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A to Z Food America

Explore regional American cooking with over 2000 recipes including books for all 50 states and six US regions, recipes for each of 33 major US ethnic groups, ingredient articles, historical cookbooks dating back to the 1700s, original food commercials dating back to the 1940s, and food preparation videos.

A to Z Maps Online

145,000 maps for homework or pleasure. Outline maps, antique maps, political maps, geologic maps, biologic maps, and more. Also, Flags of the World, crossword puzzles, and other teaching tools.

A to Z The USA

Important facts about all 50 states and 5 U.S. territories. Flags, maps, history, climate, symbols, crossword puzzles, historic photos, and so much more.

A to Z The World

Learn about the customs, culture, food, religion, languages, and points of interest for 175 countries world wide. Lesson plans, history, maps, money, and more.

A to Z World Business

Information about business culture and practices in 100 countries. Up-to-date information on importing, exporting, and logistics.

A to Z World Food

Explore recipes and food culture by country. Includes traditional recipes and information on food culture for 174 countries such as appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages.

A to Z World Travel

Travel information for over 200 cities around the world with 88 topics per city. Topics include passport, visa and immunization requirements, food and local restaurants, climate, currency, transportation and more!

Click here to access inside the library.

ABC Food America

See the kid-friendly version of A to Z Food America. Discover thousands of flavors and recipes from around the United States and explore ethnic backgrounds and cooking.

ABC World Food

See the kid-friendly version of A to Z World Food! Explore thousands of recipes and fun food facts from around the world.


Organized by themes and time periods and vividly illustrated with thousands of primary sources, these 17 databases cover topics such as world religions, world history, the world at war, US geography, pop culture, modern genocide, daily life through history, the Latino American Experience, African American Experience, world geography, American government and more.

Academic Search Premier

A multi-disciplinary database of more than 4,600 magazines and journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to the full-text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for 8,470 journals. Search for subjects such as: Business, Health and Medicine, History, Language and Literature, Performing Arts, Dance, Reference, Magazines, Journals and Serials, Social Sciences, Area and Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Political Science, and Psychology.

Accel5 Business Skills

Unique videos and book summaries help develop skills critical for success in work and life. Whether looking to advance in a career, find a new job, transition from the military or build life skills, users will benefit from this collection.

Access World News Research Collection

Explore and stay informed on local, national and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from around the world to around the corner.

Addison Community Resource Guide

An easy to use guide to local free and low cost services. Find housing, food, legal help, medical care, counseling, degrees and training, and more by browsing "I need..." . Or find resources for seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ and other categories by browsing "I am..." 

Addison Press Community History Archive

Search the 1989 – 2000 issues of the Addison Press. Find people, places and events. Search by keyword, exact phrase, use the advanced search feature, or browse by year.

Addison Suburban Life

Search full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of Addison Suburban Life.

AltHealth Watch

Full-text alternative health research database focused on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers the latest information about the evolving practice of holistic medicine and therapies.

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Search thousands of immigration lawyers to find one that meets your needs. You can search by languages spoken, location, and types of law practiced.

Busca a través de miles de abogados para encontrar uno que satisface tus necesidades. Puedes buscar por idioma, ubicación, y tipos de derecho practicado.

Ancestry Plus (In-Library Use Only)

Genealogical information including US Census lists.

Asian Life in America

Provides access to primary source content on Asian American history and daily life. Explore content related to arts and entertainment, civil rights, activism, religion, science, technology and culture. This online resource contains varied and diverse perspectives on a wide range of subjects.

Author Check

Sign up to receive emails when your favorite authors release a new book, discover new authors to follow, and read bios of authors.

Auto Repair Source

Up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Banco de Contenidos - aualaPlaneta

Una enciclopedia completa en español

A comprehensive encyclopedia in Spanish

Biography Reference Bank

Continuously supplemented with new biographies and updated versions of preexisting articles. Up-to-date information on featured subjects. Users can search for individuals based on any combination of occupation, activity, gender, place of origin, birthday and lifespan.

Black Life in America

The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media from 1704-present.

Brainfuse HelpNow

Tutors are available from 3 - 10 p.m. every day with live homework help for math, science, English, social studies and adult learning. Take ACT, SAT, AP, GED, TOEFL and U.S. citizenship practice tests. 

See also JobNow and VetNow

HelpNow (AyudaAhora): Los tutores están disponibles de 3-10 p.m. todos los días con ayuda en vivo para tareas de matemáticas, ciencias, inglés, estudios sociales, y aprendizaje de adultos. Puede tomar examenes de practica para el ACT, SAT, AP, GED, TOEFL y de ciudadanía estadounidense. 

