The Ontario City Library provides free access to several online resources remotely to library card holders and in-house using library computers or wireless internet. Access eBooks, eAudiobooks, learn new skills, read newspapers, get assistance with homework or help in your job search today!
Welcome to the expanded cloudLibrary service where you have free access to over 60,000 eBook and eAudiobook titles with your Ontario City Library card. Place holds, suggest titles, no late fees! Download your free app for your device from the cloudLibrary link above. Compatible devices: Android, Chromebook, iOS, Kobo, Mac, Nook, PC, and Sony E-reader. Having trouble logging on? Click here!
Access thousands of newspaper and magazine titles through your web browser or find the app in your app store of choice!
Other free reliable eBook sites to explore
Baen Free Library (Sci-Fi & Fantasy)
Read online, HTML, EPUB, Sony Digital Reader, Microsoft, Ebookwise, Mobi, Nook & Kindle.
ProQuest Ebook Central provides a variety of scholarly sources from university presses and other top publishers, full-text eBooks in a wide range of subject areas. ProQuest products and services are generously provided by the California State Library.
Enki California Digital Library
The Enki California Digital Library from Biblioboard uses geolocation to provide immediate access to anyone physically located in the state of California. The library includes over 5,300 simultaneous use eBooks from leading publishers as well as the Indie Author Project Select collection, which features over 400 award-winning inde-published eBooks, some of which are right here in California! No library card required.
Internet Digital Archive
Books can be read by most browsers directly, or through the Adobe Digital Editions app compatible with your devices. Many titles are available for the DAISY app reader for the visually-disabled. Access to all Archie's content requires registering for a free Internet Digital Archive account.
All content can be read on iPad, iPod Touch, Kindle/Kindle Fire, Nook, Kobo and Android devices that use EPUB or MOBI formats. Read online or download to your device.
Book & Library Resources
Join a Book Club
Join one of the Ontario City Library’s online book clubs and enjoy reading chapters of all the hottest titles via email, courtesy of Dearreader.com. No library card required. Email address is required.
Library Services for people with print disabilities
California’s Library Services for People with Print Disabilities, in association with the Library of Congress, provides free Braille and audio books, magazines and playback equipment to all eligible Californians unable to read standard print. Follow the link to find your local Braille and talking book library and sign up for free library service. No library card required.
This is an easy to use website that expands the reading experience for children and teens through online author talks, blogs and live storytelling. It includes thousands of study resources about fiction and non-fiction books used by young people from kindergarten – high school. No library card required.
Education & Learning Resources
Brainfuse – HelpNow
Have your homework needs met with Brainfuse's HelpNow, a comprehensive suite of services designed to accommodate a range of homework needs, including live, one-to-one homework help, live California-aligned skills building, test preparation, and comprehensive writing assistance. Resources available for elementary age to adults. Ontario City Library card required.
Britannica Escolar – En Español
Britannica Escolar es un sitio diseñado para estudiantes de todo nivel escolar y nivel del lectura, que facilita aprender más sobre cualquier tema. El sitio está dividido en tres bases de datos con información actualizada cubriendo miles de temas soportando currículos de escuela con artículos, imágenes, video, fuentes de audio, mapas, y muchas más herramientas de estudio.
Britannica School Edition
Britannica School is the go-to website for learning more about any subject for all grades and reading levels. Divided into three separate databases, Britannica offers thousands of up-to-date articles, images, video, audio sources, maps and many more study tools covering topics supporting school curriculum.
Coursera is a world-class learning platform that provides a transformative learning experience that will empower you to thrive at your job today and drive positive change in your career development. It offers more than 3,000 cutting-edge courses, taught by top instructors from 190 of the world’s leading universities and organizations. Work at your own pace with bite-sized sessions and a self-paced learning model to earn university-accredited certifications in industry-vetted disciplines. This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.
CultureGrams from ProQuest goes beyond basic facts and figures on more than 200 countries, with up-to-date reports detailing daily life culture, history, customs and lifestyle from an insider's perspective. ProQuest products and services are generously provided by the California State Library. Ontario City Library card required.
GetSetUp is a social learning platform for individuals 50+ taught by their peers who are experts in their field. It provides live classes on digital learning, physical health, mental health, social health and vocational health. Classes are available in English, Spanish, Hindi and Mandarin. 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 Library with Job & Career Accelerator
Achieve your educational and professional goals using LearningExpress Library and Job & Career Accelerator. LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. Explore occupations and create resumes and cover letters, to succeed in job searching. Improve skills for the workplace, in reading, writing, math, science, or for career certification and GED®, licensure, college or grad school entrance exam prep 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.
Access thousands of video-based courses taught by notable educators in seven different languages. Topics range from business, education, computer, software, graphic design, music, photography and more! Ontario City Library card required. This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.
Northstar Digital Literacy
Northstar Digital Literacy defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. Online, self-guided modules assess your ability to perform tasks based on these skills. Included are modules in three main areas Essential Computer Skills (basics for computers, internet, email, Windows OS, Mac OS), Essential Software Skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs), and Using Technology in Daily Life (social media, information literacy, career search, etc.). This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.
