Marine Corps Community Services | MCRD San Diego
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The new MCRD San Diego Library reflects the future of libraries in our society. A place that isn’t just about books and computers but one that offers an outlet for creation, a community space for reconnecting and areas designed to allow recharging and relaxation.

We aren’t done with the changes! Please be patient as we continue to improve.

In addition to new releases and popular titles for adults, young adults and children, we also have:
• Professional Military Collection including Marine History and Commandant’s Reading List titles
• Audiobooks, magazines, playaways, Wii games and DVDs available for check-out
• Free wi-fi, computers with CAC access, copier, fax and scanner
• Children’s early literacy station computers
• Games for in-house library use
• Conference Room available for reservation
• Makerspace with tools for creativity, design and exploration
• Early Literacy Storytimes and Hands-on Makerspace activities for all ages

  • ASVAB,CLEP, Law Enforcement, Nursing
  • College Tests Preps: SAT, ACT, GMAT, CLEP, AP subject study guides, Teacher Certification Practice Test, Police Officer Exam Study Guide, DSST Exam

Free electronic books available to patrons with Navy Knowledge Online account.

Navy General Library Program

Electronic Magazines & News Papers

Over 200 free Online magazines and newspapers streamed to your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Free! Playaway audio books now available. No CDs. No downloads. Just Play. Portable. Fits in your shirt pocket!

Get help. Get an Online Tutor. Find a resource 24/7. MCRD Library offers free resources and tutoring from gives children the help they need to succeed in school and beyond.

Every session is academically sound, and the tutors provide a positive learning experience that’s always customized to meet children’s needs. for U.S. Military Families Access Link:

Databases A-Z

Annals of American History

A year-by-year documentary of American thought and action is presented in this unique resource through the speeches, documents, memoirs, poems, and interviews of more than 1,500 contributors.

ArtistWorks for Libraries

ArtistWorks for Libraries provides patrons with world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals. ArtistWorks for Libraries offers users everything they need for musical and artistic instruction, from introduction to advanced performance. Students now have access to this kind of instruction, regardless of reductions/eliminations of school music programs and without the high cost of private instruction.


BrainHQ is an online brain-training system that offers 29 exercises specialized to work out your attention, brain speed, memory, people skills, navigation, and intelligence. Whether you decide to design your own program (choosing exercises and workouts that meet your personal interests, mood, and schedule), or use the personalized trainer feature, BrainHQ will provide personal workouts that adapt in difficulty so that you’ll always be training at your optimum level.

Britannica Academic

Discover encyclopedia articles, full-text journal and magazine articles, primary sources, multimedia, and other unique resources and tools that make research easier and more productive.

Career Transitions

A comprehensive career resource that allows you to search for and track jobs, create targeted resumes and cover letters, practice and master interview techniques, explore and identify career paths according to your interests, experience what’s in demand, and find schools and education/training programs. Career Transitions is your one-stop-shop for finding a new job/career or for finding expert tips on how to set yourself apart in an increasingly competitive job market.

Chilton Library represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicle.

EBSCO Explora

Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.


EBSCOhost offers a broad range of full text and bibliographic databases designed for research. This includes:
Auto Repair Reference Center Beta | Biography Reference Center | Business Book Summaries | Business Research | Consumer Health Complete | Criminal Justice | eBook Collection | eBook Poetry & Short Story Reference Center | Explora | Explora for Elementary School Students | Explora for Public Libraries | Explora for Secondary Schools | Explora Educator’s Edition | Health & Medical | History & Culture | History Reference Center | Legal Collection | Legal Information Reference Center | Literary Reference Center | Miltiary Intelligence & ISCTRC | Military Transition Support Center | Newspaper Research | Periodical Search | Points of View Reference Center | Points of View | Rehabilitation Reference Center | Science & Technology Collection | Science Reference Center | Small Business Reference Center | Small Engine Repair Reference Center | Social Science


Freegal® is a free music service which offers access to about 7 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. The collection consists of music originating from over 80 countries covering more than 28,000 music labels.

GALE Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).


