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360 Degree Virtual Tour

360 Degree Virtual Tour

If you think the library is just a place to borrow books, boy, have you got a nice surprise in store.

In this interactive 360-degree story, you can control your tour. Venture over to the auction, or go downstairs to the bookstore. Listen to a story in the Young Readers Room before you go through the door and out to the Lincoln Shrine.

Read the history of the library, buy a Friends membership, be inspired by the Adult Literacy Program.
Don’t miss the treasures in the Heritage Room.

Click, drag and look around.
You can learn about anything you click on.
Want to know the library’s hours? Click on the clock.
See photo galleries of the stained-glass windows, and of the art in the building.
Go from room to room by clicking on the photos in the doorways or stairwells.
​Have fun!

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Electronic Resources

Electronic Resources


A.K. Smiley Public Library is pleased to offer the following electronic resources to our patrons:

eBooks – OverDrive

(Remote user login: 14-digit library card number and pin)

(pin default is the last 4 digits of your phone number)

OverDrive’s Southern California Digital Library is a consortium of local libraries that have pooled their resources to share their digital book collections.

Registered borrowers of A.K. Smiley Public Library can now use their library card to download any eBooks or eAudiobook available from SCDL to their home computer in pdf or mp3 format.

Digital books are available 24/7 and have a 7 or 14 day loan period.

To submit an email request for help troubleshooting an issue with OverDrive, please click the link below.   You will be contacted by OverDrive via email within 24 hours to help resolve any issue.

Gale Reference Center Gold

(Remote user login: 14-digit library card number)

Gale Reference Center Gold is a database of more than 4,400 general interest magazines, reference books, maps, historical images, and newspaper articles available 24 hours a day via the Internet. Records are available with a combination of indexing, abstracts or full text formats.

Use General Reference Center to find articles from magazines, reference books, and newspapers, many with full-text and images. Find articles on current events, popular culture, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

Gale Testing & Education Reference Center

(Remote user login: 14-digit library card number)

Gale Testing & Education Reference Center is designed to help students and career seekers prepare for their future, and excel at the next level. Includes over 300 practice tests and courses, from SATs to Law Enforcement Exams. Also offers dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests, information on over 4,000 accredited schools, a scholarship search tool, resume builder and career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiations.


(Remote user login: 14-digit library card number)

AtoZDatabases is the premier reference and marketing database. AtoZdatabases includes 30 million business profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more. Search by multiple limits including geography, business size & type, length of home ownership, and household income.


(Remote user login: 14-digit library card number)

NewsBank is an online newspaper database with content from local, regional, and national sources. Its diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos.

Redlands Daily Facts

(Remote user login: 14-digit library card number)

Redlands Daily Facts: Access articles from this local Redlands paper by clicking on the above link.

Date Range: (9/16/2002 – Current)


(Remote user login: 14-digit library card number)

Pronunciator is an online language learning platform with 75 languages. The world’s largest language-learning service.

EBSCO Literary Reference Center

(Remote user login: 14-digit library card number)

EBSCO Literary Reference Center is a comprehensive, full-text database that provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

BookFLIX – Video Storybooks

(Remote user login: 14-digit library card number and pin)

BookFLIX – Video Storybooks: Searching for BookFLIX – Video Storybooks is fun and easy with this free online tool.

Courtesy of the California State Library, Scholastic BookFLIX is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to cultivate a love of reading and learning. This engaging resource will help early readers spanning grades PreK-3 develop and practice essential reading skills, introducing students to a world of exploration and knowledge.

NoveList K-8

(Remote user login: 14-digit library card number)

NoveList K-8® can help students find their next book to read. This database of over 64,000 fiction titles for kids of all ages lets them use a favorite book or author to link to other books they might enjoy.

The easy to use Find box enables students to quickly find books, authors, series, lists and more! For example, a search for Harry Potter provides all of the Harry Potter books as well as additional feature content to further enrich the reading experience such as BookTalks, Grab and Go Book Lists, and the Harry Potter series.


Rosen Teen Health and Wellness:

(Remote user login: smiley / password: smiley; OR use your 14-digit library card number using the “Log in with your library card” link)

Teen Health and Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers—this award-winning online resource provides middle and high school students with nonjudgmental, straightforward, standards-aligned, curricular and self-help support. Topics include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, green living, financial literacy, and more. This database is developed for teens, with their unique concerns and perspective. Thoroughly updated and revised for online use, all content is reviewed by leading professionals in medicine, mental health, nutrition, guidance, and career counseling.

JSTOR Database

(This database is only available at the library)

JSTOR is a not–for–profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content.



(This database is only available at the library)

provides unprecedented access to family history via documents that record the lineage of over 5 billion individuals. Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource (The Generations Network’s to your library. Answers await all your users—professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist, or historian—inside the more than 4,000 databases of family information. User-friendly search tools and comprehensive indexing make it easy to start discovering the story of you.

