The Library will be closed Monday, May 25.
While both library locations are closed to the public, our E-Library is open 24/7. You can find resources for you and your family on our website—including encyclopedias like World Book and Scholastic Go!, Songs & Rhymes from Our Storytimes, TumbleBooks, TumbleMath, and reading recommendations from Novelist Plus. We've also added TeenBookCloud, a new collection with 1000+ ebooks, audiobooks, and classics.
Do you know someone who needs a library card? It only takes a few minutes to sign up online for a virtual library card.
You can still access 250,000 ebooks, movies, music, magazines, and many other resources from home via our E-Library.
• School at home help including encyclopedias like World Book Online and Scholastic Go! for reliable, kid-friendly information, plus learning guides, videos, and more
• TumbleBooks – 1000+ interactive picture books, plus National Geographic videos (K–6)
• TumbleMath – Interactive math picture books, plus quizzes by math teachers (K–6)
• Hoopla – Ebooks, audiobooks, and graphic novels like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Garfield, Captain Underpants, Winnie the Pooh, Rick Riordan's The Lightening Thief, I Survived, and The 39 Clues. Instant access, no waiting.
• Kanopy Kids – Favorite movies including Mo Willems, Sesame Street, and Peanuts
• Novelist Plus – Reading recommendations and discussion guides
• World Book Online – Free access to the online encyclopedia, plus special resources for teachers including lesson plans, distance learning strategies, tools for parents, and more.
• Songs + Rhymes from Our Storytimes – Sing along with 28 favorites via our YouTube channel
• Hoopla – 13,443 ebooks, audiobooks, and graphic novels like The Hunger Games, and other series by Marissa Meyer, J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and more.
• TeenBookCloud – 1000+ ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, and classic literature
• Testing & Education Reference Center – Test preparation including timed practice tests for SAT, ACT, AP, and PSAT exams, plus help researching colleges, vocational institutes, and scholarships
• AP Online Classes + Review Sessions – Live and on-demand AP courses, daily (9–7)
• Free Ebooks for Children about the Coronavirus – Curated by a New York City school librarian
• Common Sense Media – Resources for Families
• Common Sense Media (en español) – Recursos para families
• Children’s Book Council Publisher Online Resources – Free educational resources, activities, and teacher guides created by publishers
• The HistoryMakers Digital Archive – Biographies & oral histories of African Americans, plus curriculum toolkits (K–12)
• NASA’s Image & Video Library – Images, videos, and historic recordings
• Hamilton Education Program (EduHam) – History and hip-hop lessons based on “Hamilton”; available free through August.
• Amazon Prime Video – Free access to 40 children's shows, 80 movies
• The Kid Should See This – Curated videos on STEAM topics
• We Are Teachers – “Big List” of children’s authors reading aloud online
• Storyline Online – Videos by Screen Actor’s Guild members, with music, animation, and activity guides; app available
• TeachingBooks – Author read-alouds, interviews, and more, plus free home kit
• Chambanamoms – 300+ resources to keep kids entertained and learning
• Free wifi is available at both library locations, near the edge of the building. Access points include the outdoor patio at the Main Library.
• University of Illinois is offering free internet access via mobile wifi hotspots by parking UI Ride shuttles around town. Schedule and parking locations are included on a map.
• C-U Connect free wifi access points are detailed and included on a map (Smile Politely, April 13).
• Comcast is offering free home wifi for 60 days to new customers who qualify for free school lunch. Apply by June 30.
• Xfinity is offering free internet access via community hotspots. Hotspots are marked on a searchable map on their website.
Kids and families can learn how to sing and sign "Thank You, Thank You!" with Kristin—this video has been viewed 488K times on our YouTube channel!
Updated May 18, 2020