Access Newspaper Archive
Use this archive to view, save, and print articles published in smaller newspapers between 1831 and 2021. The collection is far from complete, but is a rich resource for some areas. Use the Advanced Search to see if a newspaper from a specific city is included.
Note: Access is limited to Illinois newspapers.
Comprehensive news collection, ideal for exploring issues and events at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Includes the Libertyville Review, Vernon Hills Review, Daily Herald, and Chicago Sun-Times.
American Ancestors (in-library use only)
Hundreds of searchable databases including vital records, cemetery transcriptions, marriage and death indexes, family histories, and more.
American National Biography
Profiles of thousands of men and women who have influenced United States history. Includes illustrations, useful links, and a powerful search engine.
Ancestry Library Edition (home access temporarily available!)
Family history data, census information, immigration, and more.
Annals of American History
Primary source material on American history including transcripts of speeches, articles, memoirs, poems, and images.
Use for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, job-hunting, and more.
Be A Voter
Nonpartisan guide to upcoming elections featuring registration information, links to sample ballots, local news coverage, and more. Specifically curated for residents of the Cook Memorial Public Library District. Compiled and maintained by CMPLD librarians.
Biography in Context
Biographical information on more than 185,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
Scholastic pairs favorite and familiar picture books with informative nonfiction books. For pre-K through grade 2.
Information from the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the Britannica Book of the Year, and selected websites. Recommended for high school age and up.
Britannica Online for Kids
Encyclopedia, dictionary, and magazine articles for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Business Insights: Global
Articles, press releases, investment reports, company histories, product information, industry and company rankings, as well as financial and industry overviews.
Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook
Independent nonprofit consumer authority providing articles and ratings for Chicago area services and products.
Searchable archive of Chicago Tribune articles from 1985 to the present.
Chicago Tribune Historical Archive
This Newsbank resource contains 2.5 million obituaries and death notices, front pages from 1900 through 1984, and selected articles from the newspaper's clipping files. Paid ads are excluded.
Chicago Tribune Historical Database
Search the full newspaper, including advertisements, from 1849 through 1993.
Online automotive repair manuals covering thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks from 1940 onward. Includes wiring diagrams, videos, animations, and photographs. Updated monthly.
Research before you buy, using this helpful information source. Interactive features and frequent updates make the online version even more useful than the print.
More than 1,000 art and craft video classes taught by design experts and artists.
Mobile App Available*
Culinary Arts Collection
Search 150 major cooking and nutrition magazines for recipes and other food-related information.
CultureGrams Kids World Edition
A resource designed to help children of all ages learn about cultural and historical information, including climate, population, languages, holidays, education, and government for 50 countries.
CultureGrams States Edition
Information about each state's climate, geography, resources, economy, history, population, and government.
CultureGrams World Edition
Concise, reliable cultural information for teens and adults on more than 175 countries of the world.
Effortlessly create professional resumes. Features a library of professional statements and resume templates designed to grab the attention of employers. Covers virtually all professions, grouping job types by core tasks.
Newsbank's Daily Herald database is a searchable archive of articles dating back to 1995.
Robust and highly detailed demographic data. Ideal for gaining consumer and market insight and creating reports.
Practice for the Illinois drivers license, permit, and senior citizens' refresher tests. Also includes motorcycle and CDL practice tests.
Education Resources Information Center. The premier database for education research.
History and genealogy archives featuring original documents and photographs, including military records, city directories, and naturalization records.
Gale Business: Plan Builder
Step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. Intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration to develop a business plan focused on long-term success.
Six-week instructor-led online courses with quizzes and final exam. Enhance your skills in business, computer applications, medical and legal topics, personal development and more. A passing grade merits a certificate of completion.
Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection
Search major periodicals that specialize in these topics.
Our curated Genealogy resource page with databases and helpful websites to help you get started and dig deeper.
Full-text periodicals, newspapers, major reference sources, audio and video files focusing on business, current events, popular culture, sports, and entertainment.
Health & Wellness Resource Center
Find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, and prescription drugs.
HelpNow from Brainfuse
Take practice tests, get live online tutoring, access a rich library of study tools, submit written work for review, and/or join classmates/colleagues in virtual meeting rooms for collaborative learning.
A comprehensive resource of unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps and more.
Home Improvement Collection
Search nearly 100 home improvement-focused titles.
Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure Collection
Content from industry journals, travel guides, and magazines.
JobNow from Brainfuse
Practice interviewing with an online coach, submit your resume to be reviewed by an expert, and/or search for a job.
Official state, federal, business, personal, real estate, and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.
Search or browse the Lake County Independent (1894-1906), Lake County Independent/Waukegan Weekly Sun (1906-1916), Libertyville Independent (1916-1925) and Lake County Register (1923-1925). Additional years are available on microfilm at the Cook Park Library.
Access over 16,000 expert-led courses in multiple languages. Earn certificates of completion as you learn new business, technology, and creative skills. Log in using your Cook Library account password (PIN) and card number.
Mobile App Available. Library ID = cmpld. Installation Instructions.
