Academic Research

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. 


The Explora experience for schools and public libraries ensures that students, educators and library patrons can quickly find the reliable information they need to complete homework and research projects, deliver robust school curriculum, achieve their professional goals and satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

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.

Consumer & Crafts

Consumer Reports

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


Creativebug is the number-one inspirational resource for DIY, crafters and makers.  It has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

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. Only available within the library.


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 digital archives of the O'Fallon Progress 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

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete (CHC) is EBSCO's interface designed for the everyday consumer of health care information. CHC provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.


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 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. 

NoveList Plus

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?

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.