Arts, Libraries & Museums

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions.

Free access.

Explore Chicago Collections

Explore Chicago Collections allows you to search for information in the physical and digital archives of a growing number of libraries and museums.

Chicago is home to a diverse range of organizations with extensive resources about the city's history and culture. Researchers often have to visit more than one archive to do in-depth research about Chicago. Most libraries and museums provide detailed guides to their archives that researchers can consult on the web prior to visiting in person. Until now, researchers had to know (or guess) in advance which libraries were likely to have relevant materials.

Explore Chicago Collections brings those guides together into a single gateway to Chicago resources. By searching Explore Chicago Collections, you can easily tell which archives you'll need to consult to research your subject, and you may even discover resources in unexpected places.

Explore Chicago Collections also provides access to digitized images from those collections where possible. With over 100,000 digitized images available, you can explore fascinating imagery from Chicago-area archives covering the city's architecture, people, politics, history, culture and more.

Chicago Collections member libraries also collaborate to provide research support for Chicago-related topics. The "Ask Us" feature allows you to ask for help in your Chicago research across member libraries.

Learn More

Using Archives

Learn how to use the guides available on this site to visit archives in person.

About Chicago Collections

Learn about the organization.

Free access.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 162 million items. The collections include books, sound recordings, motion pictures, photographs, maps, and manuscripts.

The Library of Congress has a large Digital Collection available online.

Free access.

Museum of Online Museums

Link to online exhibits and collections worldwide.

Free access.

National Gallery of Art: NGA Images

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 51,000 open access digital images up to 4000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use. NGA Images is designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration.

Free access.

OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service

Connect people to the resources they identify, whether they access the full text electronically, get a print copy in your library, request items through interlibrary loan, or buy them from a content provider. WorldCat Discovery search results are only the beginning of new discoveries and innovation.

Access to OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service and OCLC Resource Sharing Provided by Lansing Public Library's membership in SWAN.

Books, Authors & Series

Inkie.org: Self-Publish Your Own eBook

Inkie.org is here! Everyone in Illinois now has free access to a suite of self-publishing tools and resources.

Users can go to inkie.org to create, design, and publish their very own e-book, submit their work for inclusion in local and national e-book collections, enter a Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project contest, or discover great reads by other independently published authors.

Get started publishing a collection of family recipes to share this holiday season, stories from your family history, poems, short stories, or novel! The possibilities are endless!

Literary Reference Center

Novels, short stories, poems, plot summaries and synopses, and literary criticism. Research guides, lesson plans, and citation tools support student learning.

Literary Reference Center provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and contains plot summaries, synopses, work overviews, articles/essays of literary criticism and much more.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Just-right books for every reader!  Reading recommendations for kids' fiction and nonfiction that you can search by Lexile, subject, and grade level.

NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.

Are you looking for a list of all the books in a series in the correct order? This is the place!

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Novelist Plus

A popular and extensive tool for reading recommendations for fiction and non-fiction. Includes audiobook recommendations.

NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers' advisory resource. In addition to the fiction database that NoveList has offered, NoveList Plus adds nonfiction to provide a complete solution for your readers. With NoveList Plus, you can find titles, articles, and lists for both your fiction and nonfiction needs.

Are you looking for a list of all the books in a series in the correct order? This is the place!

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Business, Finance & Law

AtoZdatabases - Business, Person and Job Reference Data

Search Jobs, Businesses or Mailing Lists

AtoZdatabases is the premier reference and marketing database marketed to Library, Academic, and Government institutions throughout the U.S. This simple, user-friendly, web-based solution provides details on businesses and households within the U.S.

