Elkhart Public Library

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Online resources – all day, every day

Elkhart Public Library offers free access to these information providers. Some sites require a library card number, and some (marked with *) are available only inside an Elkhart Public Library location. Resources marked INSPIRE are part of Indiana’s statewide virtual library.

Have questions? Check out our collection of web tutorials. Can’t find what you need? Our reference librarians will help you find the right info source. Just email, call 574-522-5669, or stop by the desk on the second floor downtown.

A full, alphabetical list of resources is available here.

And, looking for student resources? Check out our ecard page.

Books and Entertainment

Libby for Overdrive
books and audiobooks

books, magazines and audiobooks

books, audiobooks, comics/graphic novels, videos, and music

Contemporary Authors (INSPIRE)
Current biographical and bibliographical data on more than 120,000 modern writers

LitFinder (INSPIRE)
Thousands of poems, short stories, essays, plays and biographies from around the world

NoveList Plus
Find titles and get suggestions on your next great read

Business, Finance and Investment

AtoZ databases
Comprehensive tools for business analysis, marketing, and employment … whether you’re looking to hire or get hired

Business Source Complete (INSPIRE)
News articles from business journals

Corporate ResourceNet (INSPIRE)
Full text from general business publications and trade journals

First Research
Comprehensive guide to industry segments, info for target market opportunities and challenges, and daily reports and engagement possibilities

Gale Directory Library
Directories for public and private companies, publishers and media, associations and brands

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Reference and research materials in print and audio

Lynda Library
Self-paced, online learning for professional and creative skill development. Affiliated with LinkedIn and available to individual, resident account holders with EPL

Regional Business News (INSPIRE)
Articles from regional publications and detailed profiles of the world’s 5,000 largest companies

Small Business Resource Center
How-to info for starting, financing and managing your new business

Value Line
Investment survey and small/mid-cap reports, as well as individual ratings and news

Weiss Financial Ratings
Unbiased ratings of banks, credit unions, insurance companies, stocks, and mutual funds, along with a MediGap Insurance tool

Cars and Other Products

Chilton Library
Parts lists, repair diagrams, and videos for all domestic and import vehicles since 1940

Consumer Reports
Product reviews, ratings, recommendations, and videos, including Cars Best Deals Plus

Early Literacy and Children’s Books

Miss Humblebee’s Academy
Prepares kids ages 3-6 for kindergarten, with guided lessons, sound cues, and assessments

NEW- TumbleBooks
For early readers up to Grade 6, animated books, read alongs, graphic novels, NatGeo videos, and Spanish-language titles

ABC Mouse
Early learning for ages 3-8 with a focus on phonics, math, music and more (available only inside the library)


The oldest English-language encyclopedia, available with appropriate age levels

Funk and Wagnalls (INSPIRE)
More than 25,000 entries

Genealogy and Local History

Ancestry.com Library Edition *
U.S. Census data from 1790-1940, Social Security death index, United Kingdom census collection, city directories, military records and more

Family Search
A product of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, searchable database of Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource, International Genealogical Index, and government and vital records

Geni Family Tree *
Powerful tool to grow a family tree

Heritage Quest 
U.S. Census data from 1790-1940, with images and every-name indexes, Native American records, U.S. city directories and local history, Revolutionary War and Bounty Land records, Freedman’s Bank records, Periodical Source Index Archive, and congressional records

Indiana History
Source documents on state history, including personal memoirs and speeches, travel guides, pamphlets, sermons, songs, legal documents, and children’s books

Elkhart History
Archived articles from The Elkhart Truth, books and other materials in the library collection

News, sports, birth announcements, and obituaries from newspapers around the world

Local Obituaries
Death notices and obituaries from local newspapers since 1921

Fold 3
The premier collection of military records, from the Revolutionary War to WWII.

