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.

BiblioBoard

BiblioBoard offers patrons unlimited, multi-user access to a free digital library that includes licensed content, a growing assortment of rich historical and locally curated multimedia content as well as high-quality Open Access content and Open Educational Resources. Featuring interesting digital exhibits and collections from a wide range of partners, BiblioBoard OA ensures global access to this content all with unlimited uses and no restrictions.

Freegal

Freegal 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

hoopla 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.

MyMediaMall (Overdrive, Libby)

Download audiobooks, ebooks and videos with your digital device(s). All you need to get started with free digital content from your libraryis an internet connection and your Huntley Area Public Library card.

Use this link to get started.

Tumblebook Library

Enjoy a variety of children’s ebooks, interactive stories and animated adventures, all you need is your library card after you install the app on your digital device. Learn more about the Tumblebook Library with this brochure.

Get Started (in English): www.tumblebooklibrary.com
Get Started (in Espanol): www.bibliotecatumble.com

Online Video Tutorials


Lynda.com

Lynda.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 (PIN) to access Lynda.com. Passwords created before April 13, 2018 should be entered in ALL CAPS.

Use this link to set up your account and get started.

Creativebug

CreativebugCreativebug features over 1,000 arts and crafts video classes taught by recognized experts and artists. In addition to the video tutorials, you’ll find printable instructions, patterns, templates, and recipes. No need to be an expert, Creativebug offers classes for those new to crafting and for skilled crafters looking to advance or refine techniques, find new projects, or troubleshoot problems. Also included is a section with projects specifically for kids!

Grab your library card. You’ll need your library card number and your catalog password (PIN) to gain unlimited access to Creativebug.

  • Use this link to set up your account and get started.

Encyclopedias & General Reference


Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale 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

For 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: Access the expansive product reviews and ratings at www.consumerreports.org

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

Magazine and Newspaper Articles


Newspapers.com

The Newspapers.com Illinois collection features clippings and articles from a large variety of newspapers including the Algonquin Herald, the Daily Herald, the Daily Sentinel, the Crystal Lake Herald, the Marengo Beacon and many more. Search over 160 Illinois newspapers for historical information with this easy to use service. Best of all, you can use it at the library or from home! You;ll need your Huntley Area Public Library Card number to access this service from home.

From the library: Access the Newspapers.com Illinois Collection at www.newspapers.com

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

 RBdigital Magazines

RBdigital (formerly Zinio for Libraries) is the world’s largest newsstand and bookstore. With its many digital products and services, RBdigital creates better ways for people to discover published content, get more of it and do more with it. The library has partnered with RBdigital to deliver a selection of digital magazines to Huntley Area Public Library cardholders. Find out more about RBdigital at the library’s Information Desk or download the attached brochure.

Click here to view the library’s RBDigital collection or to set up a new account http://www.rbdigital.com/huntleyil/service/magazines/landing

 

Gale General OneFile

Gale’s largest general interest periodical resource, General OneFile, provides periodical and news information through an intuitive, user-friendly search interface for researchers at all levels. Content includes more than 12,000 titles in all with nearly 30 years of coverage. Based on the award-winning Gale PowerSearch platform, General OneFile puts approximately 80 million (updated daily) records at users’ fingertips with a single search query.

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

NewsBankinc.

NewsBank offers full-text content of local and regional news from the Daily Herald (1/1/95-Current), Chicago Sun-Times (1/1/86-Current), Algonquin Countryside (9/28/95-11/15/06), Lake in the Hills Countryside (6/12/03-11/9/06), The Courier-News (1/1/97-Current), Crain’s Chicago Business (1/1/01-Current) as well as New York Times (1985-Current) and other regional and national newspapers.

From home: Use this link and enter the barcode from your Huntley Area Public Library card at the login prompt. Below are links to local newspapers. Click a link and have your library card number ready to enter if you are using this service from home.

Huntley Farmside

This extensive, digitized newspaper collection dates back to 1960. You can view high resolution scans of pages from the archives of the longest running publication about Huntley,IL.

Automotive


ChiltonLibrary.com

ChiltonLibrary 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

Find A Good Book


NoveList Plus

Find 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

Locate 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.

Business & Residential Directories


Record Information Services

Access 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

Do 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.

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.

FamilySearch

View the vast, global genealogical resources maintained by FamilySearch International, a nonprofit subsidiary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Creation of a free personal account is required to access the broad range of services offered. The Huntley Area Public Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library.

Some content is restricted and available for in-Library use only.

HeritageQuest Online

This 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

(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

Search 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.

Career, Language and School Resources


HelpNow!

HelpNow! 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!

JobNow! 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 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.