Subscription from AtoZdatabases. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier is the industry's most used business database for full-text business publications.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Legal Information Reference Center

Resources to assist you in legal matters of all kinds, including business law, financial planning, family law, property and real estate, and rights and disputes. Includes full-text reference books from Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Small Business Reference Center

Full-text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. Includes business videos, a help and advice section, and details on how to create business plans.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Citizenship & Civics

ProCitizen

Interactive exercises to prepare New Americans for the Naturalization Test. You can access online or use the free the Pronunciator app for Android, Apple, and Kindle Fire devices and choose ProCitizen.

Subscription from Pronunciator. Lansing Public Library card required for access.

ProCitizen Spanish

Ejercicios interactivos para preparar a los nuevos estadounidenses para el examen de naturalización. Puede acceder en línea o utilizar la aplicación gratuita Pronunciator para dispositivos Android, Apple y Kindle Fire y elegir ProCitizen.

Suscripción de Pronunciator. Se requiere la tarjeta de la biblioteca pública de Lansing para acceder.

Consumer & Auto

Auto Repair Source

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Offers a wealth of information to help you diagnose, repair, and maintain cars and vehicles. Includes service and repair procedures, diagrams, recall information, specifications, labor estimates, and parts pricing.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Consumer Reports

Unbiased product reviews.

Buying advice, product ratings, reviews, recommendations, money-saving advice and tips, and videos for products including appliances, electronics, food, and more.

Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit member organization that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace. We use our rigorous research, consumer insights, journalism, and policy expertise to inform purchase decisions, improve the products and services that businesses deliver, and drive regulatory and fair competitive practices.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Driver's Ed Practice Tests

Breeze through your DMV test when you study using real questions directly from the official driver's manual. Take a DMV practice test that's 73% more effective than the manual alone. Study at a much faster pace and learn from your mistakes in the Challenge Bank™, a test automatically made up of your missed questions.

Includes auto, motorcycle & CDL practice questions.

Provided by a partnership with https://driving-tests.org/

Illinois Car Insurance Calculator

This Illinois car insurance estimator lets you calculate auto insurance costs customized to your age, location, driving record, vehicle, etc. Your personal information is only used to calculate insurance price.

Provided by a partnership with ValChoice.

Illinois Home Insurance Calculator

Use this Illinois home insurance calculator to estimate home insurance costs based on home replacement value and location. Your personal information is only used to calculate insurance price.

Provided by a partnership with ValChoice.

Do It Yourself (DIY)

Auto Repair Source

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Offers a wealth of information to help you diagnose, repair, and maintain cars and vehicles. Includes service and repair procedures, diagrams, recall information, specifications, labor estimates, and parts pricing.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

How-tos and creative ideas in arts and crafts, collecting, home and garden, indoor recreation, kids' crafts, model building, needlecrafts and textiles, outdoor recreation, performing arts, science and technology, and scrapbooking and papercrafts.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Inkie.org: Self-Publish Your Own eBook

Inkie.org is here! Everyone in Illinois now has free access to a suite of self-publishing tools and resources.

Users can go to inkie.org to create, design, and publish their very own e-book, submit their work for inclusion in local and national e-book collections, enter a Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project contest, or discover great reads by other independently published authors.

Get started publishing a collection of family recipes to share this holiday season, stories from your family history, poems, short stories, or novel! The possibilities are endless!

eBooks and eAudiobooks

Comics Plus

Comics Plus is a digital platform offering thousands of digital comics, graphic novels and manga to readers through school, public, and academic libraries.  You can access titles using a smartphone, tablet, or web browser, and can be downloaded to multiple devices. There is never a wait to read, all titles are unlimited access simultaneous use.

Subscription from Comics Plus from Library Pass. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Inkie.org: Self-Publish Your Own eBook

Inkie.org is here! Everyone in Illinois now has free access to a suite of self-publishing tools and resources.

Users can go to inkie.org to create, design, and publish their very own e-book, submit their work for inclusion in local and national e-book collections, enter a Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project contest, or discover great reads by other independently published authors.

Get started publishing a collection of family recipes to share this holiday season, stories from your family history, poems, short stories, or novel! The possibilities are endless!

