Jobs, Unemployment, Finances and Small Business Resources

Resources for Job Seekers


Resources for Unemployed Individuals 

  • COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits (Illinois Department of Employment Services)
  • All Illinois Department of Employment Services (IDES) offices are closed to the public until further notice. File your unemployment claim online. Please note that online filing and claims applications will be unavailable every night from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. for daily claims processing. 
  • If you have questions about unemployment insurance, please call the IDES Customer Service Center at 800-244-5631 or 866-488-4016 TTY.
  • Certify for unemployment insurance benefits here, or call Tele-Serve at 312-338-4337 Monday-Friday 5:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • To post your resume, search job postings, or find a job, visit For assistance with Illinois Job Link, call 877-342-7533 or 866-488-4016 TTY.
  • Explore Illinois workNet’s resources for laid off workers for additional assistance.
  • Free Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot access. Look up hotspots near you.


Other Economic Assistance Resources

Mortgage relief:

Other economic assistance:


Resources for Small Businesses  


Additional Online Resources

On the library's Online Learning page,, you'll find a wide variety of resources including:

  • Need help? Don't worry, is available for career help, like resume reviews and more. 
  • Gale Courses: Need to learn something new? Hundreds of six-week, instructor-led courses on topics ranging from tech skills to creative writing, gardening and starting a business.
  • Udemy Video Tutorials: Udemy offers over 3,500 on-demand video tutorials covering technology (Office, Windows, and Mac OS, coding, etc.), business & management, job & career skills, and personal growth.