A Message from San Diego Public Library Director Misty Jones : As you know, all San Diego Public Libraries are closed until at least April 6 and programming and events have been postponed or cancelled. Our staff miss seeing you and we look forward to getting back to helping you in person.
Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning through connections to knowledge and each other. We know that mission is best served when our outstanding Library staff can provide you one-on-one assistance. Until that is possible again, please take advantage of the free online resources available in our eLibrary. Listed below are just some of those valuable resources. Many require you enter your Library card number. Don’t have a library card? You can apply for a card online and use your temporary card number and password to login and access the eLibrary at https://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/elibrary
- U.S. Newsstream: Read daily editions of newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and the Washington Post.
- Audiobooks and eBooks: Fire up your Kindle and start downloading a library of eBooks, or download an audiobook to listen to while cooking dinner. RBdigital, enki Library, and cloudLibrary offer thousands of eBooks and digital audiobooks.
- Learn a New Skill: Gale Courses offers more than 300 highly interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online. Learn more about computer programming, criminal law, or digital photography.
- BookFlix: A literacy resource that pairs classic children’s video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic. This is an interactive way to build a love of reading and learning.
- Rosetta Stone: Parlez-vous français? Learn a new language for free with Rosetta Stone. Select from thirty easy-to-use language courses.
- Health and Wellness: Gale Health and Wellness offers access to full-text medical journals, magazines, and more. MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en Español offers important information on diseases, conditions, and wellness issues, including COVID-19 updates.
- Flipster: Read your favorite magazine online. Flipster is an easy-to-use digital newsstand that offers access to bestselling digital magazines.
- Testing and EducationTesting & Education Reference Center: Prepare for tests, download test handbooks, plan for higher education, explore career paths, build a resume, and access job interview tips.
- Resources to Get Online: Two San Diego Public Library Foundation partners and Library supporters are stepping up to help San Diego children obtain low-cost computers and providing internet help for lower-income customers.
- Computers 2 Kids San Diego (C2K) is dedicated to broadening access to computers and technology for all San Diego children and their families, regardless of their economic status. For those who qualify, C2K provides a desktop computer for $80 and laptops for $100.
- Cox Communications is helping K-12 students without internet at home by offering 60 days of free internet for new participants of its Connect2Compete program. Cox is also offering a lower cost internet tier with no annual contract for those in need such as seniors and college students, and is relaxing data usage overage charges for all tiers.
For more information about Library services available through the eLibrary, visit https://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/elibrary
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