Plumas County Library

Please check out the News & Events page for any events or breaking library notices (such as closures due to the fires), the Dixie Fire (Library) page for resources and information about the fire, and the COVID-19 page for the latest information and resources about the pandemic.


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: 

Zip Book logoZip Book Request & Rules Form (PDF)

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. 

The Zip Book Program has been completed for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year. 

(While this usually would just mean for the fiscal year, we are still unsure if the program will continue at all. Currently, we are waiting to hear if this program is included in the finalized CA State budget in June. If it is, the program will either kick in Summer 2021 or not until 2022. We will keep you informed.)

Zip Books is a statewide project of the NorthNet Library System, funded by the California Library Services Act.

 *Note: Must have a library card to use*

zinio_service.bmpZinio Access Digital Magazines through our library anytime, anywhere; available on PCs, Macs, and mobile devices. By March 31, 2021, access to this database will only be available through Libby. (You can click on the link at the Zinio website or more info on how to use the Libby app can be found in the Overdrive section.)

*Note: Must have a library card to use*

Overdrive.gif Opens in new windowOverdrive Download e-books and audiobooks onto your laptop or portable device.

*Note: Must have a library card to use*

Please click here for a step-by-step instruction on how to use Libby, which is an app to access Overdrive. Overdrive also offers instructions based on your device. We also offer step-by-step instructions for both Libby and Overdrive on how to put something on hold and check where exactly you are on the holds list. We also offer step-by-step instructions for both Libby and Overdrive on how to check out e-magazines, including back issues.

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.

Ever wonder why you moved down on the holds list and your wait time just got longer? Our Overdrive/Libby 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 cause, but it gives us access to a lot more items we wouldn’t otherwise be able to offer.

For Chrome users only: Beginning November 20, 2020, the OverDrive app will no longer be available from the Chrome Web Store and after that date you will need to download it from the Google Play Store (if you have a ChromeOS device.) If you have already downloaded the app from the Chrome Web Store, you can continue to use it, though OverDrive’s ability to troubleshoot and resolve any reported issues will be limited.

Starting the end of Sept 2021, the web certificate provider Let’s Encrypt will be ending support for older operating systems. Certificates from Let’s Encrypt are relied on for secure connections for websites and apps including Libby and OverDrive. As a result of this change, Overdrive/Libby borrowers may run into issues with signing in, borrowing, loading the app’s content, etc. when using old operating systems.  The expectation was that affected users would receive a security warning after the Let’s Encrypt change, but we’ve since learned that a warning is not always displayed. If you run into these issues, you may need to upgrade your operating system.

kanopy logoKanopy
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*

brainfuse helpnow logoBrainfuse HelpNow: Provides one-to-one LIVE tutoring for all grades (including college) and subjects (available 1pm-10pm), as well as expert help writing papers, various placement tests prep, and more. The link provided here requires a library card if accessing from home and doesn’t require a library card if you are using the Internet at a library location. It’s also available after signing into your library account at the plumaslibrary.org site.

*Note: Accessible through your library card or at the library location without one.*

Brainfuse JobNow and VetNow logo

Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow provides help to job seekers, 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.

Please use the User Guide and/or Video Tutorial as needed, or contact our Literacy Dept to get help.

*Note: Accessible through your library card*

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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)

Need help from ProQuest? See our support page. 800-521-0600 | customerservice@proquest.com

*Note: Accessible with your library card.*

The New York TimesNew York Times - Digital Access

Free access to the New York Times, from 1851 to right now. The link above provides access while you are at any of the library branches and stations; all you need to do is connect to our wi-fi and then register/log in

If you are somewhere else, you can still access the site with your library card! Just go to 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.

If you need help accessing it from home, please see this detailed instruction sheet (PDF) or ask the front desk.

Gale A Cengage Company logoArchives 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.

*Note: Must have a library card to use*

CA Digital Newspaper CollectionThe California Digital Newspaper Collection 

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.

Encyclopedia BritannicaEncyclopedia Britannica
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.

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Need help from Britannica? See our support page. (800) 621-3900 x 7160 | edsupport@eb.com


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Teachingbooks.net

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.

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Book Connections

Personalize and enjoy digital connections to books for kids and teens.

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Need help from Book Connections? See our support page. 510-239-7391 | accounts@bookconnections.org

Braille and Talking Book Library logoBraille 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.

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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.

DigitalLearn.orgDigitalLearn.org
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! 

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Start Your FREE 2021 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).

Plumas County Library is a member of the North State Cooperative Library System and NorthNet. 

Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow, the NY Times, Gale Archives Unbound, the CA Digital Newspaper Collection, Encyclopedia Britannica, Book Connections / Teaching Books, and the CA Library Services for People with Print Disabilities was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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.