The Adult Services Department provides books, movies, magazines, newspapers, and more for learning and pleasure. Whether you're looking for the next great book to read or an idea for book group, we can help! Our librarians and readers advisors are ready to help you in person, over the phone, or via email. For personalized recommendations, try Books Just for You and Movies & TV Just for You.

Books

Coming Soon & New Books
Book Discussion Groups
Find Your Next Great Book
Books Just for You
Meet the Book Reviewers
Websites for Readers

Movies & Music

Coming Soon & New Movies / Music
Movie Discussion Group
Find Your Next Great Movie
Movies & TV Just for You
Meet the Movie Reviewers

 

 

More Than Books

Magazines
Emagazines (Zinio)
Newspapers
Local Discussion Groups
Ask a Librarian
Suggest a Purchase

IPPL Groups | Databases | Websites

Enjoy reading? Join one of our lively book discussion groups. A copy of book discussion titles will be at the Checkout Desk one month before the discussion. New members are always welcome. Find other discussion groups in the area.

genlit_web…a book club for 20-30 somethings

Join GenLit for drinks, dinner, and discussion with fellow 20-30 somethings. Meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month (January-October) at 6:30 p.m. at various local restaurants. Find GenLit on Facebook.

crimereaders_web...a book club for readers who like unraveling clues, interpreting evidence, and analyzing characters

We partner with the Woodridge Public Library to bring crime readers together on the third Thursday of the month (September-May) at 7 p.m. at Home Run Inn (7521 Lemont Rd., Darien) to discuss novels of crime and mystery. Follow Crime Readers on Facebook.

novelidea_web...a book club for for readers who like to delve into a book's characters, plots, setting, and themes

Drop in for one of our librarian-led discussions. Held the second Wednesday of the month (September-May) at 7 p.m.

Upcoming Book Discussions

Databases for Book Lovers

BookBrowse features reviews, recommendations, readalikes, author bios and interviews, resources for book clubs, and much more.

Literature Resource Center contains literary criticism, biographies of authors, bibliographies, work overviews and explanations, websites, and journal articles.

Literature Resources from Gale contains literature criticism, biographies, work/topic overviews, reviews, and full text of many literary works.

LitFinder contains poems, short stories, essays, plays, and speeches. Includes some full-text works, analysis, and criticism, plus author biographies.

NoveList Plus is a resource that helps readers discover what to read next and includes book discussion guides and series lists.

Resources for Your Book Discussion Group

Book Club Picks from IPPL
Browse staff created lists of book suggestions for your book group.

About.com Book Clubs
Discover new ideas for books, tips on leading discussions, reviews, and questions.

Book Group Buzz: A Booklist Blog
Find book group tips, reading lists, suggested books, author sites, and more.

LitLovers.com
Find popular book club books, reviews, reading guides, plus tips on how to start a group, discuss a book, and generic discussion questions (helpful for those books without a reading guide).

Reading Group Choices
Fun, comprehensive reading group site with hundreds of guides and recommendations, plus news and advice.

Reading Group Guides
Visit this online community to discover good discussion titles, tips for book clubs, and sign up for a monthly newsletter.

...More book-related websites

Click on any of the lists below to see our staff's all time favorites in these categories. You can also get a list of personalized reading recommendations by visiting Books Just for You.

Fiction and Nonfiction

By Subject (or A to Z):

 

 
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African American Fiction

Animal Fiction

Audiobooks

Book Club Picks

Books on Screen

Christian Fiction

Family Reading

Fiction

Graphic Novels

Historical Fiction

Holiday

Horror

In the Kitchen

International Locales

LGBTQ+

Literary Fiction

 

Location, Location

Mystery

Readalikes

Romance & Love Stories

Science Fiction

Sports Fiction

Summer Reads

Suspense/Thriller

Women's Fiction


Nonfiction

Our favorite books about...

 

Here’s the scoop: visit Adult Services to browse a variety a magazines. Check out older issues of magazines for two weeks. Highlighted bold print are also available as emagazines. Find magazines geared toward a younger audience in the Kids & Teens Department.

Do you need help finding a magazine title or article? Visit the Adult Services Desk, call 630/887-8760 ext. 241, or use the Ask a Librarian Form to email a librarian.  

Magazines by Subject 

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Title

Print Holdings

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AAII Journal 18 Months
AARP Bulletin One Year
AARP the Magazine 2 Years
Ability Oct./Nov. 2013 -
Air & Space Smithsonian 2 Years
All You Dec. 13, 2013 -
Allure March 2014 -
American Bungalow Fall 2013 -
American History 2 Years
American Libraries (ask Staff) Current Issues
American Spectator One Year
Aramco World (formerly Saudi Aramco World) 2 Years
Archaeology 2 Years
Architectural Digest 2 Years
Art Jewelry May 2015 -
Arthritis Today 2 Years
Artist's Magazine 2 Years
ArtNews 2 Years
Asimov's Science Fiction 2 Years
Astronomy 2 Years
Atlantic Monthly One Year
Audiofile (ask Staff) Current Issues
Audrey Winter 2014/2015 -
Audubon 2 Years
Automobile Red Book (Used and Older) Current Issue
Aviation Week & Space Technology One Year
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Backpacker 2 Years
Baseball Digest 2 Years
Bead and Button 2 Years
Beadwork December 2014 -
Bear Report October 2013 -
Best's Review (Insurance Issues and Analyses; formerly Property/Casualty and Life/Health) 2 Years
Better Homes & Gardens 2 Years
Better Investing 2 Years
Bicycling 2 Years
Bird Watching 2 Years
Birds & Blooms Feb./March 2014 -
Black Belt Aug./Sept. 2013 -
Black Enterprise Sept. 2014 -
Bloomberg Business Week One Year
Boating 2 Years
Bon Appetit 2 Years
Booklist (ask Staff) Current Issues
Bookmarks 2 Years
Bottom Line, Personal 2 Years
Bride's 18 Months
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CQ, the Radio Amateurs' Journal 2 Years
Car and Driver 2 Years
Cat Fancy (title changed to Catster)  
Catster (formerly Cat Fancy) 2 Years
Chess Life 2 Years
Chicago  2 Years
Chicago Consumers' Checkbook (also on Consumer Reference Shelf) 5 Years
Chicago History (See Collection Area 977.311) 1975-1976, 1979 (inc.), 1988-
Chicagoland Gardening 2 Years
China Today 2 Years
Christian Century One Year
Christian Science Monitor Weekly One Year
Christianity Today 2 Years
Chronicle of Higher Education One Year
Civil War Times 2 Years
Classic Toy Trains 2 Years
Clean Eating 2 Years
Cloth-Paper-Scissors 2 Years
Coastal Living 2 Years
Coins 2 Years
Computers in Libraries (ask Staff) Current Issues
Conde Nast Traveler 18 Months
Connected World One Year
Conservationist 2 Years
Consumer Reports Current 5 Years
Consumer Reports Money Adviser 2 Years
Consumer Reports on Health 2 Years
Cooking Light 2 Years
Cooking with Paula Deen 2 Years
Cook's Country Oct./Nov. 2013 -
Cook's Illustrated 2 Years
Cosmopolitan 18 Months
The Cottage Journal Spring 2013 -
Country Living 2 Years
Country Sampler July 2014 -
Cowboys and Indians 2 Years
Crab Orchard Review 2 Years
Craft Ideas  2 Years
Creating Keepsakes (Ceased publication Nov./Dec. 2013. Some issues shelved with Paper Crafts.)  
Crochet! 2 Years
Cross-Stitch & Needlework 2 Years
Cruising World Dec. 2014 -
Current Market Perspectives  
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DRIP Investor (Money Management area reference shelves) 18 Months
Dance Magazine 2 Years
Deadly Pleasures 2 Years
Deaf Life 2015 -
Details 18 Months
Diabetes Self-Management 2 Years
Digital Photo 2 Years
Discover 2 Years
Do It Yourself 2 Years
Dog Fancy (title changed to Dogster)  
Dogster (formerly Dog Fancy) 2 Years
Dow Theory Forecasts (Money Management subject area) One Year
Downbeat 2014 -
Dr. Oz: the Good Life March/April 2014 -
   

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ESPN One Year
Early American Life 2 Years
Eating Well July/August 2014 -
Ebony 2 Years
The Economist One Year
Edmund's New Cars & Trucks Buyer's Guide Online Only
Edmund's Used Cars & Trucks Buyer's Guide Online Only
Electronic House 2 Years
Elle Decor 2 Years
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine 2 Years
Entertainment Weekly One Year
Entrepreneur 2 Years
Esquire 18 Months
Essence 2 Years
Every Day with Rachael Ray 2 Years
   

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Family Chronicle (title changed to Your Genealogy Today)  
Family Circle 18 Months
Family Handyman 2 Years
Family Tree July/August 2014 -
Fast Company 2 Years
Fidelity Monitor (Money Management subject area) 18 Months
Financial Smarts (Money Management area reference shelves) Current Issues
Fine Cooking Oct./Nov. 2014 -
Fine Gardening 2 Years
Fine Homebuilding 2 Years
Fine Scale Modeler 2 Years
Fitness October 2013 -
Flying 2 Years
Food Network Magazine 2 Years
Forbes One Year
Foreign Affairs One Year
Fortune One Year
Futures 2 Years
Futurist 2 Years

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GQ 18 Months
Garden Gate 2 Years
Glamour 18 Months
Golf Magazine 2 Years
Good Housekeeping 2 Years
Guideposts (Large Print) 2 Years
Guitar Player 2 Years
Guns & Ammo 2 Years
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HGTV Magazine 2 Years
Harper's Bazaar 18 Months
Harper's Magazine One Year
Harvard Business Review 2 Years
Harvard Health Letter 2 Years
Health 2 Years
Home Business Sept./Oct 2014 -
Horse Illustrated 2 Years
Horticulture 2 Years
House Beautiful 2 Years
   

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Illinois Library Association Reporter (ask staff) Current Issues
In-Fisherman 2 Years
In Style 18 Months
Inc. 2 Years
India Today Jan. 12, 2015 -
Insight into Diversity 2 Years
Internet Genealogy 2 Years
Islands July 2013 -
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Kelley Blue Book (New, Older and Used Cars) Current Issues
Keyboard 2015 -
Kiplinger's Investing for Income (Money Management area reference shelves) August 2013 -
Kiplinger's Personal Finance 2 Years
Kiplinger's Retirement Report 2 Years
Kirkus Reviews (ask Staff) Current Issues
Knitter's 2 Years
   

