Resources

Our resources can help you write a paper, learn a language, fix a car, plan a vacation, and a whole lot more. Almost all resources are available anytime, anywhere.

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2017 Federal and Illinois State tax forms. 

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data
  • Weather, fishing, political maps
  • NASA maps

Use it for: Gathering GIS data, preparing for travel, printing educational material and handouts

  • State profiles detailing demographics, crime, cuisine, economy, education, places of interest
  • Historical information and photos

Use it for: Preparing for travel, printing photographs, school reports

  • Award winning site designed to help children 2-7 build a strong foundation for academic success
  • More than 4,000 interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities

Use it For: A fun and safe place for young children to learn reading, math, science and more

  • Access to Ancestry.com’s genealogical sources
  • U.S. and U.K. censuses
  • Birth and death indexes
  • Military data and city directories

Use it for: Genealogy research

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  •      Book reviews, award winners, read-alike recommendations

Use it for: Finding your next favorite book

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  • Instructions for vehicle repairs and maintenance
  • Original equipment manufacturer maintenance schedules
  • Technical service bulletins

Use it for: Vehicle repair and maintenance

Did you know? There have been 36 technical service bulletins issued for the 2012 Ford F-150

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  • Reviews, ratings and recommendations on appliances, automobiles, babies and kids products, food, and money/personal finance
  • Money-saving advice and tips
  • Reliable information on new and used cars
  • Consumer news

Use it for: Researching products before buying, finding the best healthcare, cell phone and credit card plans

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  • Printable handouts, timelines, diagrams, experiments, and classroom activities
  • All subjects

Use it for: Classroom materials, worksheets, study guides

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  • Illinois practice tests and handbooks for car, motorcycle, and CDL
  • Instant results after every questions and explanations for wrong answers

Use it for: Preparing for your Driver's License exam

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  • Collection of ebooks and audiobooks
  • See our Downloads page for instructions and FAQ
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  • Collection of popular magazines
  • See our Downloads page for instructions and FAQ
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  • Full-text reference books in e-format
  • Art, history, law, literature, science

Use it for: Any research project

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  • Country profiles for business or casual travelers
  • Guide to local customs, tipping etiquette, places of interests, terms and phrases to know, and  cuisine

Use it for: Preparing for a business trip or personal vacation; finding authentic recipes from other countries

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  • Links to local, county, state, and federal government information

Use it for: Finding contact information for government offices and elected officials

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  • U.S. Census data from 1790-1940
  • Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application files
  • Freedman’s Bank records (1865-1874)

Use it for: Genealogy research

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  • We have a collection of popular books on hand at the library that can be checked out as a group.
  • If you don't want one of the books we already have, we can also obtain up to 10 copies of popular books that can check out for 6 weeks at a time. Fill out the Book Discussion Request Form and we'll get to work.
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  • General encyclopedia and resource for kids
  • Animals, music, history, geography, social studies, biographies and more
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  • Premiere provider of computer training video tutorials
  • Basic computer skills and advanced software applications, e.g., (HTML, Javascript, jQuery)

Use it for: Computer training and learning new software 

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  • Self-paced, interactive courses to learn 72 languages
  • English courses for foreign speakers of 21 languages
  • Interactive audio for pronunciation practice
  • Memory building exercises, beginner and advanced courses

Use it for: Learning a language, preparation for travel

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  • Contains full text for more than 1,000 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags
  • Covers an extensive range of subject areas including business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY and fashion.

Use it for: Any research project

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A Museum Adventure Pass provides free or discounted admission to Chicagoland museums, zoos, and cultural institutions. Come to the Youth Services desk in the library to check out a pass.

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  • Full text of the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to present day
  • Full text of  select newspapers from 1980 to present day; includes Wall Street JournalNew York Times, LA Times, Baltimore Sun and USA Today

Use it for: Locating a specific article or obituary, other general research 

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  • Book reviews, award winners, and read-alike recommendations

Use it for: Finding your next favorite book

Did you know: If you like Sue Monk Kidd, you’ll probably enjoy Elizabeth Gilbert, Kim Edwards, and Curtis Sittenfeld

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  • Book reviews and suggested reading lists for students Kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Lexile scores for books

Use it for: Book reports, finding a book to read

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  • Easily compose documents in categories like Divorce, Wills, Power of Attorney, Lease Agreements, Bankruptcy, Landlord/Tenant disputes and more
  • Option to edit documents, print a blank version if you are on the go, or enter the required information
  • Works best on Firefox and Chrome browsers

Did you know? The library provides free notary services. Check out the services page for more details.

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  • Must have an LVDL card to register for a course
  • 100+ instructor-led online courses
  • Includes Microsoft Excel, ACT/SAT prep courses, and web design
  • Courses for business professionals - accounting, business law, human resources, marketing
  • Personal enrichment courses such as gardening, cooking, meditation, yoga, and art
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  • Collection of ebooks and eaudiobooks
  • See our Downloads page for instructions and FAQ
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  • Designed for K-2 learners with audio voice-overs and text highlighting
  • Animals (available in Spanish too), Science, Biographies, and Social Studies

Use it For: School projects and general research

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  • Public record data for real estate transactions, foreclosures, bankruptcies and new businesses in Illinois

Use it for: Market research, competitive analysis

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  • Detailed information on businesses nationwide
  • Consumer profiles to help with market research

Use it for: Finding a local physician or dentist, compiling a list of businesses in a geographical area  market research, competitive analysis

Did you know? There are 13 florists located within a 5 mile radius of the library. Go buy someone flowers!

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  • Templates and advice for cover letters, resumes, and other documents
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  • Eight encyclopedias for research
  • Separate interfaces for middle school, high school, and adult patrons
  • Lexile scores for every article

Use it for: School projects, general reference

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  • General database of primary sources, journals, magazines and newspaper articles for middle school and high school students

Use it For: School projects and general research

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  • College prep practice tests: ACT, SAT, GMAT and more
  • Career practice tests: ASVAB, accountant, cosmetology and more
  • Scholarship search and resume builder

Use it for: Boosting your ACT score, help with financial aid, preparing for a new career

Did you know? You can take practice AP tests for over 15 subjects

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  • Interactive, talking picture books for kids
  • Works with Flash player directly in web browser; no downloading required

Use it for: A fun way for kids to read, entertainment on long car rides

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  • Live 1-on-1 help in math, science, English, and social studies from noon to midnight
  • Writing center for help with essays
  • Grade school to college level

Use it for: Extra help with assignments, proofreading essays

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  • Encyclopedia articles and videos for kids
  • Fun, easy to navigate interface

Use it for: General research

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  • Catalog to search for books in libraries around the world
  • The place to submit request for items via Inter Library Loan (ILL)

Use it for: Finding items we don't have at Lake Villa District Library

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