Library e-services

Besides the collection of physical books, periodicals, and media available at the Inyo County Free Library branches the library also offers other services online.

 

Many of the services below require an Inyo County Library Card with a barcode. Visit your local Inyo County Library Branch to sign up.

Don't Have A Library Card?  Sign up for an e-Card  here
 

CATEGORIES OF ONLINE RESOURCES

 

LIBRARY ALTERNATIVES IN THE TIME OF COVID

 

 

E-BOOKS, E-MAGAZINES, E-NEWSPAPERS, AND AUDIOBOOKS

 Overdrive

OverDrive is a free service offered by Inyo County Free Library that lets you borrow eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines and more from the Southern California Digital Library. All you need to get started with free digital titles from OverDrive is an internet connection and a library card with a barcode. Borrow and enjoy ebooks right in your browser, the Libby and OverDrive apps, and on popular ereaders! 

Getting started with Overdrive

 

 

enki

enki a new eBook platform created by librarians, is the place for discovery, helping you find new gems, classic novels and eye-opening nonfiction. It's your only source for bestsellers before they catch fire, and it's where you can learn something new from renowned authors. Indulge your curiosity! enki eBooks will work with e-readers that support EPUB format (like Kindle Fire), or tablets and computers.

Frequently Asked Questions about Enki

Biblioboard curated lists from enki

 

 

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world.

TumbleBookLibrary Premium has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite!

 

 

Teen Book Cloud

TeenBookCloud is a curated database of e-books and other digital content for Middle Schools and High Schools, as well as Public Libraries.

The growing collection features over 1000 titles, including student-favorite Graphic Novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos, and more!

The site supports a wide range of readers’ interests and levels. We’ve partnered with Orca Books and Saddleback books to bring you hundreds of High-Interest/Low-Level content. In addition, our new AP English section makes hundreds of curriculum books available to readers at the click of a button!

 

 

AudioBookCloud
 

AudioBookCloud is a curated database of streaming audio books and is available by subscription to Public Libraries around the world.

The growing collection features over 1200 titles, including dozens of genres and interest levels. The collection includes popular literature, classics, children’s and teen books, mystery, sci-fi, history, biography, and more!
 

 

rbDigital magazines

RBdigital Magazines (formerly Zinio), the world's largest newsstand, offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from your library's collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.  Mobile app available.  RBdigital Magazines is sponsored by Inland Library System.  On February 19, 2021, magazines are moving to the Libby app (OverDrive).

 

New York Times

The California State Library is pleased to offer the New York Times online to California public libraries! This offer features direct access to nytimes.com from 1851 to right now, including:

  • All regular newspaper content (articles, editorials, etc.)
  • All multimedia, including video, photography, VR features and all new multimedia to come
  • Spanish and Mandarin Chinese versions of nytimes.com
  • Personalized access, including e-mail newsletters such as California Today, mobile apps for phones and tablets, with customizable news feeds, and article recommendations based on topics you most commonly read about

First time remote access to the NYT requires a log in to your library account through the Catalog

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STREAMING VIDEO

Kanopy

 

Kanopy is a video streaming service offering access to more than 30,000 documentaries, movies, and educational videos from thousands of producers such as Criterion Collection, PBS, Great Courses, Kino Lorber and more.

Kanopy Kids highlights films and TV series that inspire and inform, helping children develop empathy, mindfulness, and self-esteem through entertaining and educational videos. Kanopy Kids categories include TV Series, Learning Languages, Animated Storybooks, Anime Favorites, Classic Films, and Movies for the Whole Family.

 

 

Medici TV

The world's leading classical music channel

Music with vision

The world’s premier resource for classical music programming: stunning live events from the world’s most prestigious halls, plus thousands of concerts, operas, ballets, and more in our VOD catalogue!

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ONLINE REFERENCE SOURCES AND DATABASES

 

 Gale OneFile

Google is often the go-to source for research, but the results aren’t always accurate. Gale OneFile collections connect you to credible articles from leading magazines, newspapers, and journals.

One-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and academic disciplines. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, General OneFile serves a wide audience of readers.

This resource includes reference, newspaper, and audio content that complement its robust collection of magazines and journals.