Literature Resource Center
Access biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors and titles from every age and literary discipline.
now LinkedIn Learning.
Learn by listening to and repeating phrases from real life conversations. Languages include Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Russian, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Polish and Japanese.
Mobile App Available*
Citations and abstracts for articles in all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing.
Data and analyst reports on mutual funds and stocks.
New York Times (Historical)
The complete paper, cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in downloadable PDF, from its first issue in 1851 up to 2011.
New York Times – home/remote access (1851-1922, 1982-present)
Read the current day’s paper or search for articles. Requires a one-time account set up with library card, email address and password.
New York Times – in-library access (1851-1922, 1982-present)
Newspapers.com Library Edition
An extensive database that provides online access to 4,000+ historical newspapers dating from the early 1700s into the 2000s. Contains full runs and portions of runs of well-known, regional and state titles to small local newspapers. For a listing of local newspapers in this database, see our Local History page.
Novelist K-8 Plus
Discover fiction titles popular with young readers: Use the Explore Fiction tool to browse hundreds of theme-oriented book lists for readers at all grade levels or look for award-winning and recommended titles in the Best Fiction section.
Find what to read next: enter your favorite author/s and book/s or describe the type of books you like to read and NoveList will provide a list of suggested titles with full-text reviews and summaries.
More than 6,000 newspapers and magazines from more than 100 countries in 60+ languages, including Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, etc.
Mobile App Available*
Public Records Electronic Database
Search public records for new home purchases, new business starts, foreclosures, sales, and bankruptcies for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties in Illinois.
Sanborn Maps (in-library use only)
Large scale plans of a city or town drawn to the scale of 50 feet to an inch. Search the archive of maps from 1867-1970.
More than 115,000 articles from seven Scholastic encyclopedias: Americana, Grolier Multimedia, The New Book of Knowledge, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, Amazing Animals of the World, and The New Book of Popular Science.
Science in Context
Supports high school curricula and university coursework with authoritative information for assignments and projects. Provides detailed coverage of popular subjects from obesity to endangered species.
For elementary and middle school students; includes thousands of selected magazine and newspaper articles and U.S. government documents on a wide variety of subjects and current events.
For high school students; includes thousands of full-text articles from newspapers and magazines on social, scientific, historical, political, and economic issues, plus World Almanac excerpts, maps of the world, and current event information.
Small Business Resource Center
Information on starting, financing, and managing a small business; includes sample business plans.
Standard & Poor's Net Advantage
Combines eleven Standard and Poor’s investment products including Stock Reports, the Outlook, Industry Surveys, Bond Guide, and Mutual Funds.
Student Resources in Context
Essays; full-text magazine, journal, and newspaper articles; as well as photographs and other resources for students in grades 6 through 12.
Testing Education and Resource Center
Testing assistance powered by Peterson's for standardized AP/college prep tests, career certification, citizenship tests, and other exams. Research college/graduate schools and tuition assistance. Get advice on careers, resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and networking. Brush up on basic reading, writing, and math skills.
Videos are paired with books about real-life events and topics, including disasters, space, and the human body. Each book can be listened to as well as read. For grades 3 through 6.
U.S. History in Context
Complete overview of U.S. history, full-text articles from respected reference sources, video and audio clips, and more than 5,000 primary source documents.
Investment advice on the stock market industries and the economy.
Wall Street Journal
Read the current day's paper or search for articles. You will need to create an account and renew access every 3 days.
Washington Post – home/remote access
Read the current day’s paper or search for articles. You will need to create an account and then renew access every 7 days.
Washington Post – in-library access
Read the current day’s paper or search for articles.
World Book Advanced
For high school students; articles, primary sources, and online books. Access worldwide news publications and thousands of government websites.
World Book Discover
Easy-to-read articles on topics of interest for reluctant readers, ELL, ESL, and adult literacy students. Offers text-to-speech feature and automatic translation into 14 languages. Includes practical Life Skills section.
World Book Dramatic Learning
Classroom plays and reader’s theater promote independent learning and group collaboration. Includes activities, mini-inquiry projects, and self-assessment tools.
World Book Early World of Learning
For pre-schoolers and children in early grades; uses narrated stories and interactive games to help youngsters build vocabulary, comprehension, and phonics fluency.
World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
Artículos en español y recursos multimedia integrados con World Book Kids para contenido paralelo. Útil para estudiantes de ESL y estudiantes de español
World Book Kids
Suitable for elementary students, with easy-to-read articles, engaging illustrations, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.
World Book Student
For middle school students; includes thousands of articles from the World Book Encyclopedia, state-of-the art multimedia, Behind the Headlines and Compare Places features, current periodical articles, and a How-to-Do Research Guide.
World Book Timelines
Articles, multi-media, interactive features, and projects provide perspective on historical events and people.
World History in Context
Multicultural and global content that moves geographically around the globe and chronologically, from antiquity to the present.
The world's largest catalog of books and other materials held by libraries around the globe, including holdings in Illinois libraries. From the nonprofit Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) in Ohio.