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 * Starred resources require a Chicago Ridge Library Card to access outside the library building.

  • Academic Search Premier

    Full-text articles to support research in science, engineering, physics, technology, religion, and philosophy. Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).

  • Ancestry Library

    Search billions of genealogy documents—including census, military, immigration, birth, and death records—in the library version of Ancestry.com.

  • Auto Repair Source

    Offers a wealth of information to help you diagnose, repair, and maintain cars and vehicles. Includes service and repair procedures, diagrams, recall information, specifications, labor estimates, and parts pricing.

  • Business Source Premier

    Full-text articles to support research in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, and operations management. Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).

  • Consumer Health Complete

    Full-text articles to support research in aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, and nutrition. Includes teen health topics for teens and parents.

  • Consumer Reports*

    Find ratings and recommendations on appliances, electronics, cars, and more from the popular magazine and website.

  • Digital Learn

    Videos to help you understand computers and digital literacy. Topics include: Getting Started on the Computer, Basic Search, Navigating a Website, Intro to Email, Intro to Word, Online Job Searching, Intro to Facebook, and more.

  • EBSCO Discovery

    Search popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers, covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Includes primary source documents, images, videos, and more.

  • Explora Public Libraries*

    Access high-quality articles and facts for research papers, class projects and homework. 

  • GCF Learn Free

    Learn the essential skills you need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, resume writing, personal finance, graphic design and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

  • History Reference Center

    Full-text articles to support research in history and genealogy and lesson plans to support student learning.

  • 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 DMV Practice Tests

    Information about obtaining a driving permit in Illinois for cars and motorcycles, including the Illinois Rules of the Road and the Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual. Includes 9 free practice tests to prepare for the DMV test for a permit to drive a car and 6 free practice tests to prepare for the motorcycle permit test.

  • Illinois Public Records*

    Search key public record data for personal and business use. Databases include: Bankruptcy Records, Business Licenses, Divorce Records, DUI Records, Felony Records, Foreclosures and Auctions, Misdemeanor Records, Mortgage Records, Real Estate Transactions, State and Federal Tax Liens, and Tax Sale Properties. For access inside the library, click here.

  • Legal Information Reference Center

    Resources to assist you in legal matters of all kinds, including business law, financial planning, family law, property and real estate, and rights and disputes. Includes full text reference books from Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

  • Literary Reference Center

    Novels, short stories, poems, plot summaries and synopses, and literary criticism. Research guides, lesson plans, and citation tools support student learning.

  • Mango Languages*

    Mango Languages’ PhD-created, linguist-approved language-learning software teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging.

  • MasterFILE Premier

    A good place to start for research and homework. Includes full-text articles, reference books, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags.

  • Medline Plus

    Trusted health information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Search for health topics, drugs, supplements, and read informative health articles.

  • Middle Search Plus

    Resources to support middle school students, including biographies, magazines, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags. Includes Sports Illustrated Kids, Scholastic News, National Geographic and dozens more. Articles include reading level indicators (Lexile).

  • Moraine Valley ESL

    Information about Moraine Valley's English as a Second Language (ESL) program and Intensive English Language Program (IELP).

  • 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.

  • NoveList K-8 Plus*

    Discover great books for children from kindergarten through grade 8. Browse lists of award-winning titles or search for books by grade level or Lexile score.

  • NoveList Plus*

    Find recommendations and reviews for adult and teen fiction and nonfiction based on your favorite titles, authors, and genres.

  • Points of View Reference Center

    Resources for students to understand issues, develop critical thinking skills, and develop persuasive arguments. Includes essays, overviews, articles, and transcripts on, citizens' rights, earth and environmental issues, global issues, health and medicine, and media and communications.

  • Primary Search

    Resources to support elementary school students, including encyclopedias specifically for kids, articles from children's magazines including Highlights and Junior Scholastic, and a large image collection.

