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256 E Orange Ave
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Ebooks On Line

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Ebooks are now available from the Porterville City Library.  If you have a Nook or Apple or Android phone then you are just one click away from the wonderful world of Ebooks.  The 3M Cloud Library 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 Reference Center

The database includes automotive repair information supplied by Point 5 Technologies, Inc., under license from Nichols Publishing, the former publisher of Chilton® Information and information from Delphi Integrated Service Solutions. It contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1945.


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.



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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. 


Chilton Online Auto Repair

ChiltonLibrary provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins for automobiles and light trucks in one easy to use web site.



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.


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.



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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.



JobScout On Line

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JobScout is an online learning platform that will teach you the basic Internet skills you need to find a job.  For every lesson you complete, you’ll earn a badge.  JobScout lets you track your progress and access games to reinforce the skills you learn.  Fully armed with the know-how and confidence to use the Internet to its fullest potential, you’ll be on the path to finding work. You can learn how to use JobScout by attending a free class the last Saturday of every month from 10am to 11am at the Porterville City Library.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


StarWalk KidsMedia

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The StarWalk Kids collection is tightly curated for excellence. The collection is approximately 60% nonfiction, and covers Pre-K through 8th Grade. Each eBook in the collection has been expertly adapted and professionally narrated.  The Teaching Links match each eBook to relevant Common Core State Standards.

Patrons who access this resource from within the library can click on the blue button labeled "Click here to read eBooks."  If accessing from outside the library, the patron can enter Porterville as the Username and Library as the Password.

For iPad users, we suggest that patrons download the free SWKids Reader app from the Apple App Store.  Once there, patrons can login directly into the app or access through the Safari browser.


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