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Introduce your preschoolers and kindergarteners to reading, math, social science, art, and music with this award-winning education software.

Ancestry Library Edition

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Search billions of genealogy documents—including census, military, immigration, birth, and death records—in the library version of


Britannica Online

All-ages content from Encyclopædia Briannica and Britannica Concise Encyclopedia, as well as videos and magazine articles.


Career Center from

Get tips on job searching and interview prep. From 10 am to 12 am daily, upload resumes and cover letters and a career expert will give you feedback within 24 hours.

Careers College

Learn to navigate your job search with interactive tutorials, career resources, resume templates, and self-evaluation forms.

Chicago Tribune (1849–present)

Search the newspaper’s complete text. Content from 1849 to 1987 includes images of articles, photographs, death notices, and ads. From 1987 to present, only text versions of articles and obituaries are available.

Consumer Health Complete

Get health and wellness information from hundreds of health journals and reference books covering mainstream and integrated medicine.

Find detailed buying guides and useful reviews of hundreds of consumer products.

Find ratings and recommendations on appliances, electronics, cars, and more from the popular magazine and website.

Consumers’ Checkbook

Ratings on numerous Chicago-area service providers, including car mechanics, plumbers, dentists, roofers, and lawn care companies.

Cook County Tax Portal

Find county property information, including assessed values. Search by PIN or address.

CultureGrams Online

Find detailed descriptions of daily life, customs, and culture in nearly 200 countries.

Current Biography Illustrated

Magazine-length biographical profiles of celebrities, politicians, entertainers, scientists, and other newsmakers from the 1940s to the present.


D&B Hoovers

Search information on more than 130 million businesses, both public and private, around the world. Data includes annual revenues, key contacts, analyst reports, stock data, financials and other vital information.

Digital Learn

If you are new to computers or need a refresher, we have the tools. Tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

Take free online practice tests based on Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles standards, including motorcycle exams and a sample commercial driver license (CDL) test.


Early World of Learning

Narrated stories, games, and reading practice for preschool and elementary school students. Includes a basic encyclopedia for the youngest learners.


Index to journal articles, resources and research in the education field.


Search for full-text articles, news and current events using grade levels or lexile ranges for grades K-8.



Full-text access to thousands of newspapers, magazines, and journals, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Washington Post.


Gale Courses

Jump-start your professional and personal development with free, instructor-led, non-credit online courses in technology, business, health, wellness, education, parenting, and the arts. New sessions begin every month.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

More than 330 encyclopedias and specialized reference sources. Search the entire collection or a particular subject area.


Information on businesses and nonprofits, including those that have been dissolved or are in poor standing, from the Illinois Secretary of State.



Full-text access to academic journals and primary sources in the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, and medicine. Issue dates range from historical to current.


LegalForms from Gale

Print free legal forms covering divorce, leases, wills, powers of attorney, and more.


Library PressReader

Current newspapers from around the world, presented in image format with full layouts, photos, and advertisements.

Literature Resources from Gale

Search the contents of hundreds of literary reference books for information on authors and criticism of their works.

Live Homework Help from

Connect with tutors to work on math, science, social studies, and English problems from 10 am to 12 pm daily. Sessions tailored for students from kindergarten to junior college and last about 20 minutes. Library cardholders limited to 5 sessions per week. Online Learning Library

Watch thousands of step-by-step online video tutorials on software, apps, media, marketing, business, and technology.

When creating a profile, please include your name and email address so that you can reset your password if needed. To reset the password, please call their customer service line at 888-335-9632. If you're creating a profile on the app, tap on Organization, select Web Portal, and type to get started.


Mango Languages

Lessons in 60-plus languages, including English. Includes specialty courses, such as medical Spanish, and full-length theatrical movies with subtitles and enhanced instruction. Download the Mango Languages app to use on mobile devices.

MasterFILE Premier

Search full-text articles from popular magazines and journals covering areas of general interest.