  • Property Tax Exemptions - Cook County Assessor's Office

    Find the forms for the Homeowner Exemption, Senior Citizen Exemption, Senior Freeze exemption and more here.

  • Science Reference Center

    Full-text articles to support research in applied sciences, biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and energy. Includes the Science Image Collection, a database of high-quality science images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA, and Nature Picture Library.

  • Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral Program - Cook County Treasurer

    The Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral program is a tax-relief program that works like a loan. It allows qualified seniors to defer a maximum of $5,000 per tax year (this includes 1st and 2nd installments) on their primary home. The loan from the State of Illinois is paid when the property is sold, or upon the death of the participant.

  • Small Business Reference Center

    Full-text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. Includes business videos, a help and advice section, and details on how to create business plans.

  • Tax Forms - Federal
  • Tax Forms - Illinois
  • Tax Help - Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers
  • USA Learns

    USA Learns is a free website that helps adults learn English and prepare for U.S. citizenship online. 

    • Literary Reference Center

      Novels, short stories, poems, plot summaries and synopses, and literary criticism. Research guides, lesson plans, and citation tools support student learning.

    • NoveList K-8 Plus*

      Discover great books for children from kindergarten through grade 8. Browse lists of award-winning titles or search for books by grade level or Lexile score.

    • NoveList Plus*

      Find recommendations and reviews for adult and teen fiction and nonfiction based on your favorite titles, authors, and genres.

    • Business Source Premier

      Full-text articles to support research in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, and operations management. Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).

    • Illinois Public Records*

      Search key public record data for personal and business use. Databases include: Bankruptcy Records, Business Licenses, Divorce Records, DUI Records, Felony Records, Foreclosures and Auctions, Misdemeanor Records, Mortgage Records, Real Estate Transactions, State and Federal Tax Liens, and Tax Sale Properties. For access inside the library, click here.

    • Small Business Reference Center

      Full-text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. Includes business videos, a help and advice section, and details on how to create business plans.

    • USA Learns

      USA Learns is a free website that helps adults learn English and prepare for U.S. citizenship online. 

    • Digital Learn

      Videos to help you understand computers and digital literacy. Topics include: Getting Started on the Computer, Basic Search, Navigating a Website, Intro to Email, Intro to Word, Online Job Searching, Intro to Facebook, and more.

    • GCF Learn Free

      Learn the essential skills you need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, resume writing, personal finance, graphic design and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

    • Auto Repair Source

      Offers a wealth of information to help you diagnose, repair, and maintain cars and vehicles. Includes service and repair procedures, diagrams, recall information, specifications, labor estimates, and parts pricing.

    • Consumer Reports*

      Find ratings and recommendations on appliances, electronics, cars, and more from the popular magazine and website.

    • Illinois Public Records*

      Search key public record data for personal and business use. Databases include: Bankruptcy Records, Business Licenses, Divorce Records, DUI Records, Felony Records, Foreclosures and Auctions, Misdemeanor Records, Mortgage Records, Real Estate Transactions, State and Federal Tax Liens, and Tax Sale Properties. For access inside the library, click here.

    • Legal Information Reference Center

      Resources to assist you in legal matters of all kinds, including business law, financial planning, family law, property and real estate, and rights and disputes. Includes full text reference books from Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

    • Small Business Reference Center

      Full-text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. Includes business videos, a help and advice section, and details on how to create business plans.

    • 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.

    • Mango Languages*

      Mango Languages’ PhD-created, linguist-approved language-learning software teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging.

    • Moraine Valley ESL

      Information about Moraine Valley's English as a Second Language (ESL) program and Intensive English Language Program (IELP).

    • USA Learns

      USA Learns is a free website that helps adults learn English and prepare for U.S. citizenship online. 

    • Ancestry Library

      Search billions of genealogy documents—including census, military, immigration, birth, and death records—in the library version of Ancestry.com.

    • Consumer Health Complete

      Full-text articles to support research in aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, and nutrition. Includes teen health topics for teens and parents.