Video tutorials for Gale OneFile

 

 The Reference Shelf
Famous First Facts

In conjunction with the library's print subscription of the Reference Shelffrom H. W. Wilson there is online access to this resource. Published 6 times per year, each Reference Shelf volume provides comprehensive, balanced coverage of an issue of importance in modern society. Each volume contains 35-45 notable documents and articles (complete or abstracted) from highly respected periodicals and media outlets. A bibliography, index and important websites enhance further research. For access to the Reference Shelf in print format of current and older issues that aren't available online, search the public access catalog using "search by series" using the words "Reference Shelf.

Also available on this site is Famous First Facts. For more than half a century, Famous First Facts has earned the accolades of reviewers and a place on library reference shelves nationwide. This new edition of the reference classic is updated and expanded with new entries reflecting the latest developments and discoveries, and newly organized for better access to information. This is an online version of the Library's print copy.

 

 Chilton Library

Chilton Library is the online version of the Chilton Auto manuals of the past. Now you can get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs online 24/7. 

Chilton Library provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on seven decades of the broadest range of vehicles available, including cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.

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RESOURCES FOR HISTORY

 
California Digial Newspaper Collection

The California Digital Newspaper Collection is a project of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research (CBSR) at the University of California, Riverside. The CDNC includes newspapers that the Library has digitized: The Inyo Independent (1870-1942) and the Big Pine Citizen (1914-1933)
 

California Revealed
The California Revealed collection includes a wide range of historical materials contributed by libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies across the state.  Inyo County Free Library has digitized and contributed historic materials from the Library’s collection.  Other local contributors include the Eastern California Museum, Manzanar National Historic Site and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce.  

 


Archives Unbound

 
Archives Unbound addresses students and scholars' pressing need to see primary, unpublished archival documents.  Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level. 

Particular strengths in the Archives Unbound catalog include U.S. foreign policy; U.S. civil rights; global affairs and colonial studies; and modern history. Broad topic clusters include: African American studies; American Indian studies; Asian studies; British history; Holocaust studies; LGBT studies; Latin American and Caribbean studies; Middle East studies; political science; religious studies; and women’s studies. The Archives Unbound program consists of more than 290,000 documents totaling 12 million pages.  Sponsored by the California State Library as part of their California Digital Archives. This service requires log in through the catalog, select Archives Unbound under Online Resources.

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RESOURCES FOR EDUCATION

 

 Tutor.com

 

 

Tutor.com provides on-demand tutoring, homework help, test preparation and writing assistance for students in grades K-Adult in over 60 subjects. For adults The Tutor.com Adult Learning & Career Center connects lifelong learners with expert tutors and career coaches in an easy-to-use, anonymous online classroom. Get one-to-one tutoring or job search assistance in over 60 subjects, including GED® preparation. No appointment is necessary! Tutors are available 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm. You can also use their drop-off reviews, practice quizzes, video lessons, and The Princeton Review® SAT®/ACT® Essentials for self-study, 24/7. 

Tutor.com overview video  

Tutor.com practice classroom

Other video from Tutor.com on their YouTube channel:  Tutor.com playlist

 

 

Miss Humblebee's Academy

Miss Humblebee's Academy is an early literacy program for parents and their children that helps prepare 3‑6 year olds for success in kindergarten and beyond. Children have an opportunity to learn while having fun in a safe online classroom environment.

 

 

TumbleMath

 

Educators have long known that one of the most effective ways to teach math concepts, especially to reluctant learners, is by using stories and literature.

TumbleMath is the most comprehensive collection of math picture books you will find anywhere. All in the amazing TumbleBook format complete with animation and narration.

The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes.

 

 Link to California K-12 Digital Resources
Link to California K-12 Digital Resources
Link to California K-12 Digital Resources

ProQuest

QUICK ACCESS TO CALIFORNIA K-12 ONLINE CONTENT DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS  California offers — at no cost to local schools, districts or students — access to online educational content from Encyclopaedia BritannicaProQuest and TeachingBooks.net for use by every public K-12 school and student in the state.  ProQuest research databases, the TeachingBooks literacy service and online content from Encyclopaedia Britannica are available to every Californian from this website.

 

 

Peterson's Test and Career Prep

Prepare for standardized tests with Gale Presents: Peterson's Test and Career Prep. This valuable resource includes full-length practice tests for GED, SAT, ACT, AP, PSAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, TOEFL, U.S. citizenship, and more. It offers information on undergraduate and graduate programs and tuition and scholarship assistance, as well as a resume builder and interviewing advice. Whether you’re a student planning for college or a professional embarking on a new career path, Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test Prep can help you along the way.

