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Can’t make to SMRLD during our regular business hours? You’re in luck! Many of our resources are available online anytime; 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Please see below for a chart of available online resources.  Click the table headers to sort columns by your preferred method (Title, Category, etc.).

While using the library’s internet, please click the Title links in the “Title” column.
While using your own internet, please click the Yes links in the “Accessible from home?” column.

TitleDescriptionAccessible from home?CategoryAppeal Level
ABCmouse.comEarly learning activities for children ages 2-8.NoOnline LearningKids
Academic Search PremieArticles from thousands of magazines/journals, covering all topics.YesGeneral
America's NewsSearch current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Find titles from across the US and Illinois. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.YesNewspapers/History
Ancestry Library EditionFamily history data, census information, immigration, etc.NoGenealogyEveryone
Auto Repair Source™Auto Repair Source™ contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. Database content includes more than 31,660 vehicles covered from 1945 to present; including drawings and step-by-step photographs, technical service bulletins, recalls, enhanced wiring diagrams, specifications and maintenance schedules.YesAutomotive
Belleville News Democrat Archives2000 – Today. Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the BND. Includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.YesNewspapers/History
Biblioboard LibraryDiscover local content from self published authors, top indie e-books reviewed by Library Journal, and so much more through Biblioboard library. No hold lists or login required!YesBooks
Biography Reference CenterBiography Reference Center provides thousands of reliable full-text biographies, including the complete full text of Biography Today and Biography, plus narrative biographies not available in other databases. In addition to keyword search, users can locate biographies by subject occupation, nationality, activity, gender, lifespan and more.YesGeneral
Business Source PremierArticles, market research, industry reports,country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.YesBusiness
Chilton Auto RepairStep-by-step instructions for vehicle specific maintenance and repair. ASE test prep questions for common certifications.YesAutomotive
Cloud LibraryAccess thousands of e-books and audiobooks for readers of all ages.YesBooksEveryone
Consumer Health CompleteConsumer Health Complete (CHC) is a full-text database designed to support patients’ information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.YesHealth & Wellness
Consumer ReportsConsumer Reports (CR) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to unbiased product testing, investigative journalism, consumer-oriented research, public education, and consumer advocacy. Product reviews for home, health, electronics, etc. You can also browse individual CR issues (2009-present).YesGeneral
Digital Public Library of AmericaDiscover millions of images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States.YesGeneral
Explora Primary SchoolsEasy-to-find articles and research on a variety of topics for elementary students.YesGeneralKids
Explora Public LibrariesEasy-to-find articles and research on a variety of topics for elementary students.YesGeneral
Explora Secondary SchoolsEasy-to-find articles and research on a variety of topics for middle and high school students.YesGeneralTeens
Find a Topic“Find a Topic” is a tool that allows you to browse research topics and quickly find relevant articles on a selected topic. Each broad topical area contains multiple sub-topics that lead to pertinent articles. Articles are found via searches that have been carefully crafted by NewsBank’s editorial team.YesNewspapers/History
Funk & Wagnalls New World EncyclopediaOver 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.YesGeneralEveryone
Heritage Quest OnlineCensus records 1790-1930, family/local histories, PERSI article index, Revolutionary War applicationsYesGenealogyEveryone
History Reference CenterHistory Reference Center offers full text from books, magazines, and encyclopedias on historical topics. It contains thousands of historical documents, biographies of historical figures, and historical photos and maps.YesHistory
Illinois Digital ArchivesThe Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) was created in 2000, as a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois. What can you find in the Illinois Digital Archives? Photographs, slides, glass negatives; Oral histories; Manuscripts and letters; Federal government documents; Postcards; Posters; Videos; Newspapers; Maps; and much more.YesHistory
Illinois Driving Practice TestsThese practice tests are good for the permit test, driver’s license test and the senior citizens’ refresher test. The written part of those tests at all Illinois DMV locations is the same.YesOnline LearningTeens/Adults
Illinois Legal Aid OnlineLearn about Illinois law and take action with free legal forms, referrals and clear information on issues dealing with family, housing, debt, work, and more.YesLegal
Indeed.comLarge job search website.YesJobs & CareersTeens/Adults is a suite of resources – available to everyone in Illinois at no charge – that supports local authors with online creation and publishing tools and allow readers to access locally-produced content.YesBooks
Internet Movie DatabaseIMDb, the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content.YesGeneral
KDL What’s NextSearch for series titles by author, book title, or series title. Kent District Library’s database gives the order of books in a series too.YesBooks
Learning Express LibraryLearningExpress Library features online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.YesOnline LearningEveryone
LearningExpress Jobs and Careers AcceleratorLearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator gives job seekers the most comprehensive collection of job search and career exploration tools anywhere — all in one place and always available online. It includes resume and letter builders with targeted samples and tips, millions of job and internship postings, interviewing advice and a personal dashboard to track users’ work.YesOnline LearningTeens/Adults
Learning Express Computer Skills CenterToday, life happens on the computer. Computers are used to look for jobs, find information and to stay in touch with friends and family. LearningExpress Computer Skills are dynamic online multimedia tutorials that help patrons and students learn the fundamentals of the computer, the internet and popular software applications.YesOnline LearningEveryone
Legal Information Reference CenterSearch or browse legal forms and information. Search legal forms by state.YesLegal
Literary Reference CenterLiterary Reference Center contains full text for plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, literary criticisms, author biographies, literary journals, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, classic and contemporary short stories, author interviews, and classic texts.YesBooks
Local Job OpportunitiesUpdated frequently, this page features local job opportunities. Compiled and curated by Six Mile Regional Library District staff.YesJobs & CareersTeens/Adults
Madison County JournalSearch the Madison County Journal for years 2003-2016.YesHistory
MasterFILE PremierUpdated daily, this database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Also contains reference books, primary source documents and an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.YesGeneral
MedlinePlusMedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Website for patients and their families and friends. 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.YesHealth & Wellness
Middle Search PlusMiddle Search Plus provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. Also contains biographies, primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flagsYesGeneralKids/Teens
National Library of Medicine – Drug Information PortalA gateway to selected prescription drug information from the National Library of Medicine and other key government agencies.YesHealth & Wellness
Newsbank World News (1978-current)This comprehensive news collection is ideal for exploring issues and events at the local, regional, national and international level. Its diverse source types include print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos. Use it to explore a specific event or to compare a wide variety of viewpoints on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people. Content is easily searched and sorted through an intuitive, map-based interface.YesNewspapers/History
Novelist K-8 PlusHelp connect young readers to books of interest. Includes YA books as well as children’s titles. Includes Lexile and Accelerated Reading levels.YesBooksKids/Teens
Novelist PlusFind fiction/nonfiction based on your interests.YesBooksEveryone
Oxford Reference2 million digitized entries across Oxford University Press’ Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias.YesGeneral
Points of View Reference CenterContaining resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides full-text resources that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, and better understand controversial issues.YesGeneralTeens
Primary SearchFind books, journals, and more.YesGeneral
Regional Business NewsRegional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.YesBusiness
Science Reference CenterThis database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.YesScience
Six Mile Regional Library District CatalogLibrary catalog for all holdings available through the Illinois Heartland Library System. Log in to place requests, check on your library account, and access Worldcat database holdings.YesBooks & MediaEveryone
Six Miles of Local HistoryWeb site is devoted to the history of the three communities served by the Six Mile Regional Library District: the city of Granite City, the village of Pontoon Beach, and the unincorporated area of Mitchell, Illinois.YesHistory
Small Business Reference CenterThe Small Business Reference Center is a comprehensive resource for small business owners and those interested in starting a business, offering sample business plans, U.S. tax forms, videos and more. It supports small business owners in all relevant areas from planning, financing and managing a business to exit strategies.YesBusiness
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Archives1988 – Today Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.YesNewspapers/History
Transparent Language OnlineThe most comprehensive, effective, and engaging way to learn over 120 languages, including ESL YesOnline Learning
USA JobsSearch and apply for Federal government jobs.YesJobs & CareersTeens/Adults
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hoopla allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. YesBooks & MediaEveryone
FamilySearchDiscover your family’s story through historical records.​ With a collection of billions of records, you can piece together your ancestors’ history and bring their stories to life. You can also find your family in the world's largest shared family tree.YesGenealogyEveryone
Family Guides-COVID-19Family Guides for COVID-19 from Unite for Literacy. Books in the collections are written in English and Spanish and all of them have voice over narration in around 30 other languages. YesBooksEveryone
Early Readers-Rotating CollectionEarly Readers Rotating Collection from Unite for Literacy. Books in the collections are written in English and Spanish and all of them have voice over narration in around 30 other languages. YesBooksKids, a service of The Princeton Review, helps learners realize and reach their full potential. 3,000+ expert, online tutors connect with students at their precise moment of need, so they receive the support they need to feel confident, persist through their educational journey, and achieve success. YesOnline LearningEveryone
OverDrive/LibbyBorrow and read free ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines from your library (Six Mile Regional Library District under the Rolling Prairie Consortium) using your phone or tablet. YesBooksEveryone
Black Freedom Struggle in the U.S.ProQuest invites you to explore a selection of freely available primary source documentsYesHistoryEveryone
Edwardsville Intelligencer CollectionExplore Edwardsville area history through local news, events and people with the Edwardsville Intelligencer Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Available remotely 24/7 on any device.YesNewspapers/History
St Louis Post-Dispatch CollectionExplore St. Louis area history through local news, events and people with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Available remotely 24/7 on any device.YesNewspapers/History
Six Mile Regional Library District Online Research CollectionOnline Access to over 40 of our print research materials from The Reference Shelf, Salem Press, and Grey House Publishing. View titles individually or search across all titles at once.YesGeneral
Niche AcademyAn online learning platform made for libraries. The platform gives individual libraries their own online academies that can be used as a teaching tool with tutorials on various library resources.YesGeneral
Explore More IllinoisExplore More Illinois is a free service provided by SMRLD that provides instant online access to free and discounted tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theatres, and other fun and local cultural venues.YesGeneralEveryone
Granite City Press-Record ArchivesThe Granite City Press-Record was published from April 22, 1903, when it was called the Granite City Press, until December 26, 2012, as the Press-Record. The Granite City Press-Record covered the news and human-interest stories about Granite City, Pontoon Beach, Mitchell, Madison, and Venice, Illinois. The Granite City Press-Record archives were digitally transferred from the Library’s microfilm collection in a massive undertaking requiring many hours of work by SMRLD staff and others. It is our pleasure to make these archives available for public use, free-of-charge.YesHistory
Illinois Digital Newspaper CollectionsThere are five collections on this site that are free to search, free to browse, and free to download, containing 204,967 issues from 182 newspapers Illinois Newspapers; Farm, Field and Fireside (farm newspapers); American Popular Entertainment (vaudeville newspapers); Collegiate Chronicle (student newspapers); and Black NewspapersYesNewspapers/History Everyone
Alton TelegraphSearch full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of the Alton Telegraph. Available remotely 24/7 on any device.YesNewspapers/History
Reference SolutionsLeading business and consumer data for libraries and their patrons From everyday research to new business ventures, our library patron users leverage our data for growth and success.YesBusiness
Illinois Financial Wellness HubReach your financial goals one step at a time. Join Enrich, a personal finance program provided by Illinois State Treasurer. Resources for all income levels and stages of life. Some popular topics include: Goal setting and budgeting; Saving for an emergency; Retirement planning; Planning for a child’s education; Managing debt; Buying a home; Estate planning; Social Security; and InvestingYesFinance

