Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Free Online Resources Available to Library Cardholders

All resources listed below are available for free with your Long Beach Public Library card.

If you do not have a library card and would like to enjoy many of these resources, you can apply for a temporary online barcode and pin valid for 60 days. Apply at https://innopac.lbpl.org/selfreg.
Please note that only the following resources are available with a temporary barcode and pin: Overdrive, cloudLibrary, TumbleBooks, TumbleBookCloud Junior, Freegal, and The New York Times. View the Library’s full list of online resources at http://longbeach.gov/library/digital-library/.

READ ON YOUR PHONE, TABLET, OR COMPUTER: The library’s catalog contains thousands of eBooks and audiobooks for readers of all ages. OverDrive and cloudLibrary gives you access to the complete collection.

GRADES K-12 EDUCATION: Brainfuse HelpNow is a Library Foundation supported resource offering live online tutoring in English and Spanish for students of all grades along with a library of lessons, videos, and tests. Parents can also keep their children engaged during school closures with educational activities on LearningExpress Library, World Book Online, and Britannica SchoolBritannica Escolar offers Spanish language educational resources.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Brainfuse JobNow is a Library Foundation supported resource offering live online interview coaching and résumé guidance along with many skill-building lessons. Brainfuse VetNow offers the same resources tailored to the needs of veterans.  Gale Courses offers a wide range of college-level and professional development courses. LearningExpress Library offers additional professional development lessons and test prep for college entrance exams. Learn a new language to add to your résumé with Mango.

MOVIES, MUSIC, AND MAGAZINES: Take a break and enjoy one of the thousands of indie films and documentaries on Kanopy and age-appropriate films and series on Kanopy Kids. Stream music and music videos on Freegal and enjoy five free song downloads per week. Access recent issues of popular magazines on RBdigital.

A Message About the Temporary Closure of All Libraries

Dear Library Supporters,

We care about your health and that of all who depend on the Long Beach Public Library. On March 14, the City of Long Beach announced a series of temporary precautionary changes in order to reduce the risk of community spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes the closure of all public libraries through March 31, 2020 or until further notice. All late fees will be suspended, and due dates extended during this period. Click here to read the full announcement.

During this time, it’s important to keep learning and combat isolation and boredom. For the many families, students, job-seekers, and older people who are looking for educational tools and entertainment to enjoy at home, the Library’s vast collection of eBooks, audiobooks, and online resources is available to library cardholders 24/7.  Click here to check out descriptions of some of these free resources.

Despite this temporary closure, the Library Foundation is committed to supporting much-needed programs, technology, and resources available to the 1 million annual library visitors. We are continuing our fundraising efforts, including our signature Grape Expectations gala on June 7, and appreciate your support during this time.  Click here to learn more about the library resources your donations support.

Stay up to date on the City’s latest COVID-19 related news and ways you can stop the spread of the disease at http://longbeach.gov/covid19.

Stay safe and happy reading!

From all of us at the Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Exciting Changes for the African American Resource Center

Aaron Day and Indira Hale Tucker from the African American Heritage Society speak at the dedication of the new genealogy section of the Main Library on June 28, 2004.
Long Beach Public Library Digital Archives

On October 10, 1998, the African American Resource Center was officially dedicated at the Burnett Neighborhood Library in central Long Beach thanks to the support of the African American Heritage Society of Long Beach. Today, the Heritage Society continues to curate and revitalize the collection of over 1,200 items which was recently moved to its own dedicated alcove at the Library.

Indira Hale Tucker, a founding board member of the Long Beach Public Library Foundation, and Doris Topsy Elvord, former Vice Mayor of Long Beach, spearheaded the formation of the Heritage Society under the charitable umbrella of the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library in 1997.

Check out the Long Beach Post’s recent interview with Nicole Ballard, President of the Heritage Society, to learn more about how the collection has evolved through the years. Click Here.

Gallup Poll: Library Visits Outpaced Trips to Movies in 2019

According to a recent Gallup Poll, “U.S. adults took an average of 10.5 trips to the library in 2019 – more than any other leisure activity, including going to the movies.” The poll also showed that young adults aged 18 to 29 visit the library more than any other age group.

Public libraries are often among the few truly public spaces in American communities where all are welcome to learn and connect with others. Visitors to the Long Beach Public Library enjoy free Wi-Fi, computer access, early literacy programs, events for families, opportunities for adults to continue their education, guidance for job-seekers, adaptive technology for those with disabilities, tools for instruction in 3D printing, graphic design, robotics, coding, and so much more.

Visit the Library’s Calendar for more programs and events.

Check out the full results of the Gallup Poll. CLICK HERE.

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Long Beach Public Library Release Voter Guide Focused on Libraries Ahead of March 3 Election.

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library, two nonprofit organizations that raise funds and advocate for the city’s 12 public libraries, have jointly created a Voter Guide for the March 3, 2020 Primary Nominating Election. The guide allows voters who recognize the critical role libraries play in Long Beach’s literacy and educational efforts to make informed decisions when voting for candidates running to serve on the Long Beach City Council.

13 candidates participated in the Voter Guide by submitting answers to a questionnaire which included questions about whether they would prioritize expanding library hours, their thoughts on the digital divide, and the importance of public spaces in Long Beach.

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library are 501(c)(3) organizations and, as required by law, will not endorse or advocate for any candidate. The responses from the candidates appear exactly as they were received, without edits. This guide is an educational piece without commentary.  

Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolutions at the Long Beach Public Library


The Library has an extensive collection of cook books available to help you make healthier meal choices. Community gardens at the Michelle Obama, Mark Twain, and Burnett Neighborhood Libraries provide fresh and free vegetables for patrons. The Library also offers fitness classes throughout the year. The Mark Twain Library is currently hosting “Dance for Life” light-aerobic dance classes every Thursday morning at 10:00 am in partnership with the United Cambodian Community. Check the Library’s Calendar for more events to help you live healthier in 2020.


