Descriptions include information about remote access.
Remote access to many resources are restricted to Lansing Public Library cardholders.
When using the library's public computers, users may access many resources without having to input a library card number.

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Academic Search Premier *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it?

A popular resource found in many academic settings worldwide, this resource was designed for the premier researcher, rich with the most valuable, comprehensive multidisciplinary content available. As a leading scholarly database, it provides access to acclaimed full-text journals, magazines, and other valuable resources. Superb Coverage to Support the Academic Curriculum

Academic Search Premier covers the expansive academic disciplines now being offered in colleges and universities. It provides comprehensive content, including PDF backfiles to 1975 for nearly 140 journals and searchable cited references for more than 1,000 titles. Topical Video Content

Academic Search Premier offers access to video content from the Associated Press, the world’s leading news agency. Videos relevant to the search terms appear in a carousel in the result list. With footage from 1930 to the present and updated monthly, this collection of more than 60,000 videos covers a wide variety of topics.


Help Section or User Guides:
Watch a brief tutorial or click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged in.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Ebsco does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

Connect to the Academic Search Premier Login page



AtoZdatabases : Search Jobs, Businesses or Mailing Lists *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database. The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business & executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!
Update Frequency: Monthly
Output: Email, Print or instant Download

Where can I use this? You can use this from home or inside the library.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource from home.
Our contract with AtoZdatabases does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.
Follow the link, then look for the box to input your library card barcode.

AtoZdatabases Tutorial  tutorial icon

A to Z the USA *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? Lansing Public Library subscribes to content from World Trade Press including information, maps, photos, flags and more!
Perfect for your school report on States, or for the U.S. Traveler! Contains in-depth e-content in 156 data categories with 50+ maps for each state. It has thousands of U.S. state reports and articles ready to download, royalty-free image collections of flags, vintage postcards, panoramic photos, license plates, and much more. Map collections include thousands of modern and antique maps, and dozens of other categories feature data on geography, government, history, and society and culture. Created by a dedicated team of researchers, cartographers, and writers, the database is continually updated.

Where can I use this? You can use this from home or inside the library.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource from home.
Our contract with A to Z the USA does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.
Follow the link, then look for the box to input your library card barcode.

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A to Z World Travel *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? Lansing Public Library subscribes to content from World Trade Press including travel essentials, maps, culture, cuisine, shopping and more!
Perfect for the world traveler, armchair traveler, or for school reports! Find a myriad of information on different countries: city views, facts, neighborhoods, insider's guides, activities, restaurants, climate and weather, embassies and consulates, health & medical, language, maps, travel essentials, transportation, money & banking, communications, and electrical.

Where can I use this? You can use this from home or inside the library.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource from home.
Our contract with A to Z World Travel does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.
Follow the link, then look for the box to input your library card barcode.

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Ancestry Library Edition *In Library Use Only

What is it? ProQuest has partnered with MyFamily.com to create Ancestry® Library Edition, one of the most important genealogical collections available today. It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. This collection, with thousands of databases and billions of names, is essential to having a broad genealogy collection.
The Ancestry Library Edition collection has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes); Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes); The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War collection. Ancestry Library Edition updates continually, with more indexes and original images added all the time.
What years are covered?
1300 to the present; U.S. federal census information through 1940.
When will the 1950 U.S. Census files be available? The years of the United States Federal Censuses that have been made available include 1790-1940; a 72-year period must expire since the year a census is taken in order for a new census year to be released. Thus, the 1950 census will not be made publicly available until the year 2022. This is in accordance with laws and policies that protect the privacy and rights of living persons who may appear in the censuses released.
Where can I use this? Accessible from public computers in Lansing Public Library.
Help Section or User Guides: Ancestry Tutorial  tutorial icon
Sample searches, and product tours.
Cost: Free!
Why can't I access this from home? Ancestry licenses this product specifically for use in libraries.
If you are interested in access from home, they offer a subscription based product for individuals.
Visit Ancestry.com for details and pricing.

