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Ebooks Online

                                                                                                       Whether browsing on the web, a tablet, or your personal device, you can discover and download ebooks.  cloudLibrary by bibliotheca works with a huge range of eReading devices and is perfect for people who enjoy downloading material to their portable devices. Just click HERE to enjoy ebooks.

[In Library Use Only]  With more than 4,000 interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities,’s award-winning online curriculum is the most comprehensive online educational resource for young learners (ages 2–7+). From Age of Learning, Inc. Free for use in our library.



Academic Search Complete

The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. This database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.



Auto Repair Source

Your Source for the Most Current, Accurate, Authoritative Auto Service and Repair Information • Step-by-step repair procedures • Wiring diagrams • Maintenance schedules • Labor estimates • Engineering specifications • Diagnostic trouble codes • Parts pricing • Technical service bulletins, and more



Biography Reference Center

Biography Reference Center offers a comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full text biographies, including the complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.




Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. Click HERE for more.






Brainfuse HelpNow!

Brainfuse provides live, one-to-one tutoring over the Internet. Students in grades Kindergarten - through College receive instant access to carefully-selected tutors for various subjects including math, science, language arts and test preparation. Brainfuse works closely with school districts and other institutions to customize learning solutions and raise the performance of students on state assessment exams.


Brainfuse JobNow!

JobNow, powered by Brainfuse, provides live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job;  Ace the Interview, Interview Coach service, Resume Builder, and Career Resources, including personality and career assessments.


Business Searching Interface

The Business Searching Interface (BSI) provides an easy way to both browse and search for country economic data, company profiles, industry information and market research, and then use the results as limiters in a keyword search, if desired.


Business Source Complete

The world's definitive scholarly business database, providing the leading collection of bibliographic and full text content. Indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,300 journals.



California Fact Cards

Fact Cards are a series of research resources designed for quick reference for students in grades 4 through 8. The topics covered by Fact Cards are those California, United States, and World topics included in the social studies curriculum in California. For the past ten years, printed Fact Cards have been used extensively in California elementary and middle schools, as well as in public libraries. 


California K-12 Digital Resources

Online content from Encyclopaedia Britannica and are available — at school, at home, in libraries, on laptops, on phones — to all.

These three databases are provided for all California students from the California State Library.

Encyclopaedia Britannica (PreK-12)

A comprehensive interactive resource for research and learning for grades K-12. Includes correlations to California Content Standards and other valuable teacher resources. Post links directly to each school level, elementary, middle or high.

Elementary  Middle  High Escolar

Need help from Britannica? See our support page. (800) 621-3900 x 7160 | (PreK-12)

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



Need help from See our support page. (800) 596-0710 |

Career Online High School
Earn Your High School Diploma and get a Career Certificate at no cost.

Click here for more information.




Chromebooks are now available for check out at your library! Come to the library to check out your own laptop for use inside the library for up to 2 hours! Click on the highlighted links below for Chromebook check out information.



Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete (CHC) is EBSCO's interface designed for the everyday consumer of health care information. CHC provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.


Consumer Health Complete en Espanol

CHC es la interfaz de EBSCO diseñada para el   consumo diario de información de salud. CHC ofrece un fácil y cómodo acceso a información sobre la salud y médica. Pueden buscar y navegar dentro de las             enciclopedias médicas, libros de referencia, y artículos de revistas.


The Early Literacy Station (ELS), designed specifically for your youngest learners ages 2-8, features over 4,000 localized learning activities.  The fun, interactive and engaging content spans all seven curricular areas: math, science & nature, social studies & geography, reading, art & music, writing & computer skills, and reference. Available in English & Spanish.

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English Language Learner Reference Center

ELL Reference Center will help you do research, build your background knowledge on many topics, and develop your reading comprehension skills.



enki eBooks

enki is a California eBook platform created by librarians where you will find popular indie fiction and nonfiction genres including romance, mysteries, graphic novels, crafts, encyclopedias, cookbooks, short stories, essays, study guides as well as classic literature with new, orginal bookjacket art. Indulge your curiosity!

Click here for enki or here for an enki tutorial.



Explora Educator's Edition

Teachers: did you know that your public library offers a fun, easy-to-use tool that helps students complete research and classroom assignments? This tool also helps you find primary source documents, curriculum, informational texts, and support materials. Both you and your students can discover reliable information on thousands of topics that cover a wide range of subjects and support STEM to STEAM initiatives.


Explora Elementary Schools

Get help with your class assignments, now available at your library. Learn about endangered species, famous musicians, space exploration and more! Explora contains complete articles from dozens of elementary school magazines. All complete articles are assigned reading-level indicators. You’ll also find easy-to-read encyclopedia entries written for kids and more than one million images of photos, maps and flags!


Explora High Schools

Did you know that your public library offers a fun, easy-to-use tool that can help you complete research and classroom assignments? You can discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports.


Explora Middle Schools

Discover the adventure of learning with Explora, a research interface designed just for you! Available in your public library, Explora includes reliable information on thousands of topics to help you complete research and other class assignments. Find magazine articles, book chapters, biographies, primary source documents, images, videos and more!


