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.

Automate

DIY auto repair.

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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.

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Creativebug

More than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Driving-Tests.org

Free DMV permit practice tests.

Gale Courses

Online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, computer applications, accounting, law, web design, healthcare and personal enrichment. Foreign language courses for Spanish, French, Italian & Japanese are also offered. 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

Safari Technology e-books

Two Safari collections are included: Beginning Programming Library covers Java, C#, ASP.NET, MySQL, Ruby, Web development, gaming and more. Consumer Technology Library explores Microsoft office products, digital photography, social media, PC maintenance, the latest mobile gadgets and more.

Universal Class

Access to over 500 video-based courses - everything from ABC's of Algebra to Yoga 101. First time users need to create an account. Once you're logged in you will have access to the course catalog and be able to start a class. CEU (Continuing Education Units) Certificates are available. View tutorial