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A to Z Food America

One of the largest food databases, AtoZ Food America contains over 2,000 state, regional, and ethnic recipes as well as historical and reference articles related to American cuisine.

A to Z Maps

One-stop shop for maps with over 145,000 different maps. Also includes geography quizzes and lesson plans for teachers, and antique maps that can be printed.

A to Z The USA

Information about all 50 United States and 6 territories. Find maps, flags, photos, and facts about states, counties, and cities. Everything you need for your next report is here.

A to Z World Culture

Learn about the countries of the world. AtoZ World Culture is an excellent resource for student projects and a great companion for international travelers.

A to Z World Travel

Before your next trip, make sure you check out this database! Provides up-to-date, reliable travel information for over 175 world cities and 14 U.S. cities.

Academic Search Premier

The premier resource for academic research providing access to acclaimed full-text journals, magazines, and other valuable resources.

Access Business

Access to over 600 business newspapers from around the world.

Access World News Research Collection

Explore and stay informed on local, national and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from around the world to around the corner. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

America's News

Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources including the Chicago Sun-Times and Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.

Access the U.S. Federal Census (1790-1930), the U.K. Census Collection (1861-1901), the U.S. Immigration Collection, Vital Records, Social Security Death Index, military records, and more.


Online access to nearly a million descriptions of archival collections owned by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives worldwide.


An index that allows you to search for journal articles from over 12,000 journals including the name of the library that owns the title.


Search for millions U.S. businesses and find jobs. AtoZdatabases are ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, background searches, finding friends, relatives and a whole lot of other possibilities.

Auto Repair Source

Powered by MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. Includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Brookfield Suburban Life Archives

Search full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from archived issues of Riverside-Brookfield Suburban Life. Available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Business Source Premier

Provides company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.

Career and Adult Learning Center (

Live, online career coaching and adult learning service. Login for resume and cover letter review, job search assistance, GED and other high school equivalency exam prep, access to ESL tutors, U.S. citizenship exam help, and more.

Chicago Sun-Times Collection

Explore Chicago history through local news, events and people with the Chicago Sun-Times Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online.

Chicago Tribune (1849-Current)

Back issues of the Chicago Tribune.

ChiltonLibrary provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use website.


An index of journals, articles, book reviews, technical reports, and more published in over 20 Latin American counties, specializing in science, technology, social sciences, and the humanities.

Consumer Health Complete

Contains health and wellness information from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine.

Consumer Reports

Known as one of the most trusted resources for information and advice on consumer products, this award-winning website contains information that enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. Includes Cars Best Deals Plus™, a resource that can help users negotiate the best car deal possible by giving them the information dealers don't want them to see.


Offering online video of arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more.

CreativeBug Access from Home

Access the crafty resources of CreativeBug, including thousands of videos on painting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, screen printing, and more, at home with your Brookfield Library card.


A list of all eBooks cataloged by OCLC member libraries.


An index of full-text articles available through OCLC member libraries.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Investigación confiable de World Book en español.


Journal articles and reports in education from FirstSearch. 


Discover your family's history with in-library access to thousands of document archives worldwide.


An online reference tool that provides quality content from WorldCat and other quality, respected databases.

Gale Virtual Reference E-books

Search business & finance reference titles from Gale.


Monthly catalog of U.S. Government publications.


Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 - today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members.


Access census records, a genealogy book collection, the Periodical Source Index, Revolutionary War Pension Applications, and more.

History Reference Center

Historical documents, journal articles, photographs, maps, videos and encyclopedias covering United States and World history, including biographies of important historical figures.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

How-tos and creative ideas in arts and crafts, collecting, home and garden, indoor recreation, kids' crafts, model building, needlecrafts and textiles, outdoor recreation, performing arts, science and technology, and scrapbooking and papercrafts.

Illinois Catalog

Find records of items in Illinois and libraries worldwide.

Illinois DMV Practice Tests

Provides access to car, motorcycle, and CDL practice tests as well as driver's manuals and an FAQ specifically for Illinois DMVs.

Illinois Legal Forms

Thousands of free legal forms for Illinois, with more added daily.

Internet Basics

A collection of short, informative tutorials on using basic internet tools such as Gmail and Facebook.

Legal Forms

Thousands of legal forms available with more forms being added daily. Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate, and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Legal Information Reference Center

Legal Information Reference Center offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, property & real estate and rights & disputes.

LinkedIn Learning

Develop professional skills with courses curated and administered by industry experts. Achieve your goals with insights-driven course recommendations and relevant, high-quality content.


Literary Reference Center

An in-depth literary collection perfect for students or the casual researcher.

Little Pim: Fun with Languages

Little Pim is part of Mango Languages, an online language learning system, with easy, fast and fun interactive lessons

Mango Languages

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for business communication. The system is completely web-based and remotely accessible, so you can learn anywhere you have an internet connection including your smartphone.


Contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business and more.


A database of life science and biomedical information.

Middle Search Plus

Contains full text articles for popular middle school magazines, assigned to Lexile reading level indicators. Find biographies, historical essays, reference books, photos, maps, flags and primary source documents. Designed for middle school students.

New York Times Digital Access

Get access to all New York Times has to offer: articles, blogs, podcasts, videos and more. This service includes unlimited access on Library computers as well as promotional codes for remote access on your home computer or mobile device. Click on the link above to see how you can access this great resource.

