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Auto repair information for vehicles dating back to 1982. Includes maintenance, diagnostic trouble codes, technical service bulletins, diagrams, and more.

ALLDATA Repair does not work on the library's catalog computers. Please use a public internet computer or your own computer using the library's Wi-Fi network to access ALLDATA at the library.

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Alt HealthWatch Library Card Required.

Focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. (EBSCO)

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Ancestry Library Edition

This comprehensive genealogy database contains over 2 billion names and includes U.S. Census records, passenger lists, genealogical charts, and the Ancestry World Tree.

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At home access to Ancestry Library ended December 31, 2021.

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Biography (Gale in Context) Reference Library Card Required.

Biographical information about notable people from all time periods and areas of study. Includes entries from hundreds of reference sources, including:

  • Contemporary Black Biography
  • Contemporary Musicians
  • Encyclopedia of World Biography
  • Newsmakers
  • Writer's Directory

SPPL card required to access. No library card needed for access at the library.

Not available on catalog computers.
If you are at the library, please use a public internet computer or a computer connected to the library's Wi-Fi network.

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Bookflix Library Card Required.

Watch and read along with video storybooks!

BookFlix pairs classic fictional video storybooks with nonfiction e-books to reinforce reading skills and develop essential real-world knowledge and understanding.

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Brainfuse HelpNow Live Help Library Card Required.

Live Tutoring - live online help from expert tutors, available every day, 1:00 -11:00 p.m.

Other services are available 24/7.

Available in English and Spanish.

Get help with filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) -- Brainfuse offers live online FAFSA tutors – available to help both students and parents complete the FAFSA application. Whether you are not sure how to start or have questions on specific aspects, Brainfuse tutors are ready to assist!

Also includes Adult Learning Center - Achieve your learning and career goals with live one-on-one academic coaching, practice test center, and online resources.


At the Saint Paul Public Library? Access at the Saint Paul Public Library, with no library card required.

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Britannica Fundamentals New! Library Card Required.

Four unique and engaging paths for learning for pre-kindergarten through grade 2.

  • Play: interactive games that build early literacy and math skills.
  • Read: animated e-books introduce young learners to fundamental concepts while building language, critical thinking, and comprehension skills. 
  • Create: illustrate concepts or create a fun drawing.
  • Explore: investigate biomes of the world and their distinctive characteristics.

Britannica Original Sources

A compilation of more than 420,000 primary source documents, complete books, and authentic images across a variety of subject areas. Includes close reading strategies for connecting with historical texts and primary source documents.

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Cell-Ed Courses & Tutorials

With Cell-Ed, your cell phone becomes your teacher!

  • Study anytime on your phone, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, with 3–5 minute lessons.
  • Complete courses in 5 - 20 hours and earn certificates.
  • Talk or text with a coach when you need help.

Courses include:

  • English on the Go - Choose from level 1 - 6  (high beginner to advanced). Beginner levels for Spanish speakers.
  • Civics and Citizenship - Learn how to apply for and pass the U.S. naturalization exam.
  • Work Ready - Gain key skills from applying for a job to communicating effectively at work.
  • Skill Builder - Improve reading, writing, social studies, and math skills.
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Cell-Ed (Español) Courses & Tutorials

Con Cell-Ed, su teléfono celular se convierte en su maestra.

  • Estudie por teléfono a la hora que sea, 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana con lecciones de entre 3 a 5 minutos.
  • Complete programas de entre 5 a 20 horas y obtenga certificados.
  • Reciba apoyo de un coach de Cell-Ed cuando necesite ayuda.

Cursos de Cell-Ed:

  • English on the Go - Escoja de entre 6 niveles de inglés de nivel básico a avanzado.
  • Civics and Citizenship - Aprenda cómo realizar una solicitud para el examen de naturalización y aprobarlo (cursos en inglés).
  • Work Ready - Obtenga las destrezas clave para el trabajo, tales como la solicitud de empleo y la comunicación profesional (cursos en inglés).
  • Skill Builder - Mejore su nivel de lectura, escritura, los estudios sociales y matemáticas (cursos en inglés).
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Digital Homeroom

Computer skills resources compiled by SPPL's Community Technology Empowerment Project members. Covering typing and mouse practice, internet basics, email skills, Microsoft Office, and Google Drive.

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Ebooks Minnesota E-books

Online ebook collection for all Minnesotans.

The collection covers a wide variety of subjects for readers of all ages, and features content from our state's independent publishers, including some of our best literature and nonfiction.

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Explora Library Card Required.

Reliable information and articles from magazines, journals, news and reference sources in all areas of interest including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.

Video: Introduction to Explora

Includes Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Consumer Health Complete, Health Source - Consumer Edition, and Science Reference Center databases. (EBSCO)

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Explora Kids Library Card Required.

