The Santa Monica Library system has launched a Web site that creates an online library.

Library officials say their site features a collection of online resources not available through standard Internet search tools.

“Just as the Main Library builds a physical collection of books, magazines and media, we subscribe to online databases covering a wide variety of topics,” said Nancy O’Neill, Santa Monica Library principal librarian, reference services.

“The online resources include thousands of digitized magazines, books, indexes and directories,” she said.

The “instant access” feature of the Web site allows any Web site visitor to search databases in business, science, health, biography, genealogy, literature, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

Image Archives consists of digitized photographs, slides and postcards that illustrate the history of the Santa Monica Bay area from 1875 to the present.

Santa Monica File indexes local information in newspapers and magazines since the 1950s.

Santa Monica librarians can be contacted through e-mail or through Ask Now, an interactive references service that is available 24 hours and seven days a week.

Through the online catalog, library materials can be searched and their availability can be determined.

Library cardholders can check their accounts, renew items and place items on hold.

The All About Books section of the Web site provides information for book clubs, suggested reading lists, author programs and community reading programs.

The Kids Page provides links to homework help, stories, interactive games, information for parents and teachers and the library’s children’s programs.

A Web page for teenagers includes a calendar of teen events, places where teens can perform community service and information on local music bands.

The Santa Monica Main Library Web site is

The Kids Page is

The Web site for teens is

Information, (310) 458-8600.