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Ladies' Home Journal (through 8/14)  
Latina Feb. 2015 -
Library Journal (ask Staff) Current Issues
Linn's Stamp News One Year
Living Without's Gluten Free + More 2 Years
Lucky 18 Months
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MHQ: the Quarterly Journal of Military History 2 Years
MacWorld Ceased
Make 2 Years
Manager's Legal Bulletin One Year
Marie Claire 18 Months
Marketing Library Services (ask staff) Current Issues
Martha Stewart Living 2 Years
Martha Stewart Weddings 2 Years
Mary Jane's Farm Oct./Nov. 2013 -
Maximum PC 2 Years
Mayo Clinic Health Letter 2 Years
McCall's Quilting July/August 2014 -
Men's Health 2 Years
Men's Journal 18 Months
Mental Floss 2 Years
Midwest Living 18 Months
Model Railroader 2 Years
Money 2 Years
Moneyletter (Money Management area reference shelves) 18 Months
More 18 Months
Morningstar FundInvestor Available in database
Morningstar DividendInvestor Current 12 Months
Morningstar ETFInvestor Available in database
Morningstar Mutual Funds Available in database
Morningstar StockInvestor Available in database
Mother Earth Living (formerly called Natural Home) 2 Years
Mother Earth News 2 Years
Mother Jones One Year
Motor Trend 2 Years
Motor Trend's Truck Trend 2 Years
Ms. One Year
Muscle and Fitness (Joe Weider's) 2 Years
MuscleMag July 2014 -
Mystery Scene 2 Years
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NADA Appraisal Guides (Used; Motorcycle/Snowmobile/ATV/Personal Watercraft) Current Issues
The Nation One Year
National Geographic 3 Years
National Geographic Traveler 18 Months
National Parks 2 Years
National Review One Year
National Wildlife 2 Years
Natural Health 2 Years
Neighbors of Darien 2 Years
New Pioneer Spring 2015 -
New Republic One Year
New York Review of Books  One Year
New Yorker One Year
News for You (Life Skills Collection) 3 Months
Newsweek August 2014 -
No Load Fund Investor (Money Management area reference shelves) 18 Months
   

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O: The Oprah Magazine 2 Years
100 Highest Yields (Money Management area reference shelves) 18 Months
Old House Journal Sept. 2014 -
Opera News 2 Years
Organic Life (formerly Organic Gardening through April 2015)
2 Years
Outdoor Life 2 Years
Outside 2 Years
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Parents Magazine 2 Years
People One Year
People Style Watch One Year
Poetry 2 Years
Popular Mechanics 2 Years
Popular Photography 2 Years
Popular Science 2 Years
Prevention 2 Years
Pro Wrestling Illustrated 2 Years
Psychology Today 2 Years
Publisher's Weekly (ask Staff) Current Issues
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Quarterly Low-Load Mutual Fund Update (Money Management area reference) 18 Months
Quilters' Newsletter 2 Years
   

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RT Book Reviews 2 Years
Rails to Trails 2 Years
Reader's Digest 2 Years
Reader's Digest (Large Print) 2 Years
Real Simple 2 Years
Redbook 18 Months
Regional Economist 2 Years
Reminisce 2 Years
Road & Track 2 Years
Road Scholar Current Issues
Rolling Stone 18 Months
Romantic Country Fall 2014 -
Romantic Homes 2 Years
Runner's World 2 Years
Russian Life 2 Years
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Saturday Evening Post 2 Years
Saudi Aramco World (title changed to Aramco World)  
Scale Auto Dec. 2014 -
Sci-Fi 2 Years
Science News One Year
Scientific American 2 Years
Scrap & Stamp Arts 2 Years
Self 18 Months
Sew News 2 Years
Shape 2 Years
Sheet Music Magazine (shelved in collection area 780.26) June/July 1988 - Spring 2012
Shopsmart 2 Years
Sierra 2 Years
Skeptical Inquirer 2 Years
Sky & Telescope 2 Years
Small Business Opportunities 2 Years
Smithsonian 2 Years
Soap Opera Digest One Year
Soccer America Winter 2013 -
Sophisticate's Black Hair Styles and Care 18 Months
Sophisticate's Hairstyle Guide 18 Months
Sound and Vision 2 Years
Southern Living 2 Years
Sports Illustrated One Year
Standard and Poor's Outlook Available in database
Success 2 Years
Sunset 2 Years
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TV Weekly Current Issues
Taste of the South 2 Years
Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities 18 Months
Tennis 2 Years
This Old House 2 Years
Threads Aug./Sept. 2014 -
Time One Year
Town & Country 2 Years
Track & Field News 2 Years
Traditional Home 2 Years
Trailer Life 18 Months
Trains 2 Years
Travel and Leisure 18 Months
Treasures 2 Years
Tropical Fish Hobbyist 2 Years
   

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Upside: Best Buys in Small and Midcap Stocks (Money Management area reference shelves) 18 Months
Us Weekly One Year
   

V

 
Value Line (Money Management area reference shelves) Current Issues
Value Line Small and Mid-Cap (Money Management area reference shelves) Current Issues
Vanity Fair One Year
Vegetarian Times 2 Years
Veranda Nov./Dec. 2013 -
Victoria 2 Years
Video Librarian (ask Staff) Current Issues
Vietnam August 2014 -
Vogue 18 Months
Voice of Youth Advocate (ask Staff) Current Issues
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WW Magazine (through 10/14)  
Washington Monthly 2 Years
The Week One Year
Watercolor Artist February 2015 -
Weight Watchers 2 Years
West Suburban Living 2 Years
Wheels of Time 2 Years
Where to Retire 2 Years
Wild West 2 Years
Wine & Spirits Winter 2013 -
Wired One Year
Woman's Day 18 Months
Woman's World One Year
Women's Health Advisor 2 Years
Women's Health Magazine 2 Years
Wood (Better Homes and Gardens) 2 Years
Woodsmith 2 Years
Workforce Management 2 Years
Working Mother 2 Years
World War II 2 Years
Writer's Digest 2 Years
   

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Yankee Nov./Dec. 2013 -
Yes Winter 2014 --
Yoga Journal 2 Years
Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle until March 2015)
Nov./Dec 2013 -

 

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Watch these specially selected movies with other film fans and join a lively staff-led discussion. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., movie starts at 7:00 p.m., except for bonus movies. Register online, at the Readers Services Desk or call 630/887-8760 ext. 239 for more information. Browse our list of past movie discussion guides.

Upcoming Movies

 Find your next great movie by browsing through one of our Movie Lists of All Time Faves for recommended films. Suggest a topic by emailing the library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Movie Lists by Subject or A to Z

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Action/Adventure

African American Films

Animals

Award Nominees & Winners

Based on...

Cast of Characters

Christian

Classics

Comedy

Family

Historical Films

Holiday Films

Horror

Musicals

On Location

Romance & Love Stories

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Sports Films

Suspense &Thrillers

Television

War Films

Westerns

A graphic of a newspaper.

We have a variety of regional and national newspapers in the Adult Services Department on the first floor. The library retains 3 months worth of most newspapers.

Newspaper List

  • Barron's
  • Business Ledger
  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • Chicago Tribune 
  • Chicago Tribune Printer's Row
  • Crain's Chicago Business
  • Darien (DuPage) Progress: 1971-1974; 1976; June-Dec. 1978; 1979-1991; 1992-1999 (inc.) (Ask staff)
  • Doings
  • Financial Times
  • Investor's Business Daily
  • New York Times
  • New York Times (Large Print)
  • Suburban Life
  • USA Today
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Times Weekly
  • Willowbrook Progress: Jan.-Aug. 1998; Jan.-Aug. 1999; Jan.-April 2000 (Ask staff)

Need help finding the newspaper you are looking for?

You can access other titles in full-text or on microfilm. For titles not on this list, check www.worldcat.org, ask at the Ask Us (Adult Services) Desk, call 630/887-8760 ext. 241, or use the Ask a Librarian Form to email a librarian.

 

Databases

access_world_news

Access World News features diverse global perspectives on issues and events related to business, economics, health, the environment, crime, education, science, the arts, literature, and more from a variety of current and retrospective news media including newspapers, newswires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, periodicals, videos, and web-only content.

Chicago Area Newspapers contains the full text of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1986 to the present, plus The Doings, Suburban Life, Daily Herald, SouthtownStar, and much more.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archives contains the full text of the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to 1985. Browse front pages by date, search obituaries by name, and explore the news archive by date, era, or presidency.

InfoTrac Newsstand is a collection of state and country newspapers, including The New York Times from 1985-present.

 

50States.com
Access over 3,200 newspapers from the different states.

Advertising Age (Indian Prairie collection)
The Ad Age Web site features highlights from the most current issues, interactive features, and a job bank. Access to certain features and an archive going back to 1995 requires free registration.

Financial Times (Indian Prairie collection)
Financial Times is an England based international business newspaper primarily offering investment tips, advice, and tools along with articles from the day's paper.

Headline Spot
News source for the 50 states, 40 cities, and 57 countries.

 

Evanced Solutions Tiny Event Calendar
Events This Month:
 

junctioncolorwebnobg This year, we are going beyond books and reading and encouraging people to expand their horizons by attending programs. Join us at the Junction—IPPL Junction!—to learn something new, create from scratch, and share your knowledge with your neighbors.

IPPL cardholders who participate in designated Junction programs will earn entries into our monthly and grand prize drawings, donated by the Friends of IPPL. Click here to view the Junction video!

Come to one of the many events and programs listed on the calendar. Classes that are underlined on the calendar require registration.  If you have any questions or need assistance with registration please contact the library.

Click on the title of the event to see if registration is required. You can use the remind_meor notify_mejpg email notificatons at the top of the program page to remind you of a program or notify you of similar programs.

Adults

Adult Programs
Book Discussions
Computer Classes
Library Sponsored Groups
Movie Discussion Group

 

 

 

 

Kids

Kids Programs
Story Time Classes
Il. State Book Awards
Community Outreach

Teens

Teen Programs

Browse the list of databases or use the menu to jump down to a specific resource. An Indian Prairie library card is needed to access these resources. Check out the topics on the left side of the page for librarian-selected web resources to help you find the facts you need. For additional assistance, please contact the Adult Services Ask Us Desk at 630-887-8760 ext. 241 or fill out the Ask a Librarian form.

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Academic OneFile contains peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Includes extensive coverage of the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature, and other subjects.

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Access Business News contains over 600 business sources from a local, national, and international perspective. Set up an alert to be notified of new articles on a particular topic.

access_world_news

Access World News features diverse global perspectives on issues and events related to business, economics, health, the environment, crime, education, science, the arts, literature, and more from a variety of current and retrospective news media including newspapers, newswires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, periodicals, videos, and web-only content.

AllData is a comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information. In library use only.

Ancestry Library Edition is a premier genealogy resource. Includes U.S. Census records, immigration files, plus much more. In library use only.

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Biography in Context contains biographical information on more than 525,000 individuals from around the world and throughout history. Includes articles from books, magazines, and newspapers.

BookBrowse features reviews, recommendations, readalikes, author bios and interviews, resources for book clubs, and much more.

Books & Authors includes What Do I Read Next? print series, book reviews, and bibliographies. Create reading and search lists in the user accounts.

helpnow

Brainfuse HelpNow provides live online tutoring from 2pm-11pm, plus a writing center (get individualized feedback on your papers) and a test center with practice tests for kids, teens, and adults (AP, ACT, GED, and much more!).

jobnow

Brainfuse JobNow provides practical tools for job seekers. Use the Resume Lab to receive expert analysis of your resume, get live interview coaching from 2pm-11pm daily, plus browse other career, resume, and interview resources.

learnnow

Brainfuse LearnNow provides live help from 2pm-11pm, plus lessons and practice tests for kids, teens, and adults on school and career topics (AP, ACT, GED, ASVAB, NCLEX, and much more!).

Brands and Their Companies contains directory information on brands and who makes them.

business_insights

Business Insights: Essentials contains company profiles, brand and industry information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, and articles.

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Chicago Area Newspapers contains the full text of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1986 to the present, plus The Doings, Suburban Life, Daily Herald, SouthtownStar, and much more.