The Library’s makerspace Studios at the Billie Jean King Main Library and Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, and the Mobile Studio help visitors of all ages develop new skills for a future career or find a new creative hobby. Every week, the Studio program hosts workshops and provides one-on-one support for those who want to learn about 3D printing, laser cutting, robotics, coding, graphic design, video game design, photography, film making, recording a podcast, and more. There are also supplies and lessons for those who would like to sew, knit, crochet, weave, and learn how to print with letterpress. The makerspace Studio learning opportunities are made possible thanks to donations to the Library Foundation.


The Library Foundation’s signature Family Learning Center program isn’t just for students who need help with homework. Adults are welcome to visit the Family Learning Centers for one-on-one job search support and help putting together a résumé. For those who were not able to graduate from high school in their youth, the Library’s Career Online High School program provides a second chance to earn an accredited high school diploma. Scholarships for the program have been supported by the Library Foundation.

In addition to thousands of career and industry books, those with a Long Beach Public Library card are able to access the Digital Library with resources like Brainfuse JobNow, Gale Courses, LearningExpress, and more. These online resources provide job search support and free professional development courses, computer program and software classes, and practice tests for job entrance exams.


When you’re looking for something fun to do on a budget, your local library hosts many free events to enjoy. Movie screenings, book club meetings, cultural presentations, workshops by the makerspace Studio program, storytime events, language classes, and many more opportunities to have fun, learn, and connect are offered every week at the 12 public libraries. Check out the Library’s Calendar or visit your local branch to learn more.

Your library card is a pass to free resources that could help you cut down on your monthly costs. Save money on text books or other required reading for school assignments by checking out the books you need at the Library. Cut back on expensive streaming apps and check out DVDs or use the Kanopy app to watch popular indie movies and documentaries. You can download music on Freegal and read magazines online at RBdigital. Check out the Digital Library to see the full list of online resources accessible with your library card.


We all want to read more, but many of us have trouble finding the time to sit down with a good book. You can start by setting a goal of leisurely reading for 20 minutes per day for 2020. You could end up reading for over 100 hours this year if you start today and stick to it. This is also a great activity to do as a family to help children develop into lifelong readers.

You will never run out of books to check out from the Long Beach Public Library. The library’s catalog of over 880,000 books, e-books, and audio books is constantly being updated.

Library Foundation Support in 2019

The Family Learning Center program celebrated its 20th anniversary. The first Family Learning Center opened on May 15, 1999 at Burnett Library. Today, the program includes dedicated spaces at the libraries as well as online components. In 2019, the FLC program held 16,495 one-on-one support sessions made possible by donations to the Library Foundation.

The Long Beach Public Library launched LB Reads with Library Foundation support. This new adult literacy program offers individual tutoring sessions for the approximately 1 in 3 Los Angeles County adults who struggles with basic literacy skills.

The Library Foundation was awarded the 2019 California Association of Teachers of English (CATE) Award for the annual Dictionary Days program. Over 125,000 dictionary/thesauruses have been given to Long Beach 3rd grade students since the program’s inception thanks to the generosity of the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation.

The Dive into Reading program held a graduation ceremony for the first boys and girls to complete the program. Dive into Reading was launched in 2018 with Library Foundation support and assists parents and guardians as they read 1,000+ books to their children before kindergarten. 664 families have registered for the program as of October 2019.

Adults continue to receive a second chance to earn an accredited high school diploma through the Library’s Career Online High School program. The Library Foundation funds scholarships to make this program free for students. 47 students have graduated since 2016.

Last, but certainly not least: the Billie Jean King Main Library opened to the public!

During the opening ceremony for the central hub of the Long Beach Public Library system, the Library Foundation presented a check for over $2 million to support programs, technology, and resources at the new library. The new Main Library comes fully equipped with a beautifully decorated KidSpace, dedicated TeenSpace, dozens of computers, plenty of areas to read and study, and a state-of-the-art makerspace Studio with advanced technology for educational workshops. Over 8,000 residents visited the Library on its first day!

Library Pilots Social Work Internship Program to Better Serve the Homeless

On December 2, 2019, the Long Beach Public Library announced that it is piloting a social work internship program to better serve the needs of patrons who may be experiencing homelessness, mental illness or have substance use challenges.

The program is a partnership between the Library and the Department of Health and Human Services and will explore models of integrating social work into current library services.

Two Master’s in Social Work students from California State University Long Beach and the University of Southern California are working as interns at Mark Twain Neighborhood Library and Billie Jean King Main Library. The interns work to connect library patrons with social services including mental health care, legal support, food security benefits and housing resources.

The pilot project is anticipated to end in May 2020. Project outcomes will be evaluated to determine the viability of a more comprehensive social work program at Long Beach Public Libraries.

Learn more at the Link.


Teens ages 12 to 19 are invited to join the Mobile Studio to explore technology from the past, present, and future in our hands-on workshops.

July 30, 31, and August 1 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Mark Twain Library.
August 6, 7, and 8 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Los Altos Library.
August 13, 14, and 15 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Michelle Obama Library.
August 20, 21, and 22 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Dana Library.

Spaces are limited. Visit the Library’s Studio page for updates about these events. Click HERE.

The Mobile Studio is made possible thanks to Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Dive into Reading – Live Performer

Come out for a live performance that will entertain families with children ages 0-5 and learn about the Dive into Reading program.

This program is supported by donations to the Long Beach Public Library Foundation and helps parents and guardians read 1,000+ books to their children before kindergarten. Reading regularly to children fuels their imagination and creativity and helps develop lifelong readers.

Learn more on the Library’s website. Click HERE.