Health and Medical

Get your brain in shape with clinically proven exercises to help you think faster, focus better, remember more, and enjoy life

Health and Wellness (INSPIRE)
Articles and multimedia reports from leading journals, as well as coverage of alternative medical practices

Health Source: Consumer (INSPIRE)
Consumer information on medical and food science, nutrition, childcare, sports medicine, and general health

Health Source: Nursing Academic (INSPIRE)
Scholarly journals on medical disciplines

Medline (INSPIRE)
Authoritative information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and pre-clinical sciences

Nursing Resource Center (INSPIRE)
Information for students, including disease and condition overviews, anatomy, assessments, interventions, and testing

Salem Press (inside the library or anywhere)
Magill’s Medical Guide and books on genetics and inherited conditions

How To – Hobbies, Home, Arts and Crafts

Music and art self-paced lessons, taught by award-winning performers and professors

AtoZ World Food
Food culture, etiquette and recipes from around the world

Crafting lessons ranging from food to quilting and more, including hundreds of downloadable patterns, templates and recipes

Hobbies and Crafts References (INSPIRE)
Articles, how-to instructions and ideas from national publications

Home Improvement Reference Center (INSPIRE)
User-friendly videos and articles from DIY publications

Jobs and Career

AtoZ databases 
Comprehensive tools for business analysis, marketing, and employment … whether you’re looking to hire or get hired

Live tutors, skills builders, writing lab, and answers in the chat

Driving Tests
Work toward your CDL and find other Bureau of Motor Vehicles tests and handbooks

GCF Learn Free
Tutorials to build 21st Century job skills, such as operating systems, basic office programs and social media

Lynda Library
Self-paced, online learning for professional and creative skill development. Affiliated with LinkedIn and available to individual, resident account holders with EPL

Testing and Education Resource Center (INSPIRE)
Practice tests for hundreds of exams, including SAT, ACT, ASVAB, HSE/TASC, as well as scholarship information and resume builder

Language and Travel

Country Reports
Travel information for countries around the world and individual U.S. states

Spanish-language magazines

Learn 80 languages with multimedia tools, participate in live weekly conversation classes, and prep for citizenship tests (en español  también)

History, culture, literature and science reading for English-language learners

Rosetta Stone
Beginner courses in more than 30 languages


Gale Legal Forms
Wills, power of attorney, corporation filings, landlord-tenant and real estate forms, contract, bankruptcy, bills of sale and more, with definitions and downloads of Indiana forms

Westlaw *
(available only inside the library) – Indiana and federal sources, with annotated code, administrative rules, and law encyclopedia

News and History

Biography in Context
Profiles and biographical information on famous authors, scientists, business people, entertainers, and politicians

Elkhart History
Archived articles from The Elkhart Truth, books and other materials in the library collection

Military and Intelligence Database
Journals, reports and magazines on past and current military and foreign affairs

News, sports, birth announcements, and obituaries from newspapers around the world

Newspaper Source (INSPIRE)
Cover-to-cover full text of 360 regional, national and international papers, along with transcripts of TV and radio news

Same-day issues of publications from around the world, just as they appear in print

Full-color, interactive magazines with no holds, no limits on checkouts, and no returns

Salem Press (inside the library or anywhere)
History resources, particularly on weapons, warfare and milestone documents of U.S. history

Text on current political, economic and scientific events, as well as current poll information

NEW – Elkhart Historic Photos
View our collection of Elkhart images, maintained in cooperation with the Indiana State Library

Professional Development

Library Information Science and Technology Abstracts
Indexes roughly 575 core journals, 50 priority journals, and 115 selective journals, covering librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, and information management

MAS Ultra School Edition (INSPIRE)
Nearly 500 high-school level magazines covering sciences, history, careers and more, with source documents, images and reading-level indicators

MasterFile (INSPIRE)
Magazines, reference books, and primary source documents for virtually every subject area

Professional Development Collection (INSPIRE)
Specialized collection for educators, librarians, and educational researchers, including titles like Booklist, Education Digest, Reading Teacher, and High School Journal


Educational Resource Information Center (INSPIRE)
Access to more than 1.3 million records on educational literature and resources

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Reference and research books on a variety of topics, with the ability to download, email and print excerpts

Scholarly research and government information on all aspects of human impact on the environment, including pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and recycling

Reference Shelf
Extensive, unbiased explorations on topics in modern society

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For other resources, check out our student ecard page