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Stream movies, TV episodes, music, e-books, e-audiobooks and digital comic books…all for free with your library card! When you register for an account with hoopla, you’ll be able to borrow up to 4 titles per month. Best of all, there are no holds, no waitlist, and no fines with this exciting new service! Just visit to create an account with your library card and PIN, then download the free hoopla apps for your smartphone, tablet, or smart TV to get started.

Children’s Resources

Britannica Library: Children’s Research

Britannica Library: Tweens & Young Adult Research

Your library card is your ticket to the award-winning Encylopedia Britannica, where you’ll find encyclopedia articles, multimedia, e-books and other learning resources, with a kid-friendly, easy-to-navigate interface. The links above are perfect for elementary and middle-grade students, but you can access all of Britannica Library here.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

High School and Adult Resources

Archive Grid

Online access to nearly a million descriptions of archival collections owned by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide. ArchiveGrid is an important destination for searching for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives.

Britannica Library: Reference Center

Britannica Library brings a wealth of information right to your computer, with comprehensive, in-depth articles and multimedia on a wide variety of subjects. Britannica Library: Reference Center is perfect for high school students, college students and adults, but you can access all of Britannica Library here.


The Catalog of Art Museum Images Online, or CAMIO, is a database of art images from around the world. Each entry has at least one high-resolution photograph of the work, and includes a description of the work by the museum that owns the piece. All information on the site is rights-cleared for education use, so teachers can use the images and descriptions without worry.

Consumer Reports

Known as the most trusted source for information and advice on consumer products, this website contains information on making better buying decisions. Users will find advice on saving money, home improvement, personal finances, improving health and more.

Digital Archive for the Lake County News-Sun

Explore local history with our new full-color digital archive of Lake County News-Sun!  You can search this archive in the library or remotely through the library website – all you need is your library card! This new digital archive covers January 1, 2019 and will grow going forward (there is a 90 day embargo from publication date). Archival issues prior to 2019 are available on microfilm. Please see a librarian for assistance.

Driving Tests has information about Illinois driver’s licenses and permits, and several practice tests for the Illinois car, motorcycle, and CDL tests.  The CDL section includes practice tests for hazardous materials, school buses, double/triple trailers, tankers, and other endorsements.  Illinois DMV handbooks for cars, motorcycles, and CDL are also available.  Road sign practice tests and a copy of the Illinois DMV handbook for cars are available in Spanish, and a practice test of the rules of the road is available in Russian.

ERIC – US Department of Education

The Education Resources Information Center, or ERIC, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, is the most complete bibliography of educational materials available. This database of peer-reviewed journals and professional magazines is the perfect place for education students to start their research on a new subject.


GreenFILE is a research database of peer-reviewed journals and popular articles on all aspects of ecology. Learn more about humanity’s impact on the environment by searching through almost 5,000 full-text articles.


HelpNow offers personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies) from kindergarten through college.  Students can communicate with live, online tutors (in English or Spanish) using an interactive, virtual whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images, and graph homework problems.  HelpNow also offers skills building and test preparation where after taking a quiz, the user can then connect directly to a live tutor to review the topics and questions covered in the quiz.  Users can submit papers and other assignments through the Writing Lab and Send Question Center for detailed feedback without a live tutor.

For students who prefer to work independently and form their own online study group, HelpNow offers a set of collaborative tools – Meet and Brainwave. Meet allows students to schedule their own online sessions using the Brainfuse Meet whiteboard, which is specifically designed for a group setting. Brainwave is a recordable whiteboard where students can draw, write and chat, and send it to others for feedback.

The Adult Learning Center is the adult learners’ version of HelpNow where patrons access GED prep, U.S citizenship test prep, resume assistance, Microsoft Office support, and Career Resources. Microsoft Office support allows patrons to ask questions about Excel, Word and PowerPoint. The Writing Lab, Send Question Center and the Skills Building are also included in the Adult Learning Center suite.


JobNow features live online coaches who, among other things, assist in resume/cover letter preparation, and help patrons prepare for job interviews.  In addition, patrons have 24/7 access to interview tips and career resources.


Mango is an online language learning system that teaches English speakers real conversation skills for practical communication in 38 languages (from Arabic to Vietnamese).  Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective.   Those interested in learning English are taught in 15 languages.


Access 3,500 professional medical journals. This database covers all areas of medicine and includes journals from 1965 to the present.

Niche Academy

Niche Academy has online tutorials on a wide range of topics.  You can learn how to use many of the resources on this page, sign up with Facebook, learn the ins and outs of Pinterest, and much more!  Tutorials are added and updated regularly.


OAIster is a union catalog of more than 19 million digital resources from over 1,000 organizations developed by the University of Michigan and harvested using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting).

Teacher Reference Center

Find information about assessment, best practices, curriculum development, and much more related to teaching, from over 200 peer-reviewed journals.


VetNow provides information and assistance about VA benefits and community resources for veterans and their families.  In addition to veteran-specific information, VetNow has many of the job-hunting and college tools from HelpNow and JobNow




Mango es un sistema de aprendizaje de idiomas en línea que enseña habilidades de conversación reales para la comunicación práctica en inglés e otros lenguajes. A través de la diversión y lecciones atractivas e interactivas, Mango hace que el aprendizaje de un nuevo idioma sea rápido, fácil y muy eficaz.


Free Resources Available Online

CIA World Factbook

Information about history, people, government, economy, and other facts about nearly every country in the world.

Directory of Open Access Journals

Search over 10,000 scholarly, peer-reviewed articles covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science, and humanities.

Citation Guides from Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab

Use these when writing research papers to make sure your citations and format style are correct. For MLA or APA citations.

Khan Academy

Local teachers and students use this site to do practice exercises and view instructional videos in math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. The personalized learning dashboard allows learners to track their progress and study at their own pace.