Reliable information from magazines, encyclopedias, and dictionaries on a wide range of subjects including:

art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.

Elementary school-appropriate. Includes Primary Search and Middle Search Plus databases. (EBSCO)

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Explora Teens Encyclopedias Magazines & Journals Library Card Required.

Reliable information from magazines, encyclopedias, and dictionaries on a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature. language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.

Middle and High school-appropriate. Includes Middle Search Plus, MAS Ultra - School Edition, Consumer Health Complete, Health Source - Consumer Edition, and Science Reference Center databases. (EBSCO)

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Discover U.S. Government Information, including Presidential documents, Congressional Record, Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, and more.

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HistoryMakers Primary Sources New! Library Card Required.

The HistoryMakers is the nation’s largest African American video oral history collection, featuring about 2,700 individuals telling their stories in more than 148,000 video clips each running 1-5 minutes long.

The collection's aim is to provide an integrated scholarly and educational resource for exploring African American history and culture. It is unique among collections of African American heritage because of its large and varied scope, with interviewees from across the United States, from a variety of fields, and with memories stretching from the 1890s to the present.

Available to Saint Paul Library cardholders.

To access from outside of the library:

  1. Enter "Saint Paul Public Library" in the Non-University Login search box.
  2. Click the search result that comes up for the library.
  3. On the next page, under "Saint Paul Public Library", enter your library card number and click Go.
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Homeland Security Digital Library Website

Research collection of open-source resources related to homeland security policy, strategy and organizational management.

Without signing-in, you can search the Public Collection.

Ask Library staff at the George Latimer Central Library to sign-in for you to search the Full Collection.

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Indie Author Project New!

Upload your ebook for inclusion in Indie Minnesota, a statewide collection promoting local authors. Submissions must be in EPUB or PDF file format.

(Formerly known as SELF-e).

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Indie Author Project Select E-books

From well-known indie titles to newly discovered gems, this collection of indie books is sure to excite readers of every taste. Carefully selected by Library Journal, these books represent the very best submissions through the innovative Indie Author Project. Genres include romance, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and so much more.

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Indie Author Project: Children’s eBooks E-books

An Indie Author Project Select Collection.

This collection features a growing number of curated children's eBooks from top indie authors and illustrators. From beautifully illustrated picture books to award-winning middle grades fiction, there is something for parents and children of all interest and reading levels.

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Job & Career Accelerator

Powerful tools and expert guidance to help you find a great job. Explore careers, search for jobs, create resumés and cover letters, and more.

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JobNow! Live Help Library Card Required.

One-to-one help from online job experts is available every day from 1:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Resumé assistance, templates, and tips

Live interview coaching plus tips and resources

Tips and resources to help start your job search

Adult Learning Center - build academic skills with live tutoring, test preparation, and an online writing lab.

At the Saint Paul Public LIbrary? Access at the Saint Paul Public Library - no library card needed.

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Learning Circles (Peer 2 Peer University) Courses & Tutorials

Join a learning circle and learn things that matter to you with your neighbors! Learning circles are free study groups for people who want to take online classes together and in-person. Learning circles generally meet for 2 hours a week for 4-8 weeks, and are free to attend.

Saint Paul Public Library is partnering with Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) to bring learning circles to Saint Paul.

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Learning Express Library Courses & Tutorials Study Guides Test Preparation and Practice

Learning Express Library includes nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books. Covers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED test prep, and more. Includes:

  • Adult Core Skills
  • Career Preparation
  • College Admissions Test Preparation
  • College Students
  • Computer Skills Center
  • High School Equivalency Center
  • Job & Career Accelerator
  • Recursos Para Hispanohabalantes
  • School Center

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LinkedIn Learning Library Library Card Required.

Easy-to-use video tutorials to help you learn business, technical and creative skills -- anytime, anywhere.

Tutorials feature experts on Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Illustrator, web design, digital video and audio, and much more!

Log in using your library card number and your password.

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Mobile App Library ID: sppl

To sign in to the app:

  • On the Sign In screen, tap "Sign in with your library card"
  • Enter the library ID: sppl (the complete path will be
  • Enter your library card number and password.
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Literature Resource Center Library Card Required.

Covers novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, writers, and their works. Includes:

  • Contemporary Authors
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography

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Literature Resource Center does not work on the library's catalog computers. If you are at the library, please use a public internet computer or a computer connected to the library's Wi-Fi network. At-home access requires a library card to log in.

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MAS Complete Magazines & Journals Primary Sources Reference

Designed specifically for high school libraries, MAS Complete is a full-text database providing hundreds of popular high school magazines and reference books. Covering subjects such art, history, sports and music, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags.

