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E-card registration

Apply for your E-card to access online resources. E-cards are for patrons who are NOT registered for a library card already and they are only valid for 6 months. You must be 13 and older to apply. Children under 13  may use a parent or guardian's E-card to access online resources. E-cards are for online resources ONLY and cannot be used to check out physical materials. Click here to self register.



Ebook Central

ProQuest librarians have sifted through millions of titles in Ebook Central and OASIS so that you can quickly find the relevant , award-winning titles your students faculty need. Support your users' distance-learning needs with titles on topics such as: Research and study skills.


Ebooks Online

                                                                                                       Whether browsing on the web, a tablet, or your personal device, you can discover and download ebooks.  cloudLibrary by bibliotheca works with a huge range of eReading devices and is perfect for people who enjoy downloading material to their portable devices. Just click HERE to enjoy ebooks..




eLibrary is the user-friendly general reference tool, which delivers one of the largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content designed to support every range of users, including middle and high school students, college-prep and college-level researchers, and professional educators.



Gale Academic OneFile

Easily search over 17,000 publications from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources covering biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental sciences, history, marketing, political sciences, and psychology. Access articles from Nature, the Economist, the New York Times, and thousands of podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN as well as videos from BBC Worldwide Learning.



Biblioboard uses geolocation to provide immediate access to anyone physically located in the state of California. The library includes over 5,300 simultaneous use of ebooks from leading publishers as well as the Indie Author Project Select collection, which features over 400 award-winning indie-published ebooks, some of which are right here in California. No library card is required, and there are no hold queues.


Gale In Context: Biography

Gale in Context: Biography profiles the world's most influential people. You'll find premium biographical entries, news articles, videos, and primary sources covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study. Understand contemporary and historical figures, and inspire your own life course with Biography.




Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. Click HERE for more.






Gale Books and Authors

Gale Books and Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics. The ideal convergence of science and serendipity, this online resource leverages the Internet's unique capacity to create, build, communicate, and sustain communities of readers.


Brainfuse HelpNow!

Brainfuse provides live, one-to-one tutoring over the Internet. Students in grades Kindergarten - through College receive instant access to carefully-selected tutors for various subjects including math, science, language arts and test preparation. Brainfuse works closely with school districts and other institutions to customize learning solutions and raise the performance of students on state assessment exams.


BrainFuse JobNow & VetNow

BrainFuse JobNow & VetNow is an all-in-one suite of services designed for a wide range of career or veteran needs: whether its tackling a resume, writing a cover letter, navigating the VA system, or adjusting to a civilian career. JobNow & VetNow services include expert coaching and self-study tools to empower users.


Gale OneFile: Business

A comprehensive business resource for the undergraduate researcher seeking company news, the public library patron making personal investment decisions, or the high school student looking to major in business administration, Gale OneFile: Business provides full-text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, and strategy, as well as business theory and practice.


Gale Business Insights: Global

Detailed company and industry profiles including SWOT reports, market share reports, and financial reports. Thousands of company histories and industry essays from Gale's core business collection. Case studies, scholarly journals, and business news for deep research coverage of global economies.


California K-12 Digital Resources

Online content from Encyclopaedia Britannica and are available — at school, at home, in libraries, on laptops, on phones — to all.

These three databases are provided for all California students from the California State Library.


Career Online High School
Earn Your High School Diploma and get a Career Certificate at no cost.

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Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs.







CultureGrams is an electronic database of reports on the countries of the world. These reports provide an insider's perspective on people's daily life and culture.



Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies

A must-have for social science, history and liberal arts coursework, the Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in the global community. This collection includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals, updated daily.


Encyclopedia Britannica (PreK-12)

A comprehensive interactive resource for research and learning for grades K-12. Includes correlations to California Content Standards and other valuable teacher resources. Post links directly to each school level, elementary, middle or high.

Elementary  Middle  High Escolar

Need help from Britannica? See our support page. (800) 621-3900 x 7160 |


Gale In Context: Elementary

Gale in Context: Elementary transforms elementary education with trusted information on topics in social studies, science, language arts, and more. Access videos, magazine and news articles, images, and books in an age-appropriate, ad-free resource with tools designed to develop research skills. Support literacy, enhance learning, and encourage exploration with Gale In Context: Elementary.


enki eBooks

enki is a California eBook platform created by librarians where you will find popular indie fiction and nonfiction genres including romance, mysteries, graphic novels, crafts, encyclopedias, cookbooks, short stories, essays, study guides as well as classic literature with new, orginal bookjacket art. Indulge your curiosity!

Click here for enki or here for an enki tutorial.



Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship brings together hundreds of sample business plans, small business journals, and encyclopedias. You'll find resources covering all aspects of entrepreneurship and small business, including accounting, HR, management, marketing, taxes, and more. Plan, fund, start, and manage your business with Entrepreneurship.


