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.

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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
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

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
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
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
Early learning for ages 3-8 with a focus on phonics, math, music and more (available only inside the library)
For early readers up to Grade 6, animated books, read alongs, graphic novels, NatGeo videos, and Spanish-language titles


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
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 1790-1940, 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
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

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
Authoritative information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and pre-clinical sciences
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

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

Country Reports
Travel information for countries around the world and individual U.S. states
Fuenta Academica Premier
Spanish-language scholarly journal for academic research
(This service is set to expire Aug. 1, 2021 – tell us how it’s been useful)
Learn 80 languages with multimedia tools, live weekly conversation classes, and citizenship test prep (en español  también)
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

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
NEW – Elkhart Truth
The daily Elkhart Truth, with an article archive dating back to the early 2000s
Libby for Overdrive
Magazines on a variety of topics, from the news and opinion to music, cars and entertainment
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
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