Contact a Reference Librarian

Welcome from Reference Librarians Mary and John! We can answer reference questions, order materials through interlibrary loan, and notarize documents for you. Please stop by the library or call us at (708) 447-0869 or email Mary.

Online Resources

The library subscribes to 7 databases listed further down and 14 EBSCO databases.  They are:

Consumer Reports where you can find ratings of over 5,000 products.

MasterFile Premier which provides full text for nearly 1,700 general interest periodicals dating back to 1975 (listed in EBSCOhost Research Databases).

MEDLINE which provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more (listed in EBSCOhost Research Databases).

ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, which provides access to education literature and resources (listed in EBSCOhost Research Databases).

Newswires which provides near real-time access to top world-wide news from the Associated Press, United Press International, PR Newswire, Xinhua, CNN Wire, and Business Wire on a continuous basis (listed in EBSCOhost Research Databases).

Science Reference Center which contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.

NoveList Plus where you can search for reading recommendations, author read-alikes and award winners.

NoveList K-8 Plus for children and teen reading recommendations.

Student Research Center which contains many full text articles on various topics.

Kids Search – Middle & Elementary School where kids can search various topics in books, encyclopedias, biographies, newspapers, photos, maps and flags.

Explora for student research which includes the subjects Arts and Literature, Biography, Business and Careers, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History and Social Science, and Science and Math.

Explora Educator’s Edition for teacher resources which includes Lesson Plans, Student Tools, Curriculum Standards, and Valuable Sites for Teachers.

Consumer Health Complete where you can find easy-to-understand health and medical information in popular reference books, encyclopedias and magazine articles.

Small Business Reference Center provides information on topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business.

Click here for our EBSCO Databases


The library  also subscribes to AtoZdatabases (NEW!), Chicago Sun-Times, North Riverside Suburban Life, Opposing Viewpoints, Britannica OnlineGrolier Lands and Peoples and Career Cruising.  (Click on databases below.)  You can access all of our databases at the library or at home. Just enter your library barcode.

AtoZdatabases – NEW!  Find a person; find a business; do a job search and use a resume template; do genealogy, background and criminal searches; and much more!

Chicago Sun-Times (NewsBank) – Full-text articles from the Chicago Sun-Times going back to 1986 as well as “Newsweek” and 27 other news magazines.  Also includes Special Reports and Hot Topics.

North Riverside Suburban Life (NewsBank) - Search local and state issues and community events on topics such as business, health, education, government, politics, sports and more from 2/4/09-Current.   Also includes Special Reports and Hot Topics.

Opposing Viewpoints – Covers today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to violent video games.

Britannica Online - Search the Britannica Library which includes three sites in one: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for older students and adults.

Grolier Lands and Peoples - Provides information on countries and the various people groups and cultures that inhabit our earth.

Career Cruising  - Offers information on job searching, including resume creation and interview preparation, and assists with career development by delivering data regarding hundreds of occupations, colleges and universities, and scholarships.


Free Websites

Affordable Care Act – At this site, you’ll find the Health Insurance Marketplace where you can go to apply for health coverage, compare plans, and enroll.

Health Care Reform in Illinois – Learn how the Affordable Care Act will affect residents of Illinois.

Land of Lincoln Health – The first and only CO-OP in Illinois where you can also find health insurance coverage.


Project Gutenberg - Offers over 40,000 free high quality ebooks to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device.


Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) – Provides unlimited access to more than 1.4 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education –related materials.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

Employment – Find jobs and see company salaries, reviews, and interviews – all posted anonymously by employees.

indeedjob search – Provides access to jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards. – Provides quick access to jobs found on thousands of employer websites and job boards in Illinois and all around the web.

LinkUp Job Search Engine – Search for job openings direct from local company websites. Search and apply direct!

Government: – Whatever you want or need from the U.S. Government is here.  You’ll find a rich treasure of online information, services, and resources. – Look up and print federal tax forms and publications and access other online services.

Illinois Department of Revenue –  Look up and print state tax forms and publications.

Illinois Department on Aging – Look up and print the Circuit Breaker form IL-1363 and find assistance on aging issues.

Find-It! Illinois – Searches the websites and publications created by the State of Illinois.

North Riverside, Illinois –  Search the website of the village of North Riverside.


Medline Plus – Brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health to help answer health questions.  It also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and the latest health news.


Worldcat – Search for items in other libraries throughout the state.  Ask a reference librarian to request an item for you through Interlibrary Loan.

I-Share – Search for library materials in academic or college libraries in Illinois.  Ask your reference librarian to request an item for you.

RAILS Library System -The Library System to which the North Riverside Public Library belongs.