directories.

Unlimited access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga from a variety of library-friendly publishers.

Get access to with your library card and read expert reviews on thousands of products from lawnmowers to laundry detergents. includes links to commercial retailers. The Los Angeles Public Library does not endorse or have an arrangement with any retailer listed.

Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. Covers over 450 designers, milliners, footwear designers, and fashion houses that have been active throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

Index to over 2,500 promotional booklets on food and cooking from commercial and non-commercial sources. The booklets date from the late 19th. century and show the development of advertising art as well as the stated purpose. Call the Rare Books Department at (213) 228-7350 for an appointment to view the booklets.

Annual series from U.S. Census Bureau provides national economic data by industry and county, uses SIC and NAICS classification systems.

Coursera's mission is to help individuals build the skills they need for in-demand jobs. The platform offers more than 3,800 cutting-edge courses, all taught by top instructors from over 200 leading universities and companies like Yale, University of Michigan and Google. LAPL users should sign up through this link. After registering, Coursera can be accessed directly at
Access to Coursera provided by the California State Library for current active users ends September 14, 2024. Sign ups for new accounts or to renew access have closed.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Craftsy is an online resource for all creative makers that includes over 3,000 hours of diverse video instruction for patrons that are just getting started or looking for advanced techniques. Access Craftsy via the Libby app.

Brief country reports with concise information on the history, people, customs, lifestyle, society, travel information and more for over 175 countries.

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Browse daily life in the ancient world, medieval world, 15th and 16 centuries, 17th and 18th centuries, 19th century, and modern world and find out what it was like.

U.S. directory with regularly updated listings and profiles for over 60 million current and new businesses, over two million job listings, 320 million people, and two million new movers.  Look up addresses and telephone numbers. Find and check consumer businesses.  Seek job openings.  Identify business competition or support services.  Research potential customers and markets.  Search options include name, location, type or size of business, consumer demographics and lifestyles.  Report options include lists, data charts and maps.

Streaming films available to watch online, mostly foreign language but also has some classic American cinema. Includes feature films as well as documentaries.

Offering Spanish language e-books that can be read online or downloaded to devices, as well as language courses for Spanish, English, and "Quick Languages", a course in simple words and phrases in 12 languages. Also offers multimedia sections with art, music and PC instruction.

Más de 100 clases prácticas en video, con explicaciones paso a paso, para dominar desde las herramientas más básicas hasta las más avanzadas de tu PC.

PC Discovery Course offers more than 100 practical video courses in Spanish, with step by step instructions to master everything from the most basic to the most advanced tools on your PC.

This is not a Library Collection. It is hosted for El Pueblo

The majority of these photographs reflect the early history of the Department of Water and Power, such as the establishment of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and the work of William Mulholland.

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Ebony Magazine Archive covers civil rights, education, entrepreneurship and other social topics with an African-American focus. It includes more than 800 issues providing a broad view of African-American culture from its first issue in 1945 through 2014. Originally published by John H. Johnson beginning in November 1945, Ebony has served as an influential African-American magazine promoting stories important to the black community and focusing on the achievements of African-American leaders.

Profiles the U.S. economy every 5 years, from national to local level providing business statistics, data by SIC and NAICS.

This is not a Library Collection. It is hosted for El Pueblo

The majority of the photographs owned by El Pueblo Monument concern the history of Olvera Street, the Mexican marketplace that was founded in 1930, and its traditional yearly events, such as the Blessing of the Animals, Cinco de Mayo, Las Posadas, and Mexican Independence Day.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos- contiene miles de artículos fáciles de leer y repletos de ilustraciones, videos, mapas interactivos y una gran variedad de juegos y actividades para niños y jóvenes. Diseñado para desarrollar habilidades clave de lenguaje y las habilidades de investigación a lo largo de su educación.

Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. Updated edition of Judaism that features more than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists, 22 volumes.

Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. General essays that historically trace the major religious families and traditions of more than 2,500 North American religious groups in the U.S. and Canada, from Adventists to Zen Buddhists.

Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. Intended for the student and layperson, covers the social, medical and political issues related to drugs and alcohol, 4 volumes.

Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. Over 7,000 biographies on notables from every part of the world and from all time periods, includes photos, 23 volumes.

The Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive is a full-color, article-level indexed resource for researching the history of film and the entertainment industry.  Titles include core US and UK trade publications together with film fan magazines.

An index of environmental impact reports available in the Central Library's Science & Technology Department. The file is particularly useful for locating materials in their review period.

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Produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), site searches genealogical records worldwide including Ancestral Files, International Genealogical Index, census, and other vital statistics sources. Provides genealogical search advice.

You will be required to log in with a free FamilySearch ID and password to use.

The Farewell to Manzanar portal accesses the Final Accountability Rosters of Japanese-American Relocation Centers, 1944-1946, Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers, Perspectives on Day-to Day Life: Personal Justice Denied, and Public Hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment, 1981. Additionally the portal links to Japanese-American information from a variety of reference sources and details the author, Jeanne Houston, biography.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is an electronic resource for lifelong career exploration and planning. It offers resources for career goals, education planning, workplace skills, finding apprenticeships and internships, conducting job searches, and much more .

Detailed film information on over 100,000 films from more than 170 countries from 1900 through 2003.

Historical Information Gatherers own the world's largest online digital collection of color fire insurance maps, real estate atlases and similar land use maps for North America.  FIMo includes map research tools and search tips to assist users in finding maps for a specific location.

Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry supports genealogists and researchers interested in military history. The resource combines official military records with deep first-person content, including bios, photos, letters and more. More than 500 million searchable records span hundreds of years.

Freegal allows users to download up to 5 music track downloads a week from the Sony Music catalog, plus unlimited streaming music. All selections are DRM-free in mp3 format. Patrons use their library card to download items.

A collection of over 200 vibrantly-colored labels, designed for citrus growers throughout Southern California, mainly during the first half of the twentieth century. Many of the labels illustrate specific locations in the region, and are an excellent example of commercial graphic design from the period, as well as documenting the industry itself. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", the images have been digitzed and can be viewed online.

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Search for an individual, a friend, a relative or create a market research list from over 206 million people. Search for an individual company or create a mailing list of multiple companies from over 23 million businesses households! Access a demographic report on any geography - or compare multiple geographies - for information including income, housing, race, age, education, retail spending, consumer expenditures, businesses and more.

An online business planning tool, offering step-by-step guidance and
templates for creating an entrepreneur profile. Assists you in developing a
business idea, doing a break-even analysis, building a business plan,
and making financial projections for both for-profit businesses and

Offers a wide range of highly interactive online courses. All of the courses are free, and led by expert instructors. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Subjects offered are Career and Professional, Computers and Technology, Personal Development and Writing and Publishing.*These courses have been designed for learners over 13 years of age.

Selection of Gale directories and other reference titles.  Search a single volume or cross-search multiple titles and editions with digital options to view, store and export the data you find.  Titles available include: Biography and Genealogy Master Index, the Encyclopedia of Associations, Market Share Reporter and, National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations.

A collection of reference eBooks on a wide variety of topics. Portions of the books can be downloaded onto eReader devices.

News and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology with many full-text articles.

Full text medical encyclopedias, nearly 400 health and medical journals, more than 800 pamphlets and nearly 2,100 health articles from general interest publications.

Covers the world's most influential people, merging reference content with periodicals and multimedia, allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, gender, keyword and full text.

Digital resource designed for kindergarten - grade 5 students  Provides full-text, age-appropriate magazine & news articles, videos, images, graphs and reference content. Students can dive into elementary subjects by exploring categories like Animals, Arts, Geography, Health, Literature, People, Social Studies, Technology and more. 

Gale In Context: Environmental Studies is updated daily with news, reference materials, academic journals, videos, and more. This resource offers nearly 400 authoritative resources across the science, social studies, and humanities curriculum, including Water Privatization, Ecotourism, Air Pollution, Green Economy, and more.

Authoritative content is provided from over 800 geographically diverse newspapers, magazines, and journals, including 334 newspapers that are published in countries other than the United States

Contains information on core subjects from Science to Literature to History of student-focused subject material. Includes content of Discovering Collection database.

Periodical database designed for students in junior high and middle school, with magazines, newspapers and reference books on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, government, sports and more.

Pro and con arguments with contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues drawn from news articles, journals, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

Information on subjects ranging from earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics, science history, and biography for assignments and projects.

