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 NewspaperARCHIVE
The largest historical newspaper database, containing tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1607 to the present. Click here for remote access:

America's News

America’s News
Find information on topics related to business, education, health, jobs and careers, politics, social issues, sports, STEM and more from a variety of news media featuring newspapers, videos, image editions and web-only content including the Beacon-News, Chicago Sun-Times, Joliet Herald-News, Naperville Sun, USA Today and others.

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

Beacon-News (1997-Current)
Search more than 20 years of Aurora area history with the Beacon-News Collection.  Coverage from 1997 through today, including full-text, web-only content and full-color image edition.

Black Freedom Struggle

Black Freedom Struggle
ProQuest invites you to explore this website which focuses on Black Freedom, featuring select primary source documents that are related to critical people and events in African American history.


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 Sun Times

Chicago Sun-Times
Search more than 30 years of Chicago area history with the Chicago Sun-Times Collection.  Coverage from 1986 through today, including full-text, web-only content and full-color image edition.

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

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.

Heritage Quest
A genealogy resource that includes U.S. federal census records from 1790 to 1940, Revolutionary War pension records, Freedman’s Bank records, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI™), genealogy and local history books, and more.

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

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.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Morningstar Investment Research Center
Morningstar Investment Research Center is an easy-to-navigate database that was designed especially to help you reach your investment goals. It’s the one-stop tool for collecting financial information, getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about investment options, and getting the most up-to-date financial news commentary.

Naperville Sun

Naperville Sun
Search more than 20 years of Naperville area history with the Naperville Sun Collection.  Coverage from 1997 through today, including full-text, web-only content and full-color image edition.

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.

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

Reference Solutions

Reference Solutions (Formerly known as ReferenceUSA)
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.

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.


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.

Family Search

The Oswego Public Library District is a Family Search Affiliate Library. Discover the world’s largest collection of free family trees and indexes of records from all over the world. Accessible on the computers in Adult Services.