Books, Authors & Series

Literary Reference Center

Novels, short stories, poems, plot summaries and synopses, and literary criticism. Research guides, lesson plans, and citation tools support student learning.

Literary Reference Center provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and contains plot summaries, synopses, work overviews, articles/essays of literary criticism and much more.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Just-right books for every reader!  Reading recommendations for kids' fiction and nonfiction that you can search by Lexile, subject, and grade level.

NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.

Are you looking for a list of all the books in a series in the correct order? This is the place!

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Novelist Plus

A popular and extensive tool for reading recommendations for fiction and non-fiction. Includes audiobook recommendations.

NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers' advisory resource. In addition to the fiction database that NoveList has offered, NoveList Plus adds nonfiction to provide a complete solution for your readers. With NoveList Plus, you can find titles, articles, and lists for both your fiction and nonfiction needs.

Are you looking for a list of all the books in a series in the correct order? This is the place!

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Business, Finance & Law

AtoZdatabases - Business, Person and Job Reference Data

Search Jobs, Businesses or Mailing Lists

AtoZdatabases is the premier reference and marketing database marketed to Library, Academic, and Government institutions throughout the U.S. This simple, user-friendly, web-based solution provides details on businesses and households within the U.S.

Subscription from AtoZdatabases. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier is the industry's most used business database for full-text business publications.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Legal Information Reference Center

Resources to assist you in legal matters of all kinds, including business law, financial planning, family law, property and real estate, and rights and disputes. Includes full-text reference books from Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Small Business Reference Center

Full-text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. Includes business videos, a help and advice section, and details on how to create business plans.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Citizenship & Civics

ProCitizen

Interactive exercises to prepare New Americans for the Naturalization Test. You can access online or use the free the Pronunciator app for Android, Apple, and Kindle Fire devices and choose ProCitizen.

Subscription from Pronunciator. Lansing Public Library card required for access.

ProCitizen Spanish

Ejercicios interactivos para preparar a los nuevos estadounidenses para el examen de naturalización. Puede acceder en línea o utilizar la aplicación gratuita Pronunciator para dispositivos Android, Apple y Kindle Fire y elegir ProCitizen.

Suscripción de Pronunciator. Se requiere la tarjeta de la biblioteca pública de Lansing para acceder.

Consumer & Auto

Auto Repair Source

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Offers a wealth of information to help you diagnose, repair, and maintain cars and vehicles. Includes service and repair procedures, diagrams, recall information, specifications, labor estimates, and parts pricing.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Consumer Reports

Unbiased product reviews.

Buying advice, product ratings, reviews, recommendations, money-saving advice and tips, and videos for products including appliances, electronics, food, and more.

Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit member organization that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace. We use our rigorous research, consumer insights, journalism, and policy expertise to inform purchase decisions, improve the products and services that businesses deliver, and drive regulatory and fair competitive practices.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Driver's Ed Practice Tests

Breeze through your DMV test when you study using real questions directly from the official driver's manual. Take a DMV practice test that's 73% more effective than the manual alone. Study at a much faster pace and learn from your mistakes in the Challenge Bank™, a test automatically made up of your missed questions.

Includes auto, motorcycle & CDL practice questions.

Provided by a partnership with https://driving-tests.org/

Do It Yourself (DIY)

Auto Repair Source

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Offers a wealth of information to help you diagnose, repair, and maintain cars and vehicles. Includes service and repair procedures, diagrams, recall information, specifications, labor estimates, and parts pricing.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

How-tos and creative ideas in arts and crafts, collecting, home and garden, indoor recreation, kids' crafts, model building, needlecrafts and textiles, outdoor recreation, performing arts, science and technology, and scrapbooking and papercrafts.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

eBooks and eAudiobooks

Comics Plus

Comics Plus is a digital platform offering thousands of digital comics, graphic novels and manga to readers through school, public, and academic libraries.  You can access titles using a smartphone, tablet, or web browser, and can be downloaded to multiple devices. There is never a wait to read, all titles are unlimited access simultaneous use.

Subscription from Comics Plus from Library Pass. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Inkie.org Library (formerly Biblioboard)

We are refocusing the content that is available on the BiblioBoard platform and rebranding it as Inkie.org Library. The revised platform will exclusively feature content by Illinois authors, creators, and communities. Collections will include the Indie Illinois e-book collection and the RAILS Community Collections multimedia anthologies.

Over the last several years, the RAILS Community Collections have consistently experienced the most engagement from users in Illinois. Focusing on content by Illinois creators and communities will help libraries promote the Inkie.org Library to their patrons. It will also tie the content directly to the self-publishing services available via Inkie.org.

The Inkie.org Library (Indie Illinois and RAILS Community Collections) is available to everyone in Illinois, courtesy of RAILS, regardless of whether they have a library card. Items on this platform have no holds, no waits, and can be accessed simultaneously via this link: https://illinois.biblioboard.com/.

