**Grandparents caring for their grandchildren Should Also Visit the Age-Appropriate Student Pages**

A to Z the USA

Get general information on a state that they are interested in visiting or potentially moving/retiring to.

A to Z World Travel

Using the map of the world on the 1st page click on any city you might want to visit on your next vacation. This is a great way to explore your next vacation destination without having to leave home. Like the arm chair traveler! Or browse the recipes and cook internationally!

Academic Search Premier

Unless they were looking for something specifically, it might be too advanced.

Ancestry Library Edition

A senior citizen could actually find themselves in documents on Ancestry. If they find themselves in a 1940 census, they will see their entire neighborhood and people they grew up with. It would provide a wonderful trip down memory lane.


Use as a nationwide telephone directory. Can be used to track down old friends, old classmates, military service friends, or relatives.

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]

Music and gardening literature so that your gram and gramps can play Mozart or Bach to encourage growth in their very own home garden. There are almost too many options for hobbies for retirees available on Biblioboard.
Free access anywhere in Illinois, no library card needed! Traveling? Setup an account before you leave Illinois.

Britannica (Adult)

The database is easy to query, and doesn’t have massive lines of text for a senior citizen to read through; removing any complexity from using this encyclopedia.

Britannica (Teen)

A senior citizen might be able to use this database if they have a lower reading level and are proficient in online navigation. Otherwise, it might be difficult. However, it definitely has some information that could be useful.

Civil Rights and Social Justice

A senior citizen might enjoy this database because it has a lot of useful information about periods in history that have passed. Additionally, it may provide detailed information on civil rights and in-depth updates on how things have changed. However, it may be a bit difficult to navigate for seniors who are not proficient in online software.

Consumer Health Complete

This would be a fantastic database for a senior citizen to use who visits their doctor and then gets home and can’t remember what the doctor told them.  Contains 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]

Anyone with interest in any topic covered in magazines would find this useful. Rather than needing to look through back issues, everything is reprinted here.


You can access information from categories like current events, health, culture and so much more.  After all, you’re never too old to learn.

Freading [Freading App]

Freading eBooks are free to use, no cost.  For Seniors who are looking for something for themselves, there are many wonderful authors available.   Always updating with new authors in many titles and all the old classics too.

This is a useful tool for educational enlightenment to improve oneself or just relaxing with a comedy or a historical drama.   Also, great if the grandkids need something to do, many items for children of all ages.

Global Road Warrior

You may want to use this because it’s easy to access and navigate on your computer or mobile device. If traveling abroad, you can use this for travel, and show pictures and information to your grandchildren, about the places they visited.

History Reference Center

You would use this if they are interested in history.

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]

For enjoyment (example: watching a movie that came out when they were younger) or to gain knowledge.
Includes Great Courses content.

Kanopy Kids [Kanopy App]
Content for the grandchildren. Includes Sesame Street and more!

Legal Information Reference Center

Any senior having any legal issue could use this to familiarize themselves with a legal issue before consulting a lawyer.

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]

eAudiobooks provide an easier option to be able to still enjoy reading without having to read tiny print or carry books with you. 

Media on Demand eBooks [Libby, by Overdrive App]

Reading on a device may not have the same feel as a physical book but setting options more than make up for it.  Change the color, font, and size of the text for easier reading of every e-book that is available through Media on Demand.

Media on Demand eMagazines [Libby, by Overdrive App]

Not only can you get magazines whenever you want, but you can also change the font size, background colors, and other features to make it easier to read and easier on the eyes!

Newspaper Archive

Seniors can use Newspaper Archive to track down articles and historical records that they might not have hard copies of anymore.


If you are reading a new series and need the other titles of the series Novelist Plus can do it for you.
Find a book in categories you like to read such as mysteries, historical fiction, or thrillers. 

NoveList K-8

Want to impress the grandkids?  Find books that they’ll be interested in, get the books from the library, and then read out loud together!

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 want to become a Naturalized U.S. citizen, ProCitizen can help you prepare for the test with its series of videos, practice exercises and quizzes.

Pronunciator [Pronunciator app]

An active mind is a young mind.  Keep your mind active by learning a new language.  Pronunciator has a plethora of languages to choose from and a variety of course options to select.  Whether it is a short daily lesson to keep your mind sharp or a structured main course to help you prepare for the travel you promised yourself to do after you retired, Pronunciator can help. Includes English as a Second Language content (ESL.)

Read It!

As a senior citizen, it might be hard to read super long articles. Read it provides short articles and also audio that will read the information to you without having to struggle to read the small print.

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

This database holds information that you probably heard of from other family members or when you were younger. This database has cases and state-by-state information that might intrigue you to learn more on top of what you already knew. It’s definitely for more mature people.

Teacher Reference Center

If you have grandkids, this is a great database to find researched and peer-reviewed journals about their development, learning, and how you can apply this at home.