Consumer & Do It Yourself Sites

Book an appointment with one of our trained librarians for one-on-one training and assistance with any of our databases or on-line services. Use our computers or bring in your own laptop. Call 847-918-3225 or stop by any of our service desks to schedule an appointment.
Database Name Description Click to use at home Click to use at the library
America's News Magazines

Browse full-text newspapers and magazines covering a wide array of topics and issues. This resource is available through NewsBank. 


Watch a story, read a book! This online literacy resource pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction from Children’s Press and other trusted Scholastic imprints. Geared towards ages 4-8.

Brainfuse Adult Learning Center

Adult learning content (GED) and live, professional assistance job skills, U.S. citizenship prep, computer classes, and more. Tutors are available every day from 2:00-11:00 p.m.

Chilton's Auto Repair Database Includes repair, maintenance and recall information for domestic and imported vehicles through the current model year. Also offers ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) test prep quizzes.
Consumer Reports Product reviews and ratings on cars, appliances, electronics and more. - US Healthcare Information The official government website for information on the Affordable Care Act, the Healthcare Marketplace, and more.
Illinois Driving Practice Tests

Free driving practice tests for Illinois permits, road signs, fines and limits, and sights and situations. Available in Español.

LegalForms Access and download thousands of customizable online legal documents to Word or PDF formats.

On-demand video classes for learning business, software, technology, computer literacy, and creative skills.

MedlinePlus Health information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Useful for answering health-related questions with plenty of easy to understand information and resources.
Merck Manuals

One of the world’s most widely used medical information resources. The Merck Manuals are available for free in multiple languages to professionals and patients around the world.

ProCitizen Available through Pronunciator, ProCitizen is a resource that prepares you for U.S. Citizenship.
ProCitizen (Espanol) Preparación para obtener la ciudadanía estadounidense.
Pronunciator Learn a new language! Pronunciatior has lessons in over 80 languages, focusing on pronunciation. Also teaches English from 50 source languages. 
Pronunciator (Espanol) Pronunciator es una manera divertida y fácil de aprender cualquiera de los 80 idiomas disponibles.
Small Business Builder

A step-by-step engine for completing a business plan for new entrepreneurs, experienced business owners, and nonprofits.

Small Business Resource Center Covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, taxes, and more.

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

Value Line Investment Survey

 The online edition of Value Line Investment Survey includes full-page reports and analyst commentaries for 1,700 companies as well as TimelinessTM and SafetyTM Ranks. Access within the library or from home with your library card.