Covers all areas of U.S. history focusing on the most significant people, events and topics from pre-colonial times to the present day seen through primary documents, original reference sources, newspaper/journal articles, images, videos, audio files, and links to vetted websites.

Contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in world history from full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites

Gale Interactive: Science 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. This resource supports high school curricula and university coursework.

Collection provides over 150 full-text academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics, good for business classes.

Provides coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. Research activities of companies and industries worldwide through business and trade publications, complemented by a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications.

Collection of 250 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals geared to business schools and entrepreneurs, giving insights, tips, strategies, and success stories.

Collection contains more than 100 full-text magazines and journals providing resources for research in drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

Multimedia content source that provides access to full text of nursing and allied health journals. Similar content to Health & Wellness Resource Center with emphasis on academic journals and periodicals.

Collection of over 500 industry journals with coverage of the hospitality and tourism field including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, and economic aspects of tourism.

Collection of nearly 100 leading industry journals for information professionals that includes such topics as information infrastructure, data processing techniques, and metadata architectures.

Base de datos que ofrece índices, imágenes y texto completo de artículos publicados en periódicos y revistas en idioma español.

Collection of nearly 40 journals with a broad view of the protection of assets industry that covers such topics as labor relations, mortgage banking, and legal issues.

Collection of nearly 400 titles that cover all aspects of the nursing profession.

Collection of nearly 400 journals from career guides to specialized industry journals on searching for and maintaining a career.

A genealogy file that contains local history information, selected history resources, and an index of family names in published genealogies located in the History & Genealogy Department.

Collection provides 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines that include thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry

Collection of original illustrations for children's books. Index to over 200 pieces in various media, representing some of the treasures of American children's book illustration, including pieces from more than twenty Caldecott Medal recipients.

Finding aids and federal information of interest in the areas of business, science, demographics, and diplomacy.

Stream video courses led by some of the world's greatest professors on LAPL's hoopla platform.  Each course is broken into multiple easy-to-watch video lessons so you can choose how much you want to learn at a time from a wide range of topics, from Art to Zoology.  If you don't already have an LAPL hoopla account you will be prompted to create one with your library card number and email address.

Salem History e-Book. Chronicles events and people who defined the GLBT experience, from 1848-2006.

Salem History e-Book. World's most important events and developments from 1801-1900.

Salem History e-Book. More than 600 biographies from ancient times to present, worldwide.

Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. Major reference work on the study of the animal kingdom with illustrations, 11 volumes.

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Law journals, the Federal Register, CFR, USC, and US Treaties.

Access provided by the L.A. Law Library. Access available only at the Van Nuys Branch Library.  Access includes content not available through HeinOnline Public Library.

HeinOnline’s Public Library Package includes the full text of more than 2,800 law and law-related journals, access to U.S. federal and state case law, thousands of classic legal treatises, and also government publications. The package features complete coverage of the U.S. Statutes at Large, U.S. Code, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Congressional Documents, and more—all are exact replicas of the original print publications and are fully searchable.

Collection of genealogical research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Includes the U.S. Federal Census Records, 1790-1930 and over 25,000 family and local histories.

The content in Hispanic Life in America is sourced from more than 17,000 American and global news sources, including over 700 Spanish-language or bilingual publications and reflects the experience and impact of Hispanic Americans as recorded by the news media. caters to history, genealogy, and land-researchers, and at its heart, displays a map with over 12.3 million original U.S. landowners from the indexes of the BLM/GLO in a single, searchable presentation along with populated places, cemeteries, waterways and more. The First Landowners project encompasses 29 public-land states and Texas, while the "Antique Maps" collection has of over 4000 maps displaying land-owners drawn from a variety of sources and time periods.

The HistoryMakers is the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive. More than 3,000 African Americans have been interviewed for this video oral history archive. The collection consists of African Americans by descent, who have made a significant contribution in some area of American life or culture, or who has been associated with a particular movement or organization that is important to the African American community.

hoopla is a digital media platform that gives access to digital entertainment content from either mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets and/or via any browser. hoopla offers e-books, e-comics, full-length feature movies, episodic television programming, full musical albums and unabridged e-audiobooks.

This service is not available from catalog computers.

Information about more than 40,000 public and non-public companies and 225,000 key executives.

