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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.

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

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.

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Creativebug     An all-access, no-boundaries pass to explore thousands of craft classes.  Individuals of all skill levels can work alongside instructors to learn craft techniques.

Current Fuel Economy Guide     helping promote fuel economy

DMV Practice Tests     This 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.

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.

Explore More Illinois     Explore More Illinois is a cultural pass program that allows Illinois public library cardholders to access discounts at museums, park districts, historical societies, zoos, arts centers, recreational facilities, and other attractions.

     For more FAQs about Explore More Illinois, click here.

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.​

Find More Illinois     Can’t find what you want in our PrairieCat Catalog?  Try the Find More Illinois Catalog.  This searches multiple Illinois library catalogs at once.  Log in with your library barcode and pin to place a request, and pick up items at the Genoa Public Library.

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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!) 5 songs per week and/or stream 5 hours a day.

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     Need help with Freegal?  Click here

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. is a partnership between RAILS and BiblioLabs, LLC to bring all Illinois libraries and residents resources to self-publish e-books, and access to collections of independently published e-books by local authors. is all about sharing and supporting local authors and our creative communities, as well as providing access to these resources and tools to everyone in Illinois. Users can:

  • create books using Pressbooks software.  
  • share their works for potential inclusion in the online Indie Illinois collection or Library Journal's Indie Author Project Select collections of e-books.
  • read e-books by independently published local authors.

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

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

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

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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

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.

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.

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.


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