The mission of the Butte County Library is to provide all individuals, regardless of age, ethnic background, educational or economic level, with free access to ideas, information, and technology.

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Butte County Library offers the following services to download items directly to your device:

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Online Databases

We provide you with information you can't find on Google!  Your library card gives you access to valuable databases and collections:

  • American Physical Society Journals (In-library access)
  • Ancestry Library Edition (in-library access) - Access to billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.
  • ChiltonLibrary - Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs.
  • Fashion, Costume and Culture provides a broad overview of costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day.
  • Gale Biography in Context access 600,000+ biographical entries — on more than 528,000 individuals.
  • Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context covers some of today's hottest topics. Research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, or creating presentations.
  • Gale General OneFile provides full-text articles and images from magazines and newspapers, including the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts, sciences, sports, hobbies, etc. 
  • Gale Student Edition (high school & college)
  • Gale Research in Context (grades 6-8)
  • Gale Kids InfoBits (elementary grades)
  • Gale PowerPak collections enables users to access an entire collection of articles on a specific topic. Collections include Agriculture, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Gardening, Home Improvement, Small Business, World History, and more.    
  • NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject access, reviews, annotations, and more for over 135,000 fiction titles, as well as Author Read-alikes and Book Discussion Guides.
  • Testing & Education Reference Center: Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs. Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals.
  • TumbleBooks is a collection of animated talking picture books which you can read or have read to you. Includes fiction and non-fiction kids books. Also has puzzles and games related to the books.
  • West's Encyclopedia of American Law is a comprehensive overview of American law, covering historical and current terms, concepts, events, movements, cases, and persons significant to 
  • World Book Online: Access World Book Online for Kids, Timelines, Reference Center, InfoFinder, Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos and Hispanica Saber.

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