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ProQuest History Vault provides a wealth of key archival materials with a single search.  The Immigration Records module covers Asian immigration, especially Japanese and Chinese immigration, to California, Hawaii, and other states; Mexican immigration to the U.S. from 1906-1930; and European immigration.

Salem Press History ebook. Biographies of engineers, entrepreneurs, mathematicians, programmers, software developers, media moguls, and others who contributed to the development and expansion of the Internet.

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Index to 287 prints, mostly originals, some reproductions, by various artists including Hiroshige and Utamaro.

Jet Magazine Archive covers art, news, politics and other social topics with an African-American focus. It includes over 3,100 issues providing a broad view of culture, fashion and entertainment from its first issue in 1951 through 2014. Jet was originally published as a sister publication to Ebony Magazine by John H. Johnson beginning in 1951. It was published weekly and covered art, fashion, entertainment, culture and news related to the African-American community.

An extensive, user-friendly archive including hundreds of photographs and transcriptions of headstones from Jewish cemeteries around the world, immigration documents, and digitized books.

JSTOR provides access to journal articles, books, images and primary sources. Access includes ARTSTOR, JSTOR's cross disciplinary collection of over 2 million images from around the world, all rights-cleared and discoverable.
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Kanopy is a video streaming platform for libraries with one of the largest collections in the world - over 26,000 documentaries and feature films featuring over 1,000 producers including Criterion Collection, Kino Lorber, and the BBC.

To use Kanopy, create an account with your email address on their site. After you verify the account you will be asked to add your library card to it to begin using the service.

Consumer-friendly health education materials written for patients on diagnosis, treatment options, surgeries and procedures, wellness and safety and on-going self-care strategies. Also available in Spanish.

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Nearly one million volume equivalents with Federal and State materials, a comprehensive California collection and one of the nation’s largest foreign and international law collections.

Access provided by the L.A. Law Library. Access available only at the Van Nuys Branch Library.

Digitized reproduction of the LA Weekly, 1978-1999.  Searchable by keyword and date range, or browse complete issues by date.  Print and download articles and images in PDF format.

Readers' advisory resource for adults that is prepared and maintained by Los Angeles Public Library Librarians.

Guide to the many resources LAPL offers for our local author community.

Over 200 volumes of content, from encyclopedias to biographies, and primary documents dating from pre-Colonial civilizations that explore their history and contemporary culture in the United States. Includes a timeline, images, maps, and lesson plans.

LawDepot provides guided, step-by-step instructions on creating over 150 state-specific legal forms and documents on estate planning, rental properties, starting a business, and more. Access LawDepot via the Libby app.

Leadership Connect is a people intelligence service covering leaders in business, government, and nonprofits for 50 years. Individuals can utilize this platform to see who is holding high level positions across government, business, and nonprofits.

Online interactive practice exams covering adult basic, academic, job related, civil service and more. Now includes ESL Spanish Basic Skills Course.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Legal Information Reference Center offers everyday users the necessary tools and detailed how-to instructions covering a wide-range of legal issues. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. With the Legal Forms by U.S. State feature, users can search state-specific legal forms by top subject areas including adoption, bankruptcy, name changes and more.

Indexing for more than 1,500 major law reviews, legal newspapers, and international legal journals.

Access provided by the L.A. Law Library. Access available only at the Van Nuys Branch Library..

Lexis' newly designed research platform has been described as 'cleaner and easier to use' with their 'big red search box' and other features. This database includes coverage of state and federal cases and statutes, Matthew Bender California treatises, and Shepard's.

Access provided by the L.A. Law Library. Access available only at the Van Nuys Branch Library.

Libby is an innovative in-browser and mobile app from OverDrive designed to make borrowing and enjoying e-books, magazines, streaming services and audiobooks from the library easier than ever. Libby is available on your browser and for  Android and iOS.



Index to 110 large-format photos and architect renderings of the Central Library and branches. Call the Rare Books Department at (213) 228-7350 for an appointment to view the images.

Life Magazine Archive presents an extensive collection of the famed photojournalism magazine, spanning its very first issue in November 1936 through December 2000 in a comprehensive cover-to-cover format. Articles and cover pages are fully indexed and advertisements are individually identified, ensuring researchers and readers can quickly and accurately locate the information they seek. Life Magazine Archive is valuable to researchers of 20th-Century current events, politics and culture, as well as those interested in the history of business, advertising, and popular culture.

