Homework, Research & Learning



The Huntley Area Public Library has a collection of School District 158 textbooks (for elementary, middle, and high school), which can be used in the library. We also have a copy machine in case you need to make copies of your assignments. Note: If you do not see your textbook, please alert staff at the Information Desk.


help-now-logoOnline tutors are standing by (7 days a week, between 2:00pm and 11:00pm) to help you with your homework questions through our HelpNow! service. You can also learn about specific subjects and take practice exams to test your knowledge through HelpNow!’s always available Test Center. HelpNow! also offers writing and resume assistance. Access HelpNow! by clicking on the link above. To take/save tests (test center) and exchange files (writing lab), you will need to create a free account. No account is necessary to receive immediate live assistance from an online tutor.


Library Catalog

If you want to find out if the library has the books, music, movies, magazines, newspapers, videogames, or computer software you’re looking for, you can check our online catalog. You can also search the catalogs of other libraries in our library system. Place holds on items through the catalog and you will be contacted (usually by phone or email) when they are available for you to pick up.


If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our library or library system, you can search the catalogs of libraries outside of our system using WorldCat.  In addition to books, audiobooks, DVDs (and more), WorldCat also allows you to search for articles.  To do an article search, select “Advanced Search,” and click on “All Databases” (on the right side of the display).  Check the boxes next to the database(s) you would like to search (ArticleFirst, for example), and click on “Save Changes.”  Enter search terms/keywords to begin your search.  Access WorldCat now.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Connect & Save Gale Virtual Reference Library Documents to Your Google DriveThe Gale Virtual Reference Library is a digitized reference collection that you can access anywhere, at any time using your Huntley library card (you’ll need Internet access, too).  This database allows you to search all of its books simultaneously, so you can find articles, chapters, even entire books on whatever subject you are researching.  These resources count as “book sources” for assignments where you’re required to find/reference a print book.  The books in this collection all have print counterparts!

General One File

general-one-fileIf you need to find an article (newspaper, magazine, journal, etc.) on a topic, General One File is a good place to start your search.  You can search for articles by topic, publication, etc. and limit them to full-text and/or scholarly publications (there are many other ways to refine your search results as well).  Searches can be saved and articles can be emailed to you.  If you can’t get something in full-text, ask a librarian for assistance – we may be able to request a copy of the article from another library (this can take some time, so be sure to start your research projects early!).  To access this resource from outside of the library, click on the link above and login using your Huntley library card number.


newsbankNewsbank lets you search for newspaper articles from a number of local and regional papers.  To use NewsBank, click on the link above and enter in your Huntley Library card number at the login prompt.



lyndaLynda.com is the leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Using your library card you have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. You will need your library card number and your catalog password to access lynda.com.

Use this link to get started.

Mango Languages

mango_logo_transIf you are learning a language in school, or if you would like to start learning on your own, Mango Languages provides interactive lessons to help you practice your skills.  There are 45 languages to choose from, as well as English (if you are learning English as a foreign language).  To create an account, start by clicking on the link above.  You can login and use Mango from any computer/device with Internet access.  There’s also an app that you can download.


Library staff are happy to help you find what you need.

4 Easy Ways to get help from a librarian:

  1. Stop by the Information Desk when the library is open.
  2. Call the Information Desk – 847-669-5386 and press 3
  3. Send an email to our librarians.
  4. Chat with a librarian online (during library hours) from our main website (use the instant messaging/IM box on the right side of the page).