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Online Resources

These databases are available to use both inside the library and from anywhere an Internet connection is available. Use outside the library will require a Calumet City Public Library card in good standing (cards begin with 2161300.)

If you need assistance, please call us at (708) 862-6220, ext. 2 for Adult Services.

Please click the titles below to access the database.

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With 8,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities,'s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-8+).

Due to licensing restrictions, may only be used in the library.

Academic Search Premier

This scholarly resource contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, many peer-reviewed, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

Ancestry Library Edition

In Ancestry Library Edition you will find literally billions of records in census data, family histories, vital records, directories, legal documents, photos, maps and more. There is new content added continually along with ongoing updates.

Due to licensing restrictions, Ancestry Library Edition may only be used in the library.


Ultimate Database for Jobs, Businesses, Mailing Lists, Background & Criminal search


AutoMate contains repair and maintenance information on more than 37,000 domestic and imported vehicles from 1945 to present. The information you can find here includes millions of drawings, step-by-step photographs, videos, diagnostics, enhanced wiring diagrams and repair procedures, technical services bulletins and recalls.  All of the content has been created by ASE certified technicians.

BiblioBoard Library

Free for Illinois residents. Create a free account to download hundreds of classic texts to your computer or smartphone. Ask a librarian today to get started!

Business Source Premier

Use Business Source Premier to browse and search full text articles and reports for country economic data, company profiles, industry information and market research. In this resource you will find articles on all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete  provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Here you can find full-text articles on topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health, etc.

Consumer Reports

Make better purchasing decisions on the products you are shopping for. Whether you are looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top-recommended used vehicles, provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services. In addition, you will find in-depth advice, tips and trends. The information is updated frequently, providing reliable data, unbiased information and more than 1000 ratings, reviews, product comparisons and video clips.

Tests for automobile, motorcycle, and CDL along with the Driver Handbook for each, are available, along with an FAQ section addressing questions about Illinois Driver's Licenses.  No library card number or personal information is required.

EBSCO Discovery

Search across all EBSCO databases with one simple search bar.


Online tutoring from Brainfuse! With their Skillsurfer Test Prep and Adult Learning Center, HelpNow provides differentiated learning experiences for users of all ages, backgrounds and needs.

History Reference Center

History Reference Center offers the full text of reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, and leading history periodicals. It also contains historical documents, biographies of historical figures, historical photos and maps, and historical videos.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Use Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center to browse or search for detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas. This database includes books, magazines, videos, recipes and hobby profiles. The categories covered include: arts and crafts, collecting, home and garden, indoor recreation, kids' crafts, model building, needlecrafts and textiles, outdoor recreation, performing arts, science and technology, scrapbooking and papercrafts, and much more.

Home Improvement Reference Center

Use Home Improvement Reference Center to search or browse through reference books, magazines, images and videos for detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering all manner of home improvement/repair projects such as maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, decorating home and garden, outdoor improvements, plumbing, wood projects and many more.

NEW! Hoopla

Borrow digital video, music and audiobooks with your Calumet City Public Library card. For FREE ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, movies, music and more, sign up for hoopla now!

Illinois Talking Book and Braille Center

Provides talking book and Braille service to individuals with visual or physical limitations


JobNow from Brainfuse is an innovative service that features expert resume assistance, live interview preparation, career coaching, career resources, and much, much more.

Legal Information Reference Center

Legal Information Reference Center offers the necessary tools and detailed how-to instructions covering a wide-range of legal issues. It also includes full-text Nolo legal reference books and a ‘Legal Forms by U.S. State’ feature, where you can search thousands of state-specific legal forms which are searchable by subject areas including Adoption, Bankruptcy, Name Changes and more.

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center has the full text of major respected reference works, books, and literary journals. In addition it contains full-text plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, articles/essays of literary criticisms, author biographies, literary journals,book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, classic and contemporary short stories, author interviews, classic texts and much more.

MasterFILE Premier

This resource is a multidisciplinary eResource which provides full text for periodicals dating back to 1975 and covering virtually every subject area of general interest. MasterFILE Premier also contains full text reference books, primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of photos, maps & flags. MasterFILE Premier is updated daily.

Media on Demand

Download e-books, Audiobooks, and stream movies for free with your library card! Download the app OverDrive Media Console for your Apple or Andriod device to access your account on the go!

Middle Search Plus

Middle Search Plus provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.

NoveList Plus

Full text reviews, annotations, publication information, and more for more than 120,000 works of fiction. Search for books by author, title, series or even by plot descriptions. Find recommendations for similar titles and authors,  guides for book discussions and more. 

Points of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center contains a balance of materials from all viewpoints, including more than 1300 main essays, leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. This resource has hundreds of topics, each with an overview, point, counterpoint and Critical Thinking Guide. It also has guides to debate, develop arguments and write position papers.   

Primary Search

Primary Search provides full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.

Regional Business News

Regional Business News provides full text for nearly 100 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications (including titles from Crain Communications).

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research eResource that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. It contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Small Business Reference Center

The Small Business Reference Center is a comprehensive resource for small business owners and those interested in starting a business, offering full-text periodicals and reports, sample business plans, U.S. tax forms, videos and reference books. It supports small business owners in all relevant areas from planning, financing and managing a business to exit strategies. Users also have the ability to search within specific ‘Business Topics’ and ‘Business Types’ relevant to their needs.

Universal Class

Take a non-credit class to learn a new hobby or brush up on a skill for an exam.

World Book Web

The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopaedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.

WorldCat Discovery

A searchable worldwide database of electronic, digital and physical resources. Items within the state of Illinois may be requested by Calumet City Library patrons.