LinkedIn Learning is an award-winning online learning site taught by recognized industry experts, offering more than 3,000 courses and 150,000 videos on business, technical and creative skills. Videos, tutorials, and courses are offered in the following languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese. When using the LinkedIn Learning app the Library ID to enter is lapl.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Access to thousands of full-text poems, stories, essays, plays and speeches.

Broad range of subject content containing criticisms, biographies, primary sources, reviews, and multimedia on writers and works around the world.

Browse a selection of local Los Angeles papers by date or search by keyword. Titles include the California Eagle (1914-1964), the Daily News (1923-1954), the Evening Post-Record (1896-1936), the Los Angeles Evening/Hollywood Citizen News (1907-1970), and a variety of others.

Browse complete issues, cover to cover, from 1934 to 2010. Search by more than 20 article types, keyword, date ranges, specific dates, author, and more. View news articles, photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries, cartoons, and more for added context. Print and download articles and images in PDF format.

Extensive coverage of national, international, and local news, 1985-current.

Digitized reproduction of the Los Angeles Times from its beginnings. Currently contains 1881-2015. Searchable by (keywords, author's names, articles, dates, etc.) or browseable by full page or issue. Includes photos, graphics and advertisements.

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MakeMake es una plataforma de libros digitales, interactivos y animados que ofrece acceso a una colección de literatura infantil y juvenil única, proveniente de América Latina. En MakeMake encontrarás más de 300 cuentos ilustrados, historietas, novelas, mitos y leyendas para lectores desde los 3 años en adelante.

Free, online language-learning in languages that include Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Arabic, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, Greek, Latin and more. Mango has English language courses for speakers of 19 different languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, and Russian. Access to Pimsleur's Little Pim content for children ages 0-5 is also included. Learn on the go with the Mango Mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The map collection is over one hundred years old, contains more than 100,000 items and represents a wide scope, including local, national and international cartography. The online archive focuses on maps depicting Los Angeles and the West. The online archive is part of the Library's "Visual Collections", with the maps available for online viewing.

Up-to-the-minute biographies of leaders and achievers from around the world in the areas of business, law, science, medicine, the arts, government, entertainment and more. Access to all biographies that have appeared in 24 Marquis Who's Who print titles since 1985, and Who Was Who in America volumes from1607-1985.’s on-demand streaming platform boasts the largest online catalog of over 1,800 videos including concerts, ballets, operas, documentaries, master classes, behind-the-scenes footage and artist interviews.

List of menus from Los Angeles, other cities, steamships, airlines, and banquets. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", images of the actual menus are being added to the records.

Mergent Archives is an online database featuring a vast, indexed collection of corporate and industry related documents. The database contains hundreds of thousands of reports covering over 100 countries and industries.

Access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles and much more.

Salem History e-Book. Primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary covering the Revolutionary era to the 21st century.

Salem History e-Book. Examines key sacred texts and fundamental documents of the world's primary religions, from ancient times to present.

Miss Humblebee's Academy is an interactive kindergarten-readiness program that introduces children ages three to six to key concepts in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music. It’s as challenging as it is fun!

‘Moazine’ is a Korean language E-magazine platform that provides access to more than 215 Korean language magazines in politics, economics, lifestyle, fashion, travel, sports, etc Download or read on-line on any electronic device with internet access.

Morningstar Investment Research Center (MIRC) provides independent analysis and real-time data on over 14,500 stocks, 24,800 mutual funds, 1,500 exchange-traded funds and 700 closed end funds, plus analyst reports on over 3,500 securities. MIRC also provides screening tools, current articles and videos and financial educational resources.

From the special collections of the Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Branch Library, this collection spans from the earliest years of the motion picture industry to the World War II era. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", these selected posters have been digitized and may be viewed online.

My China Roots is a genealogy resource for researching Chinese ancestry.  Users can research ancestral villages, surname origins, and digitized zupus (documents compiled by families to record the names and details of ancestors.) 

MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind in the world. It includes billions of historical documents from over 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources.

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National Geographic Kids includes the complete run of the magazine from 2009 to the present, as well as books, videos, and images. High-quality informational texts are available for primary, upper elementary, and middle school in English, Language Arts, social studies, and science. Best for children aged 6 - 14.