Chicago Consumers' Checkbook contains consumer ratings on businesses and services for the Chicago Metro area. Search for plumbers, roofers, doctors, dentists, and more. Now available from home! Note: registration is required.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archives contains the full text of the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to 1985. Browse front pages by date, search obituaries by name, and explore the news archive by date, era, or presidency.

Consumer Reports contains expert product reviews and ratings of cars, appliances, electronics, and more.

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Demographics Now contains census data plus demographics info to analyze population and marketing trends. Find data by town or create a custom region. 

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Educator’s Reference Complete is a selection of more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education.

ERIC contains magazine articles on education topics.

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Financial Ratings Series is a premier resource which provides independent ratings of life and annuity insurers, property and casualty insurers, plus health insurers. It also rates banks and credit unions, plus stocks and mutual funds. From Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings.

FirstSearch is a collection of 14 databases made possible by the Illinois State Library. Includes WorldCAT, ERIC, MEDLINE, and more.

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Gale Power Search provides simultaneous searching of all Gale products. Find reference books plus newspaper and magazine articles, academic journals, images, audio, and more.

Gale Virtual Reference Library contains over 400 full-text reference eBooks including encyclopedias, almanacs, and more. Use Power Search to find reference books from this database plus articles from Gale's Academic OneFile and General OneFile.

General OneFile contains millions of news and magazine articles on a wide range of topics.

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Health & Wellness Resource Center contains up-to-date material on diseases and conditions, alternative medicine, drugs, and herbal remedies.

HeritageQuest Online is a genealogy and local history collection with access to the federal census 1790-1940, PERSI, Revolutionary War files, Freedman's Bank Records, and more.

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Informe is a Spanish collection of full-text magazines. Covers business, health, technology, culture, current topics, and other subjects.

InfoTrac Newsstand is a collection of state and country newspapers, including The New York Times from 1985-present.

Investor's Business Daily contains stock market news and analysis. In library use only.

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Job & Career Accelerator is a resource to explore potential occupations, build a resume and cover letter, search for jobs, and prepare for interviews.

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Kids InfoBits is for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Features a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper, and reference content.

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LearningExpressLibrary contains complete online interactive practice tests for the ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and many career tests. Also, includes skill improvement tests for elementary, middle, and high school students. Tutorials for Microsoft Office products, Windows and Mac operating systems, Adobe Photoshop, and more.

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Legal Forms contains a wide selection of Illinois legal forms covering bankruptcy, divorce, landlord-tenant, wills, and more. Also includes a law dictionary.

LegalTrac contains major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals, and international legal journals. Included materials are selected based on criteria from the American Association of Law Libraries.

Literature Resource Center contains literary criticism, biographies of authors, bibliographies, work overviews and explanations, websites, and journal articles.

Literature Resources from Gale contains literature criticism, biographies, work/topic overviews, reviews, and full text of many literary works.

LitFinder contains poems, short stories, essays, plays, and speeches. Includes some full-text works, analysis, and criticism, plus author biographies.

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Mango Languages is a language-learning system for foreign languages and ESL.

Medline via FirstSearch contains articles on medicine, dentistry, and nursing.

Morningstar Investment Research Center is a resource which provides real-time access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds. Visit the Help & Education section for the investment classroom and guides, video tutorials, glossary, and more.

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NoveList Plus is a resource that helps readers discover what to read next and includes book discussion guides and series lists.

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context contains topic overviews, primary source documents, statistics, images, plus full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles on today's hottest social issues.

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Public Records is a database of new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures, and bankruptcies for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties.

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ReferenceUSA is a telephone directory of over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses (including historical data) and 89 million residential phone numbers. Search by industry or yellow page heading and limit by sales, business size, or geographical location. Also explore consumer and lifestyle data. Great for creating marketing lists or searching for a new job.

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S&P NetAdvantage is a comprehensive source of business and investment information, offering online access to popular Standard & Poor’s research products such as Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Corporation Records, Company Profiles, The Outlook, Mutual Fund Reports, and more.

Science in Context contains articles from science journals and reference books covering all the sciences, including biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

Small Business Resource Center is a place to learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles, and websites.

Student Resources in Context is a resource for all core curriculum areas from history to literature to science. Content includes reference books, magazines, newspapers, academic journals, primary sources, and video and audio content.

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U.S. History in Context contains reference books, images, primary sources, academic journals, and more.

V

Value Line Investment Survey contains information about stocks, including small and large cap companies.

W

WorldCat is the online catalog to search for books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

World Book Online contains over 10,000 biographies, science experiments, a section in Spanish, and one for kids, and information on how to do research.

World History in Context contains reference books, images, primary sources, academic journals, and more.

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Databases | Business Sites | Consumer & Automotive | Consumer Protection | Product Evaluations

 

Databases

access_world_news

Access Business News contains over 600 business sources from a local, national, and international perspective. Set up an alert to be notified of new articles on a particular topic.

business_insights

Business Insights: Essentials contains company profiles, brand and industry information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, and articles.

Chicago Consumers' Checkbook contains consumer ratings on businesses and services for the Chicago Metro area. Search for plumbers, roofers, doctors, dentists, and more. Now available from home! Note: registration is required.

Consumer Reports contains expert product reviews and ratings of cars, appliances, electronics, and more.

Demographics Now contains census data plus demographics info to analyze population and marketing trends. Find data by town or create a custom region. 

Financial Ratings Series is a premier resource which provides independent ratings of life and annuity insurers, property and casualty insurers, plus health insurers. It also rates banks and credit unions, plus stocks and mutual funds. From Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings.

Public Records is a database of new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures, and bankruptcies for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties.

ReferenceUSA is a telephone directory of over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses (including historical data) and 89 million residential phone numbers. Search by industry or yellow page heading and limit by sales, business size, or geographical location. Also explore consumer and lifestyle data. Great for creating marketing lists or searching for a new job.

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S&P NetAdvantage is a comprehensive source of business and investment information, offering online access to popular Standard & Poor’s research products such as Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Corporation Records, Company Profiles, The Outlook, Mutual Fund Reports, and more.

Small Business Resource Center is a place to learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles, and websites.

 

Business Sites

Export.gov
Export assistance for U.S. businesses.

Grants.gov
Find federal grants to assist your business.

Illinois Secretary of State | Services for Business
Search for downloadable Illinois small business forms and do a preliminary search on corporate name availability.

Illinois Small Business Development Center at College of DuPage
Provides assistance to individuals starting a business and to existing businesses.

SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Business
Find a local contact for free business advice from The Service Corps of Retired Executives.

Small Business Administration Illinois Office 
Business guidance from the SBA's Illinois office.

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
Search for manufacturers and distributors of U.S. products.

 

Consumer & Automotive

Autobytel
Buy or sell a car online. Includes new and used car prices, automobile reviews, new car research, buying advice, car dealers, auto loans, car rankings and more.

Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guide
Become an informed buyer of a new or used car here.

GetHuman
Connect to a live customer service agent faster with these direct phone numbers and shortcuts for thousands of companies worldwide.

IntelliChoice
Search for new or used cars.

Kelly Blue Book
New and used car values plus motorcycle prices and new car previews.

NADA Used Vehicle Values and Appraisal Guides
Provides price information for new cars, used car prices back to 1987, RV prices back to 1989, and classic cars back to 1926.

Parts.com
Shop for automotive parts online.

 

Consumer Protection

AnnualCreditReport.com
This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

Better Business Bureau
Lists business, consumer, and charity alerts. You may also file a complaint online.

CardRatings.com
Sponsored by the U.S. Citizens for Fair Credit Card Terms, this site fights credit card debt by offering consumer ratings of credit cards.

CharityNavigator
Evaluate over 5,000 charities their financial health to aid conumers in their charitable giving. Also find out when CUB will be in your area by viewing their events calendar.

Citizens Utility Board (CUB)
Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created by the Illinois General Assembly to fight utility rate hikes and promote tougher consumer protection laws.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: FAQs
Get the answers to your financial questions on topics ranging from mortgages and student loans to bank accounts and credit scores.

Federal Trade Commission - Consumer Protection
Consumer protection information on credit and loans, identity theft, telemarketing and the Do Not Call registry. File a complaint.

Illinois Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division
Offers assistance with consumer fraud and unfair business practices. Provides a downloadable complaint form as well as consumer protection information and alerts.

Illinois Commerce Commission
Resolves consumer complaints with utilities and other entities. Also licenses household movers.

Internet Crime Complaint Center
If you've been a victim of an Internet crime, report your complaint online and learn more about cybercrime activities.

USA.gov - Consumer Protection
Your everyday guide to prevent identity theft, understand credit, and smart shopping. Get information on filing a complaint regarding banks, credit card companies, student loans, and more.

 

Product Evaluation Sites

Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings
Includes top-rated energy-efficient appliances.

Consumer Search
Provides evaluations from many different sources of a variety of products.

Epinions
Opinions from consumers on products and services.

 

 

 

 

 

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Databases

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Brainfuse HelpNow provides live online tutoring from 2pm-11pm, plus a writing center (get individualized feedback on your papers) and a test center with practice tests for kids, teens, and adults (AP, ACT, GED, and much more!).

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Brainfuse JobNow provides practical tools for job seekers. Use the Resume Lab to receive expert analysis of your resume, get live interview coaching from 2pm-11pm daily, plus browse other career, resume, and interview resources.

Educator’s Reference Complete is a selection of more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education.

ERIC contains magazine articles on education topics.

Job & Career Accelerator is a resource to explore potential occupations, build a resume and cover letter, search for jobs, and prepare for interviews.

LearningExpressLibrary contains complete online interactive practice tests for the ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and many career tests. Also, includes skill improvement tests for elementary, middle, and high school students. Tutorials for Microsoft Office products, Windows and Mac operating systems, Adobe Photoshop, and more.

 

Elementary & High School

Choosing The Right School

Area Schools
A directory of public and private schools in our area.

Chicago Tribune School Rankings
View the top Chicago area elementary and high schools based on test scores. DATABASE SEARCH: Enter an address to find schools within 20 miles ranked by test score, class size, etc.

Digest of Education Statistics
Find statistics from 1990 to the present on schools and libraries in America.

DuPage Regional Office of Education
Provides information for job fairs and educational institutes.

Education Corner
Links to over 145,000 Education sites covering early childhood to college to adult continuing education.

Interactive Illinois Report Card from Northern Illinois University
A Northern Illinois University and Illinois State Board of Education cooperative site which contains standardized assessment scores, funding information, and other evaluative information on elementary, middle and high schools in Illinois.

GED

GED Testing - College of Dupage
COD offers GED preparation, GED testing, and college courses all in one location.

People's Resource Center
GED preparation assistance at locations in Westmont and Wheaton.

Homeschooling

Homeschool Resources
Check out this list of resources that Kids & Teens have compiled

    Teachers and Educators

    Illinois Association of School Administrators
    Links to job openings and information about teacher certification.

    Illinois Certification Testing System
    Free downloadable study guides for Illinois teacher certification tests.

    Illinois State Board of Education
    Provides links for school report cards, teaching/education job openings, and teacher certification.

    Teacher Resources
    A list of resources for teachers.

     

    College

      Choosing a College

      Brain Track
      Most complete online directory of the world's universities and colleges.

      College Board
      Search for colleges, financial aid, and college entrance exams and test dates.

      IIE Passport Study Abroad Directories
      Find out about international study options from the Institute of International Education. Contains information about universities and private institutions that sponsor education abroad programs for U.S. students and adult learners.

