Research & Learning

Welcome to our digital collection! These resources provide access to published information not readily available anywhere else – as well as downloadable books and magazines, customizable courses in technology and other fields, and streaming options for movies, tv shows, and music. You’ll need a Boise Public Library card to access the collection. (If you don't have a card already, click here to get started.) 

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  • The materials made available through these resources are subject to copyright restrictions. 
  • Your login info (username, password, PIN, etc.) is for you only – please don’t share it with anyone.
  • We work with third-party vendors to deliver our digital content. Click here for an important note on Privacy and Third-Party Vendors  


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Academic Search™ Premier contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles.
In-Library Use Only

Interested in the latest developments in physics? Search or browse for information, articles, and journals - courtesy of the American Physical Society's Public Access Program.

Business Source® Premier, the industry's most popular business research database, features the full text for more than 2,100 journals. Full text is provided back to 1965, with searchable cited references back to 1998.
Candid Learning, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers.

ChiltonLibrary provides easy access to repair, maintenance, and service information for a broad range of vehicles, including cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs from 1940 to today.

Learn to use it!

Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
Read about daily life in over 50 time periods and geographic locations around the world.

Learn about the 20th century in the United States through hundreds of articles about significant people and events. 

Search over 8,000 magazines, journals, newspapers and eBooks covering multiple topics from health to history.

The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Basic Collection consists of official resources from the U.S. Government Publishing Office. Highlights include Ben's Guide (a fun website designed to encourage kids to learn about the Federal Government), GovInfo (a compilation of publications from all three U.S. Government branches), and (a subject guide to official Federal Government information on the internet).

Learn what you want, when you want, absolutely free! Check out our Everyday Life, Basic Math, and Computer Training today!

Gem State Prospector can help entrepreneurs with business site selection and demographics research for any city or county in Idaho.

This site offers the full text of the Idaho Driver's Manual, plus user-friendly practice tests for driver's licenses, motorcycle licenses, and CDLs. 

LearningExpress Library provides test-prep materials and study guides for users of all ages! Subjects include the GED, SAT, and ACT, as well as computer software and U.S. Citizenship. You'll also find practice tests for careers such as civil service, law enforcement, teaching, and the health industry.

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LiLI - Libraries Linking Idaho - provides statewide access to a wide range of digital content. Explore everything LiLI has to offer: published magazine and journal articles, electronic reference books, readers' advisory tools, and more.

MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.

Search and read hundreds of newspapers, ranging from local to global.

This government website provides information on a variety of topics, including consumer rights, home safety, and identity theft. 

Coverage 1890 through 1982. Searchable access to more than 100 years of citations (NOT full text) from 523 leading U.S. magazines. A valuable resource for historical research.
Small Business Reference Center provides up-to-date information on topics related to starting a company, operations management, sales, and growing or rescuing a business.
Health resources from the government, from child care and insurance to medications and vaccines.
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Find hundreds of articles on a huge variety of topics: history, science, music, life skills, and much more. Great for students of all ages. 

WorldCat is a global catalog of library materials. Find out which books, music CDs, DVDs, and articles are available at libraries near you.

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