America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History, 2016

This work focuses on the role of Americans and the U.S. in the world, while analyzing how the world has influenced the U.S. and Americans. It also examines the increasingly important role of the U.S. from the early days of the republic to the present.

Britannica Library

Enhanced version of Encyclopedia Britannica with a world atlas, primary source documents, historical highlights and media updates.


Chicago Tribune 1849–1993 (Proquest Historical Newspapers)

This digitized, full text version of the newspaper includes photographs, ads and obituaries from 1849–1993.


Des Plaines Memory

An online collection of photographs, postcards, letters and more all detailing Des Plaines' rich history. A great tool for doing historical and genealogical research.

Dictionary of American History, 2003

The first comprehensive revision of this classic reference source, originally published in 1940, features updated and revised entries from previous editions, as well as more than 800 new entries covering recent events and topics not covered previously.

EBSCOhost eBook Public Library Collection

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.


Convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Historical documents like the National Archives Holocaust Records are also included. A useful tool for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families and teachers.

History Collection

A collection of history eBooks.

History Online from Salem Press

Online version of print reference titles including, Great Lives from History, Great Events from History and The Decades in America.

New York Times 1851-2013 (Proquest Historical Newspapers)

New York Times digitized cover to cover from 1851 to 2013.

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

Value of a Dollar:1860-2014

Records the actual prices of thousands of items that consumers purchased from the Civil War to the present,along with facts about investment options and income opportunities.