Online Resources (Public Databases)
The library subscribes to several online resources that are available at no charge to you anywhere and anytime with a personal computer and Internet access. The following key explains how patrons may access these sites outside the library:
- Books and Reading
- Business and Marketing Resources
- Career and Resume Resources
- Homework and Learning
- Legal Resources
- Local History and Genealogy
- Research Databases
- Tech Help and Computer Literacy
Your library card number can be found under the barcode on the back of your library card, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN) is the last four digits of your card number.
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 and Alabama. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.
Contains full-text for science encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology, and wildlife.
PrairieCat is the library online catalog. PrairieCat will help you locate all types of materials quickly and easily. Millions of items are listed in one shared catalog. It can be used to locate materials, place holds on materials from any library in the regional system, or check on your library account.
Download great e-book or e-audio book titles day or night – your library never sleeps! Listen to them on your MP3 player or transfer them to a compatible e-reader. Omnilibraries is a consortium of Northwest Illinois libraries offering a combined collection of e-book and e-audiobook downloadable resources. These are only available to Freeport library cardholders.
Looking for a good book? NoveList Plus includes thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, author readalikes, award winners, book discussion guides, articles, recommended reads, and features that allow you to search by author, title, series, plot, and genre.
Novelist K-8 Plus offers lots of ways for young readers to find great fiction titles, with thousands of book reviews and features that allow them to search by plot, setting, series name, and favorite authors and titles. The “Teacher Resources” tab includes lots of useful material for teachers and media specialists.
Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE™ Complete contains over 1,700 full-text periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text for more than 450 reference books, 55,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 1.1 million photos, maps & flags. This database is updated daily.
Provides hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis. With the “Legal Forms by U.S. State” feature, you can search thousands of state-specific legal forms – searchable by top subject areas including adoption, bankruptcy, name changes and more.
Illinois Legal Aid Online is a nationally-recognized center for legal services. Geared toward civil cases under $10,000, it provides quality legal help, including tutorials, forms and articles.