Britannica Online

Encyclopedia articles, images, videos, biographies, an annotated world and U.S. atlas and country comparison tool. Search results may also point to primary sources, magazine articles, select websites and dictionary definitions from Merriam-Webster. Search by keyword or browse for content among topic and subject areas

Business Source Premier

Covers all disciplines of business including marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance and industry information. It is a complete business database that offers many of its articles in full text from 1000s of sources.

Chicago Legal Clinic

Low cost, legal services available in English and Spanish to residents of Cook and DuPage Counties based on ability to pay. Services include: adoption, bankruptcy, child custody, divorces, guardianship, landlord-tenant, real estate, wills and probate, worker’s compensation, and limited immigration help.

Servicios legales de bajo costo disponibles en inglés y español a los residentes de los condados Cook y DuPage basados en su capacidad para pagar. Los servicios incluyen: adopción, bancarrota, custodia de los hijos, divorcios, tutela, arrendador-inquilino, bienes raíces, testamentos y sucesiones, compensación del trabajador y ayuda limitada de inmigración.

Chicago Tribune

Articles from 1987 to current.

Chicago Tribune Historical

Articles from 1849-1987.

Chilton Library

Fix your car yourself with step-by-step repair manuals and service procedures, including wiring diagrams and close-up photographs.

Consumer Health Complete

Up-to-date medical information on a variety of subjects including aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness and nutrition, and dietetics. Includes full-text content from journals and magazines, reference books and encyclopedias, health reports, medical images and diagrams, and pamphlets.

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports is an unbiased, independent organization which provides product and service ratings. Access includes articles and blog posts on ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, consumer user reviews and product video clips for over 7,000 products and services.

Consumers' Checkbook

Find the best-rated doctors, auto repair shops, plumbers, veterinarians, banks, dentists, carpet cleaners...and much more. Checkbook will tell you which Chicago Area service providers and retailers rated best and worst for quality and price.

Craft & Hobby

Explore in-depth online instructional videos and classes that span 22 different creative categories, including painting & decorating, crochet and knitting, quilting, woodworking, cake decorating, and more. Also included is a craftsy section and craftsy en español.l .


Discover online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more.


Showcase your archive, genealogy, and makerspace projects with our Creator tool .Load and organize your content to then be displayed on BiblioBoard Library. You will need a user name before you can begin using Creator. Before starting your Creator project, please call the Addison Public Library at 630.458-3314. You may also email to request your user ID.


Information on countries and territories including customs, lifestyles and social conditions. Includes a special Kids Version for elementary school students.

D&B Hoovers

Information on more than 162 million businesses, both public and private, around the world; including the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific and emerging markets. Search by Company Name, Executives, Industry or by using Conceptual Search and Business Signals.

Business data includes Annual Revenues, Employee Counts, Corporate Family Tree, Key Contacts, Analyst Reports, SWOT reports, stock data, financials, and other vital information.

Digital Learn

If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, try these tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

Si necesitas ayuda con las computadoras, trata de usar estas herramientas a tu propio ritmo para ayudarte a abordar la tecnología y ganar la confianza necesaria para tener éxito.

Driving Tests

Practice for the Illinois driver's licensing exams using ten car, six motorcycle and three CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) tests; read three online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL); nd browse a FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions in English. For Spanish speakers, two tests feature over 60 questions on signs in Illinois.

Puedes ir en línea para practicar para el examen de licencia de conducir en español. Este sitio presenta dos exámenes con más de 60 preguntas acerca de las señales de tránsito en Illinois.

DuPage County Bar Association Legal Aid

Low cost or free legal aid in areas such as stalking, divorce, custody, child support, guardianship, adoption, probate, or orders of protection. All applicants must complete a telephone or in-person screening to confirm eligibility guidelines.

Educate Station

Ready-to-use, hands-on activities for kids to do at home or at school. Perfect for homeschooling families or working with students who need extra practice in subjects. The content is created by a team of experienced and passionate educators from across the United States.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Una enciclopedia interactiva para niños

An interactive encyclopedia for young learners

Fiero Code

Self-paced learn-to-code software for kids ages 8-18.  Contains hundreds of coding tutorials and dozens of real-world projects.

Financial Fit

Easy-to-understand personal finance lessons, videos and interactive tools to make informed financial decisions and achieve financial goals.

