Library Online Resources

–Library card required–

Ancestry Library Edition (In-Library Access Only) This site is the premier source of information for genealogists and contains an extensive genealogy collection of censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

A to Z: World Travel contains 202 world city travel guides. These beautifully illustrated and up-to-date guides cover travel essentials, attractions, insiders’ information, excursions, nightlife, shopping, culture, cuisine, restaurants, health, security, language, maps, hotels, and lots more.

A to Z: World Food An encyclopedia showcasing the native cuisine of 175 countries worldwide. Classic recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, side dishes, desserts and beverages are featured. Each recipe includes a description of the dish, a list of ingredients with U.S. and metric measurements, and easy-to-follow instructions for preparation. Many recipes also feature suggestions for variations on traditional dishes.

America’s GenealogyBank where you may quickly find your ancestors in over 300 years of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and government reports. Search over 1,000 newspapers; the American State Papers; US Congressional Serial Set and more. Find obituaries, birth & marriage notices; pension records etc. 


Complete Directory for People With Disabilities – Access resources for disabilities through G.O.L.D Grey House Online Database. Find information for associations and agencies, rehab and independent living, support groups and assistive devices for the disabled community.

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Consumer Reports is a guide for consumers looking for price comparison, quality and safety reports and what-to-look-for-when-buying tips on products and services, including health related information from ConsumersReportsHealth.

Contemporary Literature Criticism Online is designed to provide easy access for readers of all ages and skill levels. Beginning-level users may simply enter an author or title and find a wealth of content, while experienced researchers may broaden or narrow their results via cross-searches on names of critics, journal titles, topics and more.

eLibrary - Access to over 1,700 full-text resources covering a wide range of subjects. 11,000+ Research Topics. General reference with editor-created content. Over 7 million photos, graphics, maps, websites.


With Explora, you can search for articles, news and more using a single search box. Read Topic Overviews to gain the background information you need to start your research and search among 60,000 videos from the Associated Press, the world’s leading news agency!

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FirstSearch is a world wide collection of research resources designed to locate books and articles. Please contact the Palos Park Public Library during regular business hours for login information at (708) 448-1530 or

Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of the library.  

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HeritageQuest Online is an essential collection of genealogical & historical sources including U.S. Federal Censuses, books, bank records, local & family history, unique primary sources such as Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank Records and more.

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Hoopla a digital media service provided to you, our patron, through which you may access and enjoy nearly half a million titles, from six different formats: Movies, TV, Music Albums, eAudiobooks , eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or Smartphone!

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Kanopy offers what the New York Times calls "a garden of cinematic delights", Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world's best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

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Literary Reference Center contains full text for plot summaries, articles of literary criticisms, author biographies and interviews, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems and short stories and more.

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Novelist Plus is a reader’s services tool for finding works of fiction and non-fiction, characters, book reviews, excerpts, reading recommendations and guides for book discussions.

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Novelist K-8 is a reader’s services tool for children in grades K-8 with access to book talks, lists of award/notable books, names of books or characters in a series, reading recommendations for specific ages and reading levels, the “grab and go” list, and a section on teaching with books.

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NUWAV Legal Documents online tool that lets you create professional-quality documents in three simple steps:

1. Search for the document specific to your situation.
2. Answer the questions in the web input form.
3. Review and print your document.

Record Information Services handles all of your self-service public record needs with the ability to build a marketing list, watch a person or property, perform quick background checks, and real estate comps and sales:

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Rosetta Stone includes 30 languages to meet a range of cultural interests. Learning is structured around core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and also includes focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more. Patrons can also take advantage of available mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce their language learning wherever they may be.

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Science Reference Center contains articles, images, and video from hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals with topics ranging from biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental, health and medicine, mathematics, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, technology and wildlife.

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SWAN – Search the library’s on-line catalog for books, movies, music and more to place holds, renew items or pay online.

TumbleBooks – has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite! As well as Math Stories!

Teen Book Cloud- TBC is a collection of videos and chapter books in categories which include: Ebooks (Shakespeare, poetry, non-fiction, science, history, geography, etc.), Read-Alongs, Graphic Novels, Videos (from National Geographic!), and Audio Books. Our books feature adjustable text sizes, full narration, and a read-along function which highlights text as it is read. As a subscriber, you have access to lesson plans, quizzes and our Common Core Portal! These features make TBC a great tool for reluctant readers and ESL students. Plus, all these options can be switched to manual so readers can read at their own pace.

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