List of tests

Video introduction to Peterson's Test and Career Prep

Testing & Education Reference Center Resource Guide

Testing & Education Reference Center College Planning Tips

 

 Link to Tuition Funding Sources

Tuition Funding Sources is a private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information. TFS 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. You will have to register to use the site when you first visit it.  Tuition Funding Sources is sponsored by Inland Library System.

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RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYMENT, VETERANS BENEFITS, TEST PREP, BUSINESS, AND LEGAL FORMS

 

JobNow/VetNow

 

JobNow / VetNow Free online expert help for job seekers, veterans, and their families.  Connect with a live job, resume, or interview coach for individualized, professional assistance with your job search.  Featruring: resume templates & professional reviews; VA benefits eligibility assistance; skills building lessons & videos; practice tests & standardized test preparation.

Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow User Guide

Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow Video Tutorial


Other Online veterans Resources

 

 Tutor.com

 

 

Tutor.com   The Tutor.com Adult Learning & Career Center connects lifelong learners with expert tutors and career coaches in an easy-to-use, anonymous online classroom. Get one-to-one tutoring or job search assistance in over 60 subjects, including GED® preparation. No appointment is necessary! Tutors are available 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm. You can also use their drop-off reviews, practice quizzes, video lessons, and The Princeton Review® SAT®/ACT® Essentials for self-study, 24/7.

 

 

 Peterson's Test and Career Prep

Prepare for standardized tests with Gale Presents: Peterson's Test and Career Prep. This valuable resource includes full-length practice tests for GED, SAT, ACT, AP, PSAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, TOEFL, U.S. citizenship, and more. It offers information on undergraduate and graduate programs and tuition and scholarship assistance, as well as a resume builder and interviewing advice. Whether you’re a student planning for college or a professional embarking on a new career path, Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test Prep can help you along the way.

List of tests

Video introduction to Peterson's Test and Career Prep

Testing & Education Reference Center Resource Guide

Testing & Education Reference Center College Planning Tips

 

 

Gale Business: Plan Builder

This resource provides a gradual introduction to entrepreneurial concepts and elements for patrons new to small business ownership. For more seasoned business persons, the focus shifts toward outcome-based activities to support the management and growth of an operation, such as getting a loan, seeking investors, buying new equipment, or opening new facilities.

Gale Business: Plan Builder enables nonprofits to create a grant proposal the same way a new startup would write a business plan. Structuring a nonprofit’s creation and operation allows founders to focus on enhancing their organization’s social mission.

Video tutorials for Gale Business: Plan Builder

 

 

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

Gale Business:  Entrepreneurship is a comprehensive database that covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. It combines periodical and reference content to support prospective and current entrepreneurs as well as business students. Resources include sample business plans from the Business Plans Handbook series, how-to guides, articles, books, business journals, and websites.

Video tutorials for Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

 

Gale Legal Forms

Are you looking for a legal form or sample letter based on California Law? The Gale California Legal Forms database is a great resource for finding the form or letter you need. Gale Legal Forms provides access to thousands of legal forms in dozens of categories.

Also, Gale Legal Forms includes almost 2,000 sample letters meant for use in California. You can find sample letters on a variety of topics such as “Sample Letter for Auto Accident Demand” and “Sample Letter Disputing Denial of Social Security Benefits.”

Video tutorials for Gale Legal Forms

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Library Alternatives

LIBRARY ALTERNATIVES IN THE TIME OF COVID

During this time of curtailed library services many publishing and education services have provided special access to their services.  We have also found some links to sites that may be of interest as an alternative to the library, especially for kids.  

Click here for  LIBRARY ALTERNATIVES

And More Links Of Interest To Kids And Parents

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tutor.com

tutor.com

No appointment is necessary! Tutors are available 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm. You can also use their drop-off reviews, practice quizzes, video lessons, and The Princeton Review® SAT®/ACT® Essentials for self-study, 24/7. 

California's Library Services for People with Print Disabilities

CALIFORNIA'S LIBRARY SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH PRINT DISABILITIES, in association with the Library of Congress, provides free Braille and audio books, magazines and playback equipment to all eligible Californians unable to read standard print.  Click here to find your local braille and talking book library and sign up for free library service.