Academic Research

Biography Reference Center

Biography Reference Center offers a comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full text biographies, including the complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.

Digital Public Library of America

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. 

EBSCO Discovery Service

EBSCO Discovery Service provides users with an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of an institution's information resources through a single search. Type in your keywords and get results from dozens of resources.  Filter by date, relevance, and format.  The perfect place to start any research project.


Explora is EBSCO's interface for Schools and Public Libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with the following features:

  • Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results
  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic
  • Topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research
  • Colorful, mobile-friendly design with feature areas that provide context to students
  • Reading level indicators (Lexile® Measures) to simplify discovery of grade-appropriate content
  • Text-to-speech for HTML articles to assist struggling readers or those learning English
  • Curriculum Standards Module to help educators correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to Common Core, state- or province-specific curriculum standards

History Reference Center

History Reference Center is the world's most comprehensive full text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research. The database features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.

Library of Congress: Digital Collections

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections.  This digital collection makes available thousands of primary source documents to inform, inspire and engage you in your intellectual and creative endeavors.

Points of View

Designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debating, developing arguments, writing position papers, and developing critical thinking skills.

Science Reference Center

Designed to meet every student's science research needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.

Business & Consumer

Consumer Reports

Get access to expert, unbiased ratings of over 5,000 products. Plus reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, user reviews and more.

Yahoo Finance

Get ticker quotes, news, commentary, analysis, and investment information. There is a world of financial information, tools, and resources available on the Yahoo Finance website.

Driver's Education

Driver's Education

This resource is dedicated to driver safety and education, and offers free Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practice tests to library patrons. Included are free tests specifically based on Illinois' DMV materials. Accessibility tools are available that let users hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for greater visibility.  


Ancestry Library Edition

The go-to source for genealogy research. Available remotely for a limited time.


FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations.  Learning about our ancestors helps us better understand who we are—creating a family bond, linking the present to the past, and building a bridge to the future.  

Heritage Quest

Information, including census records, to help with genealogy research.

O'Fallon Progress Index

The library has archives of the O'Fallon Progress on microfilm dating back to 1898.   Additionally, the O'Fallon Historical Society has indexed the obituaries and marriage announcements to make completing genealogy research much easier.  Once you find the entry you want in the index, stop by the library, or email us your request (send requests to [email protected]).  

Health & Wellness


For patients, families, and friends, Medline Plus provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.  A go-to resource for reliable, up-to-date health information.

The Children's Page is for kids to find information on how the body works to what happens when you go to the hospital. There are quizzes, games and lots of cool web sites to explore.  The Teen Page has information on health and safety for teens. There are quizzes, games and lots of cool web sites to explore.


MyHealtheVet is a VA sponsored portal that offers you tips and tools to help you partner with your health care team, so together you may work to manage your health. Here you will find useful resources when you need them. The support tools are designed to enrich your experience with MyHealtheVet and help you make informed decisions.


Adult Core Skills

Achieve your personal education and career goals.

Career Preparation

Make your work goals a reality—start a new career or advance in your current field.

College Admission Test Prep

Prepare for important exams like the ACT®, SAT®, AP® Tests, and more.

College Students

Achieve your undergrad goals and prepare for future success.

Computer Skills Center

Video courses to help you master:

  • Microsoft Office and Windows
  • Computer graphics and illustration

High School Equivalency Center

Guided support and preparation to help you earn a high school equivalency credential.

Recursos Para Hispanohablantes

Herramientas de aprendizaje, carrera y ciudadanía en español.

School Center

Skill-building resources for classroom and homework success.

Reading Suggestions


NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers' advisory resource for fiction and nonfiction. With an intuitive interface and extensive proprietary content, NoveList Plus answers the question: What should I read next?

NoveList K-8

NoveList K-8 Plus is a comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction. With a fun and intuitive interface, and extensive proprietary content, NoveList K-8 Plus will help you integrate reading across the curriculum and support your young readers. 

Travel and Language Learning


Learning with Duolingo is fun and addictive. Earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up.  Language learning in effective, bite-sized lessons.

Global Road Warrior

Global Road Warrior is the world’s most extensive country-by-country resource for learning about cultures, customs, history, and language worldwide. Global Road Warrior consists of 175 Country Guides of 119 topics each. No other single resource covers so many topics, so well, for so many countries.