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eBooks at the Library

Looking for ebooks? Palomar students and faculty can borrow thousands of non-fiction ebooks for FREE from the Library. As with our print collection, ebooks can be used for research papers or other class assignments, and can be read on most computers, smartphones, or tablets.

There are a few ways to get a Palomar Library ebook. Start at the Library homepage and choose either Catalog or Articles:



  • Downloadable ebooks on all topics: click Catalog, and then type subject, author, or title into search box that displays:


  • Business and information technology ebooks: choose Articles, then select Sci. & Tech. tab on next screen, and scroll down to click Safari Tech Booksdatabase:
  • e-Reference books on all topics: also choose Articles, then Reference tab, and select either Credo Reference or Gale Virtual Reference Librarydatabases:
Once you’ve found the book you want, start reading!

Note that “check-out” times vary (depending on the publisher), and may expire before you’re actually done reading the ebook. But, you can always check it out again. Also, the book you want may be “in use” by someone else, and not available – just check back later.

An Internet connection is required (off-line reading of some ebooks is available), and you must use your Palomar eServices login to  access ebooks off-campus or on the campus wi-fi. For assistance, go to the Library Technical Helppage, call us at (760) 744-1150 x2616 during business hours,  or use the “Ask a Librarian” 24/7 live chat service available from most library webpages.

New! Permanent Collection of the National Gallery, London is available for viewing in ARTstor

Would you like to visit the National Gallery, London, but don’t have time to swim across the pond?  No problem!  Now every painting in the permanent collection of the National Gallery, London is available for viewing in ARTstor.  

National Gallery, London, has one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world! Composed of 2,300 works dating from the 13th century to the early 20th centuries, the collection encompasses most major developments in Western painting.

Highlights include Cézanne’s Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses), Piero della Francesca’s The Baptism of Christ, Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 34, Holbein’s The Ambassadors, Uccello’s The Battle of San Romano, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne, van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Portrait, and Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus.

This is an incredible resource for students of the arts, as well as for those studying history, political science, cultural studies and other divisions of the humanities and social sciences.

Access ARTstor by clicking here, or from the library homepage, click on Articles and select the Arts and Humanities Tab.  Palomar College login required off-campus or with on campus wi-fi.  Need help?  Call (760) 744-1150 x 2616 or “Ask a Librarian” through our 24/7 live chat service (look for the chat box on most library webpages).  For questions, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Collections Management Librarian.

New online reference titles available in Gale Virtual Reference Library

Context context context!  When writing research papers, providing contextual information is essential to situate a topic, bring it to life, and make it more meaningful to your reader.  We have several new reference books that are excellent resources for compiling background information on a variety of subjects. 

It can be intimidating to begin research on a topic that has a long, complicated history.  For example, those interested in Middle Eastern affairs may want to learn more about the Arab-Israeli conflict.  Learn the back story.  Take a look at the e-book, Middle East Conflict Reference Library.    Find much-needed background information dating back to the nineteenth century and beyond. Large segments of time are quickly summarized to provide a better sense of the parameters of the topic.

Or perhaps you are exploring issues of race as a social construction.  The Gale Encyclopedia of Race and Racism 2 ed. covers modern racism with a focus on the 1400’s to the present (see the first edition for more extensive historical coverage).  Explore the economic, religious, social, historical, and political underpinnings of racism from a global perspective.

To find these reference e-books, go to the  Palomar College Library Homepage, click on Articles and select Gale Virtual Reference.  For off-campus access, a Palomar College e-services id and password are required.  If you have questions about this or any other database, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Collections Management Librarian.

Celebrate Black History Month!

Learn more about Black History using either print or electronic resources.  In print, we have a new multi-volume reference book available to use in the library just in time for Black History Month.  The Encyclopedia of African American History is a 5 volume set chronicling the experience of African Americans from 1896 to the present.  So much has come to pass in the last hundred odd years, and yet still there are inequities, challenges, and obstacles the U.S. must overcome in order to end racism.  1896, the age of segregation, is when this reference book starts, so take a journey to the past and discover something new today here in your library!

Or discover some of the fascinating online resources accessible through the Palomar College Library website from any computer with Internet access.  Sources in U.S. History: The American Revolution and Sources in U.S. History: The Civil War both contain rich collections of primary resources from these two eras of history. 
In either online source, try looking under the Browse A-Z tab.  You will find a list of subjects of or relating to African Americans in history from documents about the abolition of slavery and African American soldiers; to African American colonization, African American children, African American suffrage, Freedmen, and much more. 

For remote access, an e-services id and password are required. 

For questions about these or other online resources, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Collections Management Librarian.

President Barack Obama Visual Iconography

For those interested in political Americana, Cornell University Library has recently released images from its Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections documenting Barack Obama publicity and memorabilia. ARTstor has recently added images of the visual iconography that provide a fascinating overview of representations of Obama. These images offer students and educators an opportunity to explore aspects of the campaign such as political mobilization, capaign strategies, and marketing through social media. 

Access images in ARTstor from the Palomar College Library website.  Click on Articles and then select the Arts and Humanities tab. 

For remote access, an e-servies id and password are required.

For questions about ARTstor or other databases, please contact Tamara Weintraub, Database and Serials Librarian.

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