Save time and money by using the library’s electronic resources! The library subscribes to several online resources that are available 24/7. For most resources, you’ll just need your 14-digit ZB Library Card number.
ABCmouse: With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+). From Age of Learning, Inc. [Only available in the library].
Adult Learning Center: Access a library of rich adult learning content (GED) and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series and more. Use the one-on-one academic coaching, practice test center and online resources to help you achieve your learning and career goals.
Ancestry Library: Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more. [Only available in the library].
BookPage: A monthly book review publication. Pick up your free copy at the library or visit the website for upcoming titles, special features and interviews. BookPage serves as a broad-based selection guide to the best new books published every month.
Browse, check out, and download eBooks and eAudiobooks from eReadIllinois using the Axis 360 app! It’s simple, just download the app on your device, find our library, and log in using your library card number. The Axis 360 app is compatible with iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows (PC). The default checkout period is 21 days. Items may be returned early.
- Download the Axis 360 App
- Axis 360 App Getting Started Guides (PDF): English | Spanish
- Axis 360 Help
- Axis 360 Instructional Videos
Explore Chicago Collections
Use this free tool to access over 100,000 maps, photos, letters, and other archival materials held at twenty-one member institutions. Browse by topic, name, city, or neighborhood to discover the history and culture of Chicago.
Freegal: You can now stream entire albums every day for free (and with no annoying ads)! Login to Freegal with your ZB Library card and stream up to three hours each day, plus download three songs per week. Freegal’s library provides access to over 6 million songs from 28,000 recording labels. Once you download a song, it’s yours to keep, transfer to a device or burn to a CD. *App available.
HelpNow: Students may submit a question in the online classroom and receive live, one-on-one assistance from a Brainfuse tutor, or use the skills building service to master a concept or skill through state-aligned online lessons. Upload your paper to the 24-Hour Writing Lab and Brainfuse experts will provide constructive feedback and other assistance.
Heritage Quest Online: Discover your roots with census data, family records and local histories. This collection includes U.S. federal censuses, family genealogies, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage, and death records, genealogical and local history serials, and more.
InfoTrac Newsstand: InfoTrac Newsstand is an innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields. *App available.
JobNow: Free career assistance to help you land the job of your dreams! This innovative service provided by Brainfuse features expert resume assistance, live interview preparation, career coaching, career resources, and more!
LearnNow: This library of self-study lessons, videos, practice tests, and more includes clear explanations, interactive quizzes and practice tests, Flashbulb flashcards, and live tutoring, offering support in dozens of subjects, including: ACT, AP classes, ASVAB, CDL, GED, and much more!
Legal Forms Library: 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. *App available.
Mango Languages: Mango offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs. There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Learn Spanish, French, Japanese and even Pirate! Mango is an excellent resource for students to get ahead in their foreign-language courses. You will need to create a profile. *App available.
This free resource from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, contains information on health, wellness, disorders, and conditions. It has an extensive library of information for prescription drugs (search by generic or brand name), over-the-counter medicines, herbs, and supplements. Search the Medical Encyclopedia for articles and images for diseases, symptoms, tests, and treatments.
Powered by Overdrive, MyMediaMall is a group of 60 libraries that provides eBooks, eAudiobooks and videos. Titles can be enjoyed on most devices and eReaders. Set your checkout period for 7, 14, or 21 days. Some items may be returned early. Use the high contrast display or Dyslexic Font.
MyMediaMall for Kids
Safe searching for kid-friendly titles. Powered by Overdrive, MyMediaMall is a group of 60 libraries that offers free eBooks, eAudiobooks and videos. Titles can be enjoyed on most devices and eReaders. Set your checkout period for 7, 14, or 21 days. Some items may be returned early. Use the high contrast display or Dyslexic Font.
Novelist K-8 Plus: A guide to reading for grades K-8, with activities, guides to teaching and Picture Book Extenders, which have discussion questions and activities as a follow up to reading the book aloud.
Novelist Plus: Discover what to read next with this guide for fiction readers. Search for similar authors, subjects or view award lists. You can even describe a book and it will suggest titles for you. Create your own profile to keep lists of what you’ve read and what you would like to read. Have your own book group? NoveList Plus has discussion guides and articles. Read reviews from literary journals or Goodreads. Use NoveList Mobile on your portable device.
Create an account, then download eBooks and eAudiobooks to your device using your PC and the OneClickdigital Media Manager OR download the app to your smartphone or device to read/listen on the go! First time users must register with OneClick from the full website. Log in with your ZB Library card to gain access to the OneClick page. Create an account and start downloading! Set your device preferences for eAudiobook and eBook format. Set your checkout period for 1-14 days. Items may be returned early.
- Download the OneClickDigital App and/or Desktop Apps
- OneClickDigital Getting Started Guide
- OneClickDigital Help
Permit Practice Tests: Taking your driver’s license test? Want to brush up on Illinois traffic laws? Take a practice exam for your automobile or motorcycle license today. You don’t need a library card or give personal information.
Reference Center Gold: Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. *App available.
Testing & Education Reference Center: Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs. Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals. *App available.
Virtual Reference Center: Access reference eBooks on a variety of subjects, including biography, business, education, law, literature and medicine. *App Available.
WorldShare: OCLC’s catalog of more than 35 million books, sound recordings, videotapes, computer software titles, musical scores, and magazines owned by local libraries and libraries around the country and the world.
Read popular magazines, including The Advocate; All Recipes; Better Homes and Gardens; Brides; Chicago; Elle; ESPN; Esquire; Every Day with Rachel Ray; Forbes; Glamour; Marie Claire; Maxim; Mental Floss; National Geographic; The Oprah Magazine; Popular Mechanics; Reader’s Digest; Rolling Stone; US Weekly; Vanity Fair; and more! Please read the User Guide for your device before setting up your library Zinio account.