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Online resources

 * Starred resources require a Chicago Ridge Library Card to access outside the library building.

  • Ancestry Library (In-Library Use Only)

    Search billions of genealogy documents—including census, military, immigration, birth, and death records—in the library version of Ancestry.com.

  • Become a U.S. Citizen (LearningExpress Library)*

    Prepare for your United States citizenship exam and learn how to get a green card.

  • Citizenship Resources In Spanish*

    Prepárese para su Examen de Ciudadanía y Gane su Tarjeta Verde.

  • Consumer Reports*

    Find ratings and recommendations on appliances, electronics, cars, and more from the popular magazine and website.

  • Digital Learn

    Videos to help you understand computers and digital literacy. Topics include: Getting Started on the Computer, Basic Search, Navigating a Website, Intro to Email, Intro to Word, Online Job Searching, Intro to Facebook, and more.

  • EBSCO Discovery

    Search popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers, covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Includes primary source documents, images, videos, and more.

  • Explora Public Libraries*

    Access high-quality articles and facts for research papers, class projects and homework. 

  • GCF Learn Free

    Learn the essential skills you need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, resume writing, personal finance, graphic design and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

  • Illinois DMV Practice Tests

    Information about obtaining a driving permit in Illinois for cars and motorcycles, including the Illinois Rules of the Road and the Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual. Includes 9 free practice tests to prepare for the DMV test for a permit to drive a car and 6 free practice tests to prepare for the motorcycle permit test.

  • Illinois Public Records*

    Search key public record data for personal and business use. Databases include: Bankruptcy Records, Business Licenses, Divorce Records, DUI Records, Felony Records, Foreclosures and Auctions, Misdemeanor Records, Mortgage Records, Real Estate Transactions, State and Federal Tax Liens, and Tax Sale Properties. For access inside the library, click here.

  • LearningExpress Library*

    LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks 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.

  • Mango Languages*

    Mango Languages’ PhD-created, linguist-approved language-learning software teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging.

  • Medline Plus

    Trusted health information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Search for health topics, drugs, supplements, and read informative health articles.

  • Moraine Valley ESL

    Information about Moraine Valley's English as a Second Language (ESL) program and Intensive English Language Program (IELP).

  • NoveList K-8 Plus*

    Discover great books for children from kindergarten through grade 8. Browse lists of award-winning titles or search for books by grade level or Lexile score.

  • NoveList Plus*

    Find recommendations and reviews for adult and teen fiction and nonfiction based on your favorite titles, authors, and genres.

  • Property Tax Exemptions - Cook County Assessor's Office

    Find the forms for the Homeowner Exemption, Senior Citizen Exemption, Senior Freeze exemption and more here.

  • Recursos En Espaol*

    Este centro ofrece a los adultos que están muy ocupados los recursos para mejorar sus habilidades básicas, ganar sus credenciales de GED® o ser ciudadano estadounidense.

  • Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral Program - Cook County Treasurer

    The Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral program is a tax-relief program that works like a loan. It allows qualified seniors to defer a maximum of $5,000 per tax year (this includes 1st and 2nd installments) on their primary home. The loan from the State of Illinois is paid when the property is sold, or upon the death of the participant.

  • Tax Forms - Federal
  • Tax Forms - Illinois
  • Tax Help - Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers
  • USA Learns

    USA Learns is a free website that helps adults learn English and prepare for U.S. citizenship online. 

    • NoveList K-8 Plus*

      Discover great books for children from kindergarten through grade 8. Browse lists of award-winning titles or search for books by grade level or Lexile score.

    • NoveList Plus*

      Find recommendations and reviews for adult and teen fiction and nonfiction based on your favorite titles, authors, and genres.

    • Illinois Public Records*

      Search key public record data for personal and business use. Databases include: Bankruptcy Records, Business Licenses, Divorce Records, DUI Records, Felony Records, Foreclosures and Auctions, Misdemeanor Records, Mortgage Records, Real Estate Transactions, State and Federal Tax Liens, and Tax Sale Properties. For access inside the library, click here.

