One of America’s largest newspaper databases. Search a single newspaper including the Pantagraph, Illinois newspapers, or the entire collection of over 2,700 full-text news sources nationwide. Watch for more full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles, and content only published online to be added.
The Assisted Living Research Institute is an industry-leading research organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults by compiling comprehensive research, the latest studies and real-world insight from experts, caregivers and seniors into easy-to-understand, actionable guides and resources. You will start in a dedicated section that provides extremely well detailed and thorough information for families and senior citizens in the State of Illinois.
A curated selection of primary sources for teaching and learning about the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans, this resource is freely available on the internet and to libraries for anyone studying U.S. Black history. Created by ProQuest, this site consists of thousands of open primary sources.
Scholastic BookFlix is an 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.
Brainfuse HelpNow 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 2 pm to 11 pm every day in English and Spanish. Now offering live FAFSA help, too!
Duolingo is the best new way to learn a language. Learning with Duolingo is fun and addictive. Earn points for correct answers, race against the clock and level up. These bite-sized lessons are effective, and there is proof that it works.
Freading offers thousands of downloadable eBooks with absolutely no waiting lists! All of their books are available at all times. We are sorry, but Freading eBooks are not compatible with the Kindle. For Kindle-compatible books, please use our Overdrive eBook service.
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.
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Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
The Great Courses Library Collection is the leading global media brand for lifelong learning and personal enrichment, with hundreds of courses spanning thousands of in-depth video lectures on subjects like Science, Health & Wellness, and much more. Unlimited access is available to you when you use your RB Digital 7-day pass to check out this digital product.
Bringing you thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more. Hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by your local library. Borrow up to five items a month on your Normal Public Library card.
Bonus Borrows are back in February. That means you can borrow any Bonus Borrows titles without using any of your five monthly hoopla Instant Borrows!
The Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) was created in 2000, as a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois.
Illinois Digital Archives includes photographs, slides, glass negatives; oral histories; manuscripts and letters; federal government documents; postcards; posters; videos; newspapers; maps; and much more.
IndieFlix is a movie service that offers access to pop culture favorites, box office hits, award-winning feature films, documentaries and shorts. Instantly view thousands of titles from around the world. Unlimited access is available to you when you use your RB Digital 7-day pass to check out this digital product.
The Stevenson-Ives Library is one of the finest local history and genealogy research libraries in downstate Illinois. The Library contains more than 15,000 books and periodicals with a focus on McLean County and Central Illinois history and genealogy. The Library contains the collections of the McLean County Museum of History, the McLean County Genealogical Society and the Letitia Green Stevenson Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.
The New York Times offers news articles and more from one of America's leading newspapers. Receive breaking news, in-depth investigations, and important information on a variety of topics.
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Click here to gain unlimited access to NYTimes.com while inside the library.
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Click here to redeem access to NYTimes.com for 72 hours.
In our app, you will be able to learn more about our programs, create your own schedule for a visit to the library, play a game, and check out features like our sensory-friendly map and insider tips. Intended for all children, adults and families, including those with autism or other sensory needs to engage with the library. Try using 'Normal Public Library for All' in your search if 'NPL for All' isn't working.
RBdigital offers a large selection of digital magazines, along with 7-day checkout options for a variety of streaming services including Acorn TV, The Great Courses, IndieFlix, Qello Concerts, Method Test Prep and Learn It Live.
As of September 2, audiobooks previously found on RBdigital are now available on OverDrive and the Libby app.
The RSAcat Mobile app makes it easy to access the library from anywhere. You can digitally browse the library’s collection, see details about items, make your selection and place a hold for later pickup, renew items you have checked out, and pay outstanding fines in your account. *If you've been using Boopsie, please switch to RSAcat.
Use the great information available from World Book, but tailored to kids. This database uses simple navigation, colorful illustrations, activities for young students and more. Access World Book Online for Kids through World Book Online for Kids here and then click on Kids to get started.