Digital Databases

Discover your unique family history! This resource includes billions of records from around the world, including from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos, and more.

Ancestry Library is temporarily available for use from home! To use, login to your account at the top of the page. The link will be above your library account information. Do not use the link to the left on this page!

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Biblioboard provides access to a curated to collection of ebooks relating to Illinois and Chicago history, as well as an extensive selection of classics. Access for free anywhere in Illinois! Create a free account to create lists of favorite books and for access out-of-state.

Chilton Library provides acces sto repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today, as well as, many new vehicles. This continiously updated resource provides step-by-step repair procedures, troubleshooting guides, diagnositc trouble codes, photos, illustrations, diagrams and multimedia (videos and animations) to simplify even the most complicated tasks.

Known as one of the most trusted resources for information and advice on consumer products, this award-winning website contains information that enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. In addition, users will find advice and tips on saving money on home improvement plans, how to shore up personal finances, ways to improve health and much more.    


Coursera is an online learning platform offering certificates and degrees through online training. These training opportunities will boost your skills and experience and give you an edge when applying to IT job openings in Illinois. Be sure to register for these courses by October 31. Complete the courses by December 31, 2020 to earn your certificates.

Access to car, motorcycle, and commercial Illinois driver's license practice tests and online manuals in English, Spanish, and Russian.

Digital Library of Illinois (formerly MyMediaMall) : Downloadable audiobooks, ebooks and videos that checkout just like a library book. You download these items to your computer and can transfer them to a portable media device.

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Search Worldcat, ArticleFirst, ERIC, Medline, and more with Firstsearch.


The magazines you know and love are now available to browse, select & read through Fox Lake District Library with Flipster.    

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Freegal® Music is a free music service from your library. All you need is your library card number and your PIN. Freegal offers access to about 15 million+ songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 40,000+ labels with music that originates in over 100 countries.

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Take the law into your own hands and create accurate, reliable legal documents with no hassle with Gale LegalForms. It offers Illinois -specific "attorney forms" - officially approved forms actually used by law firms. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word and Adobe format so you just need to simply "fill in the blanks."

Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by Fox Lake District Library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. Hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.

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Setting Up Email Account Basics Handout : a suite of resources - available to everyone in Illinois at no charge - that support local authors with online creation and publishing tools and allow readers to access locally-produced content.

Mango Languages

Mango is the fast, easy, and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language! 

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Miss Humblebee's Academy is a fun, interactive, and award-winning, online kindergarten-readiness learning solution for children ages 3 to 6. With hundreds of lessons in Math, Science and Social Studies, Language and Literacy, Art, and Music, the curriculum increases in difficulty as the user progresses through the program. Miss Humblebee's Academy assesses cognitive skills at regular intervals for measurable improvement toward kindergarten readiness and offers a developmental observation checklist allowing parents to review and record social and emotional growth as an additional condition of preparedness. Parents can track their child's learning outcomes through weekly progress reports that are emailed and available online.

This database helps kids and parents find the next exciting book in a series or books on certain subjects.

NoveList is an online database that helps patrons choose the next fiction or nonfiction book to read.

Please note: If unable to access Reference USA remotely using Google Chrome, please try using a different internet browser.  The most recent version of Chrome has been known to cause access issues.

This database includes business and residental information for reference and research.


Through the WorldCat database, which contains records of materials in libraries worldwide, library users can find books, eBooks, videos, DVDs, magazine articles and other items in libraries everywhere.