Access to Inkie.org

Inkie.org provides geolocation-based authentication through the IP address of the user's computer or GPS coordinates of their mobile device. Anyone who is physically in Illinois can access the collection without a login. A patron who creates an optional account while in Illinois will be able to access the collection outside the state by logging into their account.

Your patrons have access to the collections through:

Subscription made possible by RAILS. No library card needed as long as you are in Illinois when you download the books.

 

If you are planning on traveling,setup an account, and you'll be able to download additional content while on the go!

 

Media on Demand from Overdrive

With Media on Demand from OverDrive, you can borrow and enjoy free eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, and more from your library's digital collection. All you need to get started is an internet connection, a library card, and these three steps:

1. Find your library

Find and open your library or school's digital collection using one of the following:

2. Borrow

Borrow a title from your library or school's digital collection. You'll need a valid library card or student ID to complete this step.

3. Enjoy

You can enjoy many titles immediately online, download them for offline use, or send borrowed eBooks to a Kindle device for the duration of your lending period.

You can also transfer titles from your computer to compatible eReaders or MP3 players.

For more help using OverDrive, check out the detailed guides below.

Subscription from Overdrive. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

SimplyE

Check out the free SimplyE app, available for iOS and Android.

Access more than 5,000 ebook titles--from the classics to contemporary fantasy and sci-fi--ALL FOR FREE by choosing DPLA as your library and tapping on the DPLA Collection.

No sign in or library card required! 

Encyclopedia

World Book Kids

Developed specifically for children in grades one through four, World Book Kids is a fun way to introduce computer research skills to primary students using a strong, reliable source.

The site offers image-based navigation, easy‐to‐read articles, thousands of illustrations, and a wealth of engaging games, science projects, and activities.

Subscription from World Book. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Genealogy & Biography

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry® Library Edition is one of the most important genealogical collections available today.  It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world! 

Subscription from ProQuest. Lansing Public Library Card required for access. In-library use only.

Fold3 Historical Military Records

Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

The records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.

Subscription from ProQuest. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Available through 10/31/22.

Geography, Maps & Travel

The World Factbook

The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

Updated weekly.

Free access.

Government, Law & Politics

The World Factbook

The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

Updated weekly.

Free access.

Health & Wellness

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete provides information directed towards the needs of the patients, and to help the understanding of health-related topics.

Full-text articles to support research in aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, and nutrition. Includes teen health topics for teens and parents.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

History

History Reference Center

Full-text articles to support research in history and genealogy and lesson plans to support student learning.

History Reference Center is the world's most extensive full-text history reference database, featuring full text for reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, periodicals and many other historical sources from leading history publishers.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

 

Issues in the News, Newspapers, Magazines & Journal Articles

Academic Search Premier

Full-text articles to support research in science, engineering, physics, technology, religion, and philosophy. Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

EBSCO MasterFILE Premier

A good place to start for research and homework. Includes full-text articles, reference books, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags.

Designed specifically for public libraries, this database provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Flipster

Browse the latest issues of digital magazines like Better Homes & Gardens, Black Beauty & Hair, Essence, Latino Leaders, Midwest Living and more! You can access titles using a smartphone, tablet, or web browser, and can be downloaded to multiple devices. There is never a wait to read, all titles are unlimited access simultaneous use.
 
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Lansing Journal/The Sun/Sun-Journal Newspapers (1935-1983)

Lansing Historical Society (Lansing, IL) started the digitization project in June 2006 and ended October 25, 2008.

Thank you to the 23 people who volunteered their time to help and for making these files available to researchers: Donald Olsen, Maxine Olsen, Marilyn Kooy, Jackie Ore, Tony DeLaurentis, Toni DeLaurentis, George Dommer, Gerri Besse, Therese Leisenfeld, Floyd Fairfield: did all the cutting, Lucille Sebahar, Phyllis Drewno, Paul Schultz, Lea Dommer, Carol Sebastian, Elayne Young, Patty Eidam, Bud Eidam, Betty Gapinski, Sandy Schultz, Diane Roberts, Norma Anderson, and Tom Highland: took all the photos.

A total of 62,873 pictures were taken. Volunteers met 56 times for a total of about 220 hours of labor for the project.

Internet access to the files was provided by a partnership between Lansing Historical Society and Lansing Public Library in 2015, making them available to researchers worldwide!

Media on Demand from Overdrive

With Media on Demand from OverDrive, you can borrow and enjoy free eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, and more from your library's digital collection. All you need to get started is an internet connection, a library card, and these three steps:

1. Find your library

Find and open your library or school's digital collection using one of the following:

2. Borrow

Borrow a title from your library or school's digital collection. You'll need a valid library card or student ID to complete this step.

3. Enjoy

You can enjoy many titles immediately online, download them for offline use, or send borrowed eBooks to a Kindle device for the duration of your lending period.

You can also transfer titles from your computer to compatible eReaders or MP3 players.

For more help using OverDrive, check out the detailed guides below.

Subscription from Overdrive. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Points of View Reference Center

Resources for students to understand issues, develop criticial thinking skills, and develop persuasive arguments. Includes essays, overviews, articles, and transcripts on, citizens' rights, earth and environmental issues, global issues, health and medicine, and media and communications.