An index to books, periodical articles and vertical file holdings of the Central Library's History & Genealogy Dept. on the tribes of North, Central, and South America.

Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. Articles on theology, philosophy, history, literary figures, saints, musicians, and answers to questions related to Catholicism and the humanities, 15 volumes.

Access to the New York Times digital site.

You must create an account for access. Click Create Account to create an account with your personal email address, or Sign In if you already have created an account.

The Historical New York Times with Index (1851-1993) provides search capability using subject terms and topics for focused and targeted results in combination with searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the Historical New York Times.

U.S. news from local, regional, and national sources. Diverse sources included are printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, broadcast transcripts, and videos. Topics are wide and varied, such as politics, business, health, sports, and cultural activities.

Financial, contact, and hierarchy reporting details (including subsidiaries, affiliates, and divisions) on 137,000 companies and their key professionals worldwide.

The Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment is aimed at helping adults acquire the skills they need in today’s workplace. The free set of assessments includes self-guided modules: Essential Computer Skills (Basic Computer Skills, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows, Mac OS), Essential Software Skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs), and Using Technology in Daily Life (Social Media, Information Literacy, Supporting K-12 Distance Learning, Career Search Skills, and Digital Footprint). Closed-captioning is available and screen readers are supported.
This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

An online resource for finding great books. Reviews, book discussion guides and annotated book lists are constantly updated. Find books by the same author, or similar books by another author. Browse by subject, genre, and theme for over 150,000 titles. 

An online resource for finding great fiction books for kids, especially pre-K through eighth grade.

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Provides date, place, cause of death and obituary citation for noted actors, authors, journalists, and librarians. Coverage is more comprehensive after 1970's.

Online Book Clubs allow you to receive chapters from popular books in your daily email. Every day, Monday through Friday, you'll get a portion of a book that takes only five minutes to read. Each Monday begin a new book and by Friday you will have the chance to read 2 or 3 chapters. A variety of books are available such as fiction, nonfiction, romance, business, teen and mystery books. Sign-up for free with an e-mail address.

An index to over 2,000 orchestral scores (with parts) available for loan to orchestras in Southern California from the Central Library.

OUTWORDS captures, preserves, and shares the stories of LGBTQIA2S+ elders, to build community and catalyze social change. The site contains a free, searchable collection of original video interviews. includes links to commercial retailers. The Los Angeles Public Library does not endorse or have an arrangement with any retailer listed.

OverDrive offers e-books, audiobooks, and videos. Additional software is required for all files. Patrons use their library card to check-out items.

Note that the OverDrive mobile app will be discontinued in early 2023, and will be replaced by Libby.

Quick reference and scholarly articles from a broad range of subjects in over 100 titles that include key titles from the Oxford Companion series and the complete Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

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Passenger and Immigration Lists Index covers more than 5 million names of persons who immigrated to North American between the late 1500s and mid 20th Century.

Over 300 practice tests and courses, information on over 4,000 accredited schools, e-books containing study materials and practice tests, scholarship search, resume builder, and career modules with subjects from career change to salary negotiations.

An index to plays which remain unpublished or have only been published in periodicals. Includes references to reviews.

Pop Culture Universe is an irresistible yet authoritative digital database on popular culture in America, both past and present—in a package as dynamic as the topic it covers. Included are references, scholarly works, primary documents and papers, photographs, audio clips, and maps.

Interested in getting your novel, memoir, poetry collection, children's book and more in eBook and print-ready formats? Pressbooks Public is an easy-to-use online tool that allows you to create professional quality versions of your book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF and more.

Instant access to over 2000 newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages.

In addition to being able to read them online, users who install the PressReader app on their mobile device can download papers for offline reading without subscribing. Get the app here.

For the website, click on Sign In and then select the library card option (not necessary at library computers). After you sign in with your card, you can finish creating an account that can be used on the app. You will need to sign into the site every few days to keep the app account active.

This resource is not available from catalog computers.

Including coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak, this database curates openly available content related to coronaviruses. It includes thousands of open-access articles from the world’s leading publishers as well as current research from pre-print repositories such as arXiv and will continue to grow and evolve as more is learned about the pandemic.

