Books & Authors


Illinois residents have access to thousands of e-resources free of charge & no library card is required. Enjoy ebooks, images & videos – the collection includes classic fiction, children’s fiction, graphic novels, Chicago authors and much more. Download the BiblioBoard app (from the iTunes app store for iOS or from the Google Play Store for Android). Create an account profile and be able to access the collections while outside of Illinois. You will also have the ability to download content for offline reading, and to add bookmarks and notes.



Explore a variety of classic video storybooks and related nonfiction eBooks in one of nine learning categories. Also includes Spanish titles and educational games. For grades Pre-K – 3.

Contemporary Authors

Entries on thousands of authors with full text articles.

Explora Primary Schools

An easy way to find out about everything from animals to current events. Search by keyword or topic. Perfect for research projects!


Borrow digital movies, music and audiobooks with your Des Plaines library card. No holds, no fees. Stream through your internet.

LOTE4Kids – Storytime in other languages

Digital books in 65+ languages with English translations. Languages include Spanish, Polish, Gujarati, Italian, French & Ukrainian. Listen & read along! Download the LOTE4Kids App

NoveList Plus K–8

Helps you find new fiction books to read by searching favorite authors, titles, subjects, and genres. For children in grades K-8.

TumbleBook Library

A collection of animated, talking picture books, puzzles and games. Includes books in Spanish and French. For best results, use Chrome on desktop computers.