Research Databases

The library provides free access to specialized databases that are typically accessible via only a paid subscription. These “premium resources” contain full-text journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, research results, and other specialized information. Business, health, and current events are just a few of the topics covered by these premium resources. Other online resources include foreign language instruction, practice tests, and genealogy information. Click here to get started.

Income Tax Forms

Selected Federal and Illinois income tax forms, as well as reproducible forms, are available from mid-January through April each year.

Notary Public Service

The library offers free notary services. Click here for more information.

Community Bulletin Board

Non-profit, civic, and community groups that serve the residents of our District may distribute information and literature via the library’s Community Bulletin Board and literature display areas. Please drop off these items at the Adult Reference Desk.

Special Assistance in the Library

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the library is handicapped accessible. If you are in need of a sign language interpreter and/or hearing devices please notify library staff in advance of your visit.

The library collection contains sign language books and videos, large print books and audiobooks, as well as a limited collection of children’s braille