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Access World News

Explore 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. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

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Adult Core Skills (LE)

Achieve your personal education and career goals.  Featuring these sections: Build Your Math Skills; Become a Better Reader; Improve Your Writing, Speaking, and Grammar; and Become a U.S. Citizen

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Adult Learning Center (brainfuse)

Achieve your learning and career goals with LIVE one-on-one academic coaching, practice test center, and online resources.

  • High School Equivalency Preparation - Enhance your test-taking skills, take practice tests, and get live, online test coaching.
  • Prepare for the US Citizenship Test - Practice tests and resources to help you prepare
  • Microsoft Office Help - Connect with one of our LIVE experts to learn MS Word, Excel or PowerPoint
  • Career Resources - Tips and resources to start your job search
  • Write a Winning Resume - Our HelpNow writing experts will help you craft a winning resume and cover letter


Brush up on your skills, learn something new, and test your knowledge.

  • Live Tutoring - Get live one-on-one help
  • Skills Building - Live tutors to help you learn an academic skill
  • Writing Lab - Get writing help
  • Test Center - An ever-expanding library of practice tests
  • Ask a question any time of day
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America’s News Magazines

Explore and stay informed on local and national 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 spanning the U.S., including. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

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Ancestry Library Edition

Now available! Includes over 5 billion names and 500,000 family trees.  Provides extensive coverage of the U.S. and information from the U.K.

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Archives of Sexuality & Gender

Archives of Sexuality & Gender, the largest collection available in support of the study of gender and sexuality, enables scholars to make new connections in LGBTQ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, and other related areas of research.

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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.

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Biography In Context

Search for people by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, and gender. 

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Classic video storybooks for beginning readers with read-aloud, educational games, and activities.

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California Newspapers

Browse the Ventura County Star (1997-present), Ojai Valley News (2000-present), and 450+ publications from all over California

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Career Preparation – (LE)

Make your work goals a reality—start a new career or advance in your current field.

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An electronic version of the popular Chilton’s manuals; includes over 30 years of repair, maintenance, and service information for the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs, and some specialty models.  

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Christian Science Monitor (1908-2006)

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Downloadable audiobooks (eaudiobooks) and ebooks.

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College Admission Test Preparation (LE)

Prepare for important exams like the ACT®, SAT®, AP® Tests, and more.

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College Students (LE)

Achieve your undergrad goals and prepare for future success.  Featuring comprehensive sections such as Math Skills Review, Reading Skills Review, Grammar and Writing Skills Review, Science Skills Review, Prepare for Graduate School Admissions Exams, Prepare for College Placement Exams, and Prepare for the CLEP® Exams.

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County of Ventura Employment Opportunities

Ventura County Human Resources - current employment opportunities.

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Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

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EBSCOhost eBooks

eBooks on business, technology, and other subjects. Searchable, viewable, and downloadable.

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Encyclopedia Britannica - Escolar

Encyclopedia Britannica Escolar offers a primary school encyclopedia in Spanish with 2,000 articles, images, and videos in Spanish and learning materials in Spanish designed specifically for students.

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Encyclopedia Britannica - School Edition

Britannica Online School Edition offers teachers and students instant access to four complete encyclopedias and other resources. Designed for all levels of learning, from elementary school to high school, Britannica Online School Edition offers students an easy-to-use tool and a point of access to the vast resources of Encyclopedia Britannica.

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Family History Books

Family History Books is a collection of more than 150,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications.

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Federal Student Aid Forms

Application for federal student aid (FAFSA).

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Gale Directory Library

Detailed information concerning nonprofit American membership organizations of national scope.

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Gale eBooks (Formerly Virtual Reference Library)

A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

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Gale Power Search

Cross searches multiple Gale resources at once: General OneFile, Biography In Context, all the resources in Gale Virtual Reference Library, Global Issues in Context, Opposing Viewpoints In Context, and Literature Resources.

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General OneFile

A general interest database integrating a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

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Global Issues (in Context)

Essential and balanced information regarding crucial international issues. For domestic issues, see Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

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Health and Wellness

Provides access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

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Help Now - (brainfuse)

Homework Help - Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.
Personalized eLearning Tools - My File Sharing, My Session Replay, My Tutoring Archive, My Tests Archive, and more!
24-Hour Writing Lab - Submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback.
Adult Learning Center - Access a library of rich adult learning content (GED) and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series, and more!
Foreign Language Lab /Spanish-Speaking Support
Live Chess Tutoring
- Learn chess strategies and improve your cognitive thinking with an expert chess coach.

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High School Equivalency Center (LE)

Guided support and preparation to help you earn a high school equivalency credential.

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hoopla Digital

Movies, television shows, and music albums available for mobile and online access. Currently, customers are allowed two "borrows" per month.

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JobNow & VetNow


  • Live Online Tutoring: Connect with live tutors for help with career-enhancing academic skills.
  • Writing Lab: Develop better writing skills through expert analysis of your papers, complete with constructive comments.
  • LearnNow: Receive live skills tutoring and access an extensive library of lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests including SAT, ACT, GED, GRE, and more.


  • Live Navigator: Connect with an expert veteran to learn more about eligible VA benefits and community resources.
  • Veteran Resources: Review carefully selected resources to help you understand your benefits and community resources.


  • Live Job Coaching: Connect with a coach to get help with job searching, applications, and interview preparation. Job coaches can also help transition your resume from military use for civilian careers.
  • Resume Lab: Submit your resume and receive expert feedback on formatting, keywords, transferable skills, translating military resumes for civilian employers, and more.
  • eParachute: Complete a self-assessment to discover a career or academic path that best suits your interests, skills, and experiences.

