eResources

The Larkspur Library and The MARINet consortium provide access to reference resources, newspapers, and magazines covering a full range of subjects for children and adults via the MARINet Database page in the MARINet catalog. Our databases can be accessed both inside the library and remotely, from home or elsewhere. If you are accessing the databases remotely, you will need your library card number and PIN

Access to additional resources, such as digital passes to local museums, online tutoring help, and practice for driving tests can be found below.

Alexander Street Performing Arts Collection

Audio Collections

Theatre Collection

The L.A. Theatre Works Collection contains some of the most important dramatic masterpieces and contemporary plays of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, performed by leading actors from around the world and recorded specifically for online listening.

Go to search.alexanderstreet.com (wayf subpage)

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries provides a virtual encyclopedia of unique American folk, blues, soul, jazz, and protest songs, as well as a broad range of world music through partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

Video Collections

Go to video.alexanderstreet.com (wayf subpage)

Performing Arts Video Collection, including:

  • Music Online: The Qwest TV Collection, co-created by Quincy Jones & Reza Ackbaraly, offers valuable materials for music history and cultural studies through the preservation of diverse live performances, representing jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, folk, indie, electronic, blues, and other eclectic world genres.
  • Dance Online: Dance in Video is a collection of performances, instructional materials, documentaries, and interviews, showcasing high-caliber performances from dance companies and performers worldwide, including traditional ballet to hip hop, street dance, and modern dance.
  • Broadway On Demand includes plays, musicals, and dance performances along with behind-the-scenes series, documentaries, instructional videos, and more.
  • National Theatre Collection provides contemporary video productions, modern reinterpretations of classic plays — all featuring acclaimed actors and directors along with behind-the-scenes archival content.
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company Collection contains high-definition recordings of top Shakespearean actors and directors, along with supplementary teaching materials designed to help bring Shakespeare to life in the modern age.
  • Theatre in Video offers access to hundreds of significant plays, documentaries, and instructional materials, as well as interviews with prominent directors, designers, writers, and actors, providing an authentic behind-the-scenes look at various productions.
  • Classical Music in Video provides influential performances and documentaries demonstrating the development of classical music, spanning eras from past masters to modern composers.
  • Opera in Video offers a wide curated selection of opera performances, featuring top artists, conductors, and venues.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Archives Unbound 

Archives Opens in new windowArchives Unbound addresses students and scholars' pressing need to see primary, unpublished archival documents. There is no better way to study the past than through consultation of primary source documents. Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historic documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level.

Note: Archives Unbound currently uses an Adobe Flash viewer. If you do not have Adobe Flash Player or are using an Apple device, click here for instructions on how to view Archives Unbound content.
Check out our Help Guide to Archives Unbound to learn more!


Brainfuse JobNow & VetNowundefined Opens in new window #1Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow navigators help veterans and their families understand and apply for the benefits they are eligible for from local, state, or federal programs. From housing and health care to education, mental health, and more, Brainfuse VetNow navigators are ready to help.  Brainfuse offers live online tutors to help you transition from a military career to a civilian career.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

California Digital Newspaper Collection

California Digital News

The California Digital Newspaper Collection is a project of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research (CBSR) at the University of California, Riverside. This collection contains 1,188,747 issues comprising 15,637,745 pages and 52,421,347 articles.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Consumer Reports

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Consumer Reports provides unbiased ratings and reviews for over 9,000 products and services. Access individual digital issues, from 1985 to present.

Consumer Reports database was made possible by the support of The Larkspur Library Foundation.


Coursera

Go to coursera.org (login subpage)Coursera offers online courses to improve job skills, learn in new fields, or earn university-issued certificates.

New Users

Returning Users

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Learning Express LibraryGo to learningexpresshub.com (LELIndex subpage)Learning Express Library is an interactive online learning platform featuring practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation, and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math for all ages.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Meet Libby

Libby

Libby allows readers to navigate and browse more efficiently across multiple libraries while you’re always one tap away from your loans. Libby is best for first-time users and provides a simple, yet elegant user experience for current and new users alike.

Libby is a new app released by Overdrive. It has the same collection of titles as the Overdrive app but a different way to access the same digital library collection. Libby is user-friendly and has an attractive interface. You can download the app through the App Store (Apple Users) or on Google Play Store (Android Users).

