All of our digital resources—databases, eBooks, magazines, courses and more—in one spot for a quick search.
These resources (and links to more outside our library services) can also be found on the following pages:
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.
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.
Auto Repair Source
Formerly known as AutoMate, Auto Repair Source is the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
RBdigital offers digital popular magazines and classic audiobooks. Get individual issues from over 35 magazines — download and keep them indefinitely. Popular titles include Better Homes & Gardens, Eating Well, Men’s Fitness, Reader’s Digest, and many more. RBdigital also offers a small, always-available collection of predominantly classic audiobook titles that are compatible with most devices after a brief account set-up.
New on iOS (Apple products): RBdigital users can listen to all articles in audio format, which improves reading comprehension and allows you to listen to the article while doing other things.
A Note from RBdigital on Wednesday, June 6: "Our magazine partner, Zinio, is experiencing a technical issue that is impacting the RBdigital magazine and comics service. This issue is causing intermittent time outs when patrons attempt to check out magazine and comic titles. The RBdigital and Zinio teams are working diligently to resolve this issue. We will provide an update as soon as more information is available."
Record Information Services
A public records database that covers new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures and sales, and bankruptcies.
ReferenceUSA 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 ReferenceUSA, so you can read in 9 different languages.
Formerly Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia and New Book of Popular Science. 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.