Elkhart Public Library

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(Due to the COVID-19 situation, student ecard privileges have been extended through Aug. 31.)

Whether you need biographical information on famous people, science fair project ideas, sample practice tests or even help from live online tutors, we have you covered. The resources listed below are just a sampling of all the library offers. Visit our Digital Library page for a full list of available databases.

Don’t forget to change your PIN. And finally, if you have any questions or need help along the way, give the librarians at the Reference Desk a call, 574-522-5669, or email us.

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

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

Start your search here for great answers

NEW – Book Connections
Finish off a tough reading assignment or learn more about a favorite book

Read It, Stream It

Libby for Overdrive
books and audiobooks

books, magazines and audiobooks

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

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

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

Fix It, Do It

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

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

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

Explore Careers and Build Skills

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

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

Travel Like a Pro

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

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

News and History

NEW – America’s News
More than 3,000 daily papers, with local and national news. Included in this collection is a searchable Elkhart Truth archive dating back to the early 2000s

Magazines, articles and more for elementary, middle and high school students

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

Primary Search
Children’s magazines on favorite topics, with photos and more

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

Reference It

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

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MasterFile Premier
Reference materials, source documents, and magazine articles

Points of View Reference Center 
Diverse perspectives on current events and issues

Reference Shelf
Extensive, unbiased explorations on topics in modern society