This database serves as a resource for researchers at all levels. Covering more than 160 subjects areas, ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated database of periodical content. Includes both Proquest Newsstand and Research Library.

International Newsstream provides the most recent news content outside of the US and Canada, with archives which stretch back decades featuring newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format

Full text of sources, including trade Journals, Magazines, Blogs, Podcasts, Websites and Newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Sentinel, Orange County Register, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal/Constitution, and the Sacramento Bee.

Access a diverse collection of music, dance and theatre content, covering hundreds of genres and a wide range of content types including audio drama from L.A. Theater Works, Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries, and a video collection with films from The Royal Shakespeare company, Broadway and The National Theatre.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Inventory forms, photographs, and other supporting documentation on outdoor sculpture found in Southern California. The Index was prepared for the Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!) project of the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Rafu Shimpo is the longest running Japanese American newspaper in the United States and is based in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles. It began in 1903 and by the 1940s it was the most widely circulated paper in the region and included a weekly English section for second generation Japanese Americans. The Digital Archive contains all obtainable Rafu Shimpo published issues from 1914 through 2018 and includes access to for current issues.

Students and researchers alike will benefit from this collection of statistical databases from federal and state sources covering broad subject areas such as, Population & Demographics; Education, Business & Economics; Environment & Weather; Health & Health Care' Crime, Prisons & Courts; Labor force, Employment and Earnings, and Income, Wealth and Poverty. In all, RAND State Statistics contains nearly 200 statistical databases covering all 50 states, plus an additional 80 databases on detailed information of California. 

U.S. directory with regularly updated listings and profiles for over 60 million current and new businesses, over two million job listings, 320 million people, and two million new movers.  Look up addresses and telephone numbers. Find and check consumer businesses.  Seek job openings.  Identify business competition or support services.  Research potential customers and markets.  Search options include name, location, type or size of business, consumer demographics and lifestyles.  Report options include lists, data charts and maps.

General interest magazines on a broad range of subjects from arts, business, children, health, humanities, international, law, military, psychology, social sciences, women's interests and more.

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Contains descriptive and financial data on U.S. and non-U.S. corporations. Three files are provided: Executives, Private Companies, and Public Companies.

A collection of reference eBooks and databases on Business, Careers, History, Literature, Science and Social Science. 

Digitized reproduction of theSan Francisco Chronicle, 1865-1922. Searchable by (keywords, author's names, articles, dates, etc.) or browseable by full page or issue. Includes photos, graphics and advertisements.

Digitized California maps from the Sanborn Map Company, the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years.

ScienceFlix combines curriculum-driven, leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9. ScienceFlix is available for use on PCs, Macs and most tablets and mobile devices

A listing created by the Central Library's Literature & Fiction Dept. of fiction books for adults which are part of a series or are sequels to earlier novels.

An index created by the Central Library's Literature & Fiction Dept. to short stories in collections and anthologies in the Los Angeles Public Library.

Salem History e-Book. Comprehensive coverage of the impact of the 1960's on the U.S. & Canada.

Complete series on the lives and careers of popular and significant authors and illustrators of books for children and teens.

An index of songs appearing in books located in the Central Library Art & Music Department.

Get online access to local newspapers including The Daily Bulletin, Los Angeles Daily News, Press-Telegram, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News, The Sun, The Press-Enterprise, Redlands Daily Facts, Pasadena Star-News, The Orange County Register, and Daily Breeze.

ProQuest History Vault provides a wealth of key archival materials with a single search. Researchers can access digitized letters, papers, photographs, scrapbooks, financial records, diaries, and many more primary sources. Collections are organized into three modules: Slavery and the Law,  Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915, Plantation Records, Part 1 and Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915, Plantation Records, Part 2.

SRDS provides essential data on more than 125,000 media brands including digital, consumer magazines, business publications, direct marketing, newspapers, radio, TV/cable and more. Entries include publication profile, contact information, advertising rates, mechanical requirements, copy regulations and circulation.

Statista includes Quantitative data and statistics from 21 market sectors, with data on over 80,000 topics from over 18,000 sources. The focus is on business data that caters to small businesses and entrepreneurs in an easy to use format and includes eCommerce data, analysis of specific markets, and a global consumer survey. The platform is also accessible in Spanish, French, and German.