Financial Ratings Series Online

Independent and unbiased values and ratings by Weiss Ratings of stocks, mutual funds and exchange traded funds. Check ratings of banks, credit unions, and insurance companies.  Compare Medicare Supplement insurance plans. Download free financial planning ebooks.   


Search world class archives for official military records from the Revolutionary War onward. Includes official records, stories, photos and personal documents.  

Gale Business Entrepreneurship

Hundreds of sample business plans, journals, and multimedia content. All aspects of starting and operating a small business: financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more.

Gale Business Plan Builder

A step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. 

Gale Courses

Gale Courses deliver hundreds of engaging, instructor-led online courses focused on professional development and technology skills.

Gale Legal Forms

Authentic, professional legal documents. Useful for filing patents and trademarks, developing leases, creating bills of sale, delegating power of attorney, and more. Ideal for supporting legal tasks for personal or business use.


Provides tutorials on a broad range of topics like computers, reading, math, and careers. Learn how to use Pinterest, count change, and brush up your interviewing skills all in one place.

Heritage Quest

Genealogical data in census records, other government sources, books, and PERSI (Periodicals Source Index).


Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images.

Hispanic Life in America

The experience and impact of Hispanic Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today.

History Reference Center

Covering topics in U.S. and world history from the earliest civilizations through the 21st century. Contains full-text journals, magazines, reference books and thousands of primary source documents, plus thousands of historical documents, biographies of historical figures, photos, maps, and videos.

Illinois Driver's Practice Tests

14 tests in English and Spanish cover the contents of the Illinois DMV Driver’s Handbook. As on the real test, you are required to identify traffic signs, signals and pavement markings, and answer questions about traffic laws, driving and safety rules, vehicle equipment and crash prevention.

Este recurso tiene 14 exámenes en inglés y español que cubren el contenido del libro Normas de tránsito. Este libro tiene toda la información que usted necesita para aprobar el examen de manejo escrito. En este recurso, usted puede identificar las señales de tránsito, las luces direccionales, las marcas en el pavimento, y responder a las preguntas acerca de las leyes de tránsito, las reglas de seguridad, el equipo del auto, y la prevención de accidentes. 

Illinois Legal Aid Online

General low cost or free legal advice and family law information

India Tribune

Read the latest edition of India Tribune by clicking on the front page picture at the top right of the screen. The current edition is displayed followed by all the editions from the last two years.

Inkie (formerly Pressbooks)

Write your own book or edit your existing book. Type directly into Pressbooks or import your book and then edit and design digital and print copies. Pressbooks will help you organize your chapters, edit text, add bibliographies, introductions or prefaces, choose a design from over 50 design themes and more.


Career coaches are available from 3- 10 p.m. every day, providing expert advice on resumes and interview prep. Connect online with a live expert to help with filling out unemployment benefits forms.

JobNow(TrabajoAhora): Entrenadores profesionales están disponibles de 3-10 p.m. todos los dias, ofreciendo asesoramiento de expertos sobre currículums y preparación para entrevistas. Conéctese en línea con un experto en vivo para ayudarle a completar los formularios de beneficios de desempleo.

Justice Entrepreneurs Project

Affordable legal services provided by independent lawyers in a variety of areas such as family law, landlord/tenant, estate law, consumer law, employment law, criminal misdemeanors and traffic tickets, and real property law. Small business help available for business formation, contracts and intellectual property issues. Limited immigration assistance.

Learning Express Library

Practice tests for students and adult learners on a wide variety of levels, such as AP, college entrance, civil service, GED, TOFEL, US citizenship, and reading and writing skills. Provides powerful tools and guidance to help achieve your career goals, including a resume and cover letter builder

Legal Information Reference Center

Offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, property & real estate and rights & disputes.


LingoLITE offers basic vocabulary training in 30 different languages, perfect for travelers and beginning language learners. Users can choose both the interface language and the language of study, and the instructional video and audio is presented by native speakers. 

LinkedIn Learning (formerly

LinkedIn has now acquired Tens of thousands of online courses are available on many business, technology, and digital media topics. They also added tutorials in Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, French, German, and Portuguese.

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center is a rich full-text literary database covering all genres and time periods. It includes thousands of synopses, critical essays, book reviews, literary journals and author biographies, plus full-text classic novels, short stories and poems. 

Literature Resource Center

Comprehensive resource for research on literature and authors. Biographical information, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers.

Live Homework Help from Brainfuse

One on one tutoring in math, English, science, social studies, AP classes, college test prep, and more for students in fourth grade through college and beyond. Tutors are available in English and Spanish from 3:00pm-10:00pm.