Gale In Context: Environmental Studies

Explore the foundations of environmental studies and the unique interdisciplinary methods used to address challenging environmental issues. As students, researchers, and educators take a close look at this field of study, they learn how human actions can impact planet earth, including plants, animals, and entire ecosystems. While taking a global perspective, environmental studies also analyzes what occurs on local, regional, and international levels.


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Gale OneFile: Gardening and Horticulture

Gale OneFile: Gardening and Horticulture serves horticultural enthusiasts of all levels with more than 3.6 million articles from more than 100 journals, as well as more than 20 reference titles from Delmar, including Handbook of Flowers; Foliage and Creative Design; Computer Graphics for Landscape Architects; and more. Exclusive features, including Topic Finder, InterLink, and mobile-optimized interface, support and enhance the search experience.


Gale OneFile: Gender Studies

Gale OneFile: Gender Studies provides balanced coverage of this significant aspect of culture and society. The database offers access to scholarly journals and magazines covering topics including gender studies, family and marital issues, and more.


Gale General OneFile

Gale General OneFile provides millions of articles from thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, and other authoritative sources. With intuitive search features, and extensive coverage across wide-ranging topics, you'll find accurate information and articles to support your interests. Discover full text results to fuel exploration and gain understanding through the vast selection of periodicals in Gale General OneFile.


Gale In Context: Global Issues

Gale In Context: Global Issues delivers international coverage of a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. You'll find premium viewpoints and news articles, videos, country overviews, and primary sources analyzing world events, environmental issues, foreign affairs, global trade, and more. Gain international perspective through authoritative coverage of complex worldwide concerns in Global Issues.


Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine

Created specifically for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers, and health care professionals, Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine is the ideal resource for up-to-date information on the complete range of health care topics.



Gale Health and Wellness

Gale Health and Wellness puts authoritative, up-to-date information on health and wellness topics at your fingertips. Inside you'll have access to full text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. Whether you need answers to questions you don't feel comfortable asking your doctor or want to browse through current topics of interest, Health and Wellness provides the reliable information you need.


Gale In Context: High School

Gale In Context: High School makes it easy to explore class topics, and find sources for your assignments that are sure to impress. Videos, articles from premium publications, encyclopedia entries, primary sources, and more allow you to investigate everything from social studies and science to literature and history in one easy-to-use resource.


Gale OneFile: High School Edition

Gale OneFile: High School Edition is designed for middle- and high-school students and provides access to age appropriate, authoritative digital content for classroom assignments. Learners can research magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political science, sports, and environmental studies


Gale OneFile: Home Improvement

Gale OneFile: Home Improvement puts the research of hobbyists and professionals alike on a solid foundation with more than 4.5 million articles from more than 200 home improvement-focused titles, covering including architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and others. Exclusive features, including Topic Finder, InterLink, and mobile-optimized interface, support and enhance the search experience.


Homework Central

Homework Central provides authoritative information on a variety of topics to assist student research.




Gale OneFile: Informe Académico

Gale OneFile: Informe Académico provides quality reference material on an easy-to-use interface configured for Spanish-speaking users, allowing researchers to analyze topics and conduct Spanish.




Resources for elementary, middle, high school, and college students, as well as busy adults.  Prepare to get your high school equivalency credential.  Get into college with effective preparation.  Explore careers, search for jobs, prep for interviews, and create resumes and cover letters.  Interactive video tutorials.


Gale Legal Forms

Gale LegalForms provides professionally written legal documents used by attorneys and law firms. You'll find downloadable forms covering real estate, wills, power of attorney, bankruptcy, small business, practically any area of law, alongside helpful tools like a Law Digest and Attorney Directory. Take charge of your legal affairs with Gale LegalForms.


Gale OneFile: LegalTrac

Gale OneFile: LegalTrac provides indexing for more than 1,200 major law reviews, legal newspapers, specialty publications, Bar Association journals, and international legal journals, including more than 200 titles in full text. The American Association of Law Libraries not only endorses LegalTrac, it's special advisory committee selects, reviews, and enhances the contenet of this resource.


Gale Literature: LitFinder

Gale Literature: LitFinder provides thousands of full-text written works ranging from plays by William Shakespeare and poems by Maya Angelou to essays by Ben Franklin and speeches given by U.S. Presidents and world leaders. You'll also find a set of biographies, work summaries, and photographs to provide background on key titles and individuals. Experience the written works of authors throughout history with Gale Literature: LitFinder.


Gale Literature Resource Center

Gale Literature Resource Center provides the trusted information you need to investigate recent releases and draw new conclusions about the classics. You'll find literature criticism, biographies, topic and work overviews, reviews, author interviews, everything you need to transform your understanding and support your analysis. Discover the story behind the story with Gale Literature Resource Center.


