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From ebooks to language learning to homework help, the Marin County Free Library offers a variety of free, online research and resources that can be accessed from within the library and from home with your library card. Apply for a library card.

Due to licensing agreements, some resources limit access to in-library use, public library use and Marin County Free Library jurisdictions. Access is noted in each description. For more information or to find out if your home library is within a Marin County Free Library jurisdiction, visit the MARINet Help page.



Learning Express Library

LearningExpress Library is an innovative, Web-based learning solution that provides patrons, with instant access to the most comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources available. Over 1,000 online practice tests and interactive skill-building tutorials are available, along with more than 200 eBook titles-all developed by expert academic and industry professionals. (Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin) 

Mejora tus habilidades básicas de lectura, escritura y matemáticas para ganar tus credenciales GED o prepárate para ser ciudadano estadounidense (escoge Recursos para Hispanohablantes). (Disponible para titulares de tarjetas de cualquier biblioteca pública de Marin)

Legal Information Reference Center

Contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. The full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation's oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. This database offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin)

Literary Reference Center

A comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes as part of a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books and literary journals.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin) 

Little Pim

An online language learning system for ages 0-6, Little Pim, powered by Mango Languages, introduces children to foreign language in a way that is accessible and engaging. The method incorporates words and themes that are relevant to a child’s daily life, and research shows that early language learning enhances verbal development, social and cognitive skills.
(Available to cardholders with any public library in Marin) provides self-paced, online learning video programs by experts in a variety a subjects; including business, design, web and photography. Thousands of classes are available and are targeted towards beginners, intermediate users, advanced users and appropriate for all users. Classes are available on you home computer, in the library and on mobile devices.
(Available only to Marin County Free Library jurisdiction residents due to licensing agreements)