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By popular demand, the Porterville Public Library is now an open public wireless hotspot.  This new service goes hand in hand with the wireless Chromebook program.  Bring in your own wireless devices, such as ipads and laptops, or borrow one of our Chromebooks and connect to the Internet free of charge.  WiFi is available during all open hours of the library – 9am to 8pm, Monday through Thursday and 9am to 6pm, Friday & Saturday.


History Reference Center

History Reference Center features full text for hundreds of reference books, encyclopedias, and non-fiction books from leading history publishers, as well as thousands of primary source documents, photos, and maps.



Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Content in the database includes a collection of core, proprietary articles covering over 140 topics, as well as licensed periodicals, books and video that focus on categories commonly referred to as hobbies and crafts and is available in high-quality PDF format. Features include the ability to search the Hobbies & Crafts interface by category, view all available topics and browse popular resources related to the area of Hobbies & Crafts.


Home Improvement Reference Center

Home Improvement Reference Center is a comprehensive, easy-to-use database that provides detailed "how-to" information about thousands of home improvement and repair projects, from plumbing and wiring to painting and decorating.



The Latino American Experience: The American Mosaic (In Library Use Only)

ABC-CLIO is an award-winning publisher of reference, contemporary thought, and professional development content, created to help students, educators, librarians, and general readers of all ages wrestle with complex challenges.

Comprehensive, informative and easy to use.  The Latino American Experience is the latest version of the first-ever database dedicated to the history and culture of Latinos - the largest, fastest growing minority group in the United States.




Resources for elementary, middle, high school, and college students, as well as busy adults.  Prepare to get your high school equivalency credential.  Get into college with effective preparation.  Explore careers, search for jobs, prep for interviews, and create resumes and cover letters.  Interactive video tutorials.



Legal Information Reference Center

This database contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. Many of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo. It offers “how-to” instructions to independently address legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, property & real estate and rights & disputes.


MagillOnLiterature Plus

MagillOnLiterature Plus is the definitive source for editorially reviewed critical analyses, character studies, author biographies and plot summaries of the most studied literary works.



Mango Languages

Mango is the award-winning language learning resource for individuals and organizations around the world. The only single solution that combines quality content, intelligent technology and an adaptive algorithm that delivers practical phrases from real situations. This is language learning centered around you.




MasterFILE Complete

This database provides full text for more than 2,000 reference publications with full text info dating as far back as 1922. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, it also contains full text for more than 1,000 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags.

This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.


The New York Times Online - Free Access

Find breaking news, multimedia, reviews & opinion on Washington, business, sports, movies, travel, books, jobs, education, real estate, ... and much, much more.

Access the New York Times online from inside the library - here.

Access the New York Times online from outside the library - here.


Newspaper Source Plus

Newspaper Source Plus includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.


NoveList K-8 Plus

The NoveList K-8 Plus database includes fiction and nonfiction titles for children and teens. It contains
BookTalks, Curricular Connection articles and hundreds of premade lists both for young readers (Recommended Reads) and for teachers (Grab and Go Book Lists).


NoveList Plus

The NoveList Plus database contains fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages from your youngest readers to adults. It includes Book Discussion Guides, thematic book lists, and reading and book oriented articles. Finding reading recommendations is easier than ever – read-alikes are connected to every single title, author, and series record.


The OverDrive app is one of the top-rated eBook apps available for iOS, Android, Chromebook, Mac OS, Windows, and Windows Phone. 

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more from your local public library – anywhere, anytime.  All you need is a library card. 

Click here to get started.  Sign-in, select Porterville Public Library, enter your library card number and PIN.



Poetry and Short Story Reference Center

Students and teachers seeking reliable research information on poets, short stories and the people who write them should look no further than Poetry & Short Story Reference Center™. This database contains a historically rich collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques.


Points of View

Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debate, develop arguments, write position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills.



100 videos with interactive exercises to prepare New Americans for the Naturalization Test.



Pronunciator is a fun and easy way to learn any of 80 languages. One of the great things about Pronunciator is that you can learn any language, in virtually any other language. Pronunciator offers the largest ESL curriculum on the planet, with courses taught in 51 non-English languages.


Referencia Latina

Referencia Latina, a comprehensive Spanish-language database, offers content from a variety of sources including 49,000 encyclopedia entries; 50,000 images; 2,500 health reports; a Spanish-English dictionary and full text for over 100 reference books and dozens of general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas.



Regional Business News

This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.



Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. It also satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards.




Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix® is transforming the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering.

Offering more than 50 complete units of study with over 8,000 science-related assets in a variety of media, ScienceFlix® provides students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types, interactive features and more.


SimplyE eBooks App

SimplyE is a library-developed, open source eReader and eBook discovery app that simplifies the library user's experience in finding, borrowing and reading library eBooks.

Whether it's Overdrive, Cloud Library, Axis 360, RBdigital or enki Library, patrons can find, download and read all of the eBooks our library has using a single app -- SimplyE.  Download it from your device's app store, just type in "SimplyE" in the search box and follow the on-screen instructions.  Feel free to contact the library for assistance.


Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center™ provides up to date information on relevant topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business. The database contains nearly 400 full-text periodicals and over 450 full-text reference books. The user-friendly interface guides users through small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.


Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Small Engine Repair Reference Center offers detailed, yet user-friendly repair guides for all types of small engines. Whether you are looking to do routine maintenance, such as tune-ups and brake service, or more extensive repairs to engines and transmissions.



TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

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