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Research and Information

Accelerated Reader (AR)  Accelerated Reader (AR)  - Students, teachers, parents, and librarians can search in English or Spanish using criteria such as ATOS book level or a Lexile™ measure, interest level, title, author, fiction/nonfiction, subject, award-winners, state lists, CCSS Exemplars, and more. 
Alianza -  De Negocios, a division of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Ancestry.com - This genealogy Website gives you access to a wide variety of databases; census records, military records, immigration records, and much more. No remote access. 


Ancestry Library Edition-Available until further notice due to COVID-19. 


ArticleFirst - Search this index for articles in 16,000 plus periodicals, with coverage from 1990 to present.

Auto Repair Source- This database contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles.
Brainfuse Homework Help- HelpNow provides tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, intro college, and adult education. Library card required for login.
Business Source Premier- Features full text for more than 2150 journals.

Check Illinois - Helpful for employers, business owners, marketers, realtors, homeowners, landowners, city officials, lawyers, and beyond to search Illinois Public Records by name, phone, street address, PIN and business name.

How to Search Check Illinois


Chronicling America provides access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).  

City of Joliet - The City of Excitement. When we say Joliet is the City of Excitement, we really mean it! Where else can you find so many great attractions?
  Consumer Health Complete - supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics.
  Consumer Reports- This database has "expert, unbiased ratings" for more than 5,000 products. You will also find reviews, product ratings and buying advice.
  Digital Learn - Videos and course materials on basic computer skills. Also available in Spanish.
  FamilySearch -We are now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library! Free genealogy database maintained by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Fold3-provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

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  Fox Valley SCORE- a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide.
  Guided Reading Guided Reading (Fountas and Pinnell) - Leveled Books Database to search thousands of books leveled for guided reading, Reading Recovery, and Accelerated Reader.  
IDPH - Each year records about a half million vital record events -- births, deaths, marriages, divorces, adoptions and abortions -- as mandated by state statutes and federal uniform data collection requirements.
Illinois.gov - This system significantly expands access to state employment while increasing transparency, accessibility, accountability, and consistency in the state hiring process. The State provides job opportunities in a wide range of occupations and titles.
JobNow - Get free online job assistance from your home or library.  Powered by Brainfuse.
Joliet Code of Ordinances - The Planning Department is part of the city's full-time professional staff and is responsible for administering most ordinances relating to new and existing development within the City.
Joliet History - The Joliet Public Library offers the researcher of genealogy and local history a variety of materials and collections.
Kelly Blue Book- Check car prices and values when buying and selling new or used vehicles. Find expert reviews and ratings, explore latest car news.
Literary Reference Center - This database has information about thousands of authors and their works.
Lexile Measures Lexile Measures -  All you need is a book’s author, title or ISBN number to find the Lexile text measure of that book, or you can search for book lists by Lexile Measure.  

Lynda.com is a premier online learning resource offering more than 4,000 courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more!

Mango Languages- is an online language learning resource, prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English.
MasterFile - this database provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents.

Morningstar- Information for investors in stocks and mutual funds. Library Card Required for Home Access.

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NoveList K-8 Plus - is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading age.
NoveList® Plus - The secret to finding your next great read. NoveList Plus is a trusted source of expert read-alike recommendations.
Obituaries Search Databases - Search for indexes of obituaries printed in the Joliet Herald News.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook - is a publication of the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics that includes information about the nature of work, working conditions, training and education, earnings and job outlook for hundreds of different occupations in the United States.

Record Information Services -Helpful for employers, business owners, marketers, realtors, homeowners, landowners, city officials, lawyers, and beyond to search Illinois Public Records by type of public record, county and through customized searches.

How to search Public Record Databases at Joliet Public Library

How to search Public Record Databases for Remote Users

  Safercar.gov - Some tips to ensure a safer road trip
Science Reference Center - contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images.
The Spanish Community Center - is a community based organization dedicated to providing educational and social services located in Joliet, Illinois.
State of Illinois - The State of Illinois Home Page is a portal with links to other websites. These include links to web sites operated by Illinois agencies and officials.
Check out the TumbleBookLibrary for access to children’s e-books and read alongs for grades K-6. 
USA.gov - can help you start your search for government information by topic and agency.
US Census Bureau - Learn how the U.S. Census Bureau serves America as the leading source of quality data about our people, business and economy.  

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) - is a component of the United States.

Sitio web oficial del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional.    

Will County - Executive Larry Walsh As County Executive, I am proud to welcome you to the Will County, Illinois web site.
The Workforce Services Division of Will County - provides services to job seekers throughout Will County. From developing or updating your resumé to brushing up on interviewing skills.

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