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Ancestry Tutorial  tutorial icon

Auto Repair Reference Center *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? The Auto Repair Reference Center database includes automotive repair information supplied by Point 5 Technologies, Inc., under license from Nichols Publishing, the former publisher of Chilton® Information and information from Delphi Integrated Service Solutions. Auto Repair Reference Center contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1945. Database content includes more than 33,100 vehicles covered from 1945 to present; over 250,000 drawings and step-by-step photographs; approximately 77,570 technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer; over 144,600 enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing; specifications & maintenance schedules; Labor Time Guide & Estimator; AutoIQ; Quick Tips, a complete guide to vehicle ownership & maintenance; unlimited remote access and much more. New repair procedures and updates will also be added continuously. All of the content in Auto Repair Reference Center has been created by ASE certified technicians.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Ebsco does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

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Britannica Library & Reference Center
*Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? It is a great, web-based resource that can be accessed either at the library or from the comforts of your own home. It is comprehensive and easy-to-use. It contains 4 complete encyclopedias, each covering the research needs of a different age group. It also contains full-text magazine articles, website recommendations, homework help, a world atlas, Merriam-Webster dictionaries in both English and Spanish and a thesaurus. It also contains a feature called Primary Sources, which is helpful for historical research for students at all levels.
Help Section or User Guides:
Look for the "help" link at the top right of the screen after you login.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Britannica Reference Center does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

Choose the appropriate reading level:



Business Source Premier *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it?

The industry's most widely used business research database, this collection features full text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines. In addition, it includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.

Regional Business Coverage Regional Business News is a supplemental database for customers of Business Source Premier, provided at no additional charge. With daily updates, Regional Business News provides comprehensive full text for regional U.S. and Canadian business publications including titles from Crain Communications.

Topical Video Content Business Source Premier offers access to video content from the Associated Press, the world’s leading news agency. Videos relevant to the search terms will appear in a carousel in the result list. With footage from 1930 to the present and updated monthly, this collection of more than 60,000 videos covers a wide variety of topics.


Help Section or User Guides:
Watch a brief tutorial or click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged in.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Ebsco does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

Connect to the Business Source Premier Login page


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The Careers College

What is it? Self-paced, online job search courseware and career transition resources.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Careers College does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

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Constitution Study Guide

What is it? A guide to help you study for the Constitution test or citizenship test. Created by Southwestern Illinois College.
Cost: Free!

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Consumer Reports *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it?

Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization that works side by side with consumers to create a fairer, safer, and healthier world. We do it by fighting to put consumers’ needs first in the marketplace and by empowering them with the trusted knowledge they depend on to make better, more informed choices. For 80 years, we have provided evidence-based product testing and ratings, rigorous research, hard-hitting investigative journalism, public education, and steadfast policy action on behalf of consumers’ interests. Unconstrained by advertising or other commercial influences, we have exposed landmark public health and safety issues and have strived to be a catalyst for pro-consumer changes in the marketplace. From championing responsible auto safety standards, to winning food and water protections, to enhancing healthcare quality, to fighting back against predatory lenders in the financial markets, Consumer Reports has always been on the front lines, raising the voices of consumers.


Help Section or User Guides:
Watch a brief tutorial or click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged in.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Ebsco does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

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CQ Researcher

What is it? CQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Our reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports. Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide a solid introduction to subjects most in demand by students.
Cost: Free!

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Digital Public Library of America

What is it? The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America's heritage, to the efforts and data of science.

The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used. The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items--photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more--from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA's collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others. Users can also explore digital exhibitions curated by the DPLA's content partners and staff.
Cost: Free!