Points of View Reference Center contains 400 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

The Lansing Journal (2017-)

Every community deserves a good newspaper. The Lansing Journal serves residents and businesses in Lansing, Illinois, with community-building news and info.

Free access.

Languages Including English as a Second Language (ESL)

Pronunciator

The world’s most comprehensive language-learning service. 164 languages to learn, 144 languages to learn them in. Years of learning activities within each language. Includes live tutors, feature films, music with lyrics, pronunciation analysis, quizzes, and more!

You can access online or use the free the Pronunciator app for Android, Apple, and Kindle Fire devices.

Learn English with the largest ESL resource in the world

Pronunciator’s American English course is the most comprehensive in the world, with over 50,000 instructional phrases (and 10,000 instructional videos). Having this much didactic content means that Pronunciator can create highly robust personalized courses for you, targeted to your personal interests, your occupation, your learning goals, and your available time for learning.

Pronunciator’s courses for Australian, British, Canadian, Indian, Irish, New Zealand and Scottish English are also the largest available, with 10,000 instructional phrases each.

You can learn any of these English varieties from any of 120 home languages. Each home language has translations, navigation options, thousands of hours of audio lessons, and often narrators and virtual coaches in that language, for a truly localized — and personalized — learning experience.

Subscription from Pronunciator. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Pronunciator Spanish

El servicio de aprendizaje de idiomas más completo del mundo. 164 idiomas para aprender, 144 idiomas para aprender. Años de actividades de aprendizaje dentro de cada idioma. ¡Incluye tutores en vivo, largometrajes, música con letra, análisis de pronunciación, cuestionarios y más! Puede acceder en línea o utilizar la aplicación gratuita Pronunciator para dispositivos Android, Apple y Kindle Fire.

Suscripción de Pronunciator. Se requiere la tarjeta de la biblioteca pública de Lansing para acceder.

Read It!

Resources for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects.

Includes text-to-speech tools and Lexile Measures to indicate a text's level of reading difficulty.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Science & Technology

Science Reference Center

Full-text articles to support research in applied sciences, biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and energy. Includes the Science Image Collection, a database of high-quality science images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA, and Nature Picture Library.

Science Reference Center is a full-text database that covers earth science, life science, technology, health and other popular topics discussed by today's science researchers.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Sports, Recreation & Leisure

Hiveclass

Hiveclass is a digital platform dedicated to transforming passive scrolling into Active Screentime. We offer a solution to kids who spend, on average, nearly six hours per day online by providing content that allows young athletes to learn new skills, master unique tricks, and explore different sports in bite-sized lessons.

Our users can explore skills videos across field hockey, lacrosse, dance, soccer, fitness, self-defense, volleyball, basketball and tennis. New videos and new sports are added all the time!

Subscription from Hiveclass. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Students & Teachers

AWE Learning

Free Printables from AWE Learning

We are constantly adding more FREE worksheets; including writing prompts, math practice, sight words, and more.

Explora

Ensure student and educator success with EBSCO’s new interface for schools and public libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users,  supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

Includes:

  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic to give students research ideas
  • Topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Middle Search Plus

Resources to support middle school students, including biographies, magazines, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags. Includes Sports Illustrated Kids, Scholastic News, National Geographic and dozens more. Articles include reading level indicators (Lexile).

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Points of View Reference Center

Resources for students to understand issues, develop criticial thinking skills, and develop persuasive arguments. Includes essays, overviews, articles, and transcripts on, citizens' rights, earth and environmental issues, global issues, health and medicine, and media and communications.

Points of View Reference Center contains 400 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Primary Search

Resources to support elementary school students, including encyclopedias specifically for kids, articles from children's magazines including Highlights and Junior Scholastic, and a large image collection.

Designed for elementary school libraries, Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness and space exploration.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Read It!

Resources for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects.

Includes text-to-speech tools and Lexile Measures to indicate a text's level of reading difficulty.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Video Streaming

Kanopy

With Kanopy, you can borrow and enjoy free movies from your library's digital collection. All you need to get started is an internet connection, a library card, and these three steps:

1. Find your library

Find and open your library digital collection using one of the following:

2. Borrow

Borrow a title from your library's digital collection. You'll need a valid library card to complete this step.

3. Enjoy

You can enjoy many titles immediately online, download them for offline use, or pause your stream and restart it later for the duration of your lending period.

For more help using Kanopy, check out the detailed guide below.

Subscription from Kanopy. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Kanopy Kids

With Kanopy, you can borrow and enjoy free movies from your library's digital collection. All you need to get started is an internet connection, a library card, and these three steps:

1. Find your library

Find and open your library digital collection using one of the following:

2. Borrow

Borrow a title from your library's digital collection. You'll need a valid library card to complete this step.

3. Enjoy

You can enjoy many titles immediately online, download them for offline use, or pause your stream and restart it later for the duration of your lending period.

For more help using Kanopy, check out the detailed guide below.

Subscription from Kanopy. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.