Books & Authors


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.

Book Index with Reviews

Information on over 5 million book titles from publications including Library Journal, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and others.


An online magazine for booklovers - including reviews, previews, "behind the book" backstories, author interviews, reading guides, and much more.

Contemporary Authors

Entries on thousands of authors with full text articles.

LibraryAware Newsletters

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

Literature - Search Modern Novelists, Poems, Short Stories & more

A collection of eBooks and other resources on literature and literary criticism. From Gale Cengage Learning.

Magill’s Literary Annual

Reviews of significant fiction and nonfiction dating back to 1977.


Analyzes the most important works in all genres - fiction, short stories, poetry, drama, and nonfiction - throughout history and around the world.

NoveList Plus

Helps you find new fiction and nonfiction books to read by searching favorite authors, titles, subjects, and genres.

Virtual Reference Library

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

World Book Timelines

Timelines for World History, Science & Technology, Notable People, Sports & Games & more.



Millions of library records in 400 languages.