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This online resource is a wealth of multimedia resources about K-12 books to support reading and library activities for all grades and content areas.

Tessa is the home of Los Angeles Public Library's digitized rare and historical collections. The site provides instant access to over 150,000 digitized items, including photographs, maps, prints, and more.

Over 300 practice tests and courses, information on over 4,000 accredited schools, e-books containing study materials and practice tests, scholarship search, resume builder, and career modules with subjects from career change to salary negotiations.

The Theater Program Collection contains over 11,000 programs from local and national productions.

The Time Magazine Archive presents an extensive collection of the prominent weekly news magazine dating back to its first issue in March 1923 through December 2000, presented in a comprehensive cover-to-cover format. Intended to be read in under an hour, each issue of Time contains reports of national and international current events, politics, sports, and entertainment. Capturing the relevant news for a given week, the magazine remains an important resource for researchers studying just about any aspect of 20th-Century history and life.

The Toy Movable Database contains information on Toy Moveable (also known as "pop-up") books owned by LAPL. This is a reference collection, and the items do not circulate

Available in 110+ languages, including ESL, Transparent Language Online gives learners the flexibility they need to learn a new language anytime, anywhere.

Over 100 always available Lonely Planet travel guides accessible via Libby.

Selected travel posters of exotic destinations are from the collection housed in the International Languages Department and Rare Books at Central Library. The artwork finely demonstrates the sensibilities of 1920s and 1930s Art Deco and early Futurism. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", the posters have been digitzed and can be viewed online.

An online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love.

This collection, contains photographs, documents, props, and costumes, has been cataloged. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", the images are available for online viewing.

Free one-on-one online homework help provided by expert tutors from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. every day. Provides assistance in English & Spanish for students in grades K-12, college intro and adult learners covering Math, Science, English, Social Studies, and Proof Point (writing review). The SkillsCenter Resource Library, available 24/7, offers worksheets, tutorials, study guides, plus an Adult Education and Career Center!

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Udemy provides access to self directed video courses on job skills, software applications and also personal development topics like time management, emotional intelligence and various hobbies. The interface can be toggled to display in multiple languages, and users can filter for course offerings in languages including Spanish, Japanese, Russian and Chinese.

Bibliographic and ordering information on over 300,000 serials worldwide--covering print, electronic, and microform resources from more than 90,000 publishers and providers. Updated weekly.

Over 500 online non-credit Continuing Education Courses.  These courses are led by expert instructors and are provided for your personal enrichment. Business, Career Training, Cooking, Real Estate, Crafts and Hobbies and Psychology are a few of the subjects covered by these courses. *These courses have been designed for learners over 13 years of age.

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Value Line Library grants access to a vault of investment research, approximately 3,400 stocks, data, expert analysis, and unbiased commentary with a time-tested and performance-proven Ranking System.

A complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images.

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Gale Virtual Reference e-Book.In-depth weather records for 18 major U.S. cities and overview of the country with information on hurricanes, tornadoes and more weather resources

Coverage of State and Federal statutes and case opinions; selected California secondary sources published by West, a Thomson Reuters Business.

Access provided by the L.A. Law Library. Access available only at the Van Nuys Branch Library.

With thousands of articles on a wide range of subjects, multimedia content, and a collection of biographies, World Book Kids will help kids do age-appropriate research. Designed for children, grades 1 through 4. 

World Geography provides authoritative content and online tools that develop global literacy, focusing on the geographic, political, social, economic, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world. Included are references, scholarly works, primary documents and papers, photographs, audio clips, and maps

Salem Press History ebook. World Geography by Salem Press is arranged into six volumes by world region. Each region covers the following interconnected categories to present a global view of how geography affects our world: Geographical Concepts and Worldview, Human Geography, including Political Geography, Regional Breakdown, Physical Geography, Economic Geography, Biogeography, and Natural Resources, and a Gazetteer. This resource is found by scrolling down to the bottom of its designed webpage.

This digital resource covers early human history around the globe—from prehistoric times to the beginnings of the Renaissance including references, scholarly works, primary documents and papers, photographs, audio clips, and maps.

This digital resource covers history from the Renaissance to today including references, scholarly works, primary documents and papers, photographs, audio clips, and maps.

OCLC catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide back to 1000 BC