Plumas County Library
Need help using the catalog? Check out our step-by-step written guides on: how to log into your account; how to look up an item on the catalog; how to put an item on hold; and how to check your history of check outs. We also have a video guide showing you how to log on, look up items in the catalog, put an item on hold, and check your own history of check outs .
We do not provide fax services at any branches. However, two free online resources to send faxes are GotFreeFax or FaxZero. (Please note: You will likely need to click a confirmation email to send the fax from both sites and it's limited on how many pages and how many faxes you can send per day/session.)
Plumas County Library Databases and Programs
Check out our free e-books and audiobooks, digital magazines, chance to get books delivered right to your door, stream movies at home, and more! Just click below on the program you're interested in (all services are also linked on the other relevant website pages):
(New Programs/Databases added to the bottom!)
Can’t find a book (print or audio) in our catalog? If your library account is in good standing, fill out the request form for the item you wish to see and bring it to one of our branches. The item will be shipped directly to you, and then you can return it to the branch you ordered it from after you’ve finished reading it so we can add it to our catalog for other patrons to borrow.
Please read the rules for the program before ordering your Zip Book. Items that can’t be ordered through the program can be requested using the yellow request slips available at the front desk, though no request is guaranteed.
NEW (6/8/22): The Zip Book Program Returns Oct 1 2022!
If you want to request your item through email, you can use this form instead and email it to the branch you plan to return the item to. (You must use the form titled "Email Form Only" at the top. See the Branch tab for the correct email to send the request form to.) There can be up to a week delay when ordering through email instead of in-person. If your information below does not match your library record, we will need to call you to confirm you ordered this, and this may extend the ordering delay. All other Zip Book rules apply.
The Zip Books Program is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.
*Note: Must have a library card to use*
Overdrive/Libby Download e-books and e-audiobooks onto your laptop or portable device. You can also access our e-magazine collection - formerly known as RBDigital/Zinio - through this site. (Libby is the app used to access Overdrive, which hosts our collection.)
*Note: Must have a library card to use*
Please click here for a step-by-step guide on how to use Libby, which is the app to access Overdrive.
Having trouble using the app? Of course feel free to either contact us or contact Overdrive for support, but you can also use Libby right in your web browser, no app downloads needed: just click here and follow the prompts.
*Please note that some Plumas and Sierra County zip codes may not automatically find "Plumas Library" when you search for the Library system during set-up. Please type "Plumas" instead, and then click on the matching Library called "NorthNet Library System - Plumas County Library."*
Ever wonder why you moved down on the holds list and your wait time just got longer? Our Overdrive collection comes from two sources: the first source consists of items bought by the consortium that are shared equally with every library system. The second source consists of items bought by a specific library system and then shared. When a library system buys items, their patrons get automatic priority on the holds list. Unfortunately, this will bump you further down the list. But this also works in reverse—items bought by our library system means you as Plumas and Sierra County patrons get first priority for those items. We apologize for the inconvenience and longer wait times this may cause, but it gives us access to a lot more items we wouldn’t otherwise be able to offer.
Reciprocal Lending Agreement (Sept 28 2022): Plumas County Library is part of the NorthNet Library System (NLS). While the Library buys items individually, most of the Libby collection is a shared collection with other California libraries that are part of NLS. We now have an agreement between NLS and the other library systems MARINet and Peninsula Library System (PLS) to expand our collection under the Reciprocal Lending Agreement. Each system has thousands of unique titles the other systems don’t have. Using your Plumas/Sierra County Library Card, you now have access to most of these additional items. However, for MARINet and PLS items, you will only be able to access them when they are currently available for check out. Please click here for a step-by-step guide on how to add extra library systems to your Libby account, or use the Guide to Using Libby.
(Note about the Desktop Issue - In the app, MARINet and PLS items are only visible when you can immediately check them out. When the item is not available, they should not be visible. However, there is a small issue with the desktop version of Libby we are working to fix. All items, whether available or not, are visible. You are still not able to open or put these items on hold though. Instead, after entering your information, an error message will pop-up saying “Only X Library card holders can place a hold on this title.”) We are hoping to get this fixed soon. (Last updated: 9/28/22)
Starting Dec 9 2021, Kanopy will now be available through the Libby app too!
Please note that the Overdrive app will be removed from app stores Feb 23 2022. The Overdrive app will continue to work if you already have it, but they are hoping to transition everyone over to the Libby app by the end of 2022.
Featuring a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries, Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform you can now access through the library. Just create an account (you will need an email) and add your library card, and you will be able to watch up to three films a month for free.
*Note: Must have a library card to use*
Free Homework Help for All Grade Levels!
Brainfuse HelpNow provides one-to-one LIVE tutoring for all grades (including college) and subjects, as well as expert help writing papers, various placement tests prep, and more.
