Research & Learn
Explore and stay informed about local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs, careers, political issues, social issues and more with America's News. This resource features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the United States, including The Pantagraph. Available remotely 24/7 on any device. Online tutorials are available.
Black Freedom Struggles 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.
Black Life in America
From Black-owned newspapers to mainstream publications, this primary source collection offers an expansive window into centuries of African American history, culture, and daily life-as well as the ways the dominant culture has portrayed and perceived people of African descent. Packed with information unavailable elsewhere, Black Life in America is updated daily and sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 African American publications. Access is available 24/7. Online tutorials are available.
Hispanic Life in America
Hispanic Life in America is the single most comprehensive digital archive of primary source documents related to Hispanic American life. This three-part collection is sourced from more than 17,000 global news sources, including over 700 Spanish-language or bilingual publications, dating from 1704 to today and gives patrons access to exclusive material. Online tutorials are available.
New York Times
We provide free online access to the New York Times with your Bloomington Library Card. Patrons inside the library can access the online version of the New York Times at any time. The New York Times is also accessible remotely via a digital pass that you can check out with your library card. 5,000 passes are available each day. When accessing this database offsite, you will need to receive and redeem a 24-hour code. Once that 24-hour period expires, you will need to sign in again to receive another 24-hour code.
This access includes all New York Times online content except for the crossword puzzle and the New York Times Cooking subscription.
Pantagraph Collection of Resources
Bloomington Library offers multiple databases that offer a variety of access to The Pantagraph, a newspaper local to Bloomington, IL. Find full-text articles about local news, issues, events, people, images and more. Click View from Anywhere below to look through the different databases.
Peoria Journal Star
Find full-text articles about news, issues, events, people and more as you search Peoria Journal Star archives from 1991 - today. Articles from 2019 are available with text and images. The 2006-2020 blogs are also available. Updated daily, the archive includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and more.
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.