Inkie.org Library (formerly Biblioboard)

We are refocusing the content that is available on the BiblioBoard platform and rebranding it as Inkie.org Library. The revised platform will exclusively feature content by Illinois authors, creators, and communities. Collections will include the Indie Illinois e-book collection and the RAILS Community Collections multimedia anthologies.

Over the last several years, the RAILS Community Collections have consistently experienced the most engagement from users in Illinois. Focusing on content by Illinois creators and communities will help libraries promote the Inkie.org Library to their patrons. It will also tie the content directly to the self-publishing services available via Inkie.org.

The Inkie.org Library (Indie Illinois and RAILS Community Collections) is available to everyone in Illinois, courtesy of RAILS, regardless of whether they have a library card. Items on this platform have no holds, no waits, and can be accessed simultaneously via this link: https://illinois.biblioboard.com/.

Access to Inkie.org

Inkie.org provides geolocation-based authentication through the IP address of the user's computer or GPS coordinates of their mobile device. Anyone who is physically in Illinois can access the collection without a login. A patron who creates an optional account while in Illinois will be able to access the collection outside the state by logging into their account.

Your patrons have access to the collections through:

Subscription made possible by RAILS. No library card needed as long as you are in Illinois when you download the books.

 

If you are planning on traveling,setup an account, and you'll be able to download additional content while on the go!

 

Media on Demand from Overdrive

With Media on Demand from OverDrive, you can borrow and enjoy free eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, and more from your library's digital collection. All you need to get started is an internet connection, a library card, and these three steps:

1. Find your library

Find and open your library or school's digital collection using one of the following:

2. Borrow

Borrow a title from your library or school's digital collection. You'll need a valid library card or student ID to complete this step.

3. Enjoy

You can enjoy many titles immediately online, download them for offline use, or send borrowed eBooks to a Kindle device for the duration of your lending period.

You can also transfer titles from your computer to compatible eReaders or MP3 players.

For more help using OverDrive, check out the detailed guides below.

Subscription from Overdrive. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

SimplyE

Check out the free SimplyE app, available for iOS and Android.

Access more than 5,000 ebook titles--from the classics to contemporary fantasy and sci-fi--ALL FOR FREE by choosing DPLA as your library and tapping on the DPLA Collection.

No sign in or library card required! 

Encyclopedia

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries. Searchable by subject or keywords within the entry.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

World Book Kids

Developed specifically for children in grades one through four, World Book Kids is a fun way to introduce computer research skills to primary students using a strong, reliable source.

The site offers image-based navigation, easy‐to‐read articles, thousands of illustrations, and a wealth of engaging games, science projects, and activities.

Subscription from World Book. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Genealogy & Biography

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry® Library Edition is 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, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world! 

Subscription from ProQuest. Lansing Public Library Card required for access. In-library use only.

Fold3 Historical Military Records

Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

The 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.

Subscription from ProQuest. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Available through 10/31/22.

Geography, Maps & Travel

A to Z the USA

AtoZ the USA is here for you to explore, enjoy, and use.
There are three giant groupings of information:

  • 127 Feature articles for every US state and territory
  • 103 Feature articles for the USA as a country
  • Video dictionaries to help you learn geography

We're here to help students prepare state reports, researchers find detailed information about the country and individual states, and teachers with study plans. Our tens of thousands of images are royalty-free so you may download them and use them for any non-commercial use.

Subscription from World Trade Press. Lansing Public Library Card required for access. Ends June 30, 2022.

A to Z World Travel

202 World Cities • 88 Topics per City

Travel

  • What are the passport and visa requirements?
  • What are immunization requirements?
  • How do I get from the airport to the city center?
  • What is the climate like?
  • What is the local currency?

Culture

  • What are the usual greetings and courtesies?
  • What are the national holidays and festivals?
  • What is the local cuisine?
  • What are the national symbols?
  • What are local superstitions and folklore?

