Consumer Information & Legal Forms


Consumer Reports

We offer free access to to anyone at the library and to Des Plaines residents from home. You'll find ratings and recommendations on appliances, electronics, cars, travel and more.

Consumers’ Checkbook - in library

This is a good source for local consumer information for the home, cars, health care (including physicians & dentists) personal services and more. It includes Chicago Consumers' Checkbook. You'll be asked to register with Consumers' Checkbook for home use. Watch our video Help With Finding Good Service Providers!

Legal Forms Library

Free forms for divorce, leases, wills, power of attorney, name changes, leases and more.

MasterFILE Premier

Full text for periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education and science. Links to video files including television shows like the Today Show and Meet the Press. Full text from reference books and more.

Medigap from Weiss Ratings

Build Your Own Customized Medicare Supplement Insurance Planner. Get step-by-step guidance on how to select a Medigap insurance plan, which plans are right for you and which insurance company has the lowest rates. CLICK HERE to watch a video presentation from Weiss ratings.

New York Times All Access - free, unlimited access to This includes News, Games, Cooking, Wirecutter & The Athletic.

To activate your access, click on "Redeem," then log in or register. You'll have 24 hours of unlimited access to News, Games, Cooking, Wirecutter & The Athletic before you will need to reactivate your "subscription." Please note that each product requires its own app for access.

Weiss/Financial Ratings Series

Find out how your bank or credit union is doing by checking its financial strength rating. You can also find ratings for mutual funds and stocks. Consumer guides for auto, health, homeowner's and long-term care insurance are also included.