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EbscoHost *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? EBSCOhost offers customizable basic and advanced searching supported by Boolean logic, enhanced subject indexing and journal searching to assist patrons in performing thorough investigations of their research topics. With links from the full record display to related articles by subject, magazine issue or author, patrons can further explore their topic. In addition, EBSCOhost allows patrons to print, email or download multiple articles. EBSCOhost offers a range of advanced searching features. Results can be limited or refined by various criteria including subject, author, journal, date, peer-reviewed status and full text availability. In addition, researchers can build upon their search terms by using EBSCOhost's search history and search builder capabilities.
Help Section or User Guides:
Watch a brief tutorial or click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged into Ebsco.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Ebsco does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

Connect to the EbscoHost Login page



European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750

What is it? European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750 is a valuable index for libraries, scholars and individuals interested in European works that relate to the Americas. EBSCO Publishing, in cooperation with the John Carter Brown Library, has created this resource from European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750, the authoritative bibliography that is well-known and respected by scholars worldwide. Covering European Works Relating to the Americas The database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples. A wide range of subject areas are covered; from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery. The original bibliography was co-developed by John Alden and Dennis Landis, Curator of European Books at The John Carter Brown Library. The John Carter Brown Library, founded in 1846, is a foremost repository of rare books and materials and is a center for advanced research in history and the humanities.
Cost: Free!

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Explora *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? I’d like to take a moment to tell you about the online resources offered by EBSCO, now available in our library through an engaging new interface called Explora. Designed with students and educators in mind, Explora provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects, or homework. A far better alternative to websites and search engines, Explora provides students with easy-to-use features and age-appropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books. Available on computers and from mobile devices, Explora offers all of the following:

  • High-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers, recognized by library professionals, and selected for use in a school environment
  • Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results, including primary source documents, news articles, and Associated Press videos
  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic and Topic Overviews that provide students with a starting point for research
  • Text-to-speech for HTML articles to assist struggling readers or those learning English
  • Numeric reading-level indicators to help students and teachers find grade-appropriate articles
  • No ads or pop-up windows
  • COPPA compliancy, meaning EBSCO does not ask for or require personal information to use its databases
  • Password-protected personal folders that allow students to save search results in a secure and organized holding area
  • Citation help, including the ability to export citation information to online bibliography generators such as EasyBib and NoodleTools
For more information about how EBSCO compares to the Internet, please click here.
Help Section or User Guides:
Watch a brief tutorial or click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged into Explora.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Explora does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

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Fold3™ Historical Military Records *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? Fold3™ Historical Military Records Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Flag Ceremony from Vietnam War The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world. Original records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.

Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with ProQuest does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

Take the Tour!

Learn more about Fold3; View the brochure!

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Glassdoor

What is it? Glassdoor.com gives you an inside look at company reviews, interview questions, & salary information for thousands of companies.
Cost: Free!

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Global Road Warrior Connect from home, barcode required.
Global Road Warrior Connect @ the library.

What is it? Global Road Warrior contains information about 175 countries! This database features high-resolution maps, and information rich culture reports covering everything from childhood, dating, marriage and funerals to cultural faux pas. Also includes 6,500 colorful country photos to enjoy. Also includes information on religion, supersitions & folklore, holidays, media, gift giving, points of interest, climate and more! Information about sports and food, including recipes will be added in 2008.

This is a valuable resource for anyone doing research on a country, from elementary school students, to college students planning to study abroad, to international business travelers, or recreational travelers!

Where can I use this? You can use this from home or inside the library, just choose the appropriate link.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource from home.
Our contract with Global Road Warrior does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.
Follow the link, then look for the box at the bottom left of the screen to input your library card barcode.

Connect to Global Road Warrior from home, or wifi connection. (*Lansing Public Library barcode required)

Connect to Global Road Warrior from a Lansing Public Library computer.



GreenFILE ™

What is it? In keeping with our commitment to environmental consciousness, Lansing Public Library proudly offers Ebsco's GreenFILE, a freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology. Drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology, GreenFILE will serve as an informative resource for anyone concerned about the issues facing our planet. GreenFILE’s initial release will include A&I for more than 600 titles, including comprehensive coverage – from to volume 1, issue 1 to present – for Bioscience (back to 1964), Conservation Biology (back to 1987), Journal of Ecology (back to 1913) and Journal of Environmental Planning & Management (back to 1948). The total number of records is approximately 295,000, and full text is provided for more than 4,600 records from open access titles.
Help Section or User Guides:
Click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged into GreenFILE ™
Cost: Free!

