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WHY USE PUBLIC LIBRARIES?
There will be times when the online library you usually use is not available due to maintenance, power outages or nearby construction. You will want to immediately go to other backup online libraries to do your research. The libraries listed below generally offer online, full-text magazine indexes, online reference tools, book catalogs, Internet  links to other libraries and web sites.

HOW MAY I ACCESS THESE LIBRARIES?
You may access the online public libraries listed here by clicking on the boxes below. Warning: A valid library card from each of these libraries will be needed. As a California  citizen, please know that you are eligible to receive a free library card from any California public library. The hurtle you must jump here is that you will have to physically visit any each library to get your card.

HOW DID WE SELECT THESE PUBLIC LIBRARIES?
Websites and scope of services were rated at online public libraries located within the Bay Area. Websites were rated for access, appeal, how appropriate for community college students, and for accuracy. Twelve criterion were used to rate online public library services. Click here to see the rating chart used.

HOW YOU CAN FIND THE ONLINE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN YOUR AREA?
The University of California, Berkeley maintains a directory of U.S. online public libraries. Click here to see the list of online libraries in the far West .

BAY AREA'S BEST ONLINE PUBLIC LIBRARIES FOR ACADEMIC RESEARCH
The following ONLINE public libraries are located in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The libraries with the largest number of online databases and services are listed in bold:

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Alameda County Library

Hayward Public Library
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San Leandro Public Library

Livermore Public Library

Book Shelves Sacramento Public Library

The Oakland Public Library
Book Shelves San Josť Public Library

San Francisco Public Library
Book Shelves Santa Clara County Library

Sunnyvale Public Library
Book Shelves Stockton San Joaquin County Public Library