Newspaper Archives of the LSF Brookfield Library: Access from Home

Every newspaper in the database is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy to quickly explore historical content. Use the archive to gain a local perspective on historical news, to research your family history, or to simply read about a person or event of interest.

Newspaper Archives of the LSF Brookfield Library: Access in the Library

Every newspaper in the database is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy to quickly explore historical content. Use the archive to gain a local perspective on historical news, to research your family history, or to simply read about a person or event of interest. This link does not require a library card to use when inside Brookfield Library!

Newspaper Source Plus

Full-text newspaper articles and television and radio transcripts. Includes the Associated Press (AP), CNN Wire, PR Wire, UPI (United Press International), Xinhua, The Chicago Citizen, and more.

Niche Academy

Get to know our great resources! Video and web-based tutorials included to help you navigate the wonderful tools at your fingertips with your library card.


Find book reviews, discussion guides, plot summaries, and more information about 120,000 fiction titles here!

Novelist K-8

Search authors and titles, find reading recommendations, and connect to curriculum requirements for ages 0 through the teens.


Find listings of digital resources from OCLC member libraries.


Provides access to every published congress, symposium, conference, and meeting information received by the British Library Document Supply Center.

Peterson's Career Prep

A complete, self-paced application that walks job-seekers through the entire process from assessing strengths and interests, to exploring new opportunities, to ultimately improving the chances of landing a job.

Points of View

Start your research here on position papers and controversial topics. Points of View can be used as a guide to debating, developing arguments, writing position papers, and developing critical thinking skills.

Primary Search

Geared towards elementary students, this database provides full-text articles complete with Lexile levels as well as encyclopedic entries, photos, maps and flags to aid kids in learning.


An index of worldwide conference proceedings.

Reference Solutions (formerly Reference USA)

Search information listings for 13 million U.S. businesses, healthcare solutions, and 120 million households.

Religion and Philosophy Collection

Religion & Philosophy Collection provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.

Riverside-Brookfield Landmark

Search full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from archived issues of Brookfield Suburban Life. Available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Scholastic Teachables

Scholastic Teachables is an online database of tens of thousands of searchable and printable educational materials.

Science Reference Center

Designed to meet every student's science research needs.

Small Business Reference Center

Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.


Offers animated, talking picture books that help kids learn to read. Play games, do puzzles, and much more!

Live, online tutoring service. All tutors are certified and background-checked. Log in for help with math, social studies, English, and science. Use ProofPoint to have your papers proofread before you turn them in.

Universal Class

Access to over 540 online courses with real instructors guiding the learning, including business, accounting, human resources, and office skills.

Value Line

Whether you’re a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can position you for financial success quickly and easily. See current market data for stocks, options, and other securities, and get in-depth analysis on the market state from financial experts.

Vocational and Career Collection

Vocational & Career Collection is designed for vocational and technical libraries servicing high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public.

Wall Street Journal

Get access to the Wall Street Journal via unlimited access on Library computers as well as promotional codes for remote access on your home computer or mobile device. Click on the link above to see how you can access this great resource. Your access will be available for the next 3 days. After 3 days, simply come back and click the above link again and login as an existing user with the same username and password you originally created.


Catalog of books, movies, and other materials in libraries worldwide.

WorldCat Dissertations

Provides access to dissertations and theses available in OCLC member libraries. Most theses are available, at no charge, directly from the publishing institution.


Accessibility Code

Accessibility building codes for the state of Illinois.

Alcohol Rehab Help

A resource for those struggling with alcoholism, or who know someone struggling with alcoholism. Find resources and assistance in your area.

Ancestor Hunt

A listing of free genealogy search engines.


White pages directory


Historical stock market information.

CIA World Factbook

Provides information on the history, culture, government, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Data and Statistics about the U.S.

Data about the U.S., such as maps and population, demographic, and economic data.

Ellis Island Database

Includes passenger arrival and ship records.


A non-profit family history organization concentrating on genealogical resources.

Vehicle fuel economy statistics from the EPA and the Department of Energy.


Genealogy resources for the UK and Ireland.

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Illinois Career Information System: For the worker preparing for a career change or who wants to get back into the workforce after a layoff or retirement. It features job search resources, retraining options, and offers career planning guidance.
[email protected]
Phone: (877) 566-6230, then 1, 2

My Next Move: An interactive tool for job seekers to learn more about their options and help them plan their next career move.

Filing an Unemployment Claim: Start Here

Illinois JobLink

Illinois DMV Motorcycle Permit Test

Practice the motorcycle permit test for free before taking the official test.

Illinois DMV Permit Test

Practice the DMV permit test for free. 

Kent District Library's What's Next Database

Find out what book comes next in your favorite series.


A list of sites for genealogy research.

Project Gutenberg

60,000 free eBooks

Online community for reading groups.

Global search option for federal government websites.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Direct links for citizenship resources can be found here - Citizenship Resources

The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal

Vision Center

Medically accurate content for all things vision. Learn about eye conditions and vision correction practices. Explore treatment options today.


Information for Cook County Voters


The online encyclopedia created by users

World History Encyclopedia

An online encyclopedia of world history, including a media library of over 14,000 videos and images to support your geography, history, and social studies research.


A search engine to find jobs in the Brookfield area.

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