This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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Kelley Blue Book

The popular website for automobile values, expert reviews, and advice.

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LearningExpress Library

An interactive instructional and test preparation database offering practice tests such as GED, SAT, ASVAB, U.S. citizenship, Civil Service and licensing exams such as Firefighter, Police Officer, Paramedic, Postal Worker, Real Estate Agent & Broker, and many others. LearningExpress Library is for middle school and high school students, adult learners, parents, and career professionals.

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Legal Forms Library

Contains a wide selection of professionally drafted, state-specific forms, including completed sample forms for the most common legal matters, including bankruptcy, divorce, landlord-tenant, name change, wills, incorporation, LLC, and many others.  Includes a comprehensive directory of attorneys by state.

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Lessonface - Music Lessons

Lessonface is a platform that connects students with great teachers for live online lessons and classes.  Sign up for live music lessons in a variety of instruments through your library.

View the Niche Tutorial here.


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Literature Resource Center

Primary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies (formerly Literature Resource Center).

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Los Angeles Times (1881-1995)

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Contains health information from the National Library of Medicine, including extensive information from the National Institutes of Health. The site also provides health information in Spanish.

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Missions of California eBooks

Each of the 21 missions is covered in a separate ebook that can be viewed online.
To access - enter username and password: missions/missions

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Museum of Ventura County Research Library

The Museum of Ventura County's Research Library has been discovering, preserving, interpreting, educating, and celebrating since 1913. 

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New York Times

Access to the NY Times is provided through the California State Library. 

To activate your subscription, you will need to log in or register first.

  • Click the link to open the website
  • Activate using the pre-generated code
  • Setup an account with your email address
  • Skip through the newsletter advertisements to go straight to NYT 
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New York Times (1851-2015) with Index (1851-1993)

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Niche Academy

Niche Academy is a digital literacy and skill building resource offering instructional videos and certificates on many common digital library tools.

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NoveList K-8 Plus

Created for kids and teens in kindergarten through 8th grade (and the adults who work with them), NoveList K-8 Plus provides access to information on thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles. A colorful, intuitive interface makes finding that “just right” book fast and easy.

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NoveList Plus

An online service helping readers find fiction and nonfiction titles by using books read and topics that interest them as criteria for locating new books.  Contains award lists, booklists arranged by genre or topic, author read alikes, book discussion guides, book talks on children’s and young adult titles, and reviews.

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Occupational Outlook Handbook

From the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, a guide to career information about hundreds of occupations.

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Open Library

The World's classic literature at your fingertips. Over one million free ebook titles available.

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Includes hundreds of topic pages on the most pressing issues of our time. Domestic focus; for international issues, see Global Issues in Context.

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Piru News

The Piru News (SN 94051107); 18 February 1927 - 26 December 1946; 946 issues, Piru, California

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Project Gutenberg

Offers over 50,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

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ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Provides genealogists, researchers and scholars searchable first-hand accounts and coverage from:

  • The Los Angeles Times (1881-1995)
  • The New York Times (1851-2015) with Index (1851-1993)
  • The Christian Science Monitor (1908-2006)
  • The Wall Street Journal (1889-2002)
  • The Washington Post (1877-2002)
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Recursos Para Hispanohablantes (LE)

Herramientas de aprendizaje, carrera y ciudadanía en español.  Presentando estas secciones: Mejore sus habilidades escritas, orales y gramaticales; Sea mejor lector; Desarrolle sus habilidades matemáticas; Prepárese para el examen de GED®; Sea ciudadano estadounidense.

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Reference USA

A premier source of business and residential information for reference and research. Used by entrepreneurs, businesses, students, job-seekers or anyone wanting access to easily searchable information on over 24 million businesses, 266 million consumers and over 1 million physicians and surgeons. [You may be asked to agree to their terms and conditions - be sure to check the box to AGREE and continue.]


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Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans

Provides comprehensive information on sources of education-related financial aid sponsored and administered by private organizations and companies. Intended for students and others interested in education funding.

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School Center (LE)

Skill-building resources for classroom and homework success.

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Tax Forms - California State

State of California tax forms.

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Tax Forms - Federal

Federal tax forms.

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Browse or search author interviews, lesson plans, discussion guides, readings, and videos.  Thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books.  Every resource is selected to encourage the integration of multimedia, author, and book materials into reading and library activities.

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USA Learns

A free website where adults may learn English and prepare for U.S. citizenship online. 

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Ventura County Law Library

Since 1891, the Ventura County Law Library has served the legal needs of the bench, the bar, and the public.

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Ventura County Star - America’s Newspapers

The Ventura County Star collection from NewsBank:

  • Full-text articles from the Ventura County Star 1997 to present
  • Images (looks like the print copy) of Ventura County Star 2017 to present
  • Full-text of Ventura County Star blogs 2004-2016
  • Full-text web edition articles from the Ventura County Star 2014 to present
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Ventura Observer

The Ventura Observer (SN 94052516); 7 August 1891 - 29 June 1892; 48 issues, Ventura, California

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Ventura Signal

The Ventura Signal (SN 85025216); 22 April 1871 - 4 April 1885; 726 issues, Ventura, California

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Voter Registration

The National Mail Voter Registration Form can be used to register U.S. citizens to vote, to update registration information due to a change of name, make a change of address, or to register with a political party. 


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Wall Street Journal (1889-2002)

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Washington Post (1877-2002)

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World Digital Library

Significant primary materials in multilingual format from countries and cultures around the world.

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Search for materials not owned by the Ventura County Library and request items online to be borrowed from other libraries.  The catalog includes the holdings of participating academic, government, public, special, and school libraries located in the state of California.