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HathiTrust Digital Library

What is it? HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
Help Section or User Guides:
HathiTrust help.
Cost: Free!

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Health Resources

What is it? A collection of trusted health information websites.
Cost: Free!

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History Reference Center *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? History Reference Center® is the world's most comprehensive full text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research. The database features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers, such as: Branden Publishing, Compass Point Books, Houghton Mifflin, Lerner Publishing Group, Mason Crest Publishers, Morgan Reynolds Inc., Oliver Press, Oxford University Press, Rourke Publishing LLC., Salem Press, Stackpole Books, Toucan Valley Publications, and more. The database also includes full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals including America's Civil War, American Heritage, American Historical Review, American History, Archaeology, Aviation History, Beaver, British Heritage, Chinese America: History & Perspectives, Civil War Times, Foreign Affairs, German History, History, History Review, History Today (back to January 1975), History: Review of New Books, Kansas History, Journal of American History, Manitoba History, Military History, Naval History, North Carolina Historical Review, Virginia Magazine of History & Biography, Wild West, World War II and more. Further, the database contains nearly 57,000 historical documents; more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 113,000 historical photos and maps; and more than 80 hours of historical video.
Help Section or User Guides:
Watch a brief tutorial or click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged in.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Ebsco does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

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Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center is a full text database accessible via a custom EBSCO interface designed primarily for use in public libraries. Content in the database includes a collection of core, proprietary articles covering over 140 topics, as well as licensed periodicals, books and video that focus on categories commonly referred to as hobbies and crafts and is available in high-quality PDF format. Features include the ability to search the Hobbies & Crafts interface by category, view all available topics and browse popular resources related to the area of Hobbies & Crafts.
Help Section or User Guides:
Watch a brief tutorial or click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged in.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Ebsco does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

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Home Improvement and Crafts Reference Center *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? The Home Improvement Reference Center (HIRC) is a full text database accessible via a custom EBSCO interface. It is intended for use in public and academic libraries and is designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance, and remodeling projects. Step-by-step instructions for thousands of projects in the areas of plumbing, outdoor, woodworking, electrical, and decorating are provided in high-quality PDF files. Additionally, thousands of articles from magazines and reference books provide tips and suggestions to supplement the step-by-step project instructions.
Help Section or User Guides:
Watch a brief tutorial or click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged in.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Ebsco does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

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I-Share (formerly Illinet Online; CARLI)
What is it? I-Share includes the resources of 65 Illinois libraries belonging to CARLI, the Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries in Illinois
How many libraries?
65
Help Section or User Guides:

To Request Items:
You cannot place your own requests in I-Share or OCLC. Information Staff will be happy to assist you! Contact the Information Desk (in person, by phone 474-2447 ext. 109, email or the Request I-Share/OCLC Items Form.) We will need your name, phone number, library card barcode, and information about the item: author, title, ISBN and format (book, large print book, audiobook cassette, audiobook CD, DVD, etc.) 
You will be contacted by phone, email, or text (depending upon your preference in your account) when the item has arrived. Requested items can only be checked out by the requesting borrower.
Cost: Free!

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Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection

What is it? Historic newspapers provide us with a window on our past, and now digital technology has revolutionized access to this rich source material. The Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection (IDNC) contains digital facsimiles of historic Illinois newspapers. You can browse the newspapers by date or search by keyword across articles, advertisements and photo captions. You can print, download, or email individual articles. And it's free! More about the IDNC. Titles Available: Daily Illini 1916-1945 ; Urbana Daily Courier 1903-1935 ; Express (Tallula, Illinois) 1895-1896 (Scattered issues)
Help Section or User Guides:
Help
Cost: Free!

