If you have visited our Main Library in the last few days, you may have checked out at our spacious new Circulation Desk or used the newly designed ADA-accessible restrooms on the first floor.
Temporary Entrance Change
Meanwhile, beginning April 25, the next phase of the first floor renovation will begin. In preparation for installing a new ADA-accessible elevator, a temporary wall will be erected which prevents use of the Library’ main entrance for several months. During this time, access to the Main Library will be via the High Street entrance and through the Public Computer Center. Directional signs will be posted. We regret the inconvenience, but we are excited about the end result, which will make our building more accessible to all!
For more information about our renovation project, see Making Main Better for You!
In the first major unveiling of EPL’s Main Library renovation process, we are pleased to announce that the new Main Library Circulation area and ADA accessible restrooms on the first floor are now open! Basement improvements are moving right along, and work will soon begin on the ADA accessible elevator. For more information, visit
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Online preschool has never been more fun!
Prepare your child for success in kindergarten and beyond with Miss Humblebee’s Academy! This interactive program concentrates on language and literacy and also provides fun activities for math, science, social studies, music, art, inventors, and more! Though it is designed for 3 to 6-year-olds, Miss Humblebee’s Academy can also be helpful for children already in kindergarten who may be struggling a bit.
Kids will love the sticker room and puzzle area, and parents will appreciate using the music and books rooms to revisit the songs and stories from the lessons. We sense some new favorite songs and stories in your future! You can even print some of the lessons for offline use in the car, on vacation, or anywhere else.
Accessible from home or anywhere with an Internet connection,
Miss Humblebee’s Academy:
- Prepares children for kindergarten proficiency.
- Includes hundreds of guided lessons with sound cues.
- Assesses skill levels and reports outcomes regularly.
- Emails parents links to weekly progress reports.
With a combination of online and offline learning opportunities, kids can play and learn anywhere!
- Access with your Elkhart Public Library card – or from any EPL location without a card.
- Mobile apps are available for Android and iPhone/iPad.
- 20% of the curriculum has printables and worksheets, giving children practice using writing tools.
- Offers a safe and secure learning environment with no pop-ups, ads or links to other websites.
To Access Miss Humblebee’s Academy:
- Go to myepl.org/info247.
- Click or tap + Online Learning Courses, then Miss Humblebee’s Academy.
- Click or tap Access from Home.
- You will first be taken to a page that asks you to enter a password. This is your library card barcode number. (If accessing from the Library, you will be taken directly to the home page.)
- After entering your card number, click Proceed to go to Miss Humblebee’s home page.
- Create a user account, including an email address where you will receive progress reports. View step-by-step instructions here.
Additional information about Miss Humblebee’s Academy’s key features can be found in the footer navigation under Learn More, FAQ, and About.
Exciting news! Brainfuse is now available in our Online Resources!
Brainfuse HelpNow gives Elkhart Public Library (EPL) cardholders free access to live online tutoring, writing assistance, test preparation and more!
- Interact with a live tutor anytime between 2 and 11 pm, seven days a week for assistance with:
- Social Studies
- English/Language Arts
- Computer Literacy
- Test Preparation
- English As a Second Language
- 24/7 Question Center – submit a question for a detailed, explanation of a difficult concept
- Premium Writing Lab – writing assistance
- Form online study groups
- FLASHBULB – access a library of online flashcards or create your own
- Adult Learning Center
- Practice tests & preparation for High School Equivalency (TASC), SAT, TOEFL, COMPASS/ACCUPLACER, ASVAB, GRE, U.S. Citizenship and more
- Online quizzes & games
- Access free lessons & resources
- WRITING ASSISTANCE for better business letters, term papers, resumes, etc.
Use your Elkhart Public Library card to access Brainfuse from home or anywhere that has an Internet connection — or from any EPL location without a card.
To access Brainfuse:
- Go to myepl.org/info247.
- Click + Kids and Teens OR + Online Learning Courses
- Click Access from Home.
- Enter your Library card number near the bottom of the page.
- If accessing from any EPL location, no card is required.
- Setting up an account is quick and easy – just create a username and password and you’re ready to start learning!
To learn more about Brainfuse tutors, system requirements and technical support, view the HelpNow User’s Guide.
Brainfuse is a student initiated service and should not be used as a school or class-wide assignment.
Genealogy is history on a personal level. It fulfills our need to understand who we are; where we came from; how we came to be. A family history is an epic tale of many lives intertwined through generations, all leading up to our present and projecting into our future.
Elkhart Public Library has a robust assortment of genealogy resources to assist you as you journey into your past.
Go to myepl.org/info247; Select +Genealogy and Local History; Choose your resource
(An Elkhart Public Library card is required to access most from home.)
Ancestry Library Edition (Access in the Library only)
A comprehensive genealogy resource offering the U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1940, UK Census Collection, City Directories, other databases, newspapers, military records, and much, much more. For access from home, Ancestry requires individuals to purchase their own subscription. They do not allow libraries to offer this type of access.
Heritage Quest (Access in the Library or from home)
• Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
• Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and more
• Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)
• Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009
• Interactive census maps
NewspaperArchive [Access in the Library or from home]
Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world, NewspaperARCHIVE makes exploring history and genealogy easy and fun. Discover fascinating news in archived newspapers hundreds of years old – including obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more, to fill in the life stories you are interested in. All of these historical newspapers are full-page and fully searchable.
Local History Index & Obituary Index [Access in the Library or from home]
Local History Index
A searchable index of articles from the Elkhart Truth covering topics such as persons, businesses, and events that have current and historical significance to the Elkhart area.
A database created by the staff at the Elkhart Public Library. Obituaries that have appeared in local Elkhart newspapers from 1921 to present are indexed. For obituaries from other years, please see Other Obituary Resources at EPL on our website’s Obituary Index page. Searching by last name will bring up the best results. The information contained in the index includes: name, obituary date, newspaper section, date of death and date of birth (if available).
Also in our Online Resources are links to Family Search, Geni, and Indiana History Online.
Link to a variety of resources from the Genealogy and Local History tab on our website.
Genealogy in the Library
For hands-on research, come to Reference Services at the Main Library.
- Elkhart Collection
- Indiana Collection
- Genealogy section
- Cemetery records
- WPA records
- The Elkhart Truth on microfilm going back to March 13, 1906
- Various local newspapers on microfilm dating from February 1859
- More – ask at the Reference Desk