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Alliance Digital Media – Overdrive

Check out and download audiobooks and ebooks to your computer, tablet, ereader, or smartphone.

Overdrive no longer supports Blackberry.

Access Alliance Digital Media here.

Ancestry Library Edition

The world’s largest online collection of family history resources, home to more than 7 billion historical records, millions of family trees and much more.

Access Ancestry Library Edition here.  This database can only be accessed from within the library.

AudioBookCloud

Listen to your favorite audio books with just a click of a button.  Listen to books in many different categories, including fiction, non-fiction, childrens, classics, and even Spanish language.  Books are always available and never on hold.

Access AudioBookCloud here.

Bloom’s Literary Reference Online

This resource contains more than 20,000 critical essays from over 500 literary journals and 2,300 scholarly and critical books, including 700 titles published by Bloom’s Literary Criticism and Facts On File. Also included in the database are more than 13,000 biographies, 45,000 character entries, 5,000 synopses of literary works and hundreds of images and videos.

Access Bloom’s Literary Reference Online here.

BookFlix

Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Access BookFlix here.

Boopsie Mobile App

The library in the palm of your hand! Search for items, surf our site, and more.

Call us with a click, place a hold, use our online databases, or scan any book’s barcode to see if we own a copy! The future is here.

Plus, you’ll be amazed at the great new way to search our items. No need to wear out your thumbs! Just type the first couple of letters of words and see the search in action while you type. So for books on “Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,” just type “ja ke on”. Easy-peasy!

Learn more or download the Boopsie App here.

Or, you can search for “Normal Public Library” in iTunes or Google Play.

Or, scan this QR Code to start downloading the app on your phone.

Brainfuse Help Now

Brainfuse Help Now is America’s premier online homework help and tutoring provider offering a unique tutoring and study suite backed by an industry-leading academic team.  This service is available to assist students of any age achieve success and includes live online help from 2pm to 11pm everyday in English and Spanish.

Access Brainfuse Help Now here.

Brainfuse Job Now

Brainfuse Job Now is a one-of-a-kind job coaching service designed to help people land the job of their dreams.  Job seekers can prepare for interviews, receive resume help, search for local jobs, and even receive live online help from 2pm to 11pm everyday in English and Spanish.

Access Brainfuse Job Now here.

The Chicago Tribune (via ProQuest Newsstand)

Read today’s news or search the Chicago Tribune’s archives from 1985 to today.  Includes news, obituaries, sports, headlines, and more.

Access The Chicago Tribune here.

Consumer Reports

Offers consumer news, reports on different products, recalls and safety information, and much more.

Access Consumer Reports here.

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DigitalLearn.org

Find simple, free online tutorials for computer basics, from starting an email address to buying a searching for a job.

Access DigitalLearn.org here.

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

Access the Digital Public Library of America.

Ebsco Databases

A menu of all the Ebsco products that the library subscribes to.

Access Ebsco Databases here.

eSequels

The online guide to series fiction.

Access eSequels.com here.

FamilySearch.org

The largest collection of free family tree and genealogy records in the world.

Access FamilySearch.org here.

FirstSearch – “WorldCat”

FirstSearch is an online service that gives library and education professionals access to a rich collection of reference databases. FirstSearch offers electronic access to dozens of databases and more than 10 million fulltext and fullimage articles. With FirstSearch, materials in your library collection can be identified in search results, facilitating interlibrary loan and helping to connect your users with the information they need.

Access FirstSearch here.

Freading

Freading offers thousands of downloadable eBooks with absolutely no waiting lists!  All of their books are available at all times.

We’re sorry, but Freading eBooks are not compatible with the Kindle.  For Kindle-compatible books, please use our Overdrive eBook service.

You’ll need your NPL PIN in order to log in to Freading.  Find out more about your PIN here.

Access Freading here.

Freegal

Normal Public Library patrons can download MP3s to keep forever for free!

Freegal offers thousands of songs and each patron can select three a week to download and keep.

You’ll need your NPL PIN in order to log in to Freegal.

Find out more about your PIN here.

Access Freegal here.

Google Books

Search thousands of full text books, preview the first several pages of lots of popular titles, and even download full versions of books in the public domain for free.  E-books are also available for purchase.

Access Google Books here.

HeritageQuest Online

Access family genealogies, county and town histories, church and school histories, maps and atlases, vital records, tax lists, military records, wills, cemetery records, the complete set of US Federal Census Records from 1790 to 1930, and more.

Access HeritageQuest Online here.

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Hoopla

Bringing you thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by your local library. From Hollywood blockbusters to best selling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche and hard-to-find as well – you’ll soon discover that hoopla provides you the freedom you’ve been searching for to experience, explore and enjoy what you want, when you want, and where you want.

Borrow up to five items a month on your Normal Public Library card.

Access Hoopla here.

Illinois Legal Aid Online

Illinois Legal Aid Online develops technology and information to increase access to justice for Illinois residents.

Access Illinois Legal Aid Online here.

Illinois State Archives

Includes archives collected by the Illinois State Library, Illinois Statewide Vital Records Databases, and the Illinois Regional Archives Depositories.

Access Illinois State Archives here.

IndieFlix

This streaming movie service provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries. With thousands of films to choose from across more than 50 countries, IndieFlix offers a viewing experience you can’t get anywhere else.

Access IndieFlix here.

Last.fm

Stream Music for free and get great recommendations for new music you might like, based on your taste.

