Powerful book-finding tools

Databases help you search for books at libraries across the country, find books that are similar to ones you already like, or get in-depth information about authors.

We buy these powerful tools just for our patrons. That‘s why you‘ll need to enter your Champaign Public Library card to use these.

WorldCat - a part of FirstSearch; search other libraries for books, movies, sound recordings, and websites. You can request books directly through WorldCat, for delivery and pickup at the Champaign Public Library. For access: Call 217/403-2070 for the authorization code.

Literature Resource Center - biographies, articles, overviews, and criticism of novelists, poets, journalists, and other writers. For access: Enter all 14 digits of your Champaign library card number. (No card? Use this at the library.)

NoveList Plus - Click for home use or in-library use
Get reading recommendations based on books that already appeal to you, fiction and nonfiction, for all ages. Also offers book discussion guides and thematic booklists. For access: For home use, enter all 14 digits of your Champaign library card number. (No card? Use this at the library.)

General Reference Center Gold - search magazines by author, title, or subject; many articles have complete text. For access: Enter all 14 digits of your Champaign library card number. (No card? Use this at the library.)