Food

  • What is the national and local cuisine?
  • What are some recipes for local favorites?

Transportation

  • What and where are the airports?
  • What is public transportation like?
  • How do I get a taxi?
  • How do I rent an automobile?
  • What are the domestic travel routes?

Security

  • What is the local security assessment?
  • What are the current travel warnings?
  • What are the threats to safety and security?
  • What is the local crime situation?
  • Are there issues with transportation safety?

Subscription from World Trade Press. Lansing Public Library Card required for access. Ends June 30, 2022.

Global Road Warrior

Global Road Warrior, which sub-titles itself as 'the ultimate guide to the world' or 'the ultimate business travel guide" provides a broad range of practical information, available in twenty broad subject categories, for over 175 countries. Includes numerous maps and images.

Subscription from World Trade Press. Lansing Public Library Card required for access. Ends June 30, 2022.

The World Factbook

The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

Updated weekly.

Free access.

Government, Law & Politics

Civil Rights and Social Justice

A person’s civil rights ensure protection from discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or ethnicity, religion, age, and disability. While often confused, civil liberties, on the other hand, are basic freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights and Constitution. The lifeblood of civil rights protections in the United States is the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Ratified in 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment is the middle of the three Reconstruction Amendments passed in the aftermath of the Civil War. The Thirteenth Amendment, ratified in 1865, abolished slavery and involuntary servitude except for persons convicted of a crime; the Fourteenth Amendment granted citizenship to all persons born in the United States, afforded due process protections for persons against state and local governments, and granted equal protection to all people, whether citizens or not; and the Fifteenth Amendment, ratified in 1870, prohibits governments from denying citizens the right to vote based on “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

Despite these federal protections, laws passed at the state level throughout the former Confederacy shackled the full promise of these amendments. Federal court decisions, most infamously Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, which originated the phrase “separate but equal,” gave teeth to Jim Crow laws that enforced racial segregation. Poll taxes, literacy tests, and whites-only primaries disenfranchised millions of Black voters.

These and similar discriminatory policies fermented in America for decades leading up to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education that racial segregation in public schools violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Following this came the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, the arrests of Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks, the Freedom Rides of 1961, Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, and many more catalyst events. Finally, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, initially proposed by President John F. Kennedy in June of 1963, was signed into law by President Johnson on July 2, 1964. The other major piece of legislation passed through the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement is the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which enforced the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments by prohibiting any jurisdiction from implementing voting prerequisites that discriminate on the basis of race, color, or language.

However, the struggle for equality did not end with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The Black Power Movement of the 1960s and 1970s continued advocating for the empowerment of Black people through racial pride, self-sufficiency, and political and cultural institutions. In 1990, another landmark piece of civil rights legislation was passed—the Americans with Disabilities Act. In June of 2020, the Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects employees against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the first such federal protections for LGBTQ employees. Today, the Black Lives Matter movement protests police brutality and racism, and advocates for economic, social, and political equality for Black people.

This database will help users learn how far our nation has come in fulfilling its promise of “all men are created equal” and how much further it still can go.

Thank you to HeinOnline for providing free access to this resource.

The World Factbook

The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

Updated weekly.

Free access.

Health & Wellness

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete provides information directed towards the needs of the patients, and to help the understanding of health-related topics.

Full-text articles to support research in aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, and nutrition. Includes teen health topics for teens and parents.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

History

Explore Chicago Collections

Explore Chicago Collections allows you to search for information in the physical and digital archives of a growing number of libraries and museums.

Chicago is home to a diverse range of organizations with extensive resources about the city's history and culture. Researchers often have to visit more than one archive to do in-depth research about Chicago. Most libraries and museums provide detailed guides to their archives that researchers can consult on the web prior to visiting in person. Until now, researchers had to know (or guess) in advance which libraries were likely to have relevant materials.