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Upcoming Events

  • Fire Safety Story Time with the Granite City Fire Department September 23, 2023 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am Six Mile Regional Library District - Johnson Road Branch, 2145 Johnson Rd, Granite City, IL 62040, USA Fire Safety Story Time with the Granite City Fire DepartmentSaturday, September 2310 AM at SMRLD, 2145 Johnson RdEnjoy Stories, Meet Fire Fighters and See their truck!
  • Teen Advisory Group September 23, 2023 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Six Mile Regional Library District, 2001 Delmar Ave, Granite City, IL 62040, USA TAG = Teen Advisory GroupTAG is for volunteers ages 13-17 who use their voice to improve the library's teen services, materials, and so much more!Meetings are at 12 PM Saturday,Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 at 2001 Delmar AveTell us what you think!Questions? Email [email protected] or call the Youth Services department at 618-452-6238 ext 720
  • Nintendo Switch September 23, 2023 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Teen Room, 2001 Delmar Ave, Granite City, IL 62040, USA Nintendo SwitchEvery Saturday, 1-4 PMTeen Room, 2001 Delmar AveGrades 7-12For more information email the Teen Services Librarian at: [email protected]
  • Get Crafty! September 23, 2023 at 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Six Mile Regional Library District, 2001 Delmar Ave, Granite City, IL 62040, USA Get Crafty!2-3:30 PM | 2001 Delmar AveSaturday, September 9 - Intuitive JournalsSaturday, September 23 - Autumn LanternsSaturday, October 14 - Ghost GarlandsSaturday, October 28 - Relaxation kits18+ | Registration RequiredCall 618-452-6238 ext. 730 to Register
  • Story Time September 25, 2023 at 10:00 am – 10:30 am 2145 Johnson Rd, Granite City, IL 62040, USA Story TimeEnjoy stories, music and crafts!Mondays at 10 AMSMRLD 2145 Johnson Road&Wednesdays at 6 PMSMRLD 2001 Delmar AveQuestions? Email [email protected] or call the Youth Services department at 618-452-6238

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