Live Lingua

Try very short language courses for over 130 world languages such as Spanish, Chinese, French, Japanese, and German, or less-spoken languages and dialects such as Konkomba, TokPisin, Turkish, Mandinka, Uzbek, Wolof and more.


Enjoy a picture book collection of 3,000 book titles in 65+ languages, including Arabic, American Sign Language, Arabic, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu and more!

Mango Languages

Learn languages through native conversations: Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish or English as a Second Language from Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, or Spanish.

Aprenda idiomas a través de conversaciones nativas: chino mandarín, francés, alemán, griego, italiano, japonés, portugués brasileño, ruso y español o inglés como segundo idioma del polaco, portugués brasileño o español.

MasterFILE Complete

General interest database of journals, magazines, reference books, photos and videos from the Associated Press (AP). Covers topics including business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY and fashion.


Find information on health conditions, wellness issues, and more in easy-to-read language on MedlinePlus, the up-to-date, trusted health information site from the NIH and the National Library of Medicine.

Middle Search Plus

Offers ongoing full text for the most popular magazines for middle schools, including: Astronomy, Cobblestone, Discover, Faces, Newsweek, Ranger Rick, Science News, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated Kids, TIME, TIME for Kids. Middle Search Plus also includes The Encyclopedia of Animals.

Military Help Line

This website is specifically designed to help military personnel and their family members navigate immigration issues.


Research and analysis of mutual funds and stocks.

Clich here to access inside the library.

Muzzy Club

Learn a new language or improve your first language through videos, reading, games and more! To use Muzzy Club on a mobile device, download the MuzzyApp. Use the username  and the password AddisonMuzzy to access. Please note that the MuzzyApp only allows videos to be played.  All other games must be accessed through this Muzzy website.


National Geographic Kids

Complete searchable archive of National Geographic Kids Magazine from its first issue in 2009 through the present. Geared toward kids ages 6-14. Browse the magazines, explore topics, and watch videos.

National Geographic Virtual Library

Complete searchable archive of National Geographic Magazine from its first issue in 1888 through the present. Includes every issue of National Geographic Traveler from 2010 through the present.

New York Times

Articles from 1980 to current.

News for You

Easy-to-read news stories that can help you learn to read, write, speak, and understand the English language. Seven news stories are posted each Wednesday, along with audio, exercises, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle, a word search, and a poll. Listen to each story in-full or sentence-by-sentence.

Please enter F4155D  in the box that says "Enter Your News For You Password."  

NoveList K-8 Plus

Detailed information about fiction books and authors for students in grades K-8.

NoveList Plus

Detailed information about fiction books and authors.

Plunkett Research Online

Industry and business analysis, statistics, technologies, and company profiles. Generate customized reports and industry data. Perfect for business plans, market research, case studies and strategic business intelligence.

Click here to access inside the library.

Points of View Reference Center

Covering almost 400 topics, each has an overview, background, description and argument and counter-argument on current topics. Also included for each topic is a Guide to Critical Analysis for help in evaluating controversial subjects and opposing viewpoints.

Prairie State Legal Services

Free legal services for low-income persons and those age 60 and over on a variety of topics such as  loss of veteran’s benefits or SNAP (food stamps), domestic violence, evictions, and foreclosures; loss or denial of subsidized housing benefits, utility services, medical or nursing home care. 

Press Reader

Read and browse the Chicago TribuneChicago Sun-TimesLA Times, and more. Access over 2,000 U.S. and international titles from around the world.  

For remote access: 

  • Go to PressReader  
  • Click sign in (account icon on top right)
  • Pick "library or group" and search for Addison Public Library 
  • Enter library card number
  • Or download the PressReader app for mobile devices. You will have to create a user name and password in the app.

Primary Search

A full-text data of carefully curated content for elementary school children.  Provides full text on some of the most popular children’s magazines including:Ask, Click, Cobblestone, Cricket, Faces, Fun For Kidz, Highlights, Ladybug, Muse, Ranger Rick, Ranger rick, Jr., Scholastic News, and Spider.  Primary Search also includes reference e-books from top children's publishers.


U.S. citizenship preparation course from the makers of the Pronunciator language-learning product.


Curso de preparación para la ciudadanía estadounidense de los creadores del producto de aprendizaje de idiomas Pronunciator.


Lessons in over 80 languages, focusing on pronunciation and teaches English from 50 source languages.

Lecciones en más de 80 idiomas, centradas en la pronunciación y enseñanza de inglés en 50 idiomas de origen.


Lecciones en más de 80 idiomas centradas en la pronunciación. Los usuarios pueden elegir la versión en Español / Inglés.