Access Last.fm here.

Learning Express Library

Completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series to help you succeed on academic or licensing tests.  Get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and individualized analysis of your results.

Access the new Learning Express Library 3.0 here now!

Library of Congress

Access the Library of Congress’ considerable digital resources.  You’ll find collections of documents, photographs, and much more.

Access Library of Congress here.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic, and government subscriptions, members have access to the Lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

Access Lynda.com here.

Mango Languages

An online language-learning system that can help you learn Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian, and more.

Mango Premiere

Learn languages while watching foreign feature films.  You can watch the films in Engage Mode to maximize your language learning, or in Movie Mode to just sit back and enjoy.

Access Mango Premier here.

Merck Manuals

The Merck Manuals are one of the world’s most widely used medical information resources. Find information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written in everyday language.

Access Merck Manuals here.

Morningstar

An interactive investment database with information on over 27,000 stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs.

Provides independent analysis, charts, portfolio building tools, and investment education.

Access Morningstar here.

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library [NML] is the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 109,960 CDs with more than 1,609,000 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.

The library offers the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues plus the complete catalogues or selected titles from over 650 record labels, with more labels joining every month. Along with classical music, jazz, world, and pop/rock are also represented.

NML can be accessed from any computer, anywhere, anytime. With the iPhone/iPod and Android mobile apps, subscribers can also access the service on the go, and the HTLM5 player can stream music though the standard internet connection of most phones and tablets.

Access Naxos Music Library here.

NetAdvantage

NetAdvantage is the world’s foremost provider of independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research, data, and valuations.

Access industry surveys, stock reports, mutual fund reports, bond reports, corporation records, and more.

Access NetAdvantage here.

Next Reads

Enjoy annotated introductions to new books, old favorites, and buried treasures!

Sign up for newsletters to bring you lists of great books in your favorite genres.

Access Next Reads here.

NoveList

Provides enhanced subject access to over 70,000 fiction titles and contains over 1,000 subject oriented booklists and complete lists for over 150 book awards.

Access NoveList here.

NoveList K-8

Provides enhanced subject access to over 70,000 fiction titles and contains over 1,000 subject oriented booklists and complete lists for over 150 book awards.

Access NoveList K-8 here.

OneClickdigital – Recorded Books

Check out and download audiobooks 24 hours a day!

Need help? You can email support@oneclickdigital.com.

Access OneClickdigital here.

Overdrive – “Alliance Digital Media”

Check out and download audiobooks and ebooks to your computer, tablet, ereader, or smartphone.

Overdrive no longer supports Blackberry.

Access Overdrive here.

Oxford English Dictionary

An unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

Access Oxford English Dictionary here.

Pandora Radio

Stream music that you’ll love.  Pandora uses the Music Genome Project to analyze the characteristics of songs that you like and introduce you to simliar music.  Create stations based on artists and music that you love.

Access Pandora Radio here.

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The Pantagraph (via ProQuest Newsstand)

Read today’s news or search the Pantagraph’s archives from 1990 to today.  Includes news, obituaries, sports, headlines, and more.

Access The Pantagraph here.

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. PebbleGo offers five databases: PebbleGo Animals, PebbleGo Biographies, PebbleGo Dinosaurs, PebbleGo Science, and PebbleGo Social Studies. Databases are simple to navigate and offer key reading supports such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting.

Access PebbleGo here.

ProQuest Newsstand

ProQuest Newsstand is an online gateway to over 850 newspapers, including 575 full-text titles, and many with backfiles dating back to the 1980s and 1990s.

Access ProQuest Newsstand here.

RBdigital

Access full magazines like Consumer Reports, ESPN, Forbes, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Rolling Stone, US Weekly, and many more from your computer, phone, or tablet!

No wait lists and no checkout periods!

Access RBdigital here.

Recorded Books – OneClickdigital

Check out and download audiobooks 24 hours a day!

Need help? You can email support@oneclickdigital.com.

Access OneClickdigital here.

ReferenceUSA – U.S. Businesses

A comprehensive database of over 12 million businesses, searchable by company name, geographical location, business size, executive title, and yellow page heading.

Access ReferenceUSA – U.S. Businesses here.

S & P’s NetAdvantage

S & Ps NetAdvantage is the world’s foremost provider of independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research, data, and valuations.

Access industry surveys, stock reports, mutual fund reports, bond reports, corporation records, and more.

Access S & Ps NetAdvantage here.

TumbleBooks

Kids, enjoy audiobooks, read-alongs, puzzles and games, language learning, and more.

Access TumbleBooks here.

TumbleTalkingBooks – AudioBookCloud

TumbleTalkingBooks is now AudioBookCloud.

Access AudioBookCloud here.

Value Line

Access information and advice on the stock market, the economy, and approximately 1,700 stocks in 98 industries.

Access Value Line here.

Wilson Web – Ebsco Host Research Database

A full text database with access to the key journals in a wide variety of subjects.

Access Wilson Web – Ebsco Host Research Database here.

World Book Web Online

The premier online reference source, containing every article from the 22-volume encyclopedia print set, plus thousands more.  With state-of-the-art multimedia, editor-reviewed Web sites, and more.

Access World Book Online here.

World Book Online for Kids

Use the great information available from World Book, but tailored to kids, using simple navigation, colorful illustrations, activities for young students, and more.

Access World Book Online for Kids through World Book Online for Kids here.

 

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