Online Resources

The library offers a variety of free online resources accessible with your library card. Many of these resources are available 24 hours a day from your home via the Internet. For assistance using our online databases, contact our Information Desk at 847.669.5386 & press 3.


Books and Other Library Materials

  • Huntley Library Catalog

    Browse the items we own. This includes books, magazines, movies, software, and sound recordings. To find items at other libraries, select “all member libraries” from the drop down box.  Place holds, renew items, and much more online!

  • WorldCat Discovery Services

    Expand your search to the holdings of libraries throughout the country.  Huntley Area Public Library cardholders may contact the library’s Information Desk at 847-669-5386 ext. 21 to request an interlibrary loan.  Some materials may not be eligible for transfer.

  • Freegal

    web-slideFreegal Music gives you access to millions of songs from over 10,000 labels including the Sony Music catalog of your country. Library users have a weekly download limit of 3 songs. You will be able to keep track of your downloads in the upper right corner of the site. Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before you download.  The downloads are all in the MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs. Check out our new mobile apps for iOS and Android devices! Find out more about Freegal at the library’s Information Desk or download the brochure. Use this link to get started.

  • hoopla

    hooplahoopla offers digital streaming and downloads of eBooks, audiobooks, comic books, movies, television shows and music to Huntley Area Public Library patrons at no cost. Library users have a monthly download limit of 5 items. Android and IOS and requires only a Huntley Area Public Library card to access. Learn more about hoopla with this handy brochure.

    Use this link to set up your account and get started downloading from hoopla today.
    Use this link if you already set up an account.

Online Video Tutorials

  • 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 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

    Use this link to get started.

Encyclopedias & General Reference

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

    galeGale Virtual Reference Library includes 330 complete reference books on a variety of fields such as art, business, education, environment, history, law, literature, medicine, religion, science, and social science. These types of reference titles once were accessible only in print, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely from home 24/7.

    From home: Use this link and enter the barcode from the back of your Huntley Area Public Library card at the login prompt.

Product Testing & Ratings

  • Consumer Reports

    consumer-reports-logoFor nearly 80 years, Consumer Reports has empowered consumers with the knowledge they need to make better and more informed choices—and has battled in the public and private sectors for safer products and fair market practices.

    From the library or from home, access the expansive product reviews and ratings at

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Magazine and Newspaper Articles

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    chiltonlibraryChiltonLibrary provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on seven decades of the broadest range of vehicles available, including cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.

    From home: Use this link and enter the barcode from the back of your Huntley Area Public Library card at the login prompt


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Find A Good Book

  • NoveList Plus

    novelist-plusFind new authors and titles to enjoy in this readers’ advisory resource for adults and young adults. Features award-winning books, book discussion guides, recommended reads, and more.

    From home: Use this link and enter the barcode from the back of your Huntley Area Public Library card at the login prompt.

  • NoveList K-8 Plus

    novelistplusk8Locate great fiction and nonfiction reads for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. Offers searching by grade level and Lexile reading level.

    From home: Use this link and enter the barcode from the back of your Huntley Area Public Library card at the login prompt.

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Business & Residential Directories

  • Record Information Services

    record-info-servAccess key public record data from selected Illinois counties for personal and business use. Searchable databases include new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures and auctions, and bankruptcies. After selecting this eResource, choose a searchable database from the left menu and then click search databases.

    From home: Use this link for home access.

  • Check Illinois

    check-illinoisDo a quick, free background check. Search by name, property address, property PIN, or business name. See foreclosures, mortgage records, real estate transactions, building code violations, DUIs, misdemeanors, felonies, tax liens, and more.

    From home: Use this link for home access.

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 Local History and Genealogy

  • Huntley Area Public Library Local History Website

    Local history stories, photos and information about Huntley provided by the library’s local historians. Lists of local history information available in the library’s collection.

  • HeritageQuest Online

    heritage_questThis is a comprehensive resource for those researching family or local history. Over 50 states and 7 million pages are indexed in this one source. You can search by keyword within books and articles. Images may be downloaded in PDF format for printing.

    From home: Phone or inquire in person with a valid Huntley Area Public Library card to acquire the password and username for home access.

  • Ancestry Library Edition

    ancestry(In Library Use Only)
    This genealogy research tool provides patrons with instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more! These collections are continuously expanding.

  • America’s Obituaries & Death Notices

    obit-noticeSearch the largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices.  An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as geographic locations, institutional names, social affiliations, philanthropic activities, and more.

    From home: Use this link and enter the barcode from your Huntley Area Public Library card at the login prompt.

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Career, Language and School Resources

  • HelpNow!

    help-now-logoHelpNow! is a comprehensive suite of tutoring services designed for a range of academic needs; whether it’s tackling a tough homework problem, learning an academic skill, writing a resume or writing a term paper.

    Use this link to get started.

  • JobNow!

    job-now-logoJobNow! offers live interview and job skills coaching, a resume lab, 24/7 access to career resources and an adult job skills learning center.

    Use this link to get started.

  • Mango Languages

    mango_logo_transMango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for a variety of popular languages. Choose from 45 foreign language courses or 15 English language courses and learn at your own pace. Find out more about Mango at the library’s Information Desk or download the attached brochure.

    Use this link to get started.

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