Digital Library

Some of the resources below are free and some require authentication.  In the case of authentication, you need to be a Genoa Public Library cardholder.  Your login is your library barcode and your pin is the last four digits of your barcode.  If you need assistance, please contact the library at 815-784-2627.

 

READ

OMNI Libraries     Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks?  You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.

OMNI Libraries for Kids     for the kids catalog via Overdrive

OMNI Libraries for Teens     for the teens catalog via Overdrive

     Need help with Overdrive?  Click here

Freading     Freading® is an exciting eBook service that is exclusive to libraries.  Your library patrons will have access to a vast collection of over 100,000 titles from some of today’s top publishers.

     Need help with Freading?  Click here

Biblioboard     BiblioBoard Library provides geolocation-based authentication through the IP address of the user's computer or GPS coordinates of their mobile device.  Anyone who is physically in Illinois can access the collection without a login.  A patron who creates an optional account while in Illinois will be able to access the collection outside the state by logging into their account.

 

LISTEN

Freegal     Freegal® Music is one of the most popular music services in the world, with over 2.5 million users and it is exclusive to libraries.  Your library patrons will have unlimited access via download and streaming to over 15 million songs, which include today’s top hits, yesterday’s favorites, and a rich collection of classical, jazz and world music.  Patrons are able to download (and keep!) 3 songs per week and/or stream 5 hours a day.

     Need help with Freegal?  Click here

 

LEARN

Rocket Languages     Rocket Languages is an award-winning interactive online language-learning system.  The multi-faceted system allows patrons to learn new languages at their own pace.  Your library patrons will have access to downloadable lessons, games and much more. 

     Need help with Rocket Languages?  Click here

DuoLingo     The best free way to learn a language.  Learning with Duolingo is fun and addictive.  Earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up. Our bite-sized lessons are effective, and we have proof that it works.

DMV Practice Tests     This new service includes free tests specifically based on the state’s DMV materials.  It is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that let users hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for greater visibility on the practice tests.  Includes tests for cars, motorcycles, and CDL.

School Center     The resources in the School Center provide skill-building for classroom and homework success. The school center helps students in elementary, middle, and high school prepare for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects.

Khan Academy     You can learn anything.  For free.  For everyone.  Forever.

High School Equivalency Center     Earning a high school equivalency credential can open the door to better income, a more fulfilling job, and a college education.  If you are preparing for the GED® test, HiSET® or TASC exams, the High School Equivalency Center's practice tests, interactive tutorials, and e-books will help you reach your goal.

College Admissions Test Preparation     Getting into college is an important step to building a strong future.  First, you must do well on your college admission tests and write a personal essay that highlights your special talents.  Use this center to get the resources you need to achieve your college preparation goals.

College Students     The College Center provides valuable resources that help college students strengthen their academic skills, prepare for placement tests, and get ready for graduate school entrance exams.

Open Stax     When it comes to education, there should be no limits.  Our high-quality educational tools give students access to the learning materials they need to succeed, at little to no cost.  Because we don't believe anything should come between students and their future.

U.S Citizenship Test Prep     Becoming a citizen in your new country is a great step.  As a citizen, you can vote in national elections and contribute to your community.  Research also shows individuals who naturalize, or become citizens, often make more money and have better job opportunities.

 

FIND A BOOK

NoveList Plus     Looking for more books like your favorites?  Want to find a new author or series? Can’t remember all of the titles in a series?  NoveList Plus has the answers!  Get recommended readings lists, book discussion guides and more!  NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world.  It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.

FantasticFiction     best place for series order for adults (and teens)

NPR Book Concierge     remade every year

Stop, You're Killing Me     all crime, but especially for cozy mysteries

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books     especially for romance

What Should I Read Next     book recommendations based on your favorite author or title

Poetry     for all things relating to poetry

Book Page     a great resource for all genres;  sign up for their email newsletters

 

JOB HELP

Career Prep     Are you preparing for a professional exam?  Are you curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills?  Choose the Career Preparation Center and begin your path to a bright future.

Adult Core Skills     The Adult Core Skills center helps adults achieve their personal, education and career goals by offering resources to help them improve their basic skills in reading, writing, and math, and prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam.

Popular Software Tutorials     If you’re looking to keep up, stay competitive, or get ahead, you’ll need to know how to use today’s most popular software programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more.  These easy-to-use courses will teach you everything you need to know and help make your goals a reality — all designed to fit your current skill level and schedule.

Occupational Outlook Handbook     The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

 

RESEARCH

Ancestry Library Edition     To access this amazing FREE genealogy resource click the link logo from any Library computer terminal.

Heritage Quest Online     Use Heritage Quest Online to find your ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled.  This site combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.

Fold 3     Fold3™ Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos and documents of the men and women who served.  It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3.  Fold3 is invaluable for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families, teachers and battle reenactors.  The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans.

Family Search     Discover your family’s story through historical records.​  With our collection of billions of records, you can piece together your ancestors’ history and bring their stories to life.​

Consumer Reports Online     Consumer Reports enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for.  Consumer Reports provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services from appliances to cars.  

Consumer Health Complete     The single most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content, Consumer Health Complete™ is designed to support the information needs of patients and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.  This database provides content covering key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

MasterFILE     MasterFILE Complete offers the largest collection of popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly regarded sources from the world's leading publishers.  You’ll find information covering virtually every general interest subject area, including business, health, fitness, education, sports and leisure, personal finance, science, multicultural issues, DIY, and fashion.

Small Engine Repair Center     If you have a small engine repair project to tackle, we can help you do it yourself with Small Engine Repair Reference Center™.  Access repair guides covering routine maintenance and complex projects for all major makes and models.  Search information by a variety of categories, including product type, brand, model, model number and engine type.

Vocational and Career Collection     EBSCOhost is a powerful online reference system accessible via the Internet.  It offers a variety of proprietary full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers.

Kelley Blue Book     We deliver up-to-date car values, expert reviews and unbiased reporting at no
cost to you.

VIN Decoder     In the market for a used car?  This new free VIN Decoder tool may come in handy when doing automotive research.  This tool takes the official (raw) data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration API, add the image of the actual vehicle, and auto-calculate a few parameters such as the age of the car.  It is then displayed in an easy-to-read, mobile-friendly format that tells the vehicle's "story": its manufacturer, brand, make and model, body style, engine size, assembly plant, and model year.  On the page you can also find how to locate the VIN on a vehicle and how to read it.

 

LEGAL RESOURCES

Online Order of Protection for Illinois     The library provides computers to access the Online Orders of Protection form.  For assistance completing the form, contact the Circuit Clerks Office in your County.

Illinois Legal Aid Online     The DeKalb County Legal Self-Help Center provides legal information to DeKalb County residents about their legal rights and responsibilities, instructions on how to handle common legal problems, assistance with some legal documents and forms, and referrals to free and low-cost legal services.