The three million images consist of high-quality photographs, maps, and drawings of nearly everything in the world: from ladybugs to Lady Gaga, from Stonehenge to the Rolling Stones. The images come from 45 respected and diverse sources, including the British Library, DK Images, Getty Images, and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as Encyclopedia Britannica. All are rights cleared for noncommercial, educational use. The photographs are curated carefully, making this database a reliable, safe source for students of all ages.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is a digital language learning program for learners of all levels, with courses in over 70 different foreign languages, 21 English Language Learning courses, and 44 specialty courses designed to celebrate world cultures. Each Mango lesson incorporates four key learning components: Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Grammar, and Culture. Mango’s language-learning methodology is designed to simulate the way people learn a foreign language when actually immersed in everyday, practical conversation. Furthermore, the organic style of Mango’s system allows students to build upon what they’ve learned as they progress. Mango Languages also offers over 40 streaming international movies via their Mango Premier feature. Mango Premier takes the rich cultural input of film and uses it as a medium to teach students language and cultural lessons.


Investment resource specialized in fund investing. Offers news, commentary, fund information, tutorial, tools and forums.

National Geographic Virtual Library

As journalism’s most trusted name in exploration and discovery, National Geographic Virtual Library (NGVL) supports a range of scholarly research needs in the areas of science, history, technology, the environment, cultures, and more. NGVL brings the National Geographic Society to the library in a cross-searchable platform that fits the way today’s students and patrons conduct their research.

Online Courses

The MCCS Library Program is now offering Universal Class to eligible library patrons. This program provides a unique online education experience with a growing catalog of over 540 courses. Visit your library to set up an account, then use it anywhere.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the solution features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information on today’s hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites.


Peterson’s is an online resource for all service members and their families to help them plan, prepare and achieve their education and career goals. The site contains online, printable, and portable practice tests, ebooks, full length online courses, school searches, and more. Find everything you need for military, college, and career success!

Qello Concerts

Qello Concerts is the only place to watch over 1700 of the most amazing live moments in music. It’s the world’s largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries streamed on-demand to just about any digital device. It’s like a never-ending concert ticket. Discover: Qello carefully curates the live performances that matter. The greatest concerts and music documentaries are right here. With new releases every week, from iconic stars to today’s best artists, you’ll never run out of amazing shows to watch. Anytime and Everywhere: Wherever you are, the live music experience follows. Watch Qello Concerts on your big screen with Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Sony, and more.


Bringing the film-festival experience to you!

Indieflix offers a world of independent award-winning shorts, features and documentaries from more than 50 countries! Classic TV shows are also available. Unlimited, streaming access to film-festival hits, including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca and more! No checkouts needed! Indieflix is available on all internet-enabled computers, tablets (including iPad and Android), and smart phones through the Web browser. You can also watch films on TV with Roku devices and Xbox. Library patrons can search for films by title, or browse films by channel. You can limit films according to length, country of origin, festival, genre, or age range. These films are not rated by the MPAA, so viewer discretion is advised. Please visit your installation library for access.

RBdigital Magazines

The MCCS Library Program is now offering patrons access to digital versions of over 260 magazines. RBdigital Magazines, the world’s largest newsstand, offers full-color digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. Your library’s collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits.

Research in Context

Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research in Context combines the best of Gale’s reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.

Spanish Reference Center

Spanish Reference Center is the only dual Spanish-language database that offers age-appropriate research content for everyone, from elementary students to those who are ready for more advanced work. Students can progress seamlessly from one database to the next, making it easy to find information that matches their reading level. It’s the perfect resource for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.

Student Resources In Context

Student Resources In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a wide array of subjects. The solution merges Gale’s authoritative and continuously updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.


A collection of TumbleBooks, animated, talking picture books, suited for elementary school children. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books, adding sound, animation, music and narration to create an electronic picture book.

US Major Dailies

US Major Dailies provides full-text, same day publication access to five major US newspapers: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. New content available by 8 AM U.S. Eastern time each day.

World Book Online

The World Book web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides.

World Data Analyst

Compare and customize data of the nations of the world. Country Snapshots: Easy access to printable country statistics including map, area, population, demographic and vital statistics, gross national product. Country Comparisons: Create your tables and graphs comparing countries using the most recent statistics or historical statistics, which show changes in countries over time. Ranked Statistics: See how different countries compare on economic and population measure, or get information on significant geographic features such as highest mountains and largest deserts.

(619) 524-1849
Building 7 West
Located on the Parade Deck

Hours of Operation
Mon-Thu: 0730-1900
Fri: 0730-1700
Sat: 0900-1700


Service Philosophy

Marine & Family Programs’ goal is a foundation of readiness and resiliency. We reinforce that foundation with personalized service, and an innovative approach.

We hold as our guiding principles, that:
• We Do the Right Thing
• Our Mission is You
• There is No Wrong Door

Mission: To provide tools and resources which promote a ready and resilient Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Vision: To enrich lives through a comprehensive array of innovative programs and services