ProQuest News

Current and archived full-text articles in the Gannett Newsstand, with coverage of leading newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune (1987 to current) and the Chicago Tribune Historical (1849-1987).

Read It!

Nonfiction articles and texts adapted for English language learners. Covers a variety of topics and includes short quizzes.

Record Information Services

Data about new homeowners, businesses, foreclosures and bankruptcies in the Chicago metropolitan area and in Illinois.

Click here to access inside the library.

Reference Solutions (formerly Reference USA)

Directory of data about U.S. businesses and residences. 

Referencia Latina

Una enciclopedia y centro de referencia en el idioma español para hispanohablantes y estudiantes de español.

Encyclopedia and reference center for Spanish speakers and Spanish language students.


A collection of ebooks curated by RKMA (Richard K. Miller & Associates).  Contents include business, marketing, market research on the travel, sports, entertainment, leisure activities, restaurant, food and beverage and retail industries as well as consumer behaviors.

Salud en español

Esta fuente proporciona informes de temas específicos que cubren todos los aspectos de la salud y el bienestar, incluidas descripciones generales de enfermedades, afecciones, procedimientos y diversos tratamientos

Scholastic Go!

Contains more than 115,000 articles covering every core-curriculum subject. The articles and their illustrations are derived from the content of seven Scholastic encyclopedia databases: Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, Amazing Animals of the World, and The New Book of Popular Science.

Scholastic Teachables

Thousands of searchable and printable educational materials for Pre-K through 8th grade, including skills and activity sheets, mini-books and lesson plans by topics.

Science Reference Center

Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology, and wildlife. Science Reference Center also includes articles for teachers correlated to state and national curriculum standards.


Geared towards stuents in grades 4-9, this resource covers more than 30 subjects in all areas of science using video, articles, and interactive content including experiments.


Statista gathers data from a wide variety of government and commercial sources and presents it in an easy to search interface. Data can be exported to Excel and charts can be exported as picture files or directly into PowerPoint. Statista also includes market research reports on selected industries. 

Stop Notario Fraud

Learn how to avoid Notario Fraud and how to find assistance if you have experienced it.

The Washington Post (great for browsing and headline news)

For remote access, click the link and log in with your Addison library card. Please select an email and password for continuous 7-day access. After the 7 days are up, just log in again using the same email and password and a new 7-day session starts again.

The Washington Post (great for searching)

Articles from 1987 to current.

Transparent Language

Learn a new language with a selection of more than 118 languages. From Afrikaans to Zulu, it offers skill-building activities in the four key components of learning a language: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Transparent Language also provides English courses for speakers of more than 25 languages, from beginner lessons to immersive material for intermediate and advanced learners. 

Aprenda un nuevo idioma con una selección de más de 100 idiomas. Desde afrikáans hasta zulú, ofrece actividades de desarrollo de habilidades en los cuatro componentes clave del aprendizaje de un idioma: escuchar, hablar, leer y escribir. Transparent Language también ofrece cursos de inglés para hablantes de más de 25 idiomas, desde lecciones para principiantes hasta material inmersivo para estudiantes de nivel intermedio y avanzado.


The True Books series covering science, history, and social studies with online activities and quizzes.


Thousands of online video courses in business, tech, and personal development across 75+ categories to achieve personal and professional goals.

Miles de cursos de video en línea en negocios, tecnología y desarrollo personal en más de 75 categorías para lograr objetivos personales y profesionales.

US Citizenship & Immigration Services

Official immigration forms and immigration benefit information

US Department of Justice

Find an accredited representative in your area who can provide low cost or free legal immigration help.

Value Line

Investment information for stocks.


Get live help from 2 - 11 pm applying for veteran’s benefits including eligibility questions, referrals to community resources for housing, healthcare and education and assistance in filling out official forms.

VetNow (Veterano/aAhora): Reciba ayuda en vivo de 2-11 p.m. para aplicar para beneficios para veteranos, incluyendo preguntas de elegibilidad, referencias a recursos comunitarios para vivienda, atención médica y educación, y asistencia para completar formularios oficiales.

Visa Bulletin

Check the Visa Bulletin for family petitions.

Vocational & Career Collection

Designed to meet a wide variety of vocational and technical research needs, this database provides full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals.

Wall Street Journal

Articles from 1984 to current.

World Book

World Book has the classic encyclopedia entries students have used for years as well as activity ideas, timelines, and interactive early learning games.

WorldCat Discovery

Access to WorldCat, a database of library holdings from around the world, and to article databases, Article First and ECO. Formally known as First Search.