Mango Languages

Mango App

Learn over 70 languages through online interactive lessons, focusing on conversational language skills. This is an excellent resource for travelers. It also includes English as a Second Language (ESL) lessons.

Northstar Digital LiteracyGo to digitalliteracyassessment.org (12644-2PBM-marinet subpage)

Northstar Digital Literacy is a self-directed online instruction program that educates users on essential computer skills.

                The three main areas of study include:

  • Essential Computer Skills - Basic Computer Skills, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows OS, Mac OS
  • Essential Software Skills – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs
  • Using Technology in Daily Life - Social Media, Information Literacy, Career Search Skills, Accessing Telehealth Appointments, Supporting K-12 Distance Learning, Your Digital Footprint.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Wall Street JournalwsjAccess to The Wall Street Journal, an American business-focused, international daily newspaper.


Ancestry.com Library Edition

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Ordinarily Ancestry.com Library Edition is for use in the library only. It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world! Come into the library to discover the history of you! Search thousands of databases and billions of indexed names to discover your heritage.

Bay Area Discovery Museum Passes

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Larkspur Library has two additional passes for the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito. These passes are limited to Larkspur residents only. Each pass admits four people and can be checked out for one week. You must pick up the passes and return them to Larkspur Library. Call the library at 415-927-5005 to reserve a pass.

Brainfuse HelpNow

Brainfuse Helpnow

Get free live help with math, reading, writing, and language arts with Brainfuse HelpNow! Use the SkillSurfer feature to view lessons for Elementary, Middle, and High School, and take practice tests on the SAT, ACT, GED, US Citizenship and more.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Britannica SchoolGo to school.eb.com (storelibrarycard subpage)

Britannica School is the go-to site for learning more about any subject—for all grades and all reading abilities—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate databases—Elementary, Middle, or High.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Discover & Go Museum Passes

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MARINet library card holders have access to over 30 Bay Area Museums through the Discover and Go Museum Pass Program. Discover & Go provides MARINet library card holders with free or discounted passes to local museums and other cultural institutions. 

Make reservations online and print passes at home or at the library. Each Discover & Go pass is valid for the reserved date only. Each venue has restrictions on how many times a patron may use a pass each year.  

Get Set UpGo to getsetup.io (cslmarin subpage)

Get Set Up provides access to hundreds of online classes to keep you mentally, physically, and socially active. Classes are interactive, easy to join, offered day and night and free for our community.

This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Hoopla

eBooks & eAudiobooks 

  • No waitlist
  • Check out up to 5 items a month
  • Supported devices include IOS, Android, and Amazon Fire

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How to get started? 

Kanopy

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More than 30,000 movies available to stream on demand, including: international, independent, classics, documentaries, educational, and Kanopy Kids. 

Get out your library card and sign up for Kanopy to get started today. Here’s how it works:

New Ticketing System: As of November 1, 2023, Larkspur Library card holders get 24 tickets per month. More information on the new ticket system can be found here. 

Please note that the Kanopy Kids collection does not require tickets.

Access World NewsAccess World News Opens in new windowExplore and stay informed on local, national, and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from around the world to around the corner, including The San Francisco Chronicle. Available remotely 24/7 on any device with your library card.

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Explore San Francisco history through local news, events and people with the San Francisco Chronicle Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Available remotely 24/7 on any device with your library card.

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Explore Marin history through local news, events and people with the Marin Independent Journal Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Available remotely 24/7 on any device with your library card.

New York Times

New York Times

Unlimited free access to NYTimes.com, the digital version of The New York Times. You will need to log in or create a NYTimes.com account.

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Explore news and events from across the Bay area. Search current and archived issues of over 100 titles. Available remotely 24/7 on any device with your library card.

Teaching Books

Teaching Books is a multimedia database for students, teachers, and families to explore children's books and young adult literature and their authors.


Washington PostThe Washington PostUnlimited free access to washingtonpost.com, the digital version of The Washington Post. (Note: You will need to create a www.washingtonpost.com account to get a 7-day free pass. After 7 days, you can click the link and redeem another 7-day pass.)