Adult Learning Center
Whether you are going back to school, switching jobs, or just want to brush up on academic skills, BrainFuse Adult Learning Center is here to help. Access practice tests, study materials, and live tutors to prepare you for GED, High School Equivalency, and Citizenship tests. Resources are available in English and Spanish. Live tutors are available for help in reading, writing, and math from 2 pm to 11 pm daily.African American Heritage
A dedicated resource that brings together records critical to African American family research. Search primary sources devoted specifically to African American family history. It also includes exclusive partnership with AfriGeneas -- a popular networking site devoted to African American genealogy -- for direct access to expert advice, moderated forums, chats, mailing lists, surname registry, and more. Available from home with your BPL library card. For more information about this resource, please view this video
Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Find titles from across the US & Illinois. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.Ancestry Library Edition While this resource is normally available only from within the library, Ancestry is allowing use from home through 03.31.2021.
One of the most popular resources for genealogical information, with family history data for over 500 million names, including census information for 1790-1930, city directories, military records, and much more. ArchiveGrid
Search for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives throughout the world.Auto Repair Source
Auto Repair Source provides service and repair information for thousands of vehicles from 1974 to the present. If you're repairing your car at home, looking up a recalled part, or just need to identify a diagnostic trouble code, Auto Repair Source can help.Biblioboard
Access this collection of free eBooks for Illinois residents. Titles are always available, and there are no limits on checkouts. With Biblioboard there's no waiting, just reading! Also available as a mobile app. NO LIBRARY CARD NEEDED! Black Freedom Struggle in the United States
This curated collection features open primary source documents such as historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom. This resource supports a wide range of students, from middle and high school to college, and anyone interested in learning more about the ongoing Black Freedom Struggle. No library card is required to access this collection.BookFlix
These children's fiction and nonfiction pairings are designed to strengthen early literacy skills while exposing young learners to real world concepts. With colorful animation, rich audio, and interactive games, BookFlix is a perfect tool to engage and support beginning readers.Brainfuse HelpNow
Need help with a homework problem? Struggling with an essay? Try live homework help! Brainfuse is available directly to students, as well as schools, libraries, businesses, and community colleges to help K-12 and adult learners succeed. Live Homework Help is available 2pm to 11pm every day in English and in Spanish. The Brainfuse Mobile App is available in both the iOS (Apple) and Google Play (Android) stores."Brainfuse JobNow
JobNow is available directly to library customers to help job searchers prepare for interviews, receive resume help and to search for local jobs. Live help is available 2pm to 11pm every day in English and Spanish. The Brainfuse Mobile App is available in both the both the iOS (Apple) and Google Play (Android) stores."Consumer Reports
ConsumerReports.org -- the largest paid-publication subscription-based website in the world -- enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. Whether a user is looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top-recommended used vehicles, ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.Country Background Notes
These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the State Department's regional bureaus.Digital Learn Free
A Public Library Association curated collection of course materials to be used for in-person digital literacy courses, online trainings on developing courses. Digital Library of Illinois
Browse for and download best-selling ebooks and digital audiobooks from Overdrive's collection. Use your computer, tablet, or mobile device to enjoy these titles. Set up an account and sign in with your Bloomington Library card. If you have questions, stop by the Adult Services Desk, call us at 309-590-6141, or email us at email@example.com. Duolingo
Duolingo is the world's most popular way to learn a language. It's 100% free, fun and science-based. Learn on a computer, or download the app. NO LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED!
eBooks from EBSCO
eBooks from EBSCO (formerly NetLibrary) gives you complete text and graphics of well-known reference books such as the "Idiot" guides. Search from hundreds of titles. Netlibrary eBooks can be read online, or checked out for a period of 1-3 weeks.eLibrary
Need sources for your research paper? Interested in finding current information about topics in the news? Start with eLibrary, a comprehensive collection of magazines, newspapers, books, video, audio, and weblinks that will connect you to the information you need. Explore More Illinois
Explore More Illinois is a free service that provides instant online access to free and discounted tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theaters, and other fun and local cultural venues. Fold3
Find the stories, photos, documents, and military records for the men and women who served our country in this military genealogy database. Fold3 helps you discover and share stories of the everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families who supported them.HeritageQuest
Family history resource that includes U.S. federal census, family genealogies, local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage and death records, genealogical and local history serials, and more. Hoopla
Instantly borrow audio books, ebooks, comics & graphic novels, movies, TV shows, and music. Patrons can check out up to 7 Hoopla titles per month. All titles are always available; you never have to place a hold. Hoopla can be accessed on multiple devices including smart phones, tablets, Roku, FireTV, AndroidTV, Chromecast, AppleTV, and more. Illinois Legal Aid Online
Provides Illinois residents with free information on their legal rights and responsibilities, quick referrals to free and low cost legal aid offices, interactive forms, and self-help instructions for common legal problems. Information is available in English or Spanish.Information Technology Collection (eBook Central)