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MEDLINE Library Card Required.

Directory of articles and reports on all areas of medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the basic biomedical sciences.

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Minnesota Authors on the Map

The Minnesota Center for the Book presents a collection of writers, from historical to modern times, whose contributions to the state’s literary legacy are profound.

Explore authors and their works on the map or browse by author name.

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Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub

Searchable website from the Minnesota Historical Society that makes millions of pages of Minnesota newspapers available online.

The Hub contains geographically and culturally diverse newspapers published between 1849 and today.

Due to potential copyright restrictions most issues published less than 95 years ago can only be accessed from the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center.

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Minnesota Newspapers (Newsbank) Newspapers Library Card Required.

Coverage includes:

  • Saint Paul Pioneer Press (1988 - current)
  • Minneapolis Star-Tribune (1986 - current)
  • Duluth News Tribune (1995 - current)
  • Rochester Post-Bulletin (12/14/2006 - 2/28/2011; 8/19/2013 - current)
  • Additional newspapers and news sources from across Minnesota and the United States.
  • America's News Magazines
  • Special Reports
  • Hot Topics
  • Daily Headlines and Lesson Plans

Use your library card number and password to log in.

At the Saint Paul Public Library? No library card required to access at the library.

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Minnesota State CAREERwise Website

Online tools for Minnesotans in the areas of career planning and education. Explore careers, plan your education, and find a job.

Formerly, CAREERwise is produced by the Workforce Development Department of Minnesota State.

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Minnesota Writers Directory

The Minnesota Writers Directory connects writers across the state with people who want to hear more about their stories and their craft.

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NoveList Plus Library Card Required.

Search popular fiction and nonfiction titles to find new books to read.

Find author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more.

Create an account to save your lists and search preferences, share folders with others, and create alerts for yourself.

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O*NET OnLine Website

Career exploration and job analysis.

O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more.

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OAIster Library Card Required.

Directory of digitized images, documents, and other materials.

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PebbleGo Next: States and American Indian History

Aligned to grades 3-6 curriculum. Offers key reading supports such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting along with a variety of downloadable questions, including prompts to inspire critical thinking.

PebbleGo: Animals and Biographies

A curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities.

Popular Science Magazines & Journals Library Card Required.

Articles on products for homes, transportation, and recreation, including automobiles, boats, tools and garden, electronics, photographic equipment, and televisions.

Full-text articles are available from November 1, 2002, to the present. Bibliographic records are available from 1984 to the present.

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ProQuest U.S. Newsstream Newspapers Library Card Required.

Newspaper articles from hundreds of national newspapers, many with full-text.

  • New York Times (1980 - present)
  • Minneapolis Star-Tribune (1986 - present)
  • Saint Paul Pioneer Press (April 22, 2010 - present)
  • USA Today (1987 - present)
  • Wall Street Journal (1984 - present)
  • Washington Post (1987 - present)
  • Historical New York Times (1851 - 2016)
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Public Health Reports Website

Journal of the U.S. Public Health Service, focusing on public health practice, research, and viewpoints/commentaries.

Portions of Public Health Reports, Federal recommendations, guidelines, the Surgeon General's Perspectives column, abstracts, and content from Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) are open access. All other content is available 12 months after publication.

Browse archives back to 1878.

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Science Reference Center Library Card Required.

Articles from science magazines, encyclopedias, reference books, and more, covering biology, chemistry, environment, and life sciences. Material is correlated to state and national curriculum standards. (EBSCO)

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U.S. History (Gale in Context) Magazines & Journals Primary Sources Reference Library Card Required.

Reference works, millions of news and periodical articles, and more than 5,000 rare and vital primary source documents that range from slave journals to presidential papers.

Topics range from the arrival of Vikings in North America all to the way to the first stirrings of the American Revolution and on through the Civil Rights movement, 9/11, and the War on Terror.

At the Saint Paul Public Library:

Access U.S. History (Gale in Context) here, no library card needed.

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USA Trade Online Website

Access current and cumulative U.S. export and import data.

Requires free account creation to log in.

Find tutorials, a user guide, and a new features guide under the "Help and FAQs" tab on the USA Trade Online home page.

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Official U.S. Government-produced information.

Find government agencies and elected officials; benefits, grants, and loans; housing information, jobs and unemployment resources; travel and immigration information; and more.

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World History (Gale in Context) Magazines & Journals Primary Sources Reference Library Card Required.

World History (Gale In Context) reaches back to the ancient world - and forward to today's headlines - to deliver a chronicle of the great cultures and societies that have formed the history of the human race.

Rare primary sources, reliable reference, and multi-media content put this vast topic into context for students.

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Access World History (Gale in Context) here, no library card needed.

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