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Illinois Newspaper Project

What is it? Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) is part of the U.S. Newspaper Program (USNP), a cooperative effort between the states and the federal government designed to identify, catalog and preserve on microfilm the nation's historic newspaper heritage. The USNP is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and administered by the Library of Congress. The INP team travels throughout Illinois inventorying and cataloging collections held by libraries and repositories, private organizations, and individuals. Newspapers that have not already been preserved on microfilm are filmed to create a permanent record of this vanishing material. The goal of the project is to facilitate access to Illinois newspapers. We host a web-based searchable database of all newspapers discovered and preserved through the project. All microfilm produced for INP is made available to Illinois citizens through interlibrary loan.
Cost: Free!

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Lansing Public Library / SWAN Online Catalog

What is it? The System Wide Automated Network catalog (SWAN) searches participating members of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) You can also check your patron record and check when your items are due.
How many libraries? 79
Help Section or User Guides:
Using the Catalog Tutorial  tutorial icon
My Account Tutorial  tutorial icon
SWAN Help Section
To Request Items: You CAN place your own requests in SWAN! You will be contacted by phone, email, or text (depending upon your preference in your account) when the item has arrived. Requested items can only be checked out by the requesting borrower.
Cost: Free!
Reciprocal Borrowing: As a full member of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) the Lansing Public Library cooperates with the other libraries in the area. Lansing Library cardholders have Reciprocal borrowing privileges (you can use your Lansing Library card at any RAILS member library). If an item is available in SWAN, you have the option to visit the owning library and check out the item there.

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Legal Information Reference Center *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? Legal Information Reference Center provides online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books. Legal Information Reference Center™ contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. Many of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation's oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. This database offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, property & real estate and rights & disputes.
Help Section or User Guides:
Watch a brief tutorial or click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged in.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Ebsco does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

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Library of Congress

What is it? Digital Collections & Services: Access to print, pictorial and audio-visual collections and other digital services

The Library of Congress has made digitized versions of collection materials available online since 1994, concentrating on its most rare collections and those unavailable anywhere else. The following services are your gateway to a growing treasury of digitized photographs, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, and books, as well as "born digital" materials such as Web sites. In addition, the Library maintains and promotes the use of digital library standards and provides online research and reference services.

The Library provides one of the largest bodies of noncommercial high-quality content on the Internet. By providing these materials online, those who may never come to Washington can gain access to the treasures of the nation's library. Such online access also helps preserve rare materials that may be too fragile to handle.
Cost: Free!

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LISTA: Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts

What is it? EBSCO Publishing is proud to provide the Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database as a free resource to anyone interested in libraries and information management. This world-class bibliographic database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Delivered via the EBSCOhost platform, LISTA indexes nearly 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science.
Help Section or User Guides:
Click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged into LISTA.
Cost: Free!

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Literary Reference Center *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? Literary Reference Center™ is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It has been specifically designed for public libraries, secondary schools, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research. Literary Reference Center is a full-text database that combines information from thousands of major respected reference works, books, and literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. Content includes thousands of plot summaries, essays of literary criticism, author biographies, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, classic and contemporary short stories, and author interviews.
Help Section or User Guides:
Watch a brief tutorial or click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged in.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Ebsco does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

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National Gallery of Art: NGA Images

What is it? NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. On this website you can search, browse, share, and download images. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts. More than 35,000 open access digital images up to 3000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use. NGA Images is designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration. Help Section or User Guides:
Help Section or User Guides:
NGA Help
Cost: Free!