      Illinois Board of Higher Education
      Find college degree programs throughout Illinois by searching for institution type and degree programs, with subject/geographic limits.

      Institute of Education Sciences (IES) College Navigator
      The National Center for Education Statistics provides information about colleges and universities across the U.S.

      Peterson's Open Choices
      Links to colleges, financial aid sources, test preparation, and online college applications.

      Princeton Review Best 361 College Rankings
      View 62 rankings lists, organized into 8 categories, based on student feedback.

      U.S. News and World Report - Education
      U.S. News' annual rankings of graduate and undergraduate programs plus information on colleges and financial aid.

      Financial Aid

      College Illinois Prepaid Tuition Program
      Information on the prepaid tuition program administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

      EduLender.com
      Compare student loan interest rates.

      FastWEB.com
      Offers free searches to some 400,000 scholarships.

      Federal Student Aid
      Apply online for student financial aid through the U.S. Department of Education web site. Fill out the FAFSA online.

      Textbooks

      Amazon.com
      Do not overlook this well-known bookseller when searching for affordable new and used textbooks.

      Bigwords.com
      Another vendor with inexpensive books.

      DealOz.com
      Search over 500 online stores (including Amazon and Half.com) at once for the best prices on books.

      Half.com by eBay This site boasts great deals on textbooks.

       

      Continuing Education

      Back to College
      Resources include information about where to get discount textbooks, career planning, financial aid, scholarships, and online degrees.

      ChicagoLearningGuide.com
      A directory of professional, personal, and recreational classes for the Chicago area.

      College of Dupage Continuing Education Program
      Learn about the wealth of continuing education classes offeres by COD.

      Local Computer Classes from Indian Prairie Public Library
      View descriptions of the library's computer classes.

      Lyons Township Adult and Continuing Education
      Lyons Township High School offers many courses for adults. View the current catalog.

       

      Educational & Vocational Testing

      ACT: American College Testing
      College entrance exam

      DAT: Dental Admission Test
      Measures general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability for admission to dental school.

      GMAT: Graduate Managment Admission Test
      GMAT evaluates applicants from many educational backgrounds for business schools.

      GRE: Graduation Record Examination
      The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking and analytical writing skills for graduate school admissions.

      LSAT: Law School Admission Test
      The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day standardized test required for admission to all ABA–approved law schools, most Canadian law schools, and many non–ABA–approved law schools.

      MCAT: Medical College Admission Test
      The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee's problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.

      NCLEX-RN/PN: National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses/Practical Nurses
      An exam used in licensing nurses.

      Praxis: Teacher Certification Tests
      The Praxis Series™ assessments provide educational tests and other services that states use as part of their teacher licensure and certification process.

      SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test
      Nearly every college in America accepts the SAT or Subject Tests as a part of its admissions process.

      TOFEL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
      The TOEFL test is the most widely accepted English-language test in the world.

      Databases | Websites | Literacy Computer | English Conversation Group | Volunteer | Local Classes & Tutors | Life Skills Collection | Citizenship

       

      LEARN: Libraries English and Reading Network
      Provides information on resources in the western suburbs of Chicago for ESL students, tutors, and librarians who purchase ESL materials.

       

      Databases

      Mango Languages is a language-learning system for foreign languages and ESL.

       

      Websites

      Dictionaries

      Dictionary.com
      Online dictionary, thesaurus, grammar, usage & style, and writing resource.

      Glossaries by Language
      A wide variety of bilingual dictionaries and topical glossaries categorized by language.

      Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
      Provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, audio pronunciations, word of the day, word games, and other English language resources.

      General

      Dave's ESL Cafe on the Web
      Helpful pages on idioms, slang, test preparation advice, and links to other ESL websites.

      EnglishClub.com
      Lessons, games, quizzes, forums, chat, lesson plans, jobs, & more for ESL learners & teachers.

      Karin's ESL Partyland
      This site has over 75 interactive quizzes, 15 discussion forums, interactive lessons on a variety of topics, a chat room, and lots of great links.

      Ohio ESL
      English student resources from Ohio University including grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking, special topics, and additional resources.

      TOEFL
      The official website for the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

      Grammar & Writing

      Chomp Chomp: Grammar Bytes
      This site, created by a community college instructor, includes terms, interactive exercises (with answers/explanations), handouts, and guidelines for quickly improving grammar ability. Appropriate for both GED students and instructors.

      Funbrain
      Review math facts or parts of speech. Includes many interactive, online games to practice basic math and language arts concepts.

      Grammar Handbook from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      Provides explanations and illustrations of the basic grammatical rules concerning parts of speech, phrases, clauses, sentences and sentence elements, and common problems of usage.

      OWL: English as a Second Language (ESL) Resources, Handouts, and Exercises
      Includes various materials for English as a Second Language (ESL) students and teachers, which include resource pages, handouts, and exercises as well as links to over 60 additional grammar-related handouts and exercises.

      Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students
      A very large collection of quizzes for English study.

      UsingEnglish.com
      This site has numerous detailed handouts and quizzes for all levels of English grammar--from beginner to advanced. Many are in PDF format and most include answer sheets.

      Listening, Understanding & Speaking

      Phonetics Flash Animation Project
      Created at the University of Iowa, this site contains animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of Spanish and English. It is intended for students of phonetics, linguistics, and foreign language.

      Reading Comprehension

      CNN Interactive Learning Resources
      Great adult literacy site provided by CNN. Read, view, or listen to current news stories. Includes reading and vocabulary activities with each story.

      The New York Times Learning Network
      Current event stories, quizzes, crossword puzzles, and other vocabulary and knowledge building resources for students, parents, and instructors.

      Online ESL Journals & Magazines

      English Teaching Forum
      English Teaching Forum is an online quarterly journal published by the U.S. Department of State for teachers of English as a foreign or second language. The website contains articles from issues of the Forum dating back to 1993.

      The Internet TESL: For Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
      A monthly, online journal for ESL teachers that contains lesson ideas, conversation questions, as well as links for students.

      Topics: An Online Magazine for Learners of English
      In this online magazine "learners of English as a second language express their ideas and opinions on topics of interest to them." It features accounts of international foods, festivals, dances, superstitions, proverbs, and more. Also includes a description of class projects from around the world.

      ESL Sites for Instructors

      Center for Adult English Language Acquisitions
      Focuses its efforts on literacy education for adults learning English as a second language. Major content is the ERIC Digests--concise articles on topics relevant to adult ESL literacy instruction.

      LINCS: Literacy Information and Communication System
      LINCS is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education which includes on-demand, web-based professional development opportunities; targeted face-to-face training, high-quality resources; and an interactive online learning community.

      Literacy Connections
      Provides a wealth of information on reading, teaching and tutoring techniques, ESL literacy, and adult literacy.

      National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
      "A federally funded research and development center focused solely on adult learning. NCSALL's efforts are dedicated to improving practice in educational programs that serve adults with limited literacy and English language skills, and those without a high school diploma."

      ProLiteracy Worldwide
      A nonprofit international literacy organization that was formed by the 2002 merger of Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America.

       

      Learn English on a Computer!

      If you would like to make an appointment for one-on-one instruction to learn how to use software available on the Literacy Computer, call Joe Popowitch at 630/887-8760 ext. 240, or stop by the Ask Us Desk on the first floor.

      Software programs include:
      • Accent Coach English Pronunciation Trainer
      • Learn to Speak English v. 8.1
      • Let's Talk English Vocabulary and Pronunciation: Interactive Skill Builder
      • Reading Horizons
      • Ultimate Phonics Reading Program
      The Adult Services computer literacy program includes:
      • One-on-one computer instruction (by appointment)
      • Communication Skills
      • Grammar
      • Pronunciation
      • Reading

      *The computer was purchased using funds from the Illinois State Library under the federally funded Library Service & Technology Act (LSTA).

       

      English Conversation Group

      Practice your English pronunciation and conversation skills guided by a volunteer from Literacy DuPage. The English Conversation Group meets at the library on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m.-noon.

      Call cosponsor Literacy DuPage at 630/416-6699 for details.

       

      Volunteer

      You can make a difference by volunteering some of your time. The groups that help teach English in our area are constantly in need of volunteers. An hour or two each week could go a long way toward helping someone learn English or learn to read. The following groups are currently looking for volunteers:

       

      Life Skills Collection

      The Life Skills Collection helps people learning to read, speak, and understand English. The collection offers materials for both students and tutors and includes the following topics: English as a Second Language (ESL), grammar, reading comprehension, pronunciation, business English, vocabulary, culture and more. For questions or suggestions, please contact Joe Popowitch at the Adult Desk at 630/887-8760 ext. 240.

      Materials in the Collection

      • Books, CDs, CD-ROMs, & DVDs
      • Newspapers: News for You and Elizabeth Claire's Easy English News
      • Tumblebooks
      • World Book Online
        Includes information on employment, health, transportation, etc. After entering your library card number, click on "World Book Discover" at the right. Next, click on "Go to the Life Skills Center" under the "Life Skills" section along the left.

      Recommended Resources

      Brochures

      Genealogy Group | Databases |General Sites | lllinois & Chicago Resources | Immigration Records | Naturalization Records | Death & Cemetery Records | Obituary Index

       

      Genealogy Group

      Local genealogists share their tips on doing research. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from 1 - 3 p.m. View the 2015 schedule. If you are unable to attend a meeting, check the IPGG blog for copies of handouts from the programs.

       

      Family History Library Microfilm

      Order microfilm online from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and ship it directly to Indian Prairie Public Library, a Family History Library Affiliate.

       

      Databases

      Ancestry Library Edition is a premier genealogy resource. Includes U.S. Census records, immigration files, plus much more. In library use only.

      Chicago Area Newspapers contains the full text of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1986 to the present, plus The Doings, Suburban Life, Daily Herald, SouthtownStar, and much more.

      Chicago Tribune Historical Archives contains the full text of the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to 1985. Browse front pages by date, search obituaries by name, and explore the news archive by date, era, or presidency.

      HeritageQuest Online is a genealogy and local history collection with access to the federal census 1790-1940, PERSI, Revolutionary War files, Freedman's Bank Records, and more.

       

      General Sites

      AfriGeneas
      Census records, slave data, and other sources for those researching ancestors of African descent.

      Ancestry.com
      Ancestry.com has over 2,500 genealogical databases available. Some of the databases are free; others are part of Ancestry's paid subscription service to individuals. Ancestry Library Edition has many of the same databases found in Ancestry.com.

      FamilySearch
      Free access to the largest genealogy collection in the world with millions of digitized records.

      National Archives
      Visit the National Archives' genealogy page for information about its census, naturalization, immigration, and military records.

      Genuki: UK and Ireland Genealogy
      Use Genuki to research your English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestors.

      NCHS - Where to Write for Vital Records
      Use the National Center for Health Statistics' free website to find out how to order vital records (birth, death, marriage) from state vital records offices.

      JewishGen ShtetlSeeker Search the database containing the names of all the localities of Central and Eastern Europe; plus localities of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Great resource for people researching Eastern European ancestors.

      USGenWebProject
      A great site for the "armchair" genealogist. Search the volunteer-maintained county pages to learn about local genealogical resources and records.

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      Illinois & Chicagoland Resources

      CAGGNI-Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois
      Check out great genealogy tips, links and a guide to regional genealogy library resources around the Chicago area.

      Cook County Genealogy Online
      Search for birth certificates (75 years or older), marriage licenses (50 years or older) and death certificates (20 years or older). Free registration required.

      DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society
      Search a variety of genelogical databases for DuPage County.

      Illinois State Archives Online Databases
      Search across databases including statewide marriages, military records and land sales.

      Linkpendium-Illinois Genealogy and Family History
      Check out hundreds of Illinois and county-specific genealogical websites.

      A Look at Cook
      Indexes of Cook County U.S. censuses from 1870-1940. Also links to the Chicago Historical Society's Polk directories for 1928-1929 and 1909 and 1911 Chicago street name changes.

      Naperville Family History Center
      Research assistance, classes, and access to many fee-based databases via the Family History Center portal.

      Newberry Library
      Before you visit the Newberry, read about their genealogy resources and collection guides.

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      Immigration & Ship Passenger Records

      Ancestry Library Edition's “Immigration & Travel Collection”
      (In library use only) Includes New York Passenger Lists, Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., Passport Applications, Hamburg Passenger Lists, and much more.

      Die MAUS: Family History and Genealogical Society of Bremen--Bremen Passenger Lists
      Search the 3,017 departure records from Bremen for 1920--1939--all other lists from Bremen were destroyed in WW II. The Bremen Lists also contain the names of many Slovak immigrants.

      Library and Archives Canada
      Explore the Canadian Archives' digitized passenger lists from 1865 to 1935. Lists are organized by port and date of arrival. These lists are also available through Ancestry Library Edition which allows you to search the lists by name.

      CastleGarden.org
      Search eleven million records of immigrants who passed through the U.S.’s first official immigration center from 1820 to 1892.

      Danish Emigration Archives
      Includes transcriptions of 394,000 emigration records from 1869 to 1908 compiled by the Copenhagen Police.

      Digital Resources Netherlands and Belgium
      Select Passenger Lists from the left side menu for links to free websites of departure lists from the Netherlands and Belgium. The lists are divided into records up to 1736 and after 1736.

      Ellis Island
      Search the index of immigrants who came through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1924 for free. [You must register and pay to view the full record.] Or use Stephen Morse's easy one-step search form to search the Ellis Island database

      FamilySearch.org
      Search the Migration & Naturalization Collection for immigration related records.

      Find Your Roots in Germany
      Select “Passenger Lists” from the menu for a comprehensive guide to online and print sources, including the Bremen and Hamburg lists.

      German Roots
      Click on “Emigration & Immigration Records” for a detailed list of ports and their records, tips on finding records offline as well as a wonderful introduction to NARA’s passenger lists holdings. The site has many helpful links for German genealogical sources.

      Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
      Search over 5,000 ship passenger lists by date, ship name, port of arrival and by surname.

      National Archives
      Visit NARA's genealogy page to discover what immigration records NARA owns including ship passenger lists.

      Norway Heritage
      Find information on ships, passenger departure lists from 1825 to 1925, and passenger arrivals published in U.S. newspapers.

      Olive Tree Genealogy
      Search over 2, 500 transcribed ship passenger lists for free.

      The Ships List
      Locate passenger lists as well as information about steamship lines.

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      Naturalization Records

      Ancestry Library Edition "Immigration & Travel" Collection
      (In library use only) Includes Citizenship & Naturalization database, Passenger Lists, and U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, and more.

      FamilySearch
      Search the “Migration & Naturalization" collection for citizenship and naturalization records.

      National Archives
      Learn more about the naturalization process as well as what citizenship records are available through NARA and its regional facilities.

      Online Searchable Naturalization Indexes and Records
      The German Roots website provides an excellent guide to understanding and locating naturalization records.

      United States Citizenship and Information Services
      The USCIS has naturalization files from 1906 to 1956. Download the Genealogy brochure for information on how to request records.

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      Death & Cemetery Records

      Find a Grave
      Search 105 million volunteer-transcribed grave records by surname or by cemetery. Entries may include names, birth and death dates, and possibly a photo of the deceased.

      Interment.net
      Search records of 1,800 cemeteries worldwide by location or by burial record. Also has links to obituaries online.

      Legacy
      Search the last 30 days of obituaries taken from 800 U.S. newspapers for free.

      ObitsArchive.com
      Free indexes to U.S. newspaper obituaries. You can pay to view the full text of the obituary or inquire at the Ask Us Desk about borrowing microfilm of the newspaper containing the obituary.

      Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records (USA)
      Handy directory to websites with online death indexes.

      RootsWeb Obituary Daily Times
      Volunteers "adopt" a newspaper for which they index the published obituaries. To decipher the newspaper abbreviation used in the entry, click on "Back to the Obituary Times" link, and then click on "Publication List."

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      Obituary Index, 1972-2014

      A searchable index of obituaries (.pdf)) of people who resided in Burr Ridge, Darien or Willowbrook. The index also includes obituaries of individuals whose funeral servies were held in Burr Ridge, Darien or Willowbrook. Gaps exist in the index due to missing newspaper issues. The index is updated throughout the year, but published annually online.

      Contact the Ask Us Desk by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 630-887-8760 ext. 241 for assistance.

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      Databases | Federal | Illinois | DuPage | Local | Elections

      To search for all your elected officials, visit the DuPage County Election Commission and search by name or address. (If name does not work, try address).

      Databases

      Public Records is a database of new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures, and bankruptcies for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties.

      Federal Government

      Budget of the United States Government
      Browse or search the budgets of the federal government back to 1997.

      C-Span: Congress/Legislative Resources
      Locate federal, state, and local officials; track current legislation; search officials' voting records, etc.

      Congressional Directory
      The official directory to the U.S. Congress contains brief biographies of the members of the House and Senate.

      Economic Report of the President
      The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. It overviews the nation's economic progress using text and extensive data appendices.

      Federal Citizen Information Center
      A guide to federal agencies and their toll free numbers.

      FEDSTATS
      The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy provides easy access to over 70 federal agencies that produce statistics of public interest.

      GovSpot
      Includes links to federal agencies' websites as well as to a number of other government related sites.

      THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
      Provides House and Senate directories, guides to legislation, committee information and roll call votes.

      Uninersity of North Texas Congressional Research Service Reports
      The University of North Texas Libraries provides searchable access to many full-text Congressional Research reports.

      USA.gov
      The U.S. Government's official web portal. Browse popular topics, read the blog, and discover how to contact government agencies and elected officials.

      U.S. House of Representatives
      Official website of the U.S. House of Representatives. Find your representatives and read about the latest House issues.

      U.S. Senate
      Official website of the U.S. Senate. Find your senators and keep up with the latest Senate issues.

      White House
      Provides information on the Executive office, tours, and the White House Library.

      Illinois

      Cyber Drive Illinois
      Your portal to Illinois governmental and library information on the Web!

      ICash
      From the State Treasurer's office. Find cash or valuables owed to you in the State of Illinois.

      Illinois Digital Archives
      View digital images of Illinois history and view every Illinois Blue Book back to 1900.

      Illinois Secretary of State's Gateway
      Provides information on the Secretary of State's services and departments.

      Illinois General Assembly
      Links to Illinois Senate and House of Representatives, pending legislation, and the Illinois Compiled Statutes.

      Illinois State Directories
      Contact information and links to the websites of all Illinois agencies.

      Illinois.gov
      Links to Illinois government, state agencies, public services, and tourism.

      State and Local Government on the Net
      Provides links to U.S., state, and county government websites.

      University of Illinois Extension Programs and Resources
      Links to the University of Illinois' regional and county Cooperative Extension offices.

      DuPage County

      DuPage County Illinois Government Website
      Links to county officials and agencies, county board agendas, and meetings.

      Local Government

      Burr Ridge, Village of, IL
      The official website of the Village of Burr Ridge includes village officials, news, and village board agendas and actions.

      Darien, City of, IL
      The official website of the City of Darien includes city officials, community calendar, local ordinances, etc.

      Darien Park District
      The official website of the Darien Park District includes programs and events, information on parks and facilities, etc.

      Downers Grove Township
      Information about Downers Grove Township. Click on "Assessor" to perform a tax parcel search by address or parcel number.

      Downers Grove Sanitary District
      The Downers Grove Sanitary District is responsible for providing sanitary sewer service for the Village of Downers Grove, the portion of the Village of Westmont west of Cass Avenue, and portions of Woodridge, Lisle, Oak Brook, and Darien, Illinois.

      Willowbrook, Village of, IL
      The official website of the Village of Willowbrook contains a list of village officials, police department, and community development information.

      Elections

      DuPage County Election Commission
      Provides voter registration information and sample ballots.

      FactCheck.org
      Excellent at debunking false claims and myths promoted by both sides in the election.

      Illinois State Board of Elections
      The website is organized into five categories: campaign disclosure, election information, voting information, about the board, and county clerks and election commissioners.

      League of Women Voters of Illinois
      The League offers non-partisan voter information, as well as links to national and local league chapters.

      Politics 1
      This non-partisan website contains the most comprehensive listing of the federal and state candidates along with candidate profiles, information about current political issues, and news.

      Project Vote Smart
      An excellent non-partisan guide to current elected officials and candidates.

      General Information | Taking Action | Gas Saving Tips | Recycling | Library Actions

       

      General Information

      Ebsco's GreenFile
      This free research database covers the relationship between humans and the environment. Search this database for information on such subjects as recycling and alternative fuel or any of the many related areas. Search books, magazines and scholarly journals, pamphlets, government reports as well as trade publications.

      Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
      Learn about the latest technology in renewable energy from the Department of Energy.

      EnergySaver.gov
      Browse ways to save energy and money, use calculators, and read the blog from the Department of Energy.

      Environmental Literacy Council
      Provides high quality background information on environmental issues such as climate change.

      Green Power Network
      The Green Power Network (GPN) provides news and information on green power markets and related activities. The site provides up-to-date information on green power providers, product offerings, consumer protection issues, and policies affecting green power markets. From the Department of Energy.

      National Renewable Energy Laboratory
      Find information about the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as they help meet the growing demand for clean energy. Includes general information, how they operate and do business, and how you can do business with NREL.

       

      Taking Action

      DuPage County Green Initiatives & Recycling
      Learn about electronics and other recycling services. Explore the recycling guide for information on where to dispose of hazardous and other types of solid waste. Get details about local recyclying events.

      Earth 911
      A rich, authoritative site with information on where to recycle everything from used motor oil to paint to fax machines in your neighborhood, plus consuming products responsibly. Or call 1-800-CLEANUP.

      Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Change Site
      The EPA’s Climate change site has basic information on the issue plus actions you can take. The "What You Can Do" section has a personal greenhouse emissions survey. Find out what you can do at home, at the office or school, and on the road using their short lists of actions.

      Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Energy Site
      EPA’s Clean Energy site can help you understand: How does energy use affect my environment? How clean is the energy I use? How can I reduce my impact?

      Environmental Protection Agency's Green Building Site
      Learn about green, or sustainable, building: the practice of creating and using healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition.

      Freecycle
      A large nonprofit network of groups consisting of people giving and getting free materials (from furniture to appliances and electronics). Emphasizes reusing and keeping those items out of landfills. Local coverage.

      Green Guide
      The National Geographic Society’s site on “living green.”

      Greener Gadgets
      Provides information on living and buying green. It includes a calculator for determining your energy use and a way to search for recycling centers by zipcode.

      Illinois Solar Energy Association
      The Illinois Solar Energy Association is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of renewable energy through education and advocacy. As the Illinois chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, it is the local resource for educational classes, events, renewable energy related policy developments, local news and access to local renewable energy vendors.

