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A valid NBPL library card is all you need to access most of our online resources from home or any other location. You can apply for a library card online using the library catalog. 

Or, select your database from this list:

 

  • Art & Literature

    • AskART
      AskART is an online database containing over 270,000 artists and auction records. This database can only be used at the library.
    • Literature Resource Center
      A literature reference database designed for both the undergraduate and graduate student as well as the sophisticated casual user.
    • Novelist Plus
      A fiction and non-fiction databse that provides author, title, and subject access, series information and more. Unabriged and abriged audiobooks can also be searched. 
    • Novelist Plus K-8
      Specializes in book information geared towards children and young adults.
  • Business and Investments

    • ABI/Inform
      Business oriented resources for large, small and privately owned companies.
    • AtoZ Databases
      Offers 30 million business & executives profiles, 220 million residents, 2.3 million job/internship opportunities, Interview Tips, Résumé Templates, and more.
    • Business Plans Handbook
      Digital version of the Business Plans Handbook series
    • Cypress Resume
      In just a few short steps, you'll have a well-written, professional-looking resume
    • Gale Directory Library
      Search directories of associations and broadcast media companies
    • Hoover’s Company Records
      Find up to date proprietary editorial content covering more than 40,000 public and non-public companies and 225,000 key executives.
    • Morningstar
    • A resource for insightful information on stocks, mutual funds, variable annuities, closed-end funds and more.
    • Rand California
      RAND California contains statistical information on a national, state, county and city level from more than 170 databases in the fields of Business, Education, Health and more. This database can only be used at the library.
    • Realquest
      RealQuest is the largest online property information database, giving real estate professionals access to accurate, exportable data on 97% of all property transactions in Orange County. This database can only be accessed at NBPL locations. This database can only be used at the library and requires staff assistance to log on.
    • Reference USA
      Provides directory information for U.S. businesses and residents.
    • Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage
      Provides independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data.
    • ValueLine
      Online version of The Value Line Investment Survey
  • Genealogy Databases

    • Ancestry Library Edition
      Genealogy research database which includes billions of names. Provided by the generous support of the Friends of the Library. This database can only be used at the library.
    • AtoZ Databases
      The database offers demographic studies, genealogy, background searching, finding friends, and relatives and more.
    • Heritage Quest Online
      Genealogy research with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. Provided by the generous support of the Friends of the Library.
  • Health and Science

  • Lifelong Learning Tools

    • Career Tools
      Pursue a new career and gain advice on resumes, cover letters, interviews, and networking.
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
      Search full-text ebooks on a wide variety of topics, including arts, business, history, science, social science and more.
    • Lynda.com 
      Funded by a generous donation from the NBPL Foundation. Over 3,000 online video tutorials to help you learn business, design, multimedia and other software skills at home.  If you need help resetting your Lynda.com password, contact Lynda Customer Service at (888) 335-9632.
    • Rosetta Stone
      Learn languages from home using the Rosetta Stone online database
    • Testing & Education Reference Center
      Provides users with in-depth information on colleges and universities, graduate and professional programs, distance learning and more.
    • Universal Class
      Offers in-depth teaching and training on a wide variety of topics, from writing a business plan to planning a wedding.
  • Magazines and Newspapers

  • Student Resources

    • Ancient History & Culture
      Offers online resources and videos of the histories for eight major civilizations.
    • AtoZ Databases
      Offers 2.3 million job/internship opportunities, Interview Tips, and Résumé Templates.
    • Biography in Context
      Includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals.
    • CultureGrams
      Provides concise cultural and statistical snapshots of every country recognized by the United Nations.
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
      Search full-text ebooks on a wide variety of topics, including arts, business, history, science, social science and more.
    • Kids InfoBits
      A database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5.
    • Literature Resource Center
      A literature reference database designed for both the undergraduate and graduate student as well as the sophisticated casual user.
    • National Geographic Kids
      Research people, cultures and animals using resources from National Geographic.
    • Opposing Viewpoints
      Collects " for" and "against" articles based on social issues.
    • ScienceFlix
      ScienceFlix provides students in grades 4 through 9 with thousands of science-related articles, videos and interactive projects and experiments that will help to expand their knowlege and prepare them for thoughtful interaction in science discussions and activities at school.
    • Testing & Education Reference Center
      Provides users with in-depth information on colleges and universities, graduate and professional programs, distance learning and more.
    • Tuition Funding Sources
      Offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with over $41 Billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information. When you register, choose "school from California" in the list of schools.
    • Tumblebooks
      An online collection of animated, talking picture books.
    • World Book Encyclopedia
      Access to the online version of the World Book Encyclopedia.
    • World Book Kids
      Offers simpler navigation, thousands of colorful illustrations, diagrams, and maps, and dozens of activities tied to national curriculum standards.