This online service provides thousands of articles from general magazines and scholarly journals, most in full-text from 1986 to current. Articles are updated daily and can be printed on-site or emailed to home, office or school. Ontario City Library card required.
Provides a framework and foundation for information literacy instruction. ProQuest Research Companion easily guides patrons step by step through the research process and helps them develop their critical thinking and information literacy skills. ProQuest products and services are generously provided by the California State Library.
General reference database providing age-appropriate, authoritative, curriculum-aligned content and features for use by students and educators in elementary and middle or intermediate schools. It is particularly helpful to support the most common assignments in grades 4 - 8. ProQuest products and services are generously provided by the California State Library.
SIRS Issues Researcher
Provides background and current analysis necessary for research and understanding of 360+ current and pervasive leading issues. Analysis and opinions cover the pros, cons, and everything in between on the most researched and debated social issues. ProQuest products and services are generously provided by the California State Library.
Skillshare is an online education platform with thousands of classes taught by the world’s best practitioners. Come take a class on illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, crafts, 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.
Career & Employment Resources
Brainfuse – VetNow
This versatile online service supports job seekers, veterans, and their families with all stages of job searching, employment transition assistance, navigating the VA bureaucracy, preparing for standardized tests, and building marketable academic skills. Ontario City Library Card required. This resource is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.
Calbright is a digital college that focuses on careers, not credentials. We use a combination of online classes, mobile apps, and in-person apprenticeships to provide working adults with the skills they need to move into higher paying jobs. Courses can be taken on each person’s own timeline and from wherever is most convenient.
News & Local History Resources
Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, politics and sports with the largest collection of full-text U.S. Newspapers. This database includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, and real estate. Ontario City Library card required.
California Digital Newspaper Collection (1846 – present)
The California Digital Newspaper Collection offers free access to over two hundred digitized newspapers published across California from 1846 to the present. Included in this database is the San Bernardino Daily Sun, available for years 1894 – 1997, which often covered the Ontario area. The database is searchable, and results can be filtered by decade or year. The collection is a project of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research at the University of California, Riverside.
CLIRWater – California Water Documents Collection
In 2017, Ontario City Library's Model Colony History Room embarked on a 3 year project in collaboration with The Claremont Colleges Library, A.K. Smiley Public Library, Upland Public Library, CSU Northridge Oviatt Library, CSU San Bernardino Water Resources Institute, and the National Archives and Records Administration at Riverside to digitize materials related to the history of water, specifically in Southern California, and its impact on development. The project was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), and the project was managed by The Claremont Colleges Library. The collection contains documents, maps, correspondence, photographs, and other materials from all seven contributing institutions. The database is available to all with internet access and is a work in progress.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (1912 – March 2002)
Find full-text articles on local news and events on microfilm. Articles dating back to the Ontario Daily Report from 1912 – 1990. In 1990, the Ontario Daily Report merged with a neighboring newspaper and became the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspaper is available on microfilm from April 1990 – March 2002. Inside library use only.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (April 2002 – present)
Find full-text articles on local news and events with online access to current and archival issues of the Daily Bulletin. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, and real estate. Ontario City Library card required.
Local history and Newspaper Indexes
Search Ontario City Library newspaper index to locate newspaper articles, obituaries, and other items published in local Ontario area newspapers. This index provides a newspaper name, article title, date and page number information for locating articles on newspaper microfilm (located in the library). This index dates back to 1884 and current issues of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin continue to be indexed. Search the artifact index to find interesting paper materials such as brochures, invitations, announcements, letters, stationery and miscellaneous artifacts such as wine bottles, plaques, trophies, and other items belonging to the Model Colony History Room’s collections.
New York Times
Offers articles, editorials and more from 1851 – present, complete with full multimedia including videos, photographs and VR features. Personalized access is available through mobile apps for phones and tablets, customizable feeds, and article recommendations. Ontario City Library card and free account setup are required.
Other free reliable websites to explore
ABCmouse.com's World Around Us curriculum helps children understand the things they see and experience every day. Free when used inside the library.
BenefitsCal is a free online application system that allows you to apply for cash, food & nutrition, and medical benefits. It can be accessed anywhere there is internet access.
Ready for college but not sure which one is the best fit for you? College Scorecard will help you look for colleges based on degree, location, size and more!
Duolingo offers free games and video-based learning for 22 of the world most popular languages. Download the Duolingo app to make on-the-go language learning quick and easy. All users need to create their own free access account.
FindHelp.org connects you to local organizations to assist you with financial assistance, food pantries, medical care and other free or reduced-cost services.
Footsteps2Brilliance offers free games to promote literacy skills for children in pre-K through 3rd grade. Children who reside in San Bernardino County can create a free account.
Mitchell's ProDemand Automotive Reference
Covers repair information for almost all domestic and foreign cars and trucks built from 1974 to the present. Provides detailed writing and vacuum diagrams, TSBs, and OEM specs as well as time estimators and several online diagnostic tools including audio and video sampling, waveforms and trend analytics. Free when used inside the library.