Explore Chicago Collections brings those guides together into a single gateway to Chicago resources. By searching Explore Chicago Collections, you can easily tell which archives you'll need to consult to research your subject, and you may even discover resources in unexpected places.

Explore Chicago Collections also provides access to digitized images from those collections where possible. With over 100,000 digitized images available, you can explore fascinating imagery from Chicago-area archives covering the city's architecture, people, politics, history, culture and more.

Chicago Collections member libraries also collaborate to provide research support for Chicago-related topics. The "Ask Us" feature allows you to ask for help in your Chicago research across member libraries.

Learn More

Using Archives

Learn how to use the guides available on this site to visit archives in person.

About Chicago Collections

Learn about the organization.

Free access.

History Reference Center

Full-text articles to support research in history and genealogy and lesson plans to support student learning.

History Reference Center is the world's most extensive full-text history reference database, featuring full text for reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, periodicals and many other historical sources from leading history publishers.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

 

Illinois 100 Most Valuable Documents

In honor of the Illinois bicentennial, Illinois Archives staff has compiled a list of the 100 most valuable documents in our collection. Any list like this is, almost by definition, subjective. How does one define most valuable? The Illinois State Archives is the repository of all official Illinois government documents of permanent value. More than 75,000 cubic feet of paper, microfilm, photographs and audio and film recordings are housed in the Margaret Cross Norton Building on the capitol complex in Springfield. Paper records date back before 1818 statehood and include governors' correspondence, public acts, departmental histories, census records, military records, election results and more.

As far as our office is concerned, every record housed in the building is important because at any given time a different record will be vital to a researcher, a surveyor, a lawyer, archeologist or family historian.

Understanding that most valuable is in the eye of the beholder, our office has highlighted some of the many unique records housed at the Illinois State Archives. We have also decided to use these documents to talk a little bit about the history of this great state. There are many Lincoln documents, as those are assuredly valuable documents. Subject matters range from a serious document regarding the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1885, to the more lighthearted, such as Governor Adlai Stevenson's veto of legislation requiring cats to be on leashes. Proud moments are highlighted, including the passage of the Illinois Suffrage Act, as well as the not so proud moments, such as the 1853 Black Laws. In making our decisions, we may not have listed documents that others would deem top 100 material. We also may have included material in our top 100 list that others think don't deserve such recognition. That's alright though. Because just as the first 200 years of Illinois are the foundation for what we are sure will be an amazing next 200 years, the 100 documents found in this list represent the foundation of an amazing collection of material that we proudly retain at the Illinois State Archives.

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

This HeinOnline collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery. Our cases go into the 20th century, because long after slavery was ended, there were still court cases based on issues emanating from slavery. To give one example, as late as 1901 Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court had to decide if a man, both of whose parents had been slaves, could be the legitimate heir of his father, because under southern law, slaves could never be legally married. The library has hundreds of pamphlets and books written about slavery—defending it, attacking it or simply analyzing it. We have gathered every English-language legal commentary on slavery published before 1920, which includes many essays and articles in obscure, hard-to-find journals in the United States and elsewhere. We have provided more than a thousand pamphlets and books on slavery from the 19th century. We provide word searchable access to all Congressional debates from the Continental Congress to 1880. We have also included many modern histories of slavery. Within this library is a section containing all modern law review articles on the subject. This library will continue to grow, not only from new scholarship but also from historical material that we continue to locate and add to the collection.

Much of the non-legal material in this collection is based on the magnificent holdings of the Buffalo Public Library. Its rare book collection contains hundreds of nineteenth century pamphlets and books on slavery. The cooperation of that library and its staff helped make this project possible.

Issues in the News, Newspapers, Magazines & Journal Articles

Academic Search Premier

Full-text articles to support research in science, engineering, physics, technology, religion, and philosophy. Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

EBSCO MasterFILE Premier

A good place to start for research and homework. Includes full-text articles, reference books, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags.