Up-to-date health information from the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library.

Mergent Intellect

Basic company facts on over 20 million North American companies and over 70 million global companies.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Investment analysis and ratings for stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and markets.


Natural Medicines

Peer-reviewed, independent data on complementary and alternative thearapies such as herbs, supplements, and a variety of integrative medicine practices.


Thousands of teacher-approved websites and digital resources for students from elementary through high school. You can refine search results by subject, reading level, or grade level.

New York Times Online

Free, unlimited 72-hour access to the New York Times website and mobile apps from outside the library. To activate, click on “Redeem,” then register for a free account or log into an existing account. Once your pass expires, return to this page to renew for another 72 hours.
You must be 13 years or older to use this service. Users under 18 need parent or legal guardian permission to sign up.

New York Times Online

In library use only

Free, unlimited access to The New York Times website and mobile apps on any device during your library visit. To activate, you’ll need to register for a free account or log into an existing account.
You must be 13 years or older to use this service. Users under 18 need parent or legal guardian permission to sign up.

Newspaper Source from EBSCOhost

Full-text articles from hundreds of U.S. and international newspapers such as The Washington Post and USA Today; also features transcripts from CNN, Fox News, and NPR.

Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Library Express)

Find newspaper and magazine articles, media transcripts, business information, and legal sources such as federal and state court cases dating back to 1789. Please note that the legal portion of this product is only available for use in the library.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Discover great books for children from kindergarten through grade 8. Browse lists of award-winning titles or search for books by grade level or Lexile score.

NoveList Plus

Find recommendations and reviews for adult and teen fiction and nonfiction based on your favorite titles, authors, and genres.


OCLC FirstSearch

Search a wide range of databases, including ArticleFirst, ERIC, WorldCat, and MEDLINE.

Opposing Viewpoints

Explore all sides of hot-button social issues with topic overviews, pro/con essays, articles, statistics, and multimedia covering hundreds of controversial subjects.



PebbleGo helps young children (grades K-2) learn to read and learn in a friendly and safe environment. Topics covered include animals (in English or Spanish), dinosaurs, science, biographies, and social studies.


PebbleGoNext has curriculum-connected content for students in grades 3-5 in the areas of states, science, American Indians and social studies.

Public Records Electronic Database

Access Illinois public record data for home foreclosures, bankruptcies, new businesses, and real estate transactions. Available both inside and outside the library.

Public Records Electronic Database

In library use only

Access Illinois public record data for home foreclosures, bankruptcies, new businesses, and real estate transactions. Available both inside and outside the library.



Get contact information for millions of U.S. and Canadian companies as well as residential directory information. Generate reports by searching businesses by name, location, industry, or size.


Science Online

Features a science encyclopedia, experiments, biographies, and illustrations ideal for grades 6 and up.

Skokie Newspaper Index

Find citations to articles that appeared in the Skokie Review, The News, and Life: Skokie edition. To request full articles, email or call the library at 847-673-7774.

Skokie Newspaper Obituaries

Find citations to obituaries that appeared in The News (1960–1984), Skokie Review (1981–present), and Life: Skokie edition (1978–Oct. 2004). To request full obituaries, email or call the library at 847-673-7774.


An open, collaborative website with community information and resources.


Aimed primarily at teachers, this provides multimedia resources and activities to supplement elementary, middle, and high school reading assignments.

Learn from over 1,000 videos created by expert teachers on web design, coding, business, and much more. is continually refreshed with the latest on web technology, so you'll never fall behind.

TumbleBook Library for Kids

Apps available

A collection of animated, narrated picture books that kids can follow along word for word.


Value Line Research Center

The latest information on stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertible securities. View, print, and download research reports from the various Value Line publications.


World Book Online

An online version of the popular encyclopedia.

WorldCat from OCLC FirstSearch

Search the collections of thousands of libraries in the United States and around the world using this global catalog.