      Learner.org
      Ideas, practices and information about reducing hazardous, solid and sewage wastes.

      Planet Green
      A blog-based site with information on greening your Fashion and Beauty, Food and Health, Home and Garden, Technology and Transport, Travel and Outdoors, and Work.

      Recycle Bank
      Offers a points system for recycling, which you can then use for discounts and merchandise. The site boasts more than 2 million users.

       

      Gas Saving Tips

      Edmund's
      Edmund’s car buying site offers fuel economy advice.

      FuelEconomy.gov - U.S. Department of Energy
      Gas mileage tips from the U.S. Department of Energy.

       

      Recycling

      EVERYDAY RECYCLING AT THE LIBRARY

      • Books
      • Cell phones*
      • Eyeglasses*
      • Hearing Aids*
      • Ink Cartridges*

      *Darien Lions Club box near the elevator.

      Credit Card Recycling
      Old credit cards, reward cards, gift cards and other plastic type cards contribute more than 75 million pounds of PVC (plastic resin) in landfill every year. With credit card fraud an ongoing issue it is usually not safe to throw these cards away in the trash. Now there is a company that recycles this plastic and destroys these cards responsibly. Earthworks System is a PVC recycling company grinds up old cards (ensuring they are disposed of safely) and crafts them into PVC sheets used to make new plastic cards. Retailers can then purchase Earthworks 100% recycled PVC material to make new cards.

      DuPage County Green Initiatives & Recycling
      Learn about electronics and other recycling services. Explore the recycling guide for information on where to dispose of hazardous and other types of solid waste. Get details about local recycling events.

      Earth 911
      A rich, authoritative site with information on where to recycle everything from used motor oil to paint to fax machines in your neighborhood, plus consuming products responsibly. Or call 1-800-CLEANUP.

      Freecycle
      A large nonprofit network of groups which consists of people giving and getting free materials (from furniture to appliances and electronics). Emphasizes reusing and keeping those items out of landfills. Local coverage.

      Greener Gadgets
      Provides information on living and buying green. It includes a calculator for determining your energy use and a way to search for recycling centers by zipcode.

      Recycle Bank
      Offers a points system for recycling, which you can then use for discounts and merchandise. The site boasts more than 2 million users.

      SCARCE
      Educates the community about ways to recycle and be green and provides information about upcoming recycling events in the area.

      Electronics Recycling Locations

      Accepted Items:
      Desktop and laptop computers, TVs, printers, fax machines, radios, microwaves, small appliances (coffee makers, toasters, curling irons, hair dryers), toner cartridges, extension cords, game consoles, copy machines, CD players, DVD players, VCRs, monitors, keyboards, computer mice, cables and cords, speakers, tape players, scanners, modems, routers, stereos, docking stations, network hubs, telephones, and circuit boards, Rechargeable Batteries Only

      SCARCE: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesdays: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 2nd Saturdays: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; 799 Roosevelt Rd, Building 2, Suite 108, Glen Ellyn; 630/545-9710

      Downers Grove: 1st Saturday of the month; 9 a.m. – noon; Village Hall, 801 Burlington Avenue (in the employee parking lot at the rear of the building, off Curtiss St.); 630/434-5500

      Lisle: 3rd Saturday of the month; 9:00 a.m. to noon. 4930 Lincoln Ave. (Rt. 53), just south of Ogden Ave., just north of Lisle Police Department. Look for the sign on the West side of Rt. 53. 630/271-4100

      Naperville: Tuesdays & Thursdays; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Public Works Recycling Drop Off Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive; 630/420-6095

      Westmont The Downers Grove Township Highway Department accepts electronics from 8:00 a.m. to Noon on the third Saturday of the month (except holiday weekends) at 318 E. Quincy, Westmont. Call 630/719-6620 for more information.

      Wheaton: 2nd Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. – 12 noon; 820 W. Liberty Drive (Public Works Storage Lot) across from Public Works Garage, just west of Carlton

      Library Actions

      Here’s what the library is doing:

      • Paper Retriever in the parking lot. Available to the public.
      • Used Illinois Clean Energy Foundation Lighting Grant funds for upgrade to energy efficient lighting bulbs and fixtures.
      • Recycle paper, plastic, and aluminum in building.
      • Front stairs resurfaced with recycled rubber.
      • Reusable canvas bags available for purchase for "frequent shoppers."
      • Several new trees planted.
      • Use of online databases replaces print resources.

      Databases l Alternative Medicine l Doctors & Hospitals l Government Health Information |

      Health Sites l Medical Centers & Libraries

       

      Databases

      Health & Wellness Resource Center contains up-to-date material on diseases and conditions, alternative medicine, drugs, and herbal remedies.

      Medline via FirstSearch contains articles on medicine, dentistry, and nursing.

       

      Alternative Medicine

      American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
      Search the official site of the AAMA to learn more about acupuncture and to locate an AAMA certified acupuncturist in your area.

      National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
      The National Institutes of Health created the NCCAM division to study complementary medicine and to educate both practitioners and consumers on these therapies.

      Office of Cancer Complementary Alternative Medicine
      This division of the National Cancer Institute provides information on the use of alternative and complementary cancer therapies.

      WholeHealthMD
      Using board-certified doctors and experts, this site offers an integrative approach to medicine with a Healing Center, Healing Kitchen, and Reference Library.

       

      Doctors & Hospitals

      Access DuPage
      Access DuPage is a collaborative effort whose mission is to provide access to medical services to those people in DuPage County who lack access because of economic reasons.

      AMA Physician Select Online Doctor Finder
      Search the American Medical Association's database of licensed M.D.s and D.O.s in the U.S. You may also search by medical specialty and/or geographic area.

      Illinois Department of Professional Regulation - Physician Profile Search
      Search for doctor by name to see whether or not the person has received a disciplinary action, plus specialties, certifications, and affiliations.

      Illinois Hospital Report Card
      From the Illinois Department of Public Health. Access quality and safety data, learn how to choose a health care facility, and research Illinois laws related to consumer protection and healthcare.

      Illinois Hospitals
      From the Illinois Hospital Association. Get information on nearly 200 Illinois hospitals, including services provided.

      U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospital Finder
      Ranks over 6,000 hospitals by specialty. Search for a hospital by region, or browse the top-ranked hospitals.

       

      Government Health Information

      Centers for Disease Control
      Supplies information on health related travel warnings, cruise ship inspection scores, and other health topics.

      ClinicalTrials.gov
      Find information on current clinical trials from the National Institute of Health.

      HealthCare.gov
      Read articles and watch videos to help determine insurance and preventitive care options. Managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

      Health Insurance Reform Information Center
      The Illinois Department of Insurance provides information on the recent national health insurance reform and its effects on Illinois. Find fact sheets, legislation, contact information, and more.

      Medline Plus
      A goldmine of good health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine.

      National Institute of Health for Seniors
      Featuring health information from the National Institutes of Health.

      U.S. Food and Drug Administration Consumer Health Information
      Timely, reliable information from the Food and Drug Administration.

       

      Health Sites

      AARP Internet Resources on Aging - Health and Well-Being
      Provides links to over 70 Web sites dealing with health and well-being for seniors.

      Familydoctor.org
      The American Academy of Family Physicians provides information on a wide variety of topics related to health and medicine.

      Getting Well Network
      Sponsored by the publishers of the Physicians Desk Reference, this site offers information on diseases, drugs, and clinical trials.

      Imaginis
      An award-winning site for information on women's health issues, such as breast and cervical cancer, HRT, heart disease, and much more.

      Mayo Clinic First-Aid Guide
      First aid information from this respected source.

      MyWebMD
      Consumer friendly medical information on diseases, symptoms, drugs, medical tests and other health related issues.

      Spine-Health.com
      The only independent spine medicine portal that supports the education of patients through a combination of 100% original, peer-reviewed content and comprehensive information and services.

      United States Pharmacopeia
      The United States Pharmacopeia sets ingredients and safety standards for vitamins, herbs and other dietary supplements. The organization gives marks of quality to those supplement makers that meet the standards.

       

      Medical Centers & Libraries

      Health on the Web
      Non-commercial sources selected/evaluated by health science libraries in the Midwest (collaborative project).

      Kidshealth
      Up-to-date health information about and for children and teens.

      MayoClinic.com
      Medical input from Mayo Clinic physicians and health care staff. Includes archive of newsletters.

      OncoLink
      For cancer patients and their families. Includes up-to-date, reliable information on most current treatments for all types of cancer.

      Pubmed
      A service of the National Library of Medicine providing access to over 11 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960s.

      Databases | Calculators & Tools | Sites

       

      Databases

      business_insights

      Business Insights: Essentials contains company profiles, brand and industry information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, and articles.

      Financial Ratings Series is a premier resource which provides independent ratings of life and annuity insurers, property and casualty insurers, plus health insurers. It also rates banks and credit unions, plus stocks and mutual funds. From Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings.

      Investor's Business Daily contains stock market news and analysis. In library use only.

      Morningstar Investment Research Center is a resource which provides real-time access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds. Visit the Help & Education section for the investment classroom and guides, video tutorials, glossary, and more.

      Public Records is a database of new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures, and bankruptcies for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties.

      sp-capital-iq

      S&P NetAdvantage is a comprehensive source of business and investment information, offering online access to popular Standard & Poor’s research products such as Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Corporation Records, Company Profiles, The Outlook, Mutual Fund Reports, and more.

      Value Line Investment Survey contains information about stocks, including small and large cap companies.

      Calculators & Tools

      BankRate.com
      Use calculators for mortgage, retirement, car loans, investment, and more.

      CNN.com
      Calculate retirement, real estate, financial planning, and more.

      Kiplinger.com
      Investment tools for stocks and bonds, taxes, family finance, retirement, and living.

      SmartMoney.com
      Worksheets on cars, college, debt, insurance, retirement, and much more.

       

      Sites

      About.com: Financial Planning
      Learn how to create a budget, build wealth, and protect what you have.

      Bank Rate Monitor
      Check on the safety of your bank, and search for loan and CD rates.

      Big Charts
      Comprehensive charting site with historical quotes offered back to the 1980s.

      CNN Money: Money 101
      A step by step guide to gaining control of your financial life. Includes 23 lessons.

      Google Finance
      Search for stocks, mutual funds, and public and private companies. Features interactive charts and news.

      MarketWatch
      Premier source for current financial news and current quotes.

      MyMoney.gov
      Pulls information from various government sites for budgeting, buying a house, investing, etc.

      National Foundation for Credit Counseling
      Association of non-profit organizations that provide education and counseling in credit and debt management. Find contact information for local offices.

      Oprah's Debt Diet Action Plan
      Follow the step by step guide to financial freedom. Find expert advice on getting out of debt and staying out of debt.

      TreasuryDirect
      Includes information on savings bonds.

      Wise Bread: Living Large on a Small Budget
      A community of bloggers gives advice on ways to save.

      Yahoo! Finance
      Timely stock and mutual fund quotes with links to company fundamentals, charts, and news.

      For your convenience, we've created a Jobs and Careers area, located on the wall between the group study rooms on the first floor. Here you'll find books on all aspects of the job search process, from information about careers and job hunting to interviewing and getting that new job!

      Nearby, we've set up a dedicated computer with software and links you can use in your job search. These include Microsoft Office products such as Word that you can use in composing your resume or cover letter, as well the job search Web sites below. Staff at the Ask Us Desk can help you find any of these areas.