Designed specifically for public libraries, this database provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Flipster

Browse the latest issues of digital magazines like Better Homes & Gardens, Black Beauty & Hair, Essence, Latino Leaders, Midwest Living and more! You can access titles using a smartphone, tablet, or web browser, and can be downloaded to multiple devices. There is never a wait to read, all titles are unlimited access simultaneous use.
 
Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

GreenFILE

This comprehensive resource draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.

GreenFILE is an environmental database provided free of charge from EBSCO.

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection

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)
 

Illinois Newspaper Project

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.

Lansing Journal/The Sun/Sun-Journal Newspapers (1935-1983)

Lansing Historical Society (Lansing, IL) started the digitization project in June 2006 and ended October 25, 2008.

Thank you to the 23 people who volunteered their time to help and for making these files available to researchers: Donald Olsen, Maxine Olsen, Marilyn Kooy, Jackie Ore, Tony DeLaurentis, Toni DeLaurentis, George Dommer, Gerri Besse, Therese Leisenfeld, Floyd Fairfield: did all the cutting, Lucille Sebahar, Phyllis Drewno, Paul Schultz, Lea Dommer, Carol Sebastian, Elayne Young, Patty Eidam, Bud Eidam, Betty Gapinski, Sandy Schultz, Diane Roberts, Norma Anderson, and Tom Highland: took all the photos.

A total of 62,873 pictures were taken. Volunteers met 56 times for a total of about 220 hours of labor for the project.

Internet access to the files was provided by a partnership between Lansing Historical Society and Lansing Public Library in 2015, making them available to researchers worldwide!

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

Free access provided by EBSCO.

Media on Demand from Overdrive

With Media on Demand from OverDrive, you can borrow and enjoy free eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, and more from your library's digital collection. All you need to get started is an internet connection, a library card, and these three steps:

1. Find your library

Find and open your library or school's digital collection using one of the following:

2. Borrow

Borrow a title from your library or school's digital collection. You'll need a valid library card or student ID to complete this step.

3. Enjoy

You can enjoy many titles immediately online, download them for offline use, or send borrowed eBooks to a Kindle device for the duration of your lending period.

You can also transfer titles from your computer to compatible eReaders or MP3 players.

For more help using OverDrive, check out the detailed guides below.

Subscription from Overdrive. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Points of View Reference Center

Resources for students to understand issues, develop criticial thinking skills, and develop persuasive arguments. Includes essays, overviews, articles, and transcripts on, citizens' rights, earth and environmental issues, global issues, health and medicine, and media and communications.

Points of View Reference Center contains 400 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

The Lansing Journal (2017-)

Every community deserves a good newspaper. The Lansing Journal serves residents and businesses in Lansing, Illinois, with community-building news and info.

Free access.

Jobs & Careers

Glassdoor

Glassdoor gives you an inside look at company reviews, interview questions, & salary information for thousands of companies.

Provided by a partnership with Glassdoor.com

Languages Including English as a Second Language (ESL)

Pronunciator

The world’s most comprehensive language-learning service. 164 languages to learn, 144 languages to learn them in. Years of learning activities within each language. Includes live tutors, feature films, music with lyrics, pronunciation analysis, quizzes, and more!

You can access online or use the free the Pronunciator app for Android, Apple, and Kindle Fire devices.

Learn English with the largest ESL resource in the world

Pronunciator’s American English course is the most comprehensive in the world, with over 50,000 instructional phrases (and 10,000 instructional videos). Having this much didactic content means that Pronunciator can create highly robust personalized courses for you, targeted to your personal interests, your occupation, your learning goals, and your available time for learning.

Pronunciator’s courses for Australian, British, Canadian, Indian, Irish, New Zealand and Scottish English are also the largest available, with 10,000 instructional phrases each.

You can learn any of these English varieties from any of 120 home languages. Each home language has translations, navigation options, thousands of hours of audio lessons, and often narrators and virtual coaches in that language, for a truly localized — and personalized — learning experience.

