America's Newspapers from NewsBank
Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Find titles from across the US & Illinois. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections. Ancestry Library Edition This resource is only available in the library.
One of the most popular resources for genealogical information, with family history data for over 500 million names, including census information for 1790-1930, city directories, military records, and much more. ArchiveGrid
Search for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives throughout the world. Auto Repair Reference Center
Information about most makes and models of cars and trucks in over 33 maintenance and care categories, plus glossary of automotive terms. BookFlix
The fiction and nonfiction pairings are designed to strengthen early literacy skills while exposing young learners to real world concepts. With colorful animation, rich audio, and interactive games, BookFlix® is a perfect tool to engage and support beginning readers. Brainfuse HelpNow
Need help with a homework problem? Struggling with an essay? Try live homework help! Brainfuse is available directly to students, as well as schools, libraries, businesses, and community colleges to help K-12 and adult learners succeed. Live Homework Help is available 2pm to 11pm every day in English and in Spanish. Brainfuse JobNow
JobNow is available directly to library customers to help job searchers prepare for interviews, receive resume help and to search for local jobs. Live help is available 2pm to 11pm every day in English and Spanish. CAMIO®
OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online — is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms. Consumer Reports
ConsumerReports.org® — the largest paid-publication subscription-based website in the world — enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. Whether a user is looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top-recommended used vehicles, ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services. Country Background Notes
These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the State Department's regional bureaus. Duolingo
Duolingo is the world's most popular way to learn a language. It's 100% free, fun and science-based. Learn on a computer, or download the app. NO LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED!
eBooks from EBSCO
eBooks from EBSCO (formerly NetLibrary) gives you complete text and graphics of well-known reference books such as the "Idiot" guides. Search from hundreds of titles. Netlibrary eBooks can be read online, or checked out for a period of 1-3 weeks. eLibrary
Need sources for your research paper? Interested in finding current information about topics in the news? Start with eLibrary, a comprehensive collection of magazines, newspapers, books, video, audio, and weblinks that will connect you to the information you need. Grolier Online
Grolier Online is published by Scholastic Library Publishing, Inc., a division of Scholastic Inc. It includes seven encyclopedia databases: Encyclopedia America, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, and The New Book of Popular Science. Click here for comprehensive information on the many features available from within each of these encyclopedia databases. HeritageQuest
Family history resource that includes U.S. federal census, family genealogies, local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage and death records, genealogical and local history serials, and more. Currently, Heritage Quest is only working onsite at the library. We are working on solutions to allow access outside the library. History Resource Center
Search authoritative primary source documents, topical entries, biographies, maps, and timeline entries about historical events from the ancient to the modern world. This resource has extensive coverage of Ancient and Medieval History, Modern World History, American History, American Women's History, African-American History, and American-Indian History. Home Improvement Reference Center
Designed with the do-it-yourself homeowner in mind, this resource provides information on home repair, maintenance and remodeling projects. There are thousands of articles from magazine and reference books as well as step-by-step instructions for plumbing, landscaping, wood working, electrical and decorating projects. Hoopla
Instantly borrow audio books, ebooks, comics & graphic novels, movies & TV shows, and music. All titles are ALWAYS available—you never have to place a hold. Check out up to 5 items per month.
Information Technology Collection (eBook Central)
Access nearly 2,000 ebooks with information on computer science, business, technology, and programming. Books can be read in a browser or downloaded to read offline. Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. NO LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED! LearningExpress Library
Practice tests and tutorial course series to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic, basic skills or licensing tests. Immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and analysis of your results. Grade school through adult learners. Registration required. Lynda.com
Streaming video-based resource containing over 2,400 courses on software, computer, business, and creative skills taught by industry leaders. Mango Languages
Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you're learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in 72 different language courses. Now 21 English courses are offered in the user’s native tongue.Also available as an iPhone app! MedLine Plus
Extensive information on over 650 diseases and conditions from the National Institutes for Health and other trusted sources. Also available: lists of hospitals
and physicians; a medical encyclopedia and dictionary; health information;
in Spanish; information on prescription and nonprescription drugs;and links to thousands of clinical trials.Easy-To-Read Version My Media Mall
Browse for and download best-selling eBooks and digital audiobooks to your computer or mobile device. Sign in using your BPL card.
Stop by the Reference Desk or contact us at 309-828-6093 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Newspapers.com, Pantagraph Archive 1857-1985
Access dozens of historical Illinois newspapers, including the Daily Pantagraph 1857-1985, the Weekly Pantagraph 1848-1954, and the Bloomington Observer 1838. Normal Public Library
Link to Normal Library’s website and catalog. NoveList K-8 Plus
A "what do I read next" resource for fiction readers in grades K-8. Search by plot or browse genre and award lists. Teacher resources including book talk examples and reading lexiles. NoveList Plus
A "what do I read next" resource for young adult through adult fiction readers covering more than 120,000 titles. Search by subject heading, plot description, read alikes and more. Includes discussion guides, booktalk ideas, and feature articles.
Click here to search the Bloomington Pantagraph archives from 1989 - today. Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the Pantagraph. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections. Available from inside the library or from home. PebbleGo
PebbleGo is the award winning PreK-3 database for reading and research. The PebbleGo databases make learning and improving reading and research skills fun, building on children's interest. Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Explore current and historical maps covering the United States, and many countries around the world. This extensive collection of digital maps has been made available online for free by the University of Texas at Austin. If you need a map for anything from historical research to geocaching, this resource has it all. RBdigital
RBdigital provides access to free electronic magazines for Bloomington Public Library cardholders. These magazines appear exactly as their physical counterparts, and are free for downloading and reading.
Phone, address and demographic directory listings for over 12 million US businesses and 100 million US households. Safari IT eBooks (replaced with Information Technology Collection)
This resource has been replaced with Information Technology Collection (eBook Central). Teen Health on MedLine Plus
Health and wellness information aimed specifically at teens. This site from MedLine Plus offers links to dependable articles on health issues facing teens, including nutrition, development, mental health, and resources for help. Tumblebooks
The TumbleBook Library is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) TumblePuzzles, and TumbleQuizzes, as well as TumbleResources for teachers. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which we have licensed from children's book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format. US Major Dailies
Access articles from 1980-present from five major US newspapers: Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Currently, US Major Dailies is only working onsite at the library. We are working on solutions to allow access outside the library. Value Line Investment Survey
Weekly updated investment resource. Year-ahead and three- to five-year probable relative price performance, projections of key financial measures, and concise, objective commentary on current operations and future prospects. World Book
The World Book web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides. WorldCat
Worldwide library catalog that includes books, manuscripts, maps, computer programs, musical scores, film, newspapers, journals and magazines, and everything else found in a library. Zinio
Bloomington Library still offers free downloadable eMagazines. However, Zinio’s name has changed to RBDigital. Please click the RBDigital link in this list to access the Library’s eMagazines. The user name and password you used with Zinio will work with RBDigital.