Use Ancestry Library Edition to search genealogical records and discover more about your family history. This database includes records from the U.S. Census, military records, court, land and probate records, vital and church records, directories, passenger lists, and more.
Genealogy & Local History
FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization and website offering genealogical records, education, and software. It is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is closely connected with the Family History Department of said church.
Provides access to a growing collection of U.S. military records from the Revolutionary War to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Contains millions of archived records, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3.
Fold3 is perfect for researching the military, history, and genealogy.
Browse a variety of online resources compiled by library staff. Includes free web resources as well as resources the library subscribes to.
Provides current, full-text articles written by Mercury News staff on local news, business, sports, front, editorials and obituaries. Excludes freelance and AP articles as well as classifieds and other ads.
Available in NewsBank.
Note: Please see this article for alternate opportunities to read the latest and back issues of Mercury News.
The New York Times Online is available in three editions: English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Headlines are updated throughout the day and readers have access to Times Video, which provides short videos on culture, entertainment, world news, science, and much more. Lending Information. FAQ.
A few limitations to be aware of:
- Mobile apps are available only for remote access. If you're connected to the Library's WiFi inside the library you will not be able to use the mobile app version.
- Articles from 1923-1980 are not available for in-library access. However, patrons can access 5 articles per day from this date range via off-site access.
- The archives for 1851-1922 and 1981 - present are unlimited.
- The Crosswords app is not included. However, crosswords from the past week, as well as a handful from the archive, are available in the Crosswords section.
- The Cooking app is not included, but patrons can access recipes via the Food section on nytimes.com.
From leading issues and events, like the U.S. Civil War, westward expansion, industrial developments, race relations, and World War I and II; to international, local and regional politics, society, arts, culture, business, and sports the New York Times: Historic Issues provides easily-searchable firsthand accounts and coverage from 1851 through three years previous to the current year.
Every issue includes the complete paper, cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format.
Available in ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
Search the collection and holdings of other library systems from around the world. Find books, magazines, newspapers, archival material, videos, audio recordings, maps, and other items not owned by the Santa Clara County Library District. This is a great resource for patrons looking for reference items, archival material, primary sources, or hard to find items that maybe out of print.
You may place an Interlibrary loan (ILL) request (fee charged) for items to be delivered to an SCCLD library.
An innovative discovery and learning tool where you can explore concepts and publications through a visual Knowledge Map that enables you to see how ideas are connected. Yewno Discover complements traditional search engines and databases and extends your discovery toolkit.
Please note: Yewno Discover is compatible with all major Internet browsers except Internet Explorer. FAQ.