Subscription from Pronunciator. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Pronunciator Spanish

El servicio de aprendizaje de idiomas más completo del mundo. 164 idiomas para aprender, 144 idiomas para aprender. Años de actividades de aprendizaje dentro de cada idioma. ¡Incluye tutores en vivo, largometrajes, música con letra, análisis de pronunciación, cuestionarios y más! Puede acceder en línea o utilizar la aplicación gratuita Pronunciator para dispositivos Android, Apple y Kindle Fire.

Suscripción de Pronunciator. Se requiere la tarjeta de la biblioteca pública de Lansing para acceder.

Read It!

Resources for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects.

Includes text-to-speech tools and Lexile Measures to indicate a text's level of reading difficulty.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Science & Technology

Science Reference Center

Full-text articles to support research in applied sciences, biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and energy. Includes the Science Image Collection, a database of high-quality science images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA, and Nature Picture Library.

Science Reference Center is a full-text database that covers earth science, life science, technology, health and other popular topics discussed by today's science researchers.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Sports, Recreation & Leisure

Hiveclass

Hiveclass is a digital platform dedicated to transforming passive scrolling into Active Screentime. We offer a solution to kids who spend, on average, nearly six hours per day online by providing content that allows young athletes to learn new skills, master unique tricks, and explore different sports in bite-sized lessons.

Our users can explore skills videos across field hockey, lacrosse, dance, soccer, fitness, self-defense, volleyball, basketball and tennis. New videos and new sports are added all the time!

Subscription from Hiveclass. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Students & Teachers

A to Z the USA

AtoZ the USA is here for you to explore, enjoy, and use.
There are three giant groupings of information:

  • 127 Feature articles for every US state and territory
  • 103 Feature articles for the USA as a country
  • Video dictionaries to help you learn geography

We're here to help students prepare state reports, researchers find detailed information about the country and individual states, and teachers with study plans. Our tens of thousands of images are royalty-free so you may download them and use them for any non-commercial use.

Subscription from World Trade Press. Lansing Public Library Card required for access. Ends June 30, 2022.

A to Z World Travel

202 World Cities • 88 Topics per City

Travel

  • What are the passport and visa requirements?
  • What are immunization requirements?
  • How do I get from the airport to the city center?
  • What is the climate like?
  • What is the local currency?

Culture

  • What are the usual greetings and courtesies?
  • What are the national holidays and festivals?
  • What is the local cuisine?
  • What are the national symbols?
  • What are local superstitions and folklore?

Food

  • What is the national and local cuisine?
  • What are some recipes for local favorites?

Transportation

  • What and where are the airports?
  • What is public transportation like?
  • How do I get a taxi?
  • How do I rent an automobile?
  • What are the domestic travel routes?

Security

  • What is the local security assessment?
  • What are the current travel warnings?
  • What are the threats to safety and security?
  • What is the local crime situation?
  • Are there issues with transportation safety?

Subscription from World Trade Press. Lansing Public Library Card required for access. Ends June 30, 2022.

AWE Learning

Free Printables from AWE Learning

We are constantly adding more FREE worksheets; including writing prompts, math practice, sight words, and more.

Constitution Study Guide

This website is written for students in Illinois. The PDF presents information on the United States Constitution and the Illinois Constitution.

Presented by the Illinois College Board

Free access.

Explora

Ensure student and educator success with EBSCO’s new interface for schools and public libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users,  supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

Includes:

  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic to give students research ideas
  • Topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Inkie.org Library (formerly Biblioboard)

We are refocusing the content that is available on the BiblioBoard platform and rebranding it as Inkie.org Library. The revised platform will exclusively feature content by Illinois authors, creators, and communities. Collections will include the Indie Illinois e-book collection and the RAILS Community Collections multimedia anthologies.

