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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.

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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. Looking for student resources? Check out our ecard page.

Books and Entertainment

Libby for Overdrive
books, audiobooks and magazines

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

Hundreds of magazines, available on a desktop or mobile app. Can’t find what you want? Contact us to see if it can be added.

Ebook Collection (INSPIRE)
Tens of thousands of titles for public library users – self-help, fitness, games, hobbies and cooking

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

Comics Plus
New and classic comics available on any device. Just set up an account and start reading.

Genealogy and Local History Library Edition *
U.S. Census data from 1790-1950, Social Security death index, United Kingdom census collection, city directories, military records and more

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

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

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

Geni Family Tree *
Powerful tool to grow a family tree

Heritage Quest 
U.S. Census data from 1790-1950, 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

Hoosier State Chronicles
Free access to high-quality images of Indiana’s historic newspapers

Local Obituaries
Death notices and obituaries from local newspapers since 1921

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

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
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

Gale Courses
Free, six-week interactive courses covering a variety of topics and subjects. New courses start monthly.

LinkedIn Learning
Self-paced, online learning for professional and creative skill development. Available to individual, resident account holders with EPL

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


Dive deep into statistics from 22,000 sources, rooted in fact and well-sourced. For businesses, research, and more.

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

ABC Mouse
(Inside the library or anywhere)
Early learning for ages 3-8 with a focus on phonics, math, music and more.

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

A Scholastic fiction book paired with a nonfiction book with read-aloud features to bridge learning-to-read and reading-to-learn for Pre-K to third grade.


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

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

Health and Medical

Consumer Health Complete
Comprehensive resources for consumer-oriented health content, support patients needs

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

Health Source: Nursing Academic
Scholarly journals on medical disciplines

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

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

The leading information source on antiques, including pricing guides and historical information. Log in to Libby to access Kovels.

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, adult learning, including HiSET test prep

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

Improve core academic skills, HiSET test prep, pass the GED, prepare for college standardized tests, obtain occupational certification, find a job or change your career, and much more.

LinkedIn Learning
Self-paced, online learning for professional and creative skill development. Available to individual, resident account holders with EPL

Language and Travel

Fuenta Academica Premier
Spanish-language scholarly journal for academic research

Transparent Language

Learning resources for over 100 languages, progress tracking and audio and speaking practice to work on pronunciation and listening comprehension.

Haz clic aquí para ver la interfaz en español – Recursos y clases para más de 100 idiomas, seguimiento del progreso y prácticas de audio y habla para trabajar la pronunciación y la comprensión auditiva.

Rosetta Stone
Beginner courses in more than 30 languages

Leamos es un curso en línea fácil de usar que enseña a adultos hispanohablantes a leer y escribir en español. Las clases son gratis y se pueden hacer en casa. Para inscribirte llama a Andrea Torres al 574-294-2616 o envía un correo electrónico a para inscribirte.


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

News and History

NEW – America’s News
More than 3,000 daily newspapers, featuring news on business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues, and more.

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

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

Elkhart Truth
The daily Elkhart Truth, with an article archive dating back to the early 2000s

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

New York Times
(inside the library or anywhere)
Access the latest world news and award-winning journalism from one of the best-known newspapers in the country. Simply create a free account to access. If outside the library use the code that’s shown on the link.

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

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

Wall Street Journal

Access the stories, podcasts, videos and more of the Wall Street Journal from anywhere. Click the link and set up a free account for three days of access. Use this link to renew your access using that account.

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

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

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


Academic Search Complete
This scholarly collection provides full-text journal coverage for nearly all academic subjects. A great resource for high school- and college-level assignments and projects.

Biography Reference Center
A collection of full-text and unique narrative biographies

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

Points of View Reference Center
Assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, and better understand controversial issues

Reference Shelf
Extensive, unbiased explorations on topics in modern society

Search library collections from around the world

For other resources, check out our student ecard page

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