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 has moved to the Libby App. Get the Libby app or use it in your browser. Log in with your library card. Find Artistworks 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.

Free DMV permit practice tests.

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 help for kids, teens, and adults. All core subjects offered (grades 3-12): math, science, social Studies, writing assistance, English/language arts, reading assistance & help filling out the FAFSA application for Federal Student Aid. Resume and cover letter review for job hunters too!

HelpNow (en español)

AYUDA GRATIS EN LÍNEA para estudiantes, Grados 3–12

LinkedIn Learning (formerly

Thousands of online video tutorials that can help you learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goal. Log in with your Des Plaines Library card and the password linked to you library account. No LinkedIn account is necessary to access LinkedIn Learning. You can also use the LinkedIn Learning app for iOS & Android by entering our library code "DPPL" (all uppercase) & then your library card number & pin (password.) Please call the Reference Desk: 847-376-2841 or email: with questions. - See LinkedIn Learning

PLEASE NOTE: was upgraded to LinkedIn Learning on April 29, 2021. You will now log onto LinkedIn Learning using your library card number and PIN/password. All of your data should have transferred to LinkedIn Learning, including your course history and certificates of completion. Along with the existing content from, you will have access to thousands of additional courses, available in several languages. No LinkedIn account is necessary to access LinkedIn Learning. Please call the Reference Desk: 847-376-2841 or email: with questions.


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. Our subscription also includes Bluebird, so you have free access to the Bluebird app! Download the Bluebird app and enter the "Institutional PIN" when you register.

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."

Working remotely - free courses from LinkedIn

A free learning path to help individuals and organizations manage and work remotely. Some of the courses included are: Working Remotely - 1 hour Time Management: Working From Home – 1 hour 25 min Being An Effective Team Member – 31 min Leading at a Distance – 36 min Balancing Work and Life – 28 min Well Being and Productivity - 41 min Managing Stress for Positive Change – 57 min