Over the last several years, the RAILS Community Collections have consistently experienced the most engagement from users in Illinois. Focusing on content by Illinois creators and communities will help libraries promote the Inkie.org Library to their patrons. It will also tie the content directly to the self-publishing services available via Inkie.org.

The Inkie.org Library (Indie Illinois and RAILS Community Collections) is available to everyone in Illinois, courtesy of RAILS, regardless of whether they have a library card. Items on this platform have no holds, no waits, and can be accessed simultaneously via this link: https://illinois.biblioboard.com/.

Access to Inkie.org

Inkie.org provides geolocation-based authentication through the IP address of the user's computer or GPS coordinates of their mobile device. Anyone who is physically in Illinois can access the collection without a login. A patron who creates an optional account while in Illinois will be able to access the collection outside the state by logging into their account.

Your patrons have access to the collections through:

Subscription made possible by RAILS. No library card needed as long as you are in Illinois when you download the books.

 

If you are planning on traveling,setup an account, and you'll be able to download additional content while on the go!

 

Middle Search Plus

Resources to support middle school students, including biographies, magazines, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags. Includes Sports Illustrated Kids, Scholastic News, National Geographic and dozens more. Articles include reading level indicators (Lexile).

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Points of View Reference Center

Resources for students to understand issues, develop criticial thinking skills, and develop persuasive arguments. Includes essays, overviews, articles, and transcripts on, citizens' rights, earth and environmental issues, global issues, health and medicine, and media and communications.

Points of View Reference Center contains 400 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Primary Search

Resources to support elementary school students, including encyclopedias specifically for kids, articles from children's magazines including Highlights and Junior Scholastic, and a large image collection.

Designed for elementary school libraries, Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness and space exploration.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Read It!

Resources for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects.

Includes text-to-speech tools and Lexile Measures to indicate a text's level of reading difficulty.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Scholastic Learn at Home

To support the efforts of schools, libraries and organizations, we’ve created the Scholastic Learn at Home website. This free resource provides all students with 20* days’ worth of learning journeys that span the content areas so you can keep your students academically active while schools in your community are closed.

The site supports students with approximately three hours of learning opportunities per day, including projects, articles and stories, virtual field trips, reading and geography challenges, and more. These daily learning opportunities were carefully curated by our editors to reduce the burden on teachers and families needing to create meaningful learning experiences.

The Scholastic Learn at Home website has the username or password posted on the first page, so it is open freely to all, on any device. They are designed to limit the need for printing and allow students to learn independently or with their families.

We welcome you to share this free resource with your educators and families in your community. 

Teacher Reference Center

Teacher Reference Center (TRC) provides indexing and abstracts for nearly 300 peer-reviewed journals. Topics covered include Best Practices, Curriculum Development, Literacy Standards, Pedagogical Research, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Science & Mathematics, School Administration, and more.

EBSCO provides free access to all.

Video Streaming

Kanopy

With Kanopy, you can borrow and enjoy free movies from your library's digital collection. All you need to get started is an internet connection, a library card, and these three steps:

1. Find your library

Find and open your library digital collection using one of the following:

2. Borrow

Borrow a title from your library's digital collection. You'll need a valid library card to complete this step.

3. Enjoy

You can enjoy many titles immediately online, download them for offline use, or pause your stream and restart it later for the duration of your lending period.

For more help using Kanopy, check out the detailed guide below.

Subscription from Kanopy. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Kanopy Kids

With Kanopy, you can borrow and enjoy free movies from your library's digital collection. All you need to get started is an internet connection, a library card, and these three steps:

1. Find your library

Find and open your library digital collection using one of the following:

2. Borrow

Borrow a title from your library's digital collection. You'll need a valid library card to complete this step.

3. Enjoy

You can enjoy many titles immediately online, download them for offline use, or pause your stream and restart it later for the duration of your lending period.

For more help using Kanopy, check out the detailed guide below.

Subscription from Kanopy. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.