Research & Learn

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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A to Z USA

  • 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 [Now available to use at home!]

  • 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
  • Parents can create profiles for each child using one household account
  • A robust assessment center, that can create customized lesson plans for each child
  • Access from a library computer here

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


  • Topic overviews that provide a starting point for research
  • Search full text reference books, journal articles, and primary source documents
  • Subjects include Arts & Literature, Biography, Business & Careers, Current Events, Geography & Culture, Health, History, Science, and Math

Use it for: Homework and research projects, developing school curriculum, satisfy curiosity

Explore More Illinois

  • A cultural pass program that provides discounts at museums, historical societies, zoos, arts centers, recreational facilities, and more around the stats.
  • Locations added often.

Fiero Code

  • Geared towards kids 8 -18
  • Learn computer programming skills through self-paced tutorials and projects
  • Build websites, video games, phone apps, animations, and more 
  • Offers courses on HTML, Javascript, Python, SQL, and more

Use it for: Learning computer programing and building critical thinking skills


  • Stream critically-acclaimed movies, classic cinema, inspiring documentaries, foreign films, and a collection just for kids.
  • Watch unlimited films in the Kanopy Kids collection.
  • Stream on your computer, TV, phone, or tablet.

Use it for: Movie night or learning about something new

Museum Adventure Pass

  • Free or discounted admission to Chicagoland museums, zoos, and cultural institutions.
  • Available for checkout at the Adult and youth Reference Desks.

NoveList K-8

  • 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

  • No cost,1-to-1 tutoring for grade school - adult
  • Job seekers can connect with a job search coach for help with resumes/cover letters, practice interviewing skills and much more
  • Available anytime noon - midnight, no appointments needed

Use it for: Extra help with assignments, proofreading essays, test prep, and applying for a job