Renaissance Learning Database

(Remote users: No login required)

Searching for Accelerated Reader books is fun and easy with this free online tool.

Renaissance Learning is the world’s leading provider of computer-based assessment technology for pre-K-12 schools. Adopted by more than 75,000 North American schools, Renaissance Learning’s tools provide daily formative assessment and periodic progress-monitoring technology to enhance the curriculum, support differentiated instruction, and personalize practice in reading, writing, and math. Our products help educators make the practice component of their existing curriculum more effective by providing tools to personalize practice and easily manage the daily activities for students of all ability levels.

News for You

(Remote users: Use 233360 for the password)

America’s weekly online news source for adult learners! offers easy-to-read news stories that can help you learn to read, write, speak, and understand the English language. Seven new stories are posted each Wednesday, along with audio, exercises, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle, and a poll. Listen to each story in full or sentence-by-sentence.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

(Remote user login: 14-digit library card number )

Investment Research Center offers analysis on 1700 stocks, 2000 mutual funds and 300 exchange traded funds (ETFs). While it is primarily designed as a tool for investors, it is also an excellent place to get quick information on a company.


(Remote user login: no login required )

JobScout is an online learning platform that will teach you the basic Internet skills you need to find a job.


(Remote user login: no login required )

MedlinePlus is a free website that provides consumer health information for patients, family, and health care providers.

Cambio 16

(Remote user login: CA-57807 / password: web492)

Cambio 16 is a general Spanish Language magazine published in Spain by “Group 16”. Follow the above link, then click on “Cambio16 acceso al PDF”. Use the above login and password to begin reading.

Cambio 16 es una revista general de Lengua Española publicada en España por “Grupo 16”. Siga el enlace de arriba, a continuación, haga clic en “Cambio16 Acceso al PDF”. Utilice el nombre de usuario y la contraseña anterior para comenzar a leer.

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Smiley Heritage Tours

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Book on Redlands History

Book on Redlands History

If you have ever seen a 100-year-old photograph and marveled at its clarity and composition, it is likely that you were noticing the work of aprofessional photographer. In the days before personal cameras were commonplace, professional photographers were essential members of communities. From promotional photography for tourism or businesses, to family portraits or school photography, the work of early professional photographers documented the growth of cities and the lives of the people who lived there.

Co-authored by Ann Deegan and Maria Carrillo, Images of America: Early Redlands explores Redlands through the lens of the professional photographers who lived and worked here between 1880 and 1920. Utilizing images solely from the Archives of A.K. Smiley Public Library, this book examines the work of the 34 professional photographers who captured Redlands in its formative years. “These photographs reveal the aesthetics and technical skills of the men and women who photographed Redlands in those early years,” Ann Deegan noted. Co-author Maria Carrillo added, “The clarity of these photographs is truly impressive. It is almost as if the viewer can walk through the photograph and see early Redlands. They are a true testament to the extraordinary photography collection of the Heritage Room.”

Also included is a how-to chapter detailing how Deegan and Carrillo’s research can be applied to other communities. “What makes this book unique in the Images of America series is that it includes a chapter on how we identified Redlands photographers and used information about the photographers to date photographs. This is a useful tool for other communities and groups to date their own photographs,” explained Deegan.

Images of America: Early Redlands is now available for purchase at the Smiley Library circulation desk. All proceeds from the book will benefit the special collections of the library in the Heritage Room.

A.K. Smiley Public Library is located at 125 West Vine Street in Redlands. For more information, please contact the Heritage Room, (909)798-7632.

About the Authors:

Ann Deegan received her Ph.D. in Textile History at University of Maryland minoring in U.S. History with her dissertation related to the American Civil War, and has an M.S. and B.S. from the University of California, Davis. She has taught at numerous universities over the last 30 years including University of Maryland, Kansas State University, Utah State University, University of Redlands, and UC Riverside. Topics have included Museum studies, U.S. history, and a variety of courses related to the history of costumes and textiles. Additionally she has been a curator of history in private and public museums including the San Bernardino County Museum as Curator of History and Head of the History Division. She does research, writing, and publishing in areas such as U.S. history and has numerous publications in professional and public journals. She is currently serving as a consultant in the Heritage Room of A.K. Smiley Public Library related to cataloging of archival materials.

Maria Y. Carrillo received a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University, Fullerton in 2005. She then decided to pursue a career in the museum and historic preservation field and continued on for a master’s degree in history from University of California, Riverside in 2008. As a graduate student she worked as a museum intern at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, a Civil War battlefield in Dover, Tennessee. She has served as curator, collections manager, historic interpreter, and researcher for museums and cultural institutions in southern California. She is currently associate archivist at A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands, California, where this new work by Arcadia Publishing is set.


Orange and State Streets, Fourth of July 1901, Photographer: Elias F. Everitt


A.K. Smiley Public Library east wing after expansion, 1907, Photographer: Elias F. Everitt


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