Internet Resources - Consumers
- Access Video On Demand
Enjoy instant access to world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, independent films, and helpful instructional videos. All you need is Internet access and a valid library card number! iPad, Android, PC and Mac friendly.
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- Auto Repair Reference Center
Troubleshooting, care and repair tips and more for your automobile. Search by model, make, and year for news, diagrams, and specific information about your car.
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ChiltonLibrary provides automotive repair information for do-it-yourself (DIY) people. You'll find exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use web site.
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- Home Improvement Reference Center
Provides information on a large variety of home improvement projects, with charts, glossaries, how-to videos, and more.
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- Price It! Antiques and Collectibles
This database leverages information from a variety of sources to help you determine market value for antiques and collectibles. The Info Center also contains articles on a wide array of subjects including repair, restoration and conservation of antiques, hiring an appraiser and many specific areas of collecting. You may also browse a directory of over 4,000 collecting clubs from around the world in the Collecting Clubs Directory.
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- Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Provides information on specific makes and models of a variety of small engine driven machines, including: tractors, snowmobiles, outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft, marine/boat motors, generators, and more.
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ALISON, or "Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online," is a free online learning resource for basic and essential workplace skills. ALISON provides high-quality, engaging, interactive multimedia courseware for certification and standards-based learning. The mission of ALISON is to enable anyone, anywhere, to educate themselves for free via interactive, self-paced multimedia.
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- Better Business Bureau (Consumers)
You can visit this site to check out a business or charity, find information about product alerts, or file a complaint online.
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- California Dept. of Consumer Affairs - License Lookup
Use this page to look up a company or individual who has a license issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs for the businesses / professions listed (currently more than 50 types are searchable).
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This site is designed to be a one-stop link to a broad range of federal information resources available online. Locate information by categories (such as Food, Health, Product Safety, Your Money, and Transportation), then subcategories can direct you to areas within individual federal web sites containing related information (more than 100 are currently listed).
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Easy-to-use guide to hundreds of product reviews. RSS feed and e-mail newsletter available.
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This is the official U.S. government source for fuel economy information. The site offers side-by-side comparisons of different automobile makes and models, a hybrid comparison tool, and news regarding fuel economy in the auto industry.
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- Get Human
Find out the best way to contact more than 8,000 companies in 45 countries. The site tells you the fastest way to call any company, offers shortcuts through the phone maze, and average wait times for calls. They also provide the best company email addresses to use, executive email addresses, and list companies that prove chat and live help as well as call backs.
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- Kelley Blue Book
This is an excellent place to start when considering buying or selling a car. Find your car's trade-in value or private party value. Also, price new cars and compare used and new cars. KBB provides estimates for vehicles dating as far back as 1993. The library also has paper copies of Kelley's various price guides, including for motorcycles and recreational vehicles. The Downtown Branch keeps older editions, useful for estimating a vehicle's value at a given time in the past.
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- NADA Guides
NADA provides price guides for cars, RVs, boats, motorcycles, and classic cars. You can find what to expect to pay for a new or used car, how much to expect for trade-in or private party value for all years, makes, and models of vehicles.
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- Quackwatch:Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions
Want to know more about a health product promoted on television? Not sure if a diet claim has been scientifically proven to work? This site, founded by Dr. Stephen Barrett in 1969, has grown into an international network of experts committed to ending health fraud and the spread of fads, fallacies, and professional misconduct. The site links to 21 affiliated consumer protection web pages covering specific topics such as infomercials, nutritional advertising, and cancer treatment claims.
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This is a "one stop shop" for U.S. Government recalls. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Association, United States Coast Guard, Food and Drug Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency have joined together to provide safety and recall information for many different products, including pet food, cosmetics, cars, baby products, medicine, and boats. There is also a form to report a dangerous product.
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- YP Real Yellow Pages
Access records from the Real Yellow Pages online. Beginning in July 2013 some directories in California will not include residential white page listings. All white page listings may be viewed at realpageslive.com. To obtain a free printed copy or CD ROM of your local residential white pages, please call 1-866-329-7118 or visit mydirectories.yp.com. Your one time request will be honored for future editions.
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Did You Know?
Heath Painting at the Downtown Branch Library
The "City of Santa Cruz" painting hangs on the stairway landing near the second floor entrance to the Young People's room at the Downtown Branch.
The Santa Cruz Daily Surf reported, "the picture of the City of Santa Cruz, painted by F. L. Heath for exhibition at the ... [More]