Arts & Literature

EBSCO - Literary Reference Center

Novels, short stories, poems, plot summaries and synopses, and literary criticism. Research guides, lesson plans, and citation tools support student learning.

Gale Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center is Gale’s most current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database offering the broadest and most representative range of authors and their works including a deep collection of full-text critical and literary analysis.

NoveList Plus

A popular and extensive tool for reading recommendations for fiction and non-fiction. Includes audiobook recommendations.

Business, Finance & Law

Business Source Premier

Full-text articles to support research in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, and operations management. Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).

EBSCO - Legal Information Reference Center

Resources to assist you in legal matters of all kinds, including business law, financial planning, family law, property and real estate, and rights and disputes. Includes full text reference books from Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

Gale Business Insights: Essentials

Gale Business Insights: Essentials delivers authoritative company and industry information, articles, and statistical data. Explore real-world applications and develop analytical skills.

Legal Forms

Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others.

Consumer & Auto


DIY Auto Repair From EBSCO

Auto Repair Source

Offers a wealth of information to help you diagnose, repair, and maintain cars and vehicles. Includes service and repair procedures, diagrams, recall information, specifications, labor estimates, and parts pricing.

Chilton Library (Online Auto Repair Manuals)

Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs.

Consumer Reports

Buying advice, product ratings, reviews, recommendations, money-saving advice and tips, and videos for products including appliances, electronics, food, and more.

Do It Yourself

EBSCO - Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

How-tos and creative ideas in arts and crafts, collecting, home and garden, indoor recreation, kids' crafts, model building, needlecrafts and textiles, outdoor recreation, performing arts, science and technology, and scrapbooking and papercrafts.

EBSCO - Home Improvement Reference Center

Detailed, user-friendly how-to information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

eBooks and eAudiobooks


Access eBooks & Audiobooks made available by eRead Illinois with your library card.


Access to eBooks, Audiobooks, Movies, Television Episodes, Comic Books, Music, & More with a Park Forest library card.

Media On Demand/Overdrive

Access to eBooks, Audiobooks, Music, & More with a Park Forest library card

Genealogy & Biography

Ancestry (Only Accessible in the Library)

Access the library edition of for free.

Gale Biography in Context

An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people.


Discover your family history today

Health & Wellness

Consumer Health Complete

Full-text articles to support research in aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, and nutrition. Includes teen health topics for teens and parents.

Health & Wellness Resource Center

Access full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. This comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices for researchers of all levels.

Teen Health & Wellness

Teen Health & Wellness provides middle and high school students with nonjudgmental, straightforward, curricular and self-help support, aligned to state, national, and provincial standards.

Jobs & Careers

Career Transitions

A comprehensive career resource that lets to search for and track jobs, create targeted resumes and cover letters, practice and master interview techniques, explore and identify career paths according to your interests, and find schools and education/training programs.

Kids Educational Resources

Kids Infobits

Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Middle Search Plus

Resources to support middle school students, including biographies, magazines, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags. Includes Sports Illustrated Kids, Scholastic News, National Geographic and dozens more. Articles include reading level indicators (Lexile).

Novelist K-8 Plus

Reading recommendations for kids' fiction and nonfiction that you can search by Lexile, subject, and grade level.

World Book - Early World of Learning

An interactive way for young children to explore knowlege and develop reading comprehension.

World Book - Encylopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

An interactive way for young children to explore subjects like Sciene, Art, Geography, and more in Spanish.

World Book Online for Kids

Interactive Education Resource covering topics like Science, History, Math, Arts, etc.


Mango Languages

A fun-infused way to learn a new language. Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English.

Newspapers and Magazines

InfoTrac Newstand

InfoTrac Newsstand provides access to full-text newspapers and allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section, or other fields. The database offers a one-stop source for current news and searchable archives.

Newspaper Source Plus

Full-text newspaper articles and television and radio transcripts. Includes the Associated Press (AP), CNN Wire, PR Wire, UPI (United Press International), Xinhua, The Chicago Citizen, and more.

Practice Exams

DMV Test Practice

Provides official handbooks and a variety of practice tests to help you prepare for the "Rules of the Road" test.

Testing and Education Reference Center

Valuable online tool suitable to all ages for standardized test preparation, researching undergraduate and graduate programs, finding tuition assistance, and exploring careers.

Reference & Research

Academic OneFile

Provides millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources—including thousands of podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN as well as videos from BBC Worldwide Learning.

Academic Search Premier

Full-text articles to support research in science, engineering, physics, technology, religion, and philosophy. Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).

AR Bookfinder

Helps find books at our above a student's reading level.


This simple, user-friendly, web-based solution provides details on businesses and households within the U.S.

EBSCO - History Reference Center

Full-text articles to support research in history and genealogy and lesson plans to support student learning.

General OneFile

General OneFile is a one-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and academic disciplines.

MasterFILE Premier

A good place to start for research and homework. Includes full-text articles, reference books, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags.

Points of View Reference Center

Resources for students to understand issues, develop criticial thinking skills, and develop persuasive arguments. Includes essays, overviews, articles, and transcripts on, citizens' rights, earth and environmental issues, global issues, health and medicine, and media and communications.

Primary Search

Resources to support elementary school students, including encyclopedias specifically for kids, articles from children's magazines including Highlights and Junior Scholastic, and a large image collection.

Student Resources in Context

Provides stellar support for papers, projects, and presentations that reinforce development of academic skills. It includes an authoritative selection of overviews, primary sources, videos, images, and more.

World Book

Explore all the products from World Book availble to you as Park Forest Public Library Patrons

World Book - Discover

An encylopedia on various topics suitable for teens and adults.

Science & Technology

Science Reference Center

Full-text articles to support research in applied sciences, biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and energy. Includes the Science Image Collection, a database of high-quality science images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA, and Nature Picture Library.