Poplar Creek Public Library Catalog


Ancestry Library Edition and WestlawNext databases are only

accessible from the desktops of the public use computers inside the library.


To access the databases listed below from outside the library, your library card number is

your ID and your PIN is either the last four digits of your library card number or phone number.


Career Cruising

Career Cruising provides students with current information on occupational profiles in both English and Spanish.  The Career Matchmaker interest profile helps students research a career that closely matches their interests.

Chicago Tribune Online

The Chicago Tribune online database contains full-text articles from 1985-current. It is also a good source for obituaries. The Chicago Tribune can be accessed both within the library and from your home. Home access requires the use of your Poplar Creek Library Card number and pin. Stop by the Reference Desk on the lower level, and we will be happy to assist you.

Chilton Library

ChiltonLibrary.com represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. ChiltonLibrary.com gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicle.

Consumer Health Complete

This resource is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.


This resource enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for.

CQ Weekly

CQ Weekly provides non-partisan news and analysis on how legislation is shaped, who is shaping it and how it could affect your interests.


Links users to all CultureGrams editions, including World, Kids, Provinces, and States material, in an engaging interface that can be accessed 24/7, with exclusive online features: worldwide photo gallery, slideshows, video clips, famous people collection, Faces of the World interviews and a unique recipe collection that offers five homegrown recipes from all countries in the database.

DMV Practice Tests

Study for the exams using the official online IL Driver’s Handbook and IL Motorcycle Handbook.


Research your term paper topic using a variety of current sources including newspapers, magazines, books, and picture files. Includes both general and scholarly articles and can be restricted by reading level and publication date. In Library use and remote access. For home access your library card number is your ID.


A collection of ebooks and audio books. eRead Illinois is supported by the Illinois Secretary of State through the Illinois State Library.

First Search

This collection of databases includes several magazine article collections including WilsonSelect.It also includes specialized databases such as Medline, ERIC and others. Access is via authorization number and password and is available to all Poplar Creek cardholders. In Library use and remote access. Please call the Adult Services Desk at (630) 483-4929 to receive the authorization number and password. Please have your library card available.


Freegal Music provides Poplar Creek Library cardholders with three free music downloads each week. Our cardholders will have access to hundreds of thousands of songs in the Sony Music catalog in all genres of music. All you need is your Library card and PIN! Freegal is compatible with all MP3 devices and all IPOD versions.

Heritage Quest

A genealogy database with access to the U.S. Census, serial articles, and books.A good place to look for local history information. In Library use and remote access. For home access your library card number is your ID.

LearningExpress Library 3.0

Enjoy free, unlimited access to interactive skillbuilding courses in math, reading, and writing as well as a broad range of practice tests based on official exams such as the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB Core, and EMT Basic, as well as firefighter, police officer, paramedic, Allied Healthcare, U.S. Citizenship, postal worker, cosmetology, and real estate agent and broker exams. This valuable service is available 24/7.

The LearningExpress Library online learning platform provides over 770 of the most up-to-date test preparation and skill-building resources, helping both students and adults prepare for a wide range of academic and career-oriented exams as well as improve basic skills in reading, writing, and math. In addition, job-skills tutorials are available to assist in creating a great resume, honing interviewing techniques, and improving business communications. This innovative platform includes self-paced study, instant scoring, and diagnostic feedback and can be accessed from any computer that has an Internet connection.

Live Homework Help

Free on-line tutoring from real teachers in math, science, social studies, history, English for learners in grades K-12 and community college. Help provided from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM daily in Spanish and in English. Session length varies by need. Bring a question or problem to your session and start learning. Powered by tutor.com.

Mango Languages

The Mango Languages online language learning system includes lessons in Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Russian, Spanish, and English for Spanish Speakers among others. ESL lessons are also available. Lessons include instruction involving real life situations and audio from native speakers. Home access requires the use of your Poplar Creek Library Card number and pin. Stop by the Reference Desk on the lower level, and we will be happy to assist you.


MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

Morningstar Investment Research

Real-time access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds. Serves all levels of investors with a range of dynamic tools and thoughtful perspectives to help them make more informed investment decisions.

NoveList and NoveList K-8

A Readers' Advisory tool to help you find your next fiction choice based on books you have read and liked or on topical choices. Also includes reading lists and other guides to fiction books.In Library use and remote access. For home access your library card number is your ID.

OneClickdigital Classics Collection

Listen to audio book classics from a PC, Mac, or mobile device.

Price It! Antiques & Collectibles

An electronic database antique/collectibles pricing tool, containing data from a variety of sources, including online auctions (eBay), online antique dealers (GoAntiques & TIAS) and land-based auction houses. The database currently has over 23 million prices realized for art, antiques and collectibles in more than 100 categories and subcategories with over 10 million images.

ProQuest Congressional Publications

Provides access to historical and current Congressional information and publications on all aspects of legislation. Topics include scientific undertakings, historical events, social welfare, economic conditions, and communication policies.

Public Record.com

Real Estate Transactions
Records are compiled on a weekly basis for all New Homeowners information from Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, St. Clair and Will Counties in Illinois.

New and Established Businesses
Records are compiled For newly filed business licenses and articles of incorporations from Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties in Illinois. New startups include those who are working out of their homes or an office complex.

Foreclosures and Auctions
Newly filed and pre-foreclosure records from Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties in Illinois are compiled. Properties that are in foreclosure are also tracked, listing when and if they will be sold at auction.

All newly filed bankruptcies from Cook, Boone, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Winnebago and Will Counties in Illinois are compiled. Searches can be narrowed by discharge date, chapter type, homeowner, renter or potential credit customers who may have been involved in a bankruptcy.

Newly Filed Divorce
Information is compiled for Illinois divorces for the following counties: Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.

Felony Arrests
New lists are compiled on a weekly basis are compiled for Illinois Felonies for the following counties: Cook (since 11/2007), DeKalb, DuPage, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.


PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.


Includes directory information for United States businesses, new businesses and residences. Construct a mailing list to help you reach potential clients or find business information to assist with educational needs, consumer needs, or travel needs. In Library use and remote access. For home access your library card number is your ID.

Safari Books Online

The Safari Books Online Public Library Series offers digital books and training videos in technology. The first of the three modules, Personal and Professional Development Library, covers business skills, leadership, entrepreneurship, communications, finance, and career development. The second module covers Microsoft office products, digital photography, social media, and PC maintenance. The third module offers Beginning Programming, Java, C#, ASP.NET, MySQL, Ruby, Web development, gaming and more.

Small Business Resource Center

Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include; sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites. 

TumbleBook Library

The TumbleBook Library is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), TumbleTV which consists of pre-set playlists of a sequence of books, and Tumble Puzzles & Games. 

Value Line

The Value Line Investment Survey is a comprehensive source of information for stock ratings and prices as well as for information on industries and the economy.In Library use and remote access. For home access your library card number is your ID.

Zinio for Libraries

Read digital editions of popular magazines from a PC, Mac, or mobile device.