Below is detailed list of searchable databases available for use at the library or from home. Click if you would like to view an alphabetical list.
Premier Reference and Marketing Databases including 30 million business profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!
AtoZ World Travel
Online travel guides for 202 world cities accessible anywhere and reports customizable to your needs. Palos Heights Public Library patrons will need to put in your bar code number starting with 21965.
This is a wonderful resource for children to learn about all of the species of animals.
More than one and a half billion names in over 4,000 databases. It includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists; and more. This can only be accessed in the library.
An online audio book library collection for public libraries. The collection contains 1,000 books! A subscription to AudioBookCloud gives your patrons/students UNLIMITED remote access to your audio book collection. Username: palosheights Password: login
Books & Authors
This new database offers a wealth of information for the avid reader. Looking for a good book, but not sure where to start? Who, What, Where, When lets you browse by Character, Subject, Location and Time Period, and gives you a visual representation of your matching books. Another feature is the "Read-A-like Wizard". This search is designed to help you find a good book based on its similarity to one of your favorites. Browse by title, author, or genres and sort by reading level. Search Award winners, Expert picks, and Librarian picks if you are looking for reading suggestions. You can also set up your own account, in My Reading Room. You will need a Palos Heights Library card number to access the database.
The Chicago Tribune (1849-1985) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue. Username: phpl, password: phpl.
Code of Ordinances
Provides the Code of Ordinances for the city of Palos Heights. A print version of the Code of Ordinances is available at the library.
COG, the Community Organization Guide
Is designed to list non-profit organizations and agencies of the South Suburban Chicago area. The COG provides access to information about more than 600 community organizations and educational, cultural, recreational and social service agencies which provide a wide array of support and assistance to people of all ages and interests.
Provides online all of the product information available in the magazine. Visit the library or call 708-448-1473 for the login information for complete access.
A database that provides great information about countries throughout the world from what they eat and wear to climate and government. It is especially useful for students and travelers. The login is palos and the password is cgrams.
Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.
A group of 14 databases which helps you locate periodical articles, books, and conference proceedings. Seven of the databases have full-text articles available: ABI Inform, PeriodicalAbstracts, ArticleFirst, ECO, ERIC, MEDLINE and WilsonSelectPlus. Illinois Residents may access FirstSearch from home through the internet. Authorization: 100109095 | Password: palos2008
The Library is pleased to announce an additional ebook service for our patrons. Freading offers an extensive collection of tens of thousands of ebooks available anytime, anywhere.
Simply enter your Palos Heights Library card number for immediate access to all titles. The Library offers patrons 5 tokens per week to download as many titles as your tokens will allow. It’s never been so easy!
There is also a free app available for the iPhone, iPad and Android. Simply download the app on your device and login using your library card. Visit http://palosheightslibrary.freading.com/ to begin Freading today!
Freegal is a downloadable music service that provides access to the catalog of artists in Sony Music Entertainment. To begin using this new service, go to our website at https://palosheightslibrary.freegalmusic.com and enter your Palos Heights Public Library barcode. Cardholders can download three songs each week (Monday through Sunday). Starting on Monday morning each week your count will be set back to zero.
When you’re ready to download a track, click the ‘Download Now’ link, select ‘Save’ at the prompt, and designate where you want to save the song. Remember, anytime you click on the ‘Download Now’ link, even if you cancel the download, the download counts toward your weekly limit. You will be able to keep track of your downloads in the upper right corner of the site.
The downloads on this site are all in MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including the iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs. Mobile apps are also available for iOS and Android devices!
Be sure to check out the browsing areas, especially artists A to Z (on the ‘See all Genres’ page) and the genre lists (menu bar). Click on ‘See all Genres’ to view dozens of categories. Find bands that begin with ‘The’ in their name, alphabetized under the letter ‘T.’
Gale Virtual Reference
A group of 30 databases delivering reference content in a database format. Many of the reference books that have been found in the library may now be accessed from home. You will need your library card number and the password is your last name.
Online version of Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, which is a reference resource for students from elementary to high school.
Heritage Quest Online
A genealogy database that enables you to search over 25,000 local history books, the U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1930, PERSI, and the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files. When accessing Heritage Quest from home, you will be asked to type in the barcode from your library card to confirm you are a Palos Heights Public Library patron.
