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.

Biography In Context

Meet someone new with Biography in Context Learn about people from all walks of life including athletes, entertainers, politicians, historical figures, authors and many others.

Britannica Library

Enhanced version of Encyclopedia Britannica with a world atlas, primary source documents, historical highlights and media updates.


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


Free DMV permit practice tests.


Browse topics of interest or search for a topic of your choice to find articles, primary source documents and videos. Search results can be limited to magazines, news, biographies and more.

Explora Secondary Schools

Articles, videos, images, primary source documents and more. For high school research projects and homework.

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.

Gale eBooks - formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Thousands of specialized reference sources. Search the entire collection or a particular subject area.



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

History Online from Salem Press

Online version of print reference titles including, Great Lives from History, Great Events from History, The Decades in America and The Value of a Dollar - 1860-2014 * The Colonial Era.

LibraryAware Newsletters

Sign up for LibraryAware newsletters on your favorite genre or topic and get new book suggestions delivered directly to your inbox.

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)

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: referenceservicesdesk@dppl.org with questions.

Literature Criticism - Gale eBooks

Resources on a variety of topics in literary criticism and individual works.

Lynda.com - See LinkedIn Learning

PLEASE NOTE: Lynda.com 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 Lynda.com data should have transferred to LinkedIn Learning, including your course history and certificates of completion. Along with the existing content from Lynda.com, 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: referenceservicesdesk@dppl.org with questions.

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.

Practice tests in SkillSurfer - part of HelpNow from Brainfuse

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