Mango Languages

Mango is the award-winning language learning resource for individuals and organizations around the world. The only single solution that combines quality content, intelligent technology and an adaptive algorithm that delivers practical phrases from real situations. This is language learning centered around you.




Gale In Context: Middle School

Gale In Context: Middle School connects you to the quality information you need to ace assignments in social studies, science, language arts, and more. You'll find videos, news articles, encyclopedia entries, and more in an easy-to-use tool that helps you finish your homework in record time. Explore exciting topics, and get to your free time faster with Middle School.


Gale OneFile: News

The innovative full-text newspaper resource allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section, or other fields. InfoTrac Newsstand provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts. Exclusive features, including Topic Finder, InterLink, and a mobile-optimized interface, support and enhance the search experience.


The New York Times Online - Free Access

Find breaking news, multimedia, reviews & opinion on Washington, business, sports, movies, travel, books, jobs, education, real estate, ... and much, much more.

Access the New York Times online from outside the library - here.


Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints delivers credible facts and current insight into today's most debated political and social issues. You'll find viewpoints, reference articles, videos, and infographics analyzing current events, economics, environmental issues, political science, and more.


The OverDrive app is one of the top-rated eBook apps available for iOS, Android, Chromebook, Mac OS, Windows, and Windows Phone. 

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more from your local public library – anywhere, anytime.  All you need is a library card. 

Click here to get started.  Sign-in, select Porterville Public Library, enter your library card number and PIN.



Peterson's Test and Career Prep

Digital test and career prep resources can help your users be better prepared down the road. Discover comprehensive test and career prep solutions from Peterson's, a world-leading educational provider. Click here for more information.




100 videos with interactive exercises to prepare New Americans for the Naturalization Test.



Pronunciator is a fun and easy way to learn any of 80 languages. One of the great things about Pronunciator is that you can learn any language, in virtually any other language. Pronunciator offers the largest ESL curriculum on the planet, with courses taught in 51 non-English languages.


ProQuest Research Companion

ProQuest Research Companion is a new, intuitive, self-guided tool written by writing instructors and librarians, designed to enhance information literacy, writing, and research skills in libraries and online learning environments.


Gale In Context: Science

Gale In Context: Science delivers up-to-date information on frequently studied topics in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and more. You'll find videos, magazine and news articles, reference entries, and experiments to master science and technology topics, so that you can apply your knowledge to real-world issues. Build the STEM skills you need to suceed in homework, and in life with Science.


Gale Interactive: Science

Imagine what it would be like to learn complex science concepts with more confidence and less fear. Gale Interactive: Science is a virtual lab that gives students in middle and high school grades the power to see beyond static text and embrace learning outside of the classroom.



Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix® is transforming the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering.

Offering more than 50 complete units of study with over 8,000 science-related assets in a variety of media, ScienceFlix® provides students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types, interactive features and more.


SimplyE eBooks App

SimplyE is a library-developed, open source eReader and eBook discovery app that simplifies the library user's experience in finding, borrowing and reading library eBooks.

Whether it's Overdrive, Cloud Library, Axis 360, RBdigital or enki Library, patrons can find, download and read all of the eBooks our library has using a single app -- SimplyE.  Download it from your device's app store, just type in "SimplyE" in the search box and follow the on-screen instructions.  Feel free to contact the library for assistance.


SIRS Discoverer

SIRS Discoverer is a general reference database for upper elementary and middle school learners, researchers and educators covering curriculum areas such as reading, language arts, current events, science, social studies, history, health and technology.


SIRS Issues Researcher

SIRS Issues Researcher provides authoritative insight into the most-studied social issues by delivering the pros and cons from relevant, credible documents and graphics selected by trained editorsand curated from over 2,000 global sources (PreK-12)

One-stop resources for books you are reading and teaching, including author and illustrator interviews, lesson plans, and other enrichment content.

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TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.


Gale In Context: U.S. History

Gale In Context: U.S. History traces America's development from colonization and revolution through civil rights, the war on terror, and the rise of the internet. You'll find primary sources, biographies and reference overviews, videos, articles from premium publications, and more on the most significant people, events, and topics in U.S. History. Analyze our nation's roots to comprehend its current course with U.S. History.


Virtual Library Comic Convention (VLCC)

Over 4,000 comics, graphic novels, and children’s materials are available for free to all residents of California this summer.




Gale In Context: World History

Gale's World History In Context chronicles the events, people, and topics central to the story of human kind. You'll find primary sources, biographies and reference overviews, videos, articles from premium publications, and more tracing global history from ancient societies to modern conflicts. Piece together the stories of the past with trusted information and innovative research tools in World History.

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