Education Resources

The Education Collection is located in the General Collections and Humanities Center on the 3rd floor of the Main Library. This large well-rounded collection includes test preparation books, teaching manuals, education guides, and directories, as well as various research and education databases.

Education and Test Preparation Books

Education materials are found under call numbers 370–379 and include:

  • Books covering educational theory, childhood education, homeschooling, financial aid and scholarships, the history of education, and issues in contemporary education

  • A large collection of test preparation books for the AP, ASVAB, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT, SSAT / ISEE and other exams

Online College and University Catalogs

  • CollegeSource Online: This database offers access to full-text college catalogs for 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, and graduate schools.

Online Education Courses and Test Preparation

  • Career Online High School: The San Francisco Public Library offers a fully accredited online high school diploma and career certification program through Career Online High School (COHS). COHS is available via the internet, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. SFPL funds a limited number of scholarships available to SFPL card holders who are California residents and at least 19 years old.

  • Gale Courses | Gale: Register for free online instructor-led courses. Gale courses start every month and run for six weeks. Please read the Requirements section of the course description for any special software needs.

  • HelpNow | (Brainfuse): Live homework help from expert tutors is provided in English, Spanish, and Cantonese, for all ages, in math, science, English, and social studies. Brainfuse also offers writing assistance, practice tests and test-preparation flashcards, as well as resources for cover letters, resumes, and interviewing.

  • LearningExpress Library 3.0: Online practice tests for SAT, GED, GRE, GMAT, ASVAB, Civil Service, and other exams. Download eBooks on job and career skills, or watch video tutorials on learning basic computer skills and using popular software.

  • Skill-Building for Adults | (LearningExpress Library): Online courses and tests for mathematics, reading, writing, and grammar. Searchable eBooks on more than 150 career topics are also provided here.

Online Research Databases

The following databases provide access to articles, published research, conference papers, and other materials related to education research:

Other Online Resources