Access nearly 7,000 ebooks with information on computer science, business, technology, and programming. Books can be read in a browser or downloaded to read offline.Inkie.org
Inkie.org is a suite of self-publishing resources for authors, readers, and libraries. NO LIBRARY CARD NEEDED!Kanopy
Kanopy is a streaming service with access to thousands of films, documentaries, and television shows. It includes selections from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, film festival winners, independent directors, and more. Patrons can check out up to 10 Kanopy titles each month though The Great Courses do not count against the 10-item limit. All titles are always available; you never have to place a hold. Kanopy films are also compatible for the hearing impaired (with captions and transcripts) and the visually impaired (compatible with technologies such as JAWS). Kanopy can be accessed on multiple devices including smart phones, tablets, Roku, FireTV, AndroidTV, Chromecast, AppleTV, and more. Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. NO LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED!Lynda.com
Streaming video-based resource containing over 6,000 courses on software, computer, business, and creative skills taught by industry leaders.Mango Languages
Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you're learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in 72 different language courses. Now 21 English courses are offered in the user's native tongue.Mango is also available as a mobile app for iPhone and Android!MedLine Plus
Extensive information on over 650 diseases and conditions from the National Institutes for Health and other trusted sources. Also available: lists of hospitals
and physicians; a medical encyclopedia and dictionary; health information;
in Spanish; information on prescription and nonprescription drugs;and links to thousands of clinical trials.Easy-To-Read VersionNewspapers.com, Pantagraph Archive 1857-1985
Access dozens of historical Illinois newspapers, including the Daily Pantagraph 1857-1985, the Weekly Pantagraph 1848-1954, and the Bloomington Observer 1838. NoveList K-8 Plus
A "what do I read next" resource for fiction readers in grades K-8. Search by plot or browse genre and award lists. Teacher resources including book talk examples and reading lexiles. NoveList Plus
A "what do I read next" resource for young adult through adult fiction readers covering more than 120,000 titles. Search by subject heading, plot description, read alikes and more. Includes discussion guides, booktalk ideas, and feature articles.
Pantagraph -- full issues starting Jan. 1, 2019 This resource is only available in the library.
Read full issues of this daily newspaper from Jan. 1, 2019 through the present. Earlier dates are available on microfilm. To search the Pantagraph for specific articles, use the Pantagraph Online (Newsbank) database.Pantagraph Negative Collection: 1933-1944
Nearly 37,000 photos taken between 1933-1944 by photographers for The Pantagraph have been digitally restored and preserved and can be viewed online at no charge. An additional 50,000 photos from 1930-2000 are being restored and preserved and will likely be available for viewing in 2021. Pantagraph Online
Click here to search the Bloomington Pantagraph archives from 1989 - today. Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the Pantagraph. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections. Available from inside the library or from home.PebbleGo
PebbleGo is the award winning PreK-3 database for reading and research. The PebbleGo databases make learning and improving reading and research skills fun, building on children's interest.Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Explore current and historical maps covering the United States, and many countries around the world. This extensive collection of digital maps has been made available online for free by the University of Texas at Austin. If you need a map for anything from historical research to geocaching, this resource has it all.Post Amerikan
The Post Amerikan was Bloomington-Normal's underground alternative newspaper published from 1972 to 2004, making its 32 years the longest continuous publication run for any underground newspaper in America. This historic newspaper is now available online due to a collaboration between the McLean County Museum of History
, owner of an archive of nearly all the Post Amerikan's 32 year run of issues, and EIU's Booth Library
. RBdigital Unlimited
Using RBDigital and a library card from Bloomington Public Library, you have free access to more than 3,800 popular magazines in their digital format. Download the RBDigital app to your iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire device for easy browsing and reading. These digital magazines are always available and never need to be put on hold. Once checked out, there are no due dates and no overdue fines on these items. Downloaded magazines are yours to keep.
First-time users will need to create an RBDigital account.
Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix is transforming the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering.Sign Language 101
This free online resources uses videos to teach American Sign Language. Courses are taught by deaf ASL experts and include tips on deaf culture as well as an introduction to signing. No Library Card Required!Testing & Education Reference Center
Use this tool to find online practice tests, test prep courses, tuition assistance, research about undergraduate and graduate programs, and career assistance.Transparent Language Online
Transparent Language Online offers the most comprehensive language-learning solution for libraries. With this flexible program, you can quickly and easily learn new languages using our wide variety of courses and activities. Also available as a mobile app for iPhone and Android!Tumblebooks
The TumbleBook Library is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) TumblePuzzles, and TumbleQuizzes, as well as TumbleResources for teachers. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which we have licensed from children's book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format. Value Line Investment Survey
Weekly updated investment resource. Year-ahead and three- to five-year probable relative price performance, projections of key financial measures, and concise, objective commentary on current operations and future prospects. World Book Online
The World Book web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides.WorldCat
Worldwide library catalog that includes books, manuscripts, maps, computer programs, musical scores, film, newspapers, journals and magazines, and everything else found in a library.