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NoveList Plus *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? NoveList Plus includes information on 50,000 non-fiction titles in addition to nearly 160,000 fiction titles previously covered by NoveList. This database provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 125,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists.
Help Section or User Guides:
NoveList Tutorial  tutorial icon
Using NoveList Plus
To Request Items: After you find a title that interest you, look for the link that connects directly to our Library Catalog! You can place your own requests! If we don't own the title, we'll be happy to borrow it from another library for you. Visit the Information Desk for assistance, or phone the library!
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with NoveList Plus does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

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NoveList K-8 Plus *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? NoveList® K-8 Plus is a great way to help children locate age-appropriate fiction and nonfiction reading materials. Our team of librarians have reviewed each of the 17,000 titles covered to support the school curriculum and encourage pleasure reading. And every piece of editorial content is written with kids in mind as well. Therefore, you can rest assured that the content is suitable for the suggested age range.
Kids will love the new NoveList K-8 Plus interface! This resource features a new, more visually appealing interface that was designed especially for kids and is very easy to use. The same simple, yet powerful search features found in NoveList allow children to search for information on fiction and/or nonfiction titles. NoveList K-8 Plus features information on over 17,000 nonfiction titles specifically chosen to support what kids are studying in school as well as to help them locate additional titles they will enjoy reading.
Librarians will appreciate the time-saving benefits of thematic "Grab and Go" book lists and BookTalks of popular children’s titles. Access to Lexile scores, Recommended Reading lists and new editorial content is also provided.
Help Section or User Guides:
NoveList Tutorial  tutorial icon
Using NoveList K-8 Plus
To Request Items: After you find a title that interest you, look for the link that connects directly to our Library Catalog! You can place your own requests! If we don't own the title, we'll be happy to borrow it from another library for you. Visit the Infants, Teens and In-Betweens Desk.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with NoveList K-8 Plus does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

Connect to the NoveList K-8 Login page

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OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services

What is it? OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services are the new suite of cloud-based applications that brings the FirstSearch and WorldCat Local services together. The suite enables staff and users to discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in libraries around the world through a single search of both WorldCat and a central index that represents nearly 2,000 e-content collections. The new interface is optimized for use across desktops, tablets and mobile devices.
FirstSearch and WorldCat Discovery will operate in parallel during an extended transition period, allowing libraries to choose their transition timing. WorldCat Discovery is available initially to libraries in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. It will be made available to libraries in Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa in the coming weeks. Access to the current FirstSearch service will end on December 31, 2015.
How many items?
A central index that represents more than 1.5 billion articles, e-books and other e-content
To Request Items:
If a title is unavailable at Lansing Public Library or an online full-text article is unavailable, you can place your own requests in WorldCat Discovery! When you find an item you would like to request, click the "request item" button. A request form will prompt you for your patron information. 
You will be contacted by phone, email, or text (depending upon your preference in your account) when the item has arrived. Requested items can only be checked out by the requesting borrower.
Cost: We make every effort to find the lowest cost source for materials. We do not charge as long as we can borrow the item within the state of Illinois for free. Some colleges charge for loans. You will be contacted if your item will incur a fee. If we have to borrow an item from a library outside of Illinois, you will be charged $5.00. This fee applies even if you do not pick-up the requested item.
Cost: Free searching and viewing of articles online!

Special messages from OCLC about system outages.

Connect to OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services


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Points of View *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? Points of View Reference Center is an interface intended for public, academic, and high school libraries. Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debating, developing arguments, writing position papers, and developing critical thinking skills. Each Points of View Essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.
Help Section or User Guides:
Watch a brief tutorial or click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged in.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Ebsco does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

Connect to the Points of View Login page


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Regional Business News *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it?

The industry's most widely used business research database, this collection features full text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines. In addition, it includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.

Regional Business Coverage This robust database provides ultimate coverage for full-text business publications, on a regional level, for the United States and Canada. Whether searching for information about presidential candidates, franchise restaurants, the retail industry, business planning, or political participation, Regional Business News will cover the story.

Reputable Resources for Your Regional News Content for Regional Business News is provided by leading publishers in business news including The Washington Post, PR Newswire US and more. Key resources include newspapers, radio and television news transcripts, trade publications, magazines and newswires with full-text content coverage spanning more than 20 years.


