A to Z the USA

Obtain general knowledge of a state for self-educational or travel reasons.

A to Z World Travel

This is such an easy site to use. There are only 2 pages of information that you have to navigate. The instructions are clear and easy to understand and they have great pictures.  Plan that trip, or use the recipes to explore other cuisine at home.

Academic Search Premier

Use this for research for assignments if you’re in college or just general searching on a subject you were curious about. 

Ancestry Library Edition

Any adult could research their own family history. I can’t imagine anyone NOT being interested in their own family history.


Anyone job hunting or needing a telephone directory would find this useful.

Auto Repair Source

Buying a used car? Check this database for recalls on a specific vehicle. Like to tinker under your car’s hood?
Check out the information on your make and model, and go beyond the basic instruction manual.

Biblioboard [Biblioboard App]

In addition to titles for fun, there are sources on religion if finding oneself or one’s purpose is considered a worthy journey. Free access anywhere in Illinois, no library card needed! Traveling? Setup an account before you leave Illinois.

Britannica (Adult)

This encyclopedia is a great start for general knowledge on a topic.

Britannica (Teen)

An adult might be able to use Britannica teen in order to do some simple research. They could look at the content and read through it easily (since it’s a lower reading level) and gain surface-level knowledge on many things. 

Business Source Premier

When information is increasingly being put behind paywalls or is otherwise unavailable, Business Source Premier allows you to access materials all in one place without needing to research multiple websites.  

Civil Rights and Social Justice

An adult would definitely be able to utilize this database to do research on a specific or general civil rights topic.
It might inform a presentation, college research, or paper, as well as just generally, provide the information they could be wondering about if they seek to foster more knowledge on the topic.

Consumer Health Complete

This would be a fantastic database for an adult to use to research a medical condition, with information from trusted, reliable sources.

Consumer Reports

There is no pesky salesman to deal with. Allow Consumer Reports to help you make an informed purchase decision with ratings, testing and reviews.

Drivers’ Ed Practice Tests

Stay up-to-date on traffic laws and signals, and take the practice tests in the comfort of your own home so you will be totally prepared when it’s time to renew your driver’s license.

EBSCOhost [EBSCO Mobile App]

This is a general resource for magazine articles. Any adult with any research need or curiosity or need for a back issue of a magazine would use EBSCO.

Freading [Freading App]

Freading eBooks are good to use if you don't have the time to go to the library or store to get or browse for materials.   Browse from your cell phone, computer, tablet or anywhere your device can get Wi-Fi or the Internet.
Content includes titles that are work-related, and many non-fiction selections to choose from.   Something for yourself, titles in fiction include current authors and as well many classics that may not be in print anymore.

Global Road Warrior

You can use this to learn a new language, learn about different countries or use it for travel. Another reason would be, if you’re planning to study abroad, you can research information on the country you’re planning on studying in, and get a head start on the culture in that specific country.

History Reference Center

An adult would use this if they are interested in history or want to look up something quick.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Crafts and hobbies are a great way to be creative and social. Use this database to find craft ideas and learn new hobbies that you can do by yourself or with others.

Kanopy [Kanopy App]

Watch a film for enjoyment or to learn something new.  Includes Great Courses content.

Legal Information Reference Center

Any adult facing any legal issue should use this to learn the basics. Between the state-by-state forms and full-text NOLO books, this should be the first stop.

Literary Reference Center

Use this for resources and also some ebooks if you would rather read digitally. There are also bibliographies on certain authors if you would like to find out more information about them.

Media on Demand eAudiobooks [Libby, by Overdrive App]

Time is always a valuable asset, and with Media on Demand audiobooks, you can have books with you whenever you want wherever you go making reading books much easier to do while you go about your daily life.

Media on Demand eBooks [Libby, by Overdrive App]

Looking for a massive collection of all types of books?  Choose a book based on your favorite genre, favorite author, or let Media on Demand give you some great suggestions.

Media on Demand eMagazines [Libby, by Overdrive App]

You can find magazines, whenever you want, saving time, money, and the hassle of searching to find physical copies that may not be available where you live.

Newspaper Archive

Adults can enjoy using Newspaper Archive to satisfy their own interest in anything from local history to genealogy, to true crime.


Find a new author that writes like a favorite author. Not sure what to read? Let Novelist Plus help you find a book that suits your mood. It finds titles, articles, and lists for both your fiction and nonfiction needs.

Points of View Reference Center

Learn more about divisive topics, from both sides. This database has everything that you might need for everyday learning, and to know what’s happening right now with everything. At the top of the page, there’s an ‘On the News’ selection about hot topics: COVID-19, Police use of Force, and more.

ProCitizen [Pronunciator app]

If you are preparing for the Naturalization Test, this is a helpful resource with a series of 100 videos and practice exercises and quizzes to help you learn what you need to know to successfully pass the test.

Pronunciator [Pronunciator app]

Pronunciator is a great way to brush up on a second language.  Whether it is for preparing for your dream Italy vacation or just looking for a way to spend your time on a long commute, Pronunciator may be for you.  With its options of short daily lessons, personalized courses, or structured learning guides, you will be able to find something that works best for your available time and meets your individual needs. Includes English as a Second Language content (ESL.)

Read It!

If you are an adult and are an ELL (English Language Learner), this database can be beneficial to you. There is not an overwhelming amount of information found within the articles. This database can also benefit adults with disabilities as the information is very straightforward. You can learn things about different topics, such as anatomy, different literary terms, and US History without an overload of information.

Salem Press

If you love reading about history, or reading historical documents, then you will love this resource. There is a wealth of US history as well as some world history and ancient history.

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

Just for research or some new information. This Database has very important information that doesn't hurt just knowing and being informed. Especially having information for all perspectives can even help get more perspective.

Small Business Reference Center

In order to get a sense of how to start a small business, or help in operating one, start here!