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The Wauconda Area Library District subscribes to a collection of online databases and provides access to other valuable resources. These services are free for Wauconda Area Library cardholders. To connect from home or school, have your Wauconda Area library card barcode number ready to login. *Some resources are available for use within the library only.

A - Z listing of resources.

Books & Literature

  • 3M Cloud Library
    Download popular eBook titles onto a variety of devices.  Currently, the 3M Cloud Library is not compatible with Kindle devices.

  • FirstSearch
    Connect to the Illinois Catalog to search area library holdings for books, audiobooks, movies, music and more. Use WorldCat to search libraries nationwide.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - Literature
    Search literature reference eBooks for short stories, criticisms and author biographies.

  • MyMediaMall
    Download eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eVideos. Some formats are now compatible with iPod.

  • NoveList Plus Teen & Adult
    Find author readalikes, series' lists, book reviews, genre lists, award-winners and more. Now includes non-fiction titles as well as fiction.

  • NoveList Plus K-8
    Great for kids, parents and teachers! Browse recommended reads by age, get book discussion guides as well search titles, authors, plot summaries, and series. Includes lexile scoring for both fiction and non-fiction titles.

  • TumbleBooks
    For Grades Pre-K - 6. Watch, listen and read your favorite picture books as they come to life with animation.

  • WilsonWebOnline Children's Core Collection
    For teachers or librarians serving children in preschool through sixth grade, for collection development, readers' advisory and curriculum support.  Identify core collections of literature in various formats, including fiction, non-fiction, picture books, graphic novels, and magazines.


  • General Reference Center
    Access thousands of core business journal articles as well national newspapers, general interest magazines and reference materials.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Click on the "Business" under the Subject listing to search business plan handbooks, company profiles, encyclopedias of management, business, finance, marketing and other business reference books.

  • Illinois Public Records
    Scroll through Chicagoland’s public records. Real estate transactions, mortgages, foreclosures, and more. Sort by name, city, zip code, and more.

  • ReferenceUSA
    Find nationwide business or residential information. Create lists by business type, sales volume, residential area, and more.

  • State of Illinois Business Portal
    If you're thinking of starting your own business in Illinois, start here.

Car Repair

  • Chilton Library
    Popular auto repair manuals, recalls and maintenance for makes and models from 1940-present.

Consumer Information

  • Chicago Consumer's Checkbook
    Get ratings, comments and advice on local businesses, including doctors, hospitals, appliance repairs, cable tv providers, dog walkers, dentists, landscapers and more.
  • Consumer Reports
    Provides ratings, reviews, recommendations and buying advice for cars, appliances, electronics, home and garden, baby products, and more.
  • Price It! Antiques
    Search online and retail sites and auction houses in a variety of categories to see for what your antiques are selling.

Genealogy & Local History

  • (in-library use only)
    Provides access to more than 2 billion names, census records, military records, court, land and probate records, and passenger lists. Content added daily.

  • HeritageQuest
    Assembles U.S. federal census, banking and military records, local histories, primary source materials, and genealogical and local history serials.

  • Family Search
    Search over a billion names and images online.

    Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc.

  • Illinois State Archives
    Search statewide databases for marriages, deaths, veterans, land tract sales and more.

  • Lake County Genealogical Society
    Compiles links to local resources including cemeteries, churches, court records, obituaries, and more.

  • Lake County History Archives
    As part of the Lake County Discovery Museum, find out how to access their archives both online and in-person.

  • Wauconda Township Historical Society
    Learn about the area’s history and help preserve the Andrew C. Cook House museum.

Health & Medicine

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Click on the "Medicine" under the Subject listing to browse medical reference eBooks available 24/7.

  • General Reference Center
    Search magazine and journal articles on topics like general health, nutrition, and current research.

  • Health & Learning Center
    Generously provided for free by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Health Learning Center is a state-of-the-art health information library. 

  • MedLine Plus
    Easy to search and understand consumer medical information.

  • National Library of Medicine
    Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health; offers access to consumer, patient, and physician information, including Medline.

Homework Help

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Search hundreds of eReference Books, such as online encyclopedias, dictionaries, reference libraries and almanacs. Subcollections by subject make searching easier.

Jobs & Career

  • IllinoisWorkNet
    Submit your resume online for local jobs and connect with a Job Center for assistance with interviewing and improving job skills.

  • Illinois Skills Match
    Quickly match your job requirements and skills to thousands of job openings in Illinois.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - Careers
    Browse reference eBooks, including the College Blue Book, Careers & Occupations, and Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans.

  • ReferenceUSA
    Find nationwide company information. Create lists of companies by area or by industry type.


  • Mango Languages
    Learn a language from 12 complete courses and 25 basic courses (covering phrases common for travelers). For English speakers learning a foreign language, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL).


Magazine & Newspaper Articles

  • Daily Herald Digital Archives 1901-2013 (in-library use only)
    Explore newspaper articles dating as far back as 1901.  Use search features to find headlines on the day you were born, find old high school sports scores, wedding announcements, photographs, school news, and even lunch menus!

  • FirstSearch
    Connect to 13 different databases, including ArticleFirst, ECO, ERIC, Medline and GPO.

  • General Reference Center
    A general interest database with one easy-to-use interface. Find articles from newspapers, magazines and journals, many with full-text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, and hobbies.

  • Zinio
    Access popular newsstand titles like Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, National Geographic and more.

Public Records

  • Illinois Public Records
    Scroll through Chicagoland’s public records. Real estate transactions, mortgages, foreclosures, and more. Sort by name, city, zip code, and more.