Help Section or User Guides:
Watch a brief tutorial or click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged in.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Ebsco does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

Connect to the Regional Business News Login page


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Science Reference Center *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? Science Reference Center™ is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student's science research needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Science Reference Center also satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards.
Help Section or User Guides:
Watch a brief tutorial or click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged in.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Ebsco does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

Connect to the Science Reference Center Login page



Small Engine Repair Reference Center *Lansing Library Card Required

What is it? Small Engine Repair Reference Center (SERRC) is a full text database accessible via a custom EBSCO interface. It is intended for public library patrons, as well as public school teachers and students, seeking reference and instructional information about small engine machinery maintenance and repair. SERRC contains the full set of small engine repair manuals from Clymer (http://www.clymer.com/). These manuals contain thousands of accurate and concise step-by-step maintenance and repair instructions for hundreds of small engine machines and their supporting components. Routine maintenance, such as tune-ups and brake service, as well as more extensive repairs involving engine transmission disassembly are covered. Engines types include: motorcycles, ATVs, personal water craft, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, tractors, snow blowers, generators, and more. Detailed and user-friendly content is provided in high-quality PDF files. Many documents contain photos and detailed illustrations to visually support step-by-step procedures.
Help Section or User Guides:
Watch a brief tutorial or click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged in.
Cost: Free!
Note: users must have a valid Lansing Library Card in our database to use this resource. Our contract with Ebsco does not allow us to grant access to users from other towns.

Connect to the Small Engine Repair Reference Center Login page



SWAN Online Catalog

What is it? The System Wide Automated Network catalog (SWAN) searches participating members of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) You can also check your patron record and check when your items are due.
How many libraries? 79
Help Section or User Guides:
Using the Catalog Tutorial  tutorial icon
My Account Tutorial  tutorial icon
SWAN Help Section
To Request Items: You CAN place your own requests in SWAN! You will be contacted by phone, email, or text (depending upon your preference in your account) when the item has arrived. Requested items can only be checked out by the requesting borrower.
Cost: Free!
Reciprocal Borrowing: As a full member of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) the Lansing Public Library cooperates with the other libraries in the area. Lansing Library cardholders have Reciprocal borrowing privileges (you can use your Lansing Library card at any RAILS member library). If an item is available in SWAN, you have the option to visit the owning library and check out the item there.

Connect to SWAN

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Teacher Reference Center

What is it? This index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books is now also offered free via the EBSCOhost platform. This database provides coverage on key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more for K-12 Teachers & Librarians.
Help Section or User Guides:
Click the "Help" Link at the top right after you've logged into Teacher Reference Center.
Cost: Free!

Connect to Teacher Reference Center

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WorldCat Discovery Services

What is it? OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services are the new suite of cloud-based applications that brings the FirstSearch and WorldCat Local services together. The suite enables staff and users to discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in libraries around the world through a single search of both WorldCat and a central index that represents nearly 2,000 e-content collections. The new interface is optimized for use across desktops, tablets and mobile devices.
FirstSearch and WorldCat Discovery will operate in parallel during an extended transition period, allowing libraries to choose their transition timing. WorldCat Discovery is available initially to libraries in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. It will be made available to libraries in Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa in the coming weeks. Access to the current FirstSearch service will end on December 31, 2015.
How many items?
A central index that represents more than 1.5 billion articles, e-books and other e-content
To Request Items:
If a title is unavailable at Lansing Public Library or an online full-text article is unavailable, you can place your own requests in WorldCat Discovery! When you find an item you would like to request, click the "request item" button. A request form will prompt you for your patron information. 
You will be contacted by phone, email, or text (depending upon your preference in your account) when the item has arrived. Requested items can only be checked out by the requesting borrower.
Cost: We make every effort to find the lowest cost source for materials. We do not charge as long as we can borrow the item within the state of Illinois for free. Some colleges charge for loans. You will be contacted if your item will incur a fee. If we have to borrow an item from a library outside of Illinois, you will be charged $5.00. This fee applies even if you do not pick-up the requested item.
Cost: Free searching and viewing of articles online!

Special messages from OCLC about system outages.

Connect to OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services