Online Resources

Our online resources may be accessed using your Oswego Public Library District’s 14-digit library card number as your password/user ID, unless otherwise indicated. Some are available for use only in the library.

Access Business News
Consolidates current and archived content from the complete, full-text electronic editions of more than 350 business and law journals, local and regional business news weeklies, and other news sources across North America.  The collection features extensive coverage of industries, markets, companies, executives and products to meet a wide range of business needs.

Access World News
Find information on topics related to current issues and events, education, government, politics, and more from a variety of news media including newspapers, videos, and web-only content.

America’s News
Complete electronic editions of more than 2,700 news sources nationwide. Includes the Aurora Beacon-News, Chicago Sun-Times, Joliet Herald-News, and the Naperville Sun.

Auto Repair Source

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.

Beacon News (1997-Current)
Find information on Aurora area community issues and events, business, education, government, sports and more.

Pairs classic video storybooks and related nonfiction eBooks. Reinforces early reading skills for ages pre-K through 3rd grade.

Check Illinois
Check Illinois allows consumers and businesses alike the opportunity to perform quick background checks on individuals and businesses – quickly, easily, and affordably

Chicago Tribune Historical Archive
Full-text Chicago Tribune articles from the 19th and 20th centuries, including obituaries and death notices.

Demographics Now: Business and People
Provides highly-detailed demographic data, ideal for gaining consumer and market insight, finding an untapped audience for products, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and more.  Business and residential lists as well as detailed demographic reports can be compiled by users

EBSCO General Topics & Health Searches (MasterFile Premier)
Access full-text articles for nearly 1,750 general reference publications, including Consumer Reports Magazine. Covers virtually every subject area of general interest and contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and 164,424 primary source documents.

EBSCO General Topics & Health Searches
(en español)

Índices y resúmenes periódicos, así como los artículos a texto completo de cientos de publicaciones periódicas.

Find information on thousands of subjects in full-text articles and abstracts from scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, reference books, and more.  Also includes 60,000 videos from the Associated Press.

Explora Primary Schools
All the same features of Explora geared specifically for the K-8 audience.

GALE Encyclopedia of Medicine
Provides information on almost 2,000 medical disorders and concepts. Each article includes in-depth discussion of causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, procedures, and other related topics.

Gale Small Business Builder
A step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. Formerly known as Intercept® Library Edition. 

Heritage Quest
A genealogy resource that includes U.S. federal census records from 1790 to 1930, Revolutionary War pension records, Freedman’s Bank records, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI™), genealogy and local history books, and more.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
This database offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.

Illinois Digital Sanborn Maps
Large-scale plans of Illinois cities and towns between 1867 and 1970, providing detailed property and land-use information.
User name:  oswego; password:  welcome

Kendall County Record

Kendall County Record
Click here to search the Kendall County Record  from 2015– today. Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues. Includes editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections. Available from inside the library or from home.

Legal Self-Help Center: Kendall County
Provides access to Illinois legal information and help for residents regarding legal forms and information on the legal process in Kendall County.

Covers more than 25 different areas of the law and also provides links to other free legal resources.

Legal Forms
Provides a wide selection of Illinois legal forms, including real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen’s language.

Morningstar Investment Research Center
A resource for researching stocks and mutual funds and analyzing your personal investment portfolio.

Do you or your child want to learn a new language? Muzzy features video content, interactive games and exercises, and much more. Muzzy is a fun way for all ages to immerse themselves in a new language. The languages currently available are English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish with more languages to be added.

Novelist K-8 Plus
All the same features of NovelList geared specifically for the K-8 reading audience.

Novelist Plus
Find your next great fiction or nonfiction read here!
Lists of award-winning books and recommended reads, author readalikes, book discussion guides, reviews, series listed in order, and more.

OCLC FirstSearch Databases
A wide range of databases, including indexes, abstracts, online full-text articles, nationwide library holdings, and Web resources. All the databases listed below are available via the OCLC FirstSearch Website.

Oswego Ledger

Oswego Ledger
Click here to search the Oswego Ledger from 2015– today. Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues. Includes editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections. Available from inside the library or from home.

Public Record
Real estate sales, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and new business licenses in Kane, Kendall, Will, DuPage, and other nearby counties.

RB Digital (formerly Zinio)
Full digital copies of over 130 popular magazines. Read them on your computer, tablet or other mobile devices. Helpful links on how to get started can be found on our eBooks & Downloads page.

Online directory of information on U.S. residences, businesses and healthcare providers. Business listings may include names of executives, the number of employees, SIC codes, sales volume, business expenditures, and much more.

Small Business Resource Center
Includes resources for learning how to start, finance, or manage a small business, with sample business plans, how-to guides, articles, and websites.  Among the topics covered are accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, taxes, and more.

Universal Class
More than 500 free online continuing education classes, available any time on your schedule.  These self-paced, non=credit personal and professional development classes are available in over 30 subject areas.


Access NewspaperARCHIVE
The largest historical newspaper database, containing tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1607 to the present.

American Ancestors
A genealogy research tool from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Ancestry Plus Library Edition
Comprehensive online source for genealogical and local history research.