Online Learning

Adult Learning Center from HelpNow

Live one-on-one coaching to improve your computer skills on MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Also includes resume writing assistance and practice tests for the GED and U.S. Citizenship Test.


Step-by-step instructional videos for learning to play musical instruments. PLEASE NOTE: ArtistWorks is now accessible in the Libby App. Click here to get the Libby app. Log in with your library card. Click here to get the desktop version. Scroll down & find it in "Extras"


Chess Tutoring with Live Tutors from Brainfuse

Learn the basics of chess, strategies, tactics and maneuvers. Click on Expert Help, then Featured Service. Tutors available 3:00pm -9:00 pm



Stay Crafty with Creativebug More than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

DMV Practice Tests - Free

Free DMV permit practice tests: car, motorcycle & CDL.

Gale Courses

Online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, computer applications, accounting, law, web design, healthcare and personal enrichment. Foreign language courses for Spanish, French, Italian & Japanese are also offered. New classes begin every month and last for six weeks. To get started, create an account with your Des Plaines library card. Certificates of completion are available for some courses.



Free online homework help for users of all ages. The site provides study tools such as video lessons, practice tests, and virtual flashcards in reading and math for students in K – 2 grade and all core subjects in higher grades along with access to virtual tutors, an interactive writing lab, assistance in filling out FAFSA applications, and career support. Spanish speaking tutors are available: tutoría en español.

Hobbies & Crafts Source

A DIY database of leading full-text hobby and craft magazines, hobby profiles, recipes and videos to inspire creativity.

LearningExpress Library

An easy-to-use online test prep resource that helps people improve their core academic skills, earn a high school equivalency, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, change careers, become a U.S. citizen and much more.

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


Mango Languages

Mango offers a variety of fun ways to help you learn another language, including English. A voice comparison feature compares your pronunciation to a native speaker’s. Use it on your computer or tablet or on your cellphone, by downloading the mobile app.

Niche Academy Tutorials

Tutorials on how to use several library databases, how to get a library card and more.

Practice tests in SkillSurfer - part of HelpNow from Brainfuse

Practice tests for ACT, SAT, AP, GED, TOEFL, ASVAB and more.

ProCitizen | Preparación para obtener la ciudadanía estadounidense

Si ya tienes un nombre de estudiante y contraseña de Pronunciator, puedes iniciar sesión a continuación. De lo contrario, regístrate donde dice "¿Es tu primera vez aquí?" y recibirás un nombre de estudiante y contraseña que funcionán tanto para Pronunciator como ProCitizen.

ProCitizen | Preparing you for U.S. Citizenship

If you already have a Pronunciator student name and password, you can log in below. If you don't, register under "First time here?" and you'll receive a student name and password that will work for both Pronunciator and ProCitizen!


Pronunciator is a fun way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. ESL courses are available for speakers of several languages. For adults and children. For children's courses, select a language & click on Learners Guides. Our subscription also includes free access to the Bluebird app!

Pronunciator Español

Pronunciator es una forma divertida de aprender cualquiera de los 87 idiomas con lecciones autodirigidas, profesores en vivo, películas, música y mucho más. Los cursos de inglés como segunda lengua están disponibles para hablantes de varios idiomas. Para adultos y niños. (Haga clic aquí para obtener más información.)

Small Engine Repair

Detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines, from motorcycles and ATVs to generators and outdoor ..

Udemy: presented by Gale - On-Demand Learning for In-Demand Skills

Thousands of online video courses covering business, technology (Office, Windows, coding, etc.,) Test Prep (GMAT, SAT, TOEFL, IT Certifications & more) as well as personal development & foreign language instruction. Courses are available in several languages including Spanish & Polish. You will need a Google or Microsoft account to create an account & sign in to Udemy. Watch Video To learn how to use the "Udemy for Business" app for iOS or Android click here

Universal Class

Access to over 500 video-based courses - everything from ABC's of Algebra to Yoga 101. First time users need to create an account. Once you're logged in you will have access to the course catalog and be able to start a class. CEU (Continuing Education Units) Certificates are available. Please note: Universal Class is also accessible on the Libby App - Get the Libby app or use it in your browser. Find Universal Class in "Extras."