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American Bar Association Free Legal Answers
Free Legal Answers for Civil Appeals is the first-ever legal help desk for civil appeals in Illinois. This virtual help desk is staffed by attorneys with appellate experience and it will present an opportunity for litigants to ask questions of a lawyer about their civil appeal.
If this interests you, you may also be interested in the Will County Justice Access Corps.
Ancestry.com Library Edition
Access to a wide variety of resources including: census records, military records, immigration records, and much more. Because this is the Library Edition of this product, it is only accessible from computers located in the library.
Want to learn more? Access the ProQuest LibGuide on Using Ancestry.com.
AtoZ Food America
If you think that spice is the variety of life and love American cuisine in its many forms, AtoZ Food America is for you. Recipes in all course categories (appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, snacks, and beverages) for six US regions, all 50 states, and 33 ethnic cuisines.
AtoZ Food America also covers food culture for the above regions, states, and ethnic cuisines with articles such as Classic Dishes, State Foods, Top Agricultural Products, Special Occasion Foods, Ethnic and Geographic Influences, Special Ingredients, and Food Trivia.
AtoZ World Food
Cookbooks from 174 countries in one online resource! Explore food culture and traditional recipes from around the world. National and regional cuisines, appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, desserts, alcohol, tea culture, dining etiquette and foods for special occasions. You'll even find trivia about each country's food culture.
AtoZdatabases – Business, Person, and Job Reference Data
AtoZdatabases is the premier job search, reference, and mailing list resource, which includes over 30 million business and 220 million residents.
Businesses can inform their decisions by using the Map and Data Matrix tools to determine where to expand, or identify competitors and easily create mailing lists to inform the public of their product or location.
But, AtoZdatabases is more than a business tool. You can search for relatives or friends and create a contact list for reunions or use a job search tool powered by Indeed.
Auto Repair Source
Formerly known as AutoMate, Auto Repair Source is the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information.
Use Axis 360 to access the eRead Illinois e-book collection. eRead Illinois is a statewide, partially grant-funded e-book collection shared among patrons in over 150 libraries across Illinois. Over 6,100 ebooks and audiobooks — and always growing!
Read books online anywhere in Illinois, no library card needed. Special curated boards offer recommendations for STEM education, classics, the Bodleian Libraries, scholarly resources, young writers — even independent Illinois writers and self-published novels.
Anyone physically in the state of Illinois can use this service. There is no limit on use; items can be read by 1 or 100 people at the same time. This means no hold queues and no waiting for titles!
We encourage you to create an account profile the first time you visit BiblioBoard. A BiblioBoard Library profile will allow you access while outside of Illinois, as well as the ability to download content for offline reading and to add bookmarks and notes.
Black Freedom Struggle in the United States: Challenges and Triumphs in the Pursuit of Equality
Black Freedom by ProQuest features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. ProQuest’s intention is to support a wide range of students, as well independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. – and the fights against it.
Chicago Tribune Historical Archive
Covers news stories of both local and national issues and events occurring over the past 150 years, from 1849 to 1984. Your Barcode is your library card number.
Consumer Health Complete
Full texts for more than 250 health reference books and encyclopedias.
Consumer Reports serves consumers through unbiased product testing and ratings, research, journalism, public education, and advocacy.
Consumer Reports is now accessible with your library card!
Coronavirus Research Database by ProQuest
ProQuest built this database in response to the rapidly growing need for authoritative content related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The company is working together with institutions all over the world to offer support as they navigate through the coronavirus pandemic. This launch of the Coronavirus Research Database is the latest in a series of programs to help librarians, faculty and students.
Your Barcode is your library card number.
Video classes in painting, sewing, knitting, baking, upholstery, and more! After you register with your library card number and PIN (last four digits), you will login with your email and a password. If your PIN isn't working, call the library at 815-485-2605 so we can reset it.
You can also download our How to Use Creativebug Guide (PDF).
Cultural information on 200+ countries, all 50 United States, and the Canadian Provinces.
Our free Illinois driver education program includes:
- 11 car practice tests
- 9 motorcycle practice tests
- 12 CDL (commercial driver’s license) practice tests
- 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
- A FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 DMV-related questions
This program is automatically updated as new practice tests become available.
Family Search website includes free family history, family tree, and genealogy records and resources from around the world. Family Search basic access is available anywhere, but full access is only available in the library.
FirstSearch provides access to over 50 billion library records, magazine articles, proceedings, and more. Much of the information is full-text. FirstSearch is only accessible in the library.
Heritage Quest offers a unique, growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture.
Borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! Titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Hoopla Instant has hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. Hoopla Instant is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere. Each New Lenox Library card has 4 checkouts per month.
LibriVox Free Classic Audiobooks
LibriVox Audio Books provides unlimited access to over 50,000 audio books. Each audiobook can be streamed over the internet or downloaded for later use. The LibriVox Audio Books app features classic best sellers and out of print treasures from every genre of literature in more than 30 languages.
Audio books from LibriVox are free thanks to the dedicated work of hundreds of volunteers who record, edit and distribute the books. New releases are prepared daily, and the entire catalog spans the breadth of world literature, including novels, history, biography, short stories, poetry and more in both fiction and non-fiction.
Lynda.com Library Edition
Access thousands of online video courses and exercise files that will help you learn software, creative, and business skills from the best in the business. Use your library card number and PIN (last four digits) to register, and always access your free Library Edition from this link. You can access this service from anywhere.
A fun-infused way to learn a new language. Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English, Spanish, Polish, Irish — even Pirate!
Create a login to track your progress, or use as a guest. After you create your login in a web browser, you can login to the Mango Languages app on your smartphone or tablet. You can access this service from anywhere.
MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.
Search for fiction books by genre, writing style, topic, or your mood. You can even tell it what kind of main character you like to read about, or give it a book you liked to get Read-Alike suggestions. Try out the Appeal Mixer (Menu > Browse By > Appeal), which helps you combine what kind of characters you want to read about with your desired tone, writing style, and more.
Search for fiction books focused on all grade levels from Kindergarten through 8th Grade, or browse the suggested Read-Alikes. You can even tell it what kind of main character you like to read about, or give it a book you liked to get Read-Alike suggestions.
Record Information Services
Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA)
Reference Solutions helps library patrons access the most accurate and reliable business and consumer data for reference and research purposes. No other big data provider goes to the lengths we do to ensure the data your patrons rely on is relevant, comprehensive, and up-to-date.
Google Translate is now embedded into Reference Solutions, so you can read in 9 different languages.
A general research tool for elementary and middle schools students that includes articles, current news, video, photos and more. Includes science and technology articles for elementary, middle and high schoolers as well as current news on science. Access outside of the library building requires a library card.
Tech-Talk arms students, busy professionals, and community members with the missing technology and communications skills they need to achieve excellence in the workplace. Tech-Talk is a premier collection of articles and videos, written each week by top training experts for busy professionals and aspiring students. It helps people stay up-to-date in using technology and become better communicators in the workplace.
- Username: free-learning
- Password: free-learning
TumbleBook Library is a collection of talking and animated picture books, non-fiction, foreign language titles, read-along chapter books, puzzles, games, and resources for teachers and students.