Homework Help Illinois (or Tutor.com)
Connects users to Live Homework HelpR, an online tutoring service that links students in grades K-12, those in introductory-level college courses, and adult learners to expert tutors (at no charge) in math, science, social studies, and English via the Internet. This service is available seven days a week, from 2pm to 9pm. Login by using your Palos Heights Library card number.
IRS on the Web
Get tax forms and information from the IRS website.
An online catalog that includes the resources of 65 Illinois libraries belonging to CARLI, the Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries in Illinois. Materials found on I-Share can be interlibrary loaned by contacting the library.
Learning Express Library
Each Learning Centers offers practice test, exercises, skill building courses and information you need to achieve the results you want - at school, at work, or in life. You can also find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.
LexisNexis Library Express
Provides access to over 6,000 individual sources that includes: News - Over 1,000 national, regional, and international news publications; Business - LexisNexis Company Dossier provides coverage of over 44 million U.S. and international companies, with data drawn from over 60 sources; Legal Research - Primary source material includes case law, statutes and regulations; secondary source materials contain legal news and law reviews Biographical Information - From both consumer press as well as Biographical Directories.
Literature Resource Center
Offers a wealth of information including criticisms, biographies, bibliographies, articles and reading lists covering the world of literature. The LRC is a great resource for students and book discussion leaders. Access this resource from home with the barcode from your Palos Heights Public Library card.
Provides investment research, including stock and fund analysis, reports, and tools, as well as company, investing and financial news.
A fiction database that provides reviews, annotations and subject descriptions to over 135,000 fiction titles. Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides and Book Talks are part of this resource as well as Picture Book Extenders for teachers.
Physicians Desk Reference PDR
Offers helathcare information for consumers.
Shmoop ACT and SAT Test Prep
Shmoop provides on-line ACT and SAT test prep and is FREE to Palos Heights card holders. Find your writing groove, print out flash cards and many more on-line tools to help you succeed. Understand how lit and history are relevant today. We want to show your brain a good time. You can create an account by visiting www.shmoop.com/signup/palos-heights and entering your library card number.
A general reference database containing thousands of full-text articles and graphics exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, and political issues. Articles can be printed, saved or emailed. This is a wonderful resource for student research projects.
Something about the Author
This online version of the print reference series covers the lives and works of authors for children and teens. Find out more information about authors including personal information, awards and honors, works and quotes. A great resource for author reports. You will need a Palos Heights Library card number to access the database.
Our online card catalog. Use SWAN to locate items in our collection and the collections of many Metropolitan Library System libraries. You may place holds, check your account and renew materials through the SWAN catalog. Click on My Account and enter your name, the barcode from your library card and create a PIN (Personal Identification Number) for yourself.
TumbleBook Library is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books). TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which we have licensed from children's book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format. [user name: palosheights password: libra]
You can find these titles in your TumbleBookLibrary collection by clicking on “Read-Alongs” on the navigation bar or home page and then sort by newest to find over 50 chapter books. The books in the bundle are titles found in the 3 sub categories – Early Readers, Chapter Books and Graphic Novels - in the TumbleReadables collection. These Read-Alongs highlight the sentences as they are being read, turn the page automatically, and offer the ability to follow along in 3 text sizes. They also include an innovative bookmarking feature, the ability to switch to manual in order to read at your own speed, and cool color options for the skin of our new Read-Along player. The collection features 8 categories containing nearly 125 Read-Along titles (and an additional 100 large print online titles): picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle school readers, YA/teen Novels, children’s classics, classics and Shakespeare. Username: palosheights Password: login
Value Line Research Center
Value Line is the most trusted and prestigious name in the investment field. For more than seventy-five years Value Line has been synonymous with trust, reliability, objectivity, independence, accurate information and proven performance for investors.
Value Line Survey Current Issue
Publication as it appears weekly.
Value Line Company Reports
Company name, Ticker or Industry Lookup Tool.
World Book Encyclopedia
Contains the World Book Encyclopedia and Research Libraries. The Research Libraries contains over 5,500 complete books and 260,000 documents. Many of these documents are primary source (e.g. eyewitness accounts speeches, supreme court rulings, and treaties.)