      Databases | Job Search Sites | Chicago-Area Job Sites |
      Job Hunting & Career Guides | Community Resources

       

      Databases

      helpnow

      Brainfuse HelpNow provides live online tutoring from 2pm-11pm, plus a writing center (get individualized feedback on your papers) and a test center with practice tests for kids, teens, and adults (AP, ACT, GED, and much more!).

      jobnow

      Brainfuse JobNow provides practical tools for job seekers. Use the Resume Lab to receive expert analysis of your resume, get live interview coaching from 2pm-11pm daily, plus browse other career, resume, and interview resources.

      Job & Career Accelerator is a resource to explore potential occupations, build a resume and cover letter, search for jobs, and prepare for interviews.

      LearningExpressLibrary contains complete online interactive practice tests for the ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and many career tests. Also, includes skill improvement tests for elementary, middle, and high school students. Tutorials for Microsoft Office products, Windows and Mac operating systems, Adobe Photoshop, and more.

      ReferenceUSA is a telephone directory of over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses (including historical data) and 89 million residential phone numbers. Search by industry or yellow page heading and limit by sales, business size, or geographical location. Also explore consumer and lifestyle data. Great for creating marketing lists or searching for a new job.

       

      Job Search Sites

      CareerBuilder.com
      Search over 1 million jobs at the U.S.'s largest online job site.

      Indeed.com
      Indeed makes it easy for you to drill down by keyword and location to jobs that fit your requirements precisely. Find jobs from job sites, newspapers, associations, and company career pages.

      Monster.com
      Lists over a million jobs as well as resume management and career guidance. Get advice on job hunting strategies, resumes, interviews, networking, and more.

      Simply Hired
      A job search engine. Search millions of job listings from across the web.

      SnagAJob.com
      Part-time, restaurant, hourly, summer jobs; listings, resources, guidance, advice. Youth oriented, but not exclusively.

      USA Jobs
      The official source for jobs with the U.S. federal government.

      Work 4 Illinois
      View job postings and application procedures for State of Illinois employment opportunities.

      Glassdoor.com
      View real salaries and company reviews.

       

      Chicago-Area Job Sites

      ChicagoJobTalk
      Get the classified ads from Chicago newspapers, develop leads through local associations, and locate networking and support resources.  

      Chicago Job Fairs
      Lists job fairs, career fairs, employments fairs, and open houses in the Chicago metro area.

      ChicagoJobs.com
      Job search engine focused exclusively on Chicagoland's 11-county area.

      College of DuPage - Career Services
      Search for jobs, get job search training and employment assistance.

      Illinois Department of Employment Security
      Links to information about unemployment insurance, IllinoisJobLink.com (match your skills to Illinois job openings), and State of Illinois jobs.

      MetroChicagoJobs
      Find local jobs and career resources.

      Newspapers:  Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago Tribune | Daily Herald

      WorkNet DuPage Career Centerworknet
      Provides employment counseling and training services for county residents.

       

      Job Hunting & Career Guides

      About.com: Job Searching
      Read a job search blog from expert Alison Doyle. Check out articles on job search advice, resumes, cover letters, networking, and much more.

      CareerOneStop
      Sponsored by the US Department of Labor. Provides resources for job seekers and students. Explore careers, get tips on writing resumes, interviewing, networking and finding jobs. The Skills Profiler helps you identify existing skills and to match those skills to job titles.

      CIS CLICK (Illinois Career Information System)
      From the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Has information on more than 700 different careers in the state of Illinois.

      College Grad Job Hunter
      Interview tips, resume preparation, and job postings directed toward the first time job hunter.

      LinkedIn.com
      Join the network of over 120 million professionals to connect with colleagues and classmates and to explore job opportunities. Visit the official LinkedIn YouTube channel for tips on everything from creating your account to discovering new features.

      O*Net Online
      Developed for the U.S. Department of Labor. Interactive Web site to explore occupations related to a person's skills. Descriptions of occupations are also included. Also check the Occupational Outlook Handbook for career descriptions, requisite training and education, estimated earnings, and projected job openings.

      The Riley Guide
      One of the best sites for online job searching, resume advice, networking, and just good "how to search for a job" information.

      Susan Ireland.com
      Resume and cover letter advice from the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume.

       

      Community Resources

      College of DuPage Career Services Center
      Career and job assistance is provided to students, alumni and residents of Community College District 502. College Central Network lists job postings online--free registration required. DuPage Executive Network offers career transition help to senior-level executives and professionals.

      IDES (Illinois Department of Employment Security)
      Open to anyone seeking unemployment benefits. If you are seeking unemployment compensations benefits, you may go to any of the Illinois Department of Employment Security Offices.

      Illinois workNet worknet
      Offers resources for use throughout the job search process (researching jobs, preparing for and conducting the search, locating training opportunities and work support services). It has recruitment and training information for business owners plus resources for job seekers with disabilities. There’s also extensive information about current hot careers.

      Lisle Township Job Club
      The Lisle Township Job Club is open to anyone and meets Mondays at 10 a.m. at the Woodridge Public Library for help on resume writing. The club cosponsors the Support and Networking Group which meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the Community Center in Naperville. For more information, call 630/968-1880.

      People's Resource Center - Westmont
      Job Search Assistance helps low income residents of DuPage County secure and maintain employment. Searching for a job can be very difficult. To make the process easier, the Job Search Assistance Program provides clients with one-on-one mentoring at every step along the way.

      WorkNet DuPage worknet
      Located in Lisle, the workNet DuPage Career Center is DuPage County’s premiere location for training, developing, and connecting the local workforce.

       

       

      Databases

      Mango Languages is a language-learning system for foreign languages and ESL.

       

      Sites

      Babel Fish Translation
      Enter up to 150 words for translation or translate entire Web pages.

      BBC Languages
      Includes beginning and advanced courses in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Greek; has links to news in 33 languages and teaches international slang.

      e Language School.net
      Describes itself as "the largest website for learning multiple languages on the Internet."

      Google Translate
      Translates either blocks of text or entire Web pages. Includes audio.

      ILoveLanguages
      Includes over 2400 links. Click on the Languages tab, select the language you want and read the annotations to find the most helpful links.

      Language Learning Library
      Learn the very basics of the following languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Russian. Includes common phrases, alphabet, dictionary, grammar, and more.

      Word2Word Language Resources
      Includes online dictionaries, language courses, translation services, forums, software, and more.

      Databases | Find a Lawyer | Legal Forms, Codes, and Case Law

       

      Databases

      legal_forms

      Legal Forms contains a wide selection of Illinois legal forms covering bankruptcy, divorce, landlord-tenant, wills, and more. Also includes a law dictionary.

      LegalTrac contains major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals, and international legal journals. Included materials are selected based on criteria from the American Association of Law Libraries.

       

      Find a Lawyer

      ARDC: Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois
      Check this site to discover whether an attorney has had a complaint or disciplinary action filed against him/her.

      DuPage County Bar Association-Find a Lawyer
      Use this service to find a lawyer by area of practice and meet for a 30 minute free consultation.

      Illinois Lawyer Finder
      Search the Illinois State Bar Association's list of member attorneys who are in good standing.

      Lawyers.com
      Search for over one million lawyers and law firms nationwide by name, type of practice, or location.

      Martindale.com
      Use the online version of Martindale's directoryl to search nationwide for attorneys and legal firms.

      Prairie State Legal Services
      Provides free legal services to low income people and to individuals over 60 years old.

       

      Legal Forms, Codes, and Case Law

      Cook County - Clerk of the Circuit Online Court Forms
      Click on the "Court Forms Search" to search for forms.

      DuPage County Online Court Forms
      Downloadable court forms from the Clerk of the Circuit Court, including the "Small Estate Affidavit" form.

      Illinois Compiled Statutes
      Search the Illinois General Assembly's "unofficial" text of the Illinois Statutes.

      Illinois Legal Aid
      Browse articles, watch videos, and print legal forms. Enter your zip code to get more information specific to your location.

      Opinions of the Illinois Supreme and Appellate Courts
      Contains Illinois Supreme and Appellate Court decisions from 1996 forward.

      United States Code
      Use the U.S. House of Representatives interface to search the U.S. Code.

      United States Supreme Court Cases from FindLaw
      Access U.S. Supreme Court Opinions from 1893 forward.

      The library has gathered the histories of our communities together online. Burr Ridge, Darien, and Willowbrook have their own pages with articles about historical people, places, and events. Through partnerships with the Darien Historical Society, the Flagg Creek Heritage Society, and the Village of Willowbrook, the library has also created digital collections of historical images on Flickr, Historypin and Pinterest. If you have any historic photos you would like to share, contact Mary Krekelberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone the Ask Us Desk at 630/887-8760 ext. 240.

       

       

       

       

       

      • IPPL Local History Blog: Visit the Burr Ridge, Darien, and Willowbrook pages to discover their unique and interesting histories.

      • Flickr: From Indian Prairie's Flickr photostream, view sets of historical photos.

      • Historypin: Click on an image, and then click on Street View to see "then and now" views of places.

      • Pinterest: View historical photos on IPPL's Local History Boards.

      • Obituary Index, 1972-: Searchable index of obituaries for people who resided in or whose funeral services were held in Burr Ridge, Darien and Willowbrook. The index is updated throughout the year and published online annually.
      • Veterans History Project: Read over one hundred interviews recorded from area veterans as part of the Veterans History Project.

      • Local History Interviews: Read interviews of long-time residents to see how the community has changed and grown.

       

        Databases | Bike Paths & Trails l Donating Goods l Local News l Recycling l Shelters & Housing l Food l Transportation l Volunteering

        Databases

        Chicago Area Newspapers contains the full text of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1986 to the present, plus The Doings, Suburban Life, Daily Herald, SouthtownStar, and much more.

        Chicago Tribune Historical Archives contains the full text of the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to 1985. Browse front pages by date, search obituaries by name, and explore the news archive by date, era, or presidency.

        Public Records is a database of new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures, and bankruptcies for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties.

         

        Bike Paths & Trails

        Cook County Forest Preserve Trails
        View trail maps for the forest preserves in Cook County.

        DuPage County Bikeways and Trails
        Learn about the 52 miles of trails in DuPage County as well as bikeways on streets.

        Illinois Bike Paths and Maps
        A listing of bike paths in Illinois

        Illinois Trails & Maps
        View maps of Illinois trails throughout the state compliments of the League of Illinois Bicyclists.

         

        Donating Goods

        Amvets
        Accepts clothing and household items. Call 708/388-7800 to arrange a pick up or find a drop off location near you.

        Downers Grove Area FISH, Inc.
        Accepts donations of food and clothing. Located at 4340 Prince St., Downers Grove, IL 60515, 630/964-7776

        Goodwill Industries
        Accepts clothing, appliances, furniture, computers, and vehicles. Drop off at 6300 Kingery Highway, Willowbrook, IL 60514 or to arrange a pick up 630/323-9186.

        Hinsdale Community Service
        Accepts donations of food, clothing and furniture. Memorial Building 19 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale, Illinois 60521, 630/323-2500

        The Hope Chest
        Accepts donations of clothing to benefit the Constance Morris House a shelter for abused women and children. Located at 717 West Hillgrove Avenue, La Grange, IL.

        The Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace Family Thrift Store Accepts donations of clothing, automobiles, furniture and other resalable items. 17W687 Roosevelt Rd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181, 630/889-8780 or call 888/574-2587 to schedule a pickup.