- 24/7 tutoring in math, reading, and writing (language arts)
- 10am-10pm for all other subjects
- Bilingual tutors in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, and Vietnamese
No Library Card needed!
Proporciona tutoría en VIVO uno-a-uno para todos los grados (incluida la universidad) y materias escolares, también ofrecen ayuda experta para escribir documentos, preparación para varios exámenes de ubicación y más. En la esquina superior derecha está la opción de cambiar el sitio de Inglés a Español.
Brainfuse VetNow provides help to veterans and their families with everything from live job coaching, real-time interview practice, full-service resume lab, 24/7 access to local job resources, resume assistance, skill building, academic assistance, and more, as well as veteran specific personalized assistance from a VA navigator to learn more about your eligibility for VA benefits and access local and nationwide resources in education, employment, housing, and healthcare.
Brainfuse VetNow presenta ayuda a los veteranos y sus familias con todo, desde entrenamiento de trabajos en vivo, práctica de entrevistas en tiempo real, servicios completos de currículum de carrera, 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana acceso a recursos laborales locales, asistencia con el currículum, desarrollo de habilidades, asistencia académica y más, incluye asistencia personalizada específica para veteranos de un navegador de asuntos de veteranos para obtener más información sobre su elegibilidad para beneficios de veteranos y acceso a recursos locales y nacionales en educación, empleo, vivienda y sistema de Cuidado de la Salud. En la esquina superior derecha está la opción de cambiar el sitio de Inglés a Español.
ProQuest: Provides reference help and research articles, videos, and books using six different databases of content. (Recommended grades 3-12)
CultureGrams: Concise cultural information on countries around the world. (Recommended grades 3-12)
*Note: Accessible with your library card.*
Free access to the New York Times, from 1851 to right now.
You will actually need to go to www.plumaslibrary.org, log in to your library account, and a link to the site will appear on the left hand side. Click on the link to get a code, register/log in, and start reading. Otherwise, you will not get access to more than the usual three free articles.
Gale Archives Unbound - Offers topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level. Collections cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages to twentieth-century political history.
Gale In Context: Environmental Studies - Understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.
Gale Interactive Science - Manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science.
Gale National Geographic Kids - Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Best for children aged 6–14.
*Note: Must have a library card to use any of these*
The database contains over 1,500,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-present, including the first California newspaper, the Californian, and the first daily California newspaper, the Daily Alta California. It also contains issues of several current California newspapers that are part of a project to preserve and provide access to contemporary papers.
A comprehensive interactive resource for research and learning for grades K-12. Includes correlations to CA Content Standards and other valuable teacher resources. Click on the link and it offers you versions aimed at Elementary School kids (also available in Spanish), Middle School kids (also available in Spanish), and High School kids.
Encyclopedia Britannica ofrece un recurso interactivo integral para los estudios y el aprendizaje de los grados de jardín de infantes a duodécimo. Incluye correlaciones con los Estándares de Contenido de California y otros recursos valiosos para maestros. Haz clic en el enlace “Britannica Escolar” y te ofrecerá el sitio web para los niños de primaria o secundaria en Español.
A website dedicated to enriching every student's reading experience, and offers books guides, meet-the-author movies, vocabulary lists, help to build your own booklists, and so much more.
Braille and Talking Books Library - California's Library Services for People with Print Disabilities, in association with the Library of Congress, provides free Braille and audio books, magazines and playback equipment to all eligible Californians unable to read standard print. Follow the link to find your local braille and talking book library and sign up for free library service.
Offers individual training in essential skills, from using Microsoft Office to emails to basic math. There are over 180 topics with more than 2000 lessons, all completely free.
GCF Learning ofrece entrenamiento individual de habilidades esenciales, desde el uso de Microsoft Office hasta correos electrónicos y matemáticas básicas. Hay más de 180 temas con más de 2000 lecciones, todas completamente gratis y disponibles en Español.
The Public Library Association’s new site, DigitalLearn.org, is an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant-funded project to create an online hub for digital literacy support and training. Included in DigitalLearn.org is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, including "Getting Started On The Computer", "Navigating a Website", "Intro to E-Mail", "Intro to Facebook", "Intro to Skype", and much more!
DigitalLearn.org ofrece apoyo y formación en alfabetización digital. El sitio web incluye una colección de tutoriales autodirigidos para que los usuarios finales desarrollen su alfabetización digital, todo completamente gratis y disponible en Español.
Start Your FREE 2022 CA DMV Practice Test Now. This site includes the CA Driver's Handbook and various practice tests of increasing difficulty for cars, motorcycles, and your Commercial Driver's License (CDL).
No Library Card needed. No registration needed.
