Do-it-yourself

ALLDATA In-library only

Automotive database covering vehicles from 1982 to the present.

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.

Chilton Library for Automotive Repair

Detailed information on how to maintain and repair your vehicle. Also includes a labor estimate tool. View tutorial

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Consumer Reports

We offer free access to ConsumerReports.org to anyone at the library and to Des Plaines residents from home. You'll find ratings and recommendations on appliances, electronics, cars, travel and more.

Driving-Tests.org

Free DMV permit practice tests.

Gale Courses

Online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, computer applications, accounting, web design, healthcare and personal enrichment. 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. View tutorial

Lynda.com

Thousands of online video tutorials that can help you learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. You will be asked to Create a Profile using your Des Plaines library card. Use in Firefox or Chrome. View tutorial

eBook Public Library Collection (EBSCOhost)

With more than 41,000 e-books chosen specifically for public libraries, this general reference collection features titles for both adults and juveniles, as well as best-selling and highly-recommended titles from industry leading publishers.