    • Medline Plus

      Trusted health information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Search for health topics, drugs, supplements, and read informative health articles.

    • Academic Search Premier

      Full-text articles to support research in science, engineering, physics, technology, religion, and philosophy. Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).

    • Business Source Premier

      Full-text articles to support research in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, and operations management. Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).

    • Consumer Health Complete

      Full-text articles to support research in aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, and nutrition. Includes teen health topics for teens and parents.

    • EBSCO Discovery

      Search popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers, covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Includes primary source documents, images, videos, and more.

    • Explora Public Libraries*

      Access high-quality articles and facts for research papers, class projects and homework. 

    • GCF Learn Free

      Learn the essential skills you need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, resume writing, personal finance, graphic design and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

    • History Reference Center

      Full-text articles to support research in history and genealogy and lesson plans to support student learning.

    • Literary Reference Center

      Novels, short stories, poems, plot summaries and synopses, and literary criticism. Research guides, lesson plans, and citation tools support student learning.

    • MasterFILE Premier

      A good place to start for research and homework. Includes full-text articles, reference books, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags.

    • Middle Search Plus

      Resources to support middle school students, including biographies, magazines, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags. Includes Sports Illustrated Kids, Scholastic News, National Geographic and dozens more. Articles include reading level indicators (Lexile).

    • Points of View Reference Center

      Resources for students to understand issues, develop critical thinking skills, and develop persuasive arguments. Includes essays, overviews, articles, and transcripts on, citizens' rights, earth and environmental issues, global issues, health and medicine, and media and communications.

    • Primary Search

      Resources to support elementary school students, including encyclopedias specifically for kids, articles from children's magazines including Highlights and Junior Scholastic, and a large image collection.

    • Science Reference Center

      Full-text articles to support research in applied sciences, biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and energy. Includes the Science Image Collection, a database of high-quality science images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA, and Nature Picture Library.

    • Digital Learn

      Videos to help you understand computers and digital literacy. Topics include: Getting Started on the Computer, Basic Search, Navigating a Website, Intro to Email, Intro to Word, Online Job Searching, Intro to Facebook, and more.

    • GCF Learn Free

      Learn the essential skills you need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, resume writing, personal finance, graphic design and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

    • Mango Languages*

      Mango Languages’ PhD-created, linguist-approved language-learning software teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging.

    • 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.

    • GCF Learn Free

      Learn the essential skills you need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, resume writing, personal finance, graphic design and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

    • Illinois DMV Practice Tests

      Information about obtaining a driving permit in Illinois for cars and motorcycles, including the Illinois Rules of the Road and the Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual. Includes 9 free practice tests to prepare for the DMV test for a permit to drive a car and 6 free practice tests to prepare for the motorcycle permit test.

    • Illinois Public Records*

      Search key public record data for personal and business use. Databases include: Bankruptcy Records, Business Licenses, Divorce Records, DUI Records, Felony Records, Foreclosures and Auctions, Misdemeanor Records, Mortgage Records, Real Estate Transactions, State and Federal Tax Liens, and Tax Sale Properties. For access inside the library, click here.

    • Academic Search Premier

      Full-text articles to support research in science, engineering, physics, technology, religion, and philosophy. Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).

    • Legal Information Reference Center

      Resources to assist you in legal matters of all kinds, including business law, financial planning, family law, property and real estate, and rights and disputes. Includes full text reference books from Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

    • MasterFILE Premier

      A good place to start for research and homework. Includes full-text articles, reference books, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags.

    • 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.

    • Points of View Reference Center

      Resources for students to understand issues, develop critical thinking skills, and develop persuasive arguments. Includes essays, overviews, articles, and transcripts on, citizens' rights, earth and environmental issues, global issues, health and medicine, and media and communications.

    • Science Reference Center

      Full-text articles to support research in applied sciences, biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and energy. Includes the Science Image Collection, a database of high-quality science images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA, and Nature Picture Library.

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