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If you live anywhere in 62040 and need a library card, apply online at card.smrld.org

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 PremierArticles from thousands of magazines/journals, covering all topics.YesGeneral
American Decades 1900-1999Cross-disciplinary source for junior and high school students and teachers, public librarians and general researchers who need to document and analyze periods of contemporary American social history (1900-1999).YesHistoryKids/Teens
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.YesGenealogy
Audio Book CloudStreaming audio book titles for all ages. No checkouts or waiting for titles. Simply click and start listening!YesBooksKids/Teens
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 applicationsNoGenealogyEveryone
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
Home Improvements Reference CenterDesigned to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance, and remodeling projects. This resource provides step-by-step instructions for thousands of projects, and articles from magazines and reference books.YesGeneral
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
Inkie.orgInkie.org 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
LearningExpress 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
MorningstarMutual Funds, Stocks, ETFs; investment screening tools.NoBusiness
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.NoGeneral
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
Pressbooks PublicInterested in getting your novel, memoir, poetry collection, children’s book and more in eBook and print-ready formats? Pressbooks Public is an easy-to-use online tool that allows you to create professional quality versions of your book in ePUB,MOBI, PDF and more—all through your library.YesBooks
Primary SearchFind books, journals, and more.YesGeneral
RBDigitalDownloadable e-book, audiobook, and magazine titles available for check out.YesBooksEveryone
reference USABusiness directory, residential listings, demographics, health care listings. Records can be downloaded for mailing/contact lists.NoBusiness
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 – from rbdigitalYesOnline Learning
TumblebooksAnimated books you can read along with! Includes learning puzzles, games, and language learning activities. Materials available in English, Spanish, and French.YesBooksKids
US History in ContextContains reference material, primary source documents, and periodicals.YesHistory
USA JobsSearch and apply for Federal government jobs.YesJobs & CareersTeens/Adults
TumbleMathGrades K-6 math ebook database.YesBooksKids
TeenBookCloudGrades 7-12 ebook database.YesBooksKids/Teens
AudioBookCloudAll ages audiobook database.YesBooksEveryone
RomanceBookCloudA huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!YesBooksAdults
hooplahoopla 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
Tutor.comTutor.com, 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

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