LinkedIn Learning provides unlimited, cost-effective access to great content from Lynda.com. It gives users of any skill level bite-size tutorials or comprehensive courses on hundreds of topics.
*Note: Accessible through your library card*
Develop new skills and passions with online classes with expert instructors and a supportive community.
Click this link to create a new Skillshare account and redeem your access for 12 months. (You do not require a Library Card, and do not input your credit card information.)
GetSetUp has a catalog of over 500 classes exclusively for older adults, with more than 40 live classes every day and 25 on weekends. Classes cover everything from physical and mental health to social activities like gardening and pets.
LearningExpress supports those looking to improve core academic skills, pass the GED, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen and much more.
Links to LearningExpress are only available after you sign in to your account through www.plumaslibrary.org (it will be a clearly marked link on the left hand side.)
Please note, to access a tutorial, take a test, or download an eBook, all new users must register a personal account by providing their first name, email address, and a password. (You can also create an alternate account without the name/email address requirement by clicking on the “Register without Email” option.)
*Note: Must have a library card to use this site*
Welcome to another e-Book database!
Just download the app from Google Play Store or Apple Store, open and search "Find Your Library" and click on Plumas County Library, log in with your library card, and immediately start reading e-books. (Please click here for step-by-step instructions and other tips/tricks for using Palace.) If you do not have a library card, you can still access some of the collection by clicking on "Palace Bookshelf" as the Library choice instead.
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
coursera offers more than 5,000 courses, Professional Certificates, and degrees from world-class universities and companies. Click the link, enter your name, email address, and zip code, add Plumas County Library from the drop-down menu, click "agree" on the page it takes you to, and then either sign-up or login to start accessing coursera. You will only have access to the website until September 14, 2023, no matter when you sign up.
The Dial-A-Story program offers recorded children stories in English and Spanish. (New stories are recoded on a regular basis.) This lets you have story time from any phone, available 24/7, for any age. Just dial 530-394-3077 and press 1 to listen to the stories in English or press 2 to listen to them in Spanish. We also offer more information about the Greenville Library temporary site (Press 3) and other Branch locations (Press 4) in English.
El programa de Dial-A-Story ofrece cuentos grabados para niños en Inglés y Español. (Nuevos cuentos son grabados con frecuencia.) Esto le permite tener la hora del cuento desde cualquier teléfono, disponible las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, por cualquier edad. Solo marque 530-394-3077 y oprima 1 para escuchar las historias en Inglés, oprima 2 para escucharlas en Español. También ofrecemos más información sobre el sitio temporal de la Biblioteca de Greenville (Oprima 3) y otros sitios (Oprima 4) en Inglés.
The Galecia Group recognized how challenging it would be for the Library to continue to provide services to our patrons after losing the Greenville Branch, so they offered free use of their LibraryCall service to help us reach everyone in the county, including those without Internet access at home. We hope you enjoy the Dial-a-Story services.
California State Parks and the California State Library is excited to announce an additional opportunity to advance safe and equitable outdoor access to all Californians. You will now be able to check out a CA State Library Parks Pass at your local Library Branch! The new pass will allow free vehicle day use entry at more than 200 participating state park units.
Library-card holders will be able to check out the pass for two weeks, then return the pass to the library for others to use. The pass is valid for entry of one passenger vehicle with capacity of nine people or less or one highway licensed motorcycle at participating state park units. The pass is not renewable, but passes can be put on hold and there are no fines associated with the pass. Click here to see if the pass is available or to put it on hold.
You may also be interested in two other CA State Library programs - the California State Park Adventure Pass program provides free day-use passes for fourth graders and their families, and the Golden Bear Pass Program lets families who receive CalWORKs get a free annual, vehicle day-use pass valid at 200+ state parks.
Check out the PORTS Home Learning Programs from home too! These are free, live public broadcasts that empower students, teachers, and families to explore California State Parks from wherever you are.
Check out our Writing Resources page to get more information about how to create an e-book, submit the e-book to create more exposure for your work so it can be read by patrons of participating libraries, and discover other self-published e-books out there. Resources are available through December 30, 2022.
This project was supported in whole or in part by CA State Library and the Black Gold Cooperative Library System.
Plumas County Library is a member of the North State Cooperative Library System and NorthNet Library System.
Brainfuse, the NY Times, Gale, the CA Digital Newspaper Collection, Encyclopedia Britannica, Book Connections / Teaching Books, LinkedIn Learning, Skillshare, coursera, GetSetUp, and the CA Library Services for People with Print Disabilities are supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act or the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.
Plumas County makes no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding the content of the websites provided and assumes no legal liability or responsibility for loss or damage resulting from using the website or the information contained therein. The presence of any link to articles, websites, or documents does not imply an endorsement by the Library or County.