         

        Local News

        Burr Ridge Patch
        Get Burr Ridge news and photos, learn about local businesses and events, and participate in discussions.

        Darien Patch
        Get Darien news and photos, learn about local businesses and events, and participate in discussions.

        The Doings
        Local paper serving Burr Ridge, Darien, and Willowbrook.

        Suburban Life
        Local paper serving the Chicago suburbs.

        Trib Local: Burr Ridge/ Willowbrook
        Your spot on the web to find out about local news and events as well as where to shop or dine - all brought to you by local experts: you and your neighbors.

        Trib Local: Darien
        Your spot on the web to find out about local news and events as well as where to shop or dine - all brought to you by local experts: you and your neighbors.

         

        Recycling

        EVERYDAY RECYCLING AT THE LIBRARY

        • Books
        • Cell phones*
        • Eyeglasses*
        • Hearing Aids*
        • Ink Cartridges*

        *Darien Lions Club box near the elevator.

        DuPage County Green Initiatives & Recycling
        Learn about electronics and other recycling services. Explore the recycling guide for information on where to dispose of hazardous and other types of solid waste. Get details about local recycling events.

        Earth 911
        A rich, authoritative site with information on where to recycle everything from used motor oil to paint to BATTERIES in your neighborhood, plus consuming products responsibly. Just click "Recycling Search" at the top right and enter your location and the item you want to recycle (or call 1-800-CLEANUP).

        Freecycle
        A large nonprofit network of groups which consists of people giving and getting free materials (from furniture to appliances and electronics). Emphasizes reusing and keeping those items out of landfills. Local coverage.

        Greener Gadgets
        Provides information on living and buying green. It includes a calculator for determining your energy use and a way to search for recycling centers by zipcode.

        Recycle Bank
        Offers a points system for recycling, which you can then use for discounts and merchandise. The site boasts more than 2 million users.

        SCARCE
        Educates the community about ways to recycle and be green and provides information about upcoming recycling events in the area.

        Electronics Recycling Locations

        Accepted Items:
        Desktop and laptop computers, TVs, printers, fax machines, radios, microwaves, small appliances (coffee makers, toasters, curling irons, hair dryers), toner cartridges, extension cords, game consoles, copy machines, CD players, DVD players, VCRs, monitors, keyboards, computer mice, cables and cords, speakers, tape players, scanners, modems, routers, stereos, docking stations, network hubs, telephones, and circuit boards, Rechargeable Batteries Only

        SCARCE: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesdays: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 2nd Saturdays: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; 799 Roosevelt Rd, Building 2, Suite 108, Glen Ellyn; 630/545-9710

        Downers Grove: 1st Saturday of the month; 9 a.m. – noon; Village Hall, 801 Burlington Avenue (in the employee parking lot at the rear of the building, off Curtiss St.); 630/434-5500

        Lisle: 3rd Saturday of the month; 9:00 a.m. to noon. 4930 Lincoln Ave. (Rt. 53), just south of Ogden Ave., just north of Lisle Police Department. Look for the sign on the West side of Rt. 53. 630/271-4100

        Naperville: Tuesdays & Thursdays; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Public Works Recycling Drop Off Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive; 630/420-6095

        Westmont The Downers Grove Township Highway Department accepts electronics from 8:00 a.m. to Noon on the third Saturday of the month (except holiday weekends) at 318 E. Quincy, Westmont. Call 630/719-6620 for more information.

        Wheaton: 2nd Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. – 12 noon; 820 W. Liberty Drive (Public Works Storage Lot) across from Public Works Garage, just west of Carlton

        Shelters & Housing

        Shelters

        Beds Plus
        Our mission is to provide emergency overnight shelter and assist homeless people of west suburban Cook County to become self-sufficient.

        Catholic Charities
        Provides transitional housing for homeless families.

        DuPage P.A.D.S.
        DuPage PADS, Inc. provides safe and hospitable shelter, support services, and advocacy to homeless or at risk individuals and families of DuPage County. Click the calendar at the bottom to view shelter locations.

        Housing

        Community Housing Association of DuPage (CHAD)
        Provides and advocates for quality, affordable housing for low-income persons in DuPage County.

        DuPage Housing Authority
        The DuPage Housing Authority provides rental assistance vouchers through a program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Housing Choice Vouchers allow income eligible families and individuals, elderly persons and persons with disabilities to live in decent affordable rental units.

        DuPage Shared Housing and Housing Assistance
        Learn about affordable housing arrangements for people wanting to share their homes as well as possible financial assistance for rent or mortgage payments.

        Resources

        DuPage County Continuum
        This agency's mission is to end homelessness in DuPage county by providing access to information and services for those who are homeless.

        DuPage C.R.I.S
        The DuPage County Resource Guide allows users to search for basic needs services and other social service organizations.

        Food

        Food Pantries

        HCS Family Services
        19 E. Chicago Avenue, Hinsdale, Illinois 60521, 630/323-2500
        Monday & Wednesday: 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday: 3:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

        Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
        8404 S. Cass Ave., Darien, IL 60561, 630/852-3303
        Tuesday: 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.; Friday: 1-3 p.m.

        Our Lady of Peace
        701 Plainfield Rd., Darien, IL 60561, 630/325-9220
        Wednesday 9:30-11 a.m.
        Serves Burr Ridge, Darien, Willowbrook, Clarendon Hills (including unincorporated areas), and Hinsdale (including unincorporated areas). Clients must sign up with a photo ID (which includes name and current address) as well as proof of residency (like a lease or tax bill).

        People's Resource Center Southeast in Westmont
        649 Blackhawk Drive, Westmont, IL 60559, 630/682-5402
        Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.; 1 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
        Wednesday 6-8 p.m.; Saturday 9–11:45 a.m.

        West Suburban Community Pantry
        6809 Hobson Valley Dr. Ste. 118, Woodridge, IL 60517, 630/512-9921
        Monday: (Bread/Produce ONLY)10 a.m.-Noon; Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.; Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

        Transportation

        Chicago Transit Authority
        Bus and train service in and around Chicago. Track trains and get fare information

        Metra
        Provides train schedules, maps and ticket information.

        Pace Suburban Bus Service
        The local public transportation agency for the Chicago area suburbs.

         

        Volunteering

        Darien Patch
        The newspaper connects volunteers with local organizations looking for volunteers.

        DuPage County Volunteer Opportunities
        Find volunteer positions within the local government system and other organizations they support.

        Forest Preserve District DuPage
        The Forest Preserve District of DuPage needs volunteers for everything from gardening to office support to bike patrol.

        Literacy Volunteers of DuPage
        This nonprofit, community-based organization trains volunteer tutors to help adult learners achieve sufficient skills in English literacy so they may achieve personal goals and function independently.

        People's Resource Center
        Operates a food pantry for DuPage County, distributes clothing, offers family literacy instruction, and provides computer training.

        SeniorNet
        Seniors helping seniors. SeniorNet seeks to provide older adults education for and access to computer technologies to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom.

        Volunteer Match
        Use your zip code to find a great place to volunteer.

        West Suburban Humane Society
        Volunteers help with adoptions, animal transporting, building maintenance, fundraising, humane education programs, temporary care and with other projects.

        Tax Preparation | Tax Forms & Websites | Tax Assistance | Property Tax Assessments

         

        AARP Tax-Aide at Your Library

        AARP Tax-Aide, a free service to taxpayers with middle and low incomes, will be available in the library starting in February. People can call to make appointments starting February 1, 2015, and the appointments will be on Mondays and Fridays from February 16 through mid-April. Appointments can be made for 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00. Call the Adult Services Desk to make an appointment at 630/887-8760 ext. 239.

        College of DuPage Students Can Do Your Taxes

        The College of DuPage is offering free assistance with electronic preparation of state and federal tax returns on Saturday mornings, Feb. 21 through April 11. Students in Accounting 2200, under instructor supervision, will help students, staff, and community members prepare IL 1040, 1040, and Schedules A-B forms. Free assistance is also provided for schedules C-EZ and small Schedule Ds (three items or less). Participants must bring tax information, the previous year’s return, and account numbers if participants would like direct deposit. For more information, please call (630) 942-3400.

        Where: On the College’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn in the Berg Instructional Center, Room 1514.

        When: Sessions are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 21 and 28; March 7, 14, 21, and 28; and April 11.

        Tax Forms

        Each year, the library distributes tax forms sent to us by the federal and state governments. This year, the library will only receive supplies of three federal IRS forms: 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ. We will not receive any instruction booklets for these forms nor other forms and instruction booklets due to IRS budget cuts.

        What does this mean for you? All forms and booklets are available to read, print, or download on the IRS website: www.irs.gov
        To insure that you receive your paper copies in a timely manner (if you decide to use paper), order them today.

        To order paper copies of forms and booklets:
        Go to: www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs
        Click: Order Forms & Pubs
        Select: Forms and Publications by U.S. Mail

        To order paper copies of forms and booklets by phone:
        Call: 1-800-829-3676

        Forms and Publications Online

        IRS Forms and Instructions

        Illinois Department of Revenue: Tax Forms / Instructions

        Sales Tax Rates

        Circuit Breaker Replaced by Benefit Access

        The Illinois Circuit Breaker form has been replaced by a program called Benefit Access. Changes include the termination of Illinois Care RX and Circuit Breaker Property Tax Relief. Senior Free Transit and the License Plate discount are still available online as Benefit Access.

        Hanna Benioff of Downers Grove Township will help people fill out this application. People must make an appointment by calling 630-719-6682. The Senior Homestead Exemption is still available through Downers Grove Township.

        The Woodridge Community Center will also help people with filling out the new Benefit Access program application. Bring a copy of your tax return and call ahead to make an appointment. 2600 Center Drive, Woodridge, Illinois 60517. 630-620-2424

        Another source of help is the Downers Grove Park District Active Adult Center (SHIP volunteers) at 935 Maple Avenue, Lincoln Center, Downers Grove IL 60515. Phone: 630/963-1314.

        The Westmont Park District 630/969-8080 and Hinsdale Community House 630/323-7500 offer assistance as well.

        IllinoisBenefits.org
        The state's FREE resource for benefits, information, and enrollment assistance for people with Medicare, their caregivers, and the volunteers and professionals that assist them.

        Free E-Filing

        Free File
        The Free File program provides free federal income tax preparation and electronic filing for eligible taxpayers through a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service and the Free File Alliance LLC, a group of private sector tax software companies. Many companies offer free or paid state tax preparation and e-filing services. Some companies may not offer state tax preparation and e-file services for all states.

        Other Tax Sites

        State Forms
        Tax forms for all states for the last five years.

        Yahoo Tax Center

        Tax Assistance

        Federal - 800/829-1040

        • Individual Returns
        • Teletax Information Line, refund status, and recorded information
        • Business Returns
        • Forms and Publications

        State - 800/732-8866

        • Illinois Tax Returns (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
        • Forms and Publications

        Local

        IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center
        2001 Butterfield Road in the Mega Site/Esplanade Building, 12th Floor
        Downers Grove, IL 60515
        630/493-5291
        Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed on federal holidays)

        Property Tax Assessments

        Downers Grove Township Tax Assessor
        Search the Downers Grove Township Tax Assessor's site by address or parcel number to view tax assessments for your area. If you search by the name of a street without the house number, you can retrieve a listing of all the tax assessments on that street.

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