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American Ancestors

American Ancestors ›

Extensive genealogical searching for census, vital and military records.
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center ›

"How-to" instructions and creative ideas for hobby enthusiasts
National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids ›

Pictures, books and magazine articles about animals, science, history, cultures, the environment and more.


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Business Plans Handbook (from Gale Ebooks)

Help develop your own business plan by using examples from entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America. Browse for plans or use the "Search within series" box to find by keyword.


Career Center (

Live resume reviews. Articles on job search tips and interview preparation.

CFRA MarketScope Advisor

CFRA Research produces industry surveys, stock reports, mutual fund reports, The Outlook newsletter, and much more (and is the provider of these products to S&P).


Look up public records in northern Illinois across communities quickly by personal or business name. Part of Public Records Online.

Chicago Community Collection

NEW:  From Newsbank. Replaces "America's News--Chicagoland Edition," with increased coverage and more full-image titles. Includes full-image content from the Chicago Sun-Times and Daily Herald.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Articles from 1/1/86-present. Approximately three months' daily issues are also available via PressReader.

Chicago Tribune (via ProQuest)

Search the complete text of The Chicago Tribune from 1849-present. The most recent four days' daily issues are also available via PressReader. Now features additional full-image content from 1997-2011 and increased searching of online articles. Additional full-page-image access (similar  to microfilm) for articles from 2008-3 months ago available through Proquest Recent Newspapers.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archives: Selected

No longer available. HeritageHub includes all obituaries & death noticies previously contained in this product. Use Proquest Chicago Tribune for historical article searching.

The online edition of Chilton's auto repair manuals, with at-home access. Includes ASE Test prep exam quizzes.

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Thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks for your smartphone, tablet, eReader or computer.

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CloudLibrary Read-alongs

Hundreds of read-alongs, many based on popular movies, comics and children's books. (Children with a Kids' World-only card will need to use a parent's/guardian's hoopla account for access.

Arlington Heights cardholders only

Company Dossier (from Nexis Uni)

Now part of Nexis Uni. After opening the database, use the "Menu" drop-down menu at the upper left of the page and select "Company Dossier." Millions of public and private companies, with contact information, analysis and news/industry links. No download limit.

Consumer Health Complete

NEW: Consumer-oriented information and articles on health conditions, medications and alternative treatments.

Consumer's Checkbook

Consumer reviews of local services for home/construction, auto repair, medical services/hospitals and more. Includes consumer guides to help you with the decision-making process. (NOTE: Once on the homepage, use the "I'm looking for..." search box at upper right or the "Services We Rate" drop-down menu at upper left.)


NEW: Reviews of health, wellness and nutritional products, based on test results published by an independent laboratory.

Product reviews for home, health, electronics, etc. You can also browse individual CR issues (2009-present).

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More than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Includes sewing/quilting/knitting, paper crafts, food, jewelry, holiday crafts and more. | Privacy note.

Arlington Heights cardholders only

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Learn about the world's countries and peoples.

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Curiosity Stream BingePass (via Hoopla)

Seven days' unlimited web access (no app/Roku/smart TV, etc.) to documentaries and nonfiction series. Watch award-winning original and curated factual films, shows, and series covering science, nature, travel, history, technology, and more.

Arlington Heights cardholders only


Daily Herald (via Newsbank)

Articles from 2/23/1995-present. For historical articles (1901-present) search the Arlington Heights listings in the Access Newspaper Archive.

Note about the timing of same-day full text Daily Herald articles.


Daily Herald (via Proquest)

Articles from 2/23/1997-present. For historical articles (1901-present) search the Arlington Heights listings in the Access Newspaper Archive.

Note about the timing of same-day full text Daily Herald articles.

Daily Herald--Full Image (via Newsbank)

NEW:  Full-image (full-page) version of the Daily Herald, 2/22/21- .

Note about the timing of same-day full-text Daily Herald articles.

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

Collection of millions of scanned historic images, documents and media from libraries, museums and universities across the country.

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Free online tech training on topics like basic PC/Mac skills, Word, Excel, using the web, job searching, etc.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Collection (Gale Archives Unbound)

A collection of primary source archives supporting African American, LGBTQ, Women’s Studies and Civil Rights research.

Practice tests and FAQs to help get and renew your driver's license.


Ebsco eBook Collection

Hundreds of reference books covering a wide variety of topics. Books downloadable in PDF or ePub format.

Ebsco Explora

Updated interface allows simultaneous searching of MasterFile PremierAcademic Search PremierBusiness Source Premier and ERIC, with additional browsing tools.

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