    • Digital Learn

      Videos to help you understand computers and digital literacy. Topics include: Getting Started on the Computer, Basic Search, Navigating a Website, Intro to Email, Intro to Word, Online Job Searching, Intro to Facebook, and more.

    • GCF Learn Free

      Learn the essential skills you need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, resume writing, personal finance, graphic design and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

    • Consumer Reports*

      Find ratings and recommendations on appliances, electronics, cars, and more from the popular magazine and website.

    • Illinois Public Records*

      Search key public record data for personal and business use. Databases include: Bankruptcy Records, Business Licenses, Divorce Records, DUI Records, Felony Records, Foreclosures and Auctions, Misdemeanor Records, Mortgage Records, Real Estate Transactions, State and Federal Tax Liens, and Tax Sale Properties. For access inside the library, click here.

    • Mango Languages*

      Mango Languages’ PhD-created, linguist-approved language-learning software teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging.

    • Moraine Valley ESL

      Information about Moraine Valley's English as a Second Language (ESL) program and Intensive English Language Program (IELP).

    • Recursos En Español*

      Este centro ofrece a los adultos que están muy ocupados los recursos para mejorar sus habilidades básicas, ganar sus credenciales de GED® o ser ciudadano estadounidense.

    • USA Learns

      USA Learns is a free website that helps adults learn English and prepare for U.S. citizenship online. 

    • Ancestry Library (In-Library Use Only)

      Search billions of genealogy documents—including census, military, immigration, birth, and death records—in the library version of Ancestry.com.

    • Medline Plus

      Trusted health information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Search for health topics, drugs, supplements, and read informative health articles.

    • EBSCO Discovery

      Search popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers, covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Includes primary source documents, images, videos, and more.

    • Explora Public Libraries*

      Access high-quality articles and facts for research papers, class projects and homework. 

    • GCF Learn Free

      Learn the essential skills you need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, resume writing, personal finance, graphic design and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

    • LearningExpress Library*

      LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks 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.

    • Digital Learn

      Videos to help you understand computers and digital literacy. Topics include: Getting Started on the Computer, Basic Search, Navigating a Website, Intro to Email, Intro to Word, Online Job Searching, Intro to Facebook, and more.

    • GCF Learn Free

      Learn the essential skills you need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, resume writing, personal finance, graphic design and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

    • LearningExpress Library*

      LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks 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.

    • Mango Languages*

      Mango Languages’ PhD-created, linguist-approved language-learning software teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging.

    • Become a U.S. Citizen (LearningExpress Library)*

      Prepare for your United States citizenship exam and learn how to get a green card.

    • Citizenship Resources In Spanish*

      Prepárese para su Examen de Ciudadanía y Gane su Tarjeta Verde.

    • GCF Learn Free

      Learn the essential skills you need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, resume writing, personal finance, graphic design and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

    • Illinois DMV Practice Tests

      Information about obtaining a driving permit in Illinois for cars and motorcycles, including the Illinois Rules of the Road and the Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual. Includes 9 free practice tests to prepare for the DMV test for a permit to drive a car and 6 free practice tests to prepare for the motorcycle permit test.

    • LearningExpress Library*

      LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks 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.

    • Recursos En Español*

      Este centro ofrece a los adultos que están muy ocupados los recursos para mejorar sus habilidades básicas, ganar sus credenciales de GED® o ser ciudadano estadounidense.

    • Illinois Public Records*

      Search key public record data for personal and business use. Databases include: Bankruptcy Records, Business Licenses, Divorce Records, DUI Records, Felony Records, Foreclosures and Auctions, Misdemeanor Records, Mortgage Records, Real Estate Transactions, State and Federal Tax Liens, and Tax Sale Properties. For access inside the library, click here.