Law & government

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.

Legal Forms Library

Free forms for divorce, leases, wills, power of attorney, name changes, leases and more.

Legal Information Reference Center

This database includes commonly used legal forms and the popular Nolo guides to answer your everyday legal questions.

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Public Records - In library

Contains public record data for new businesses, real estate transactions, home foreclosures and bankruptcies in Illinois.

Public Records - Outside the library

Contains public record data for new businesses, real estate transactions, home foreclosures and bankruptcies in Illinois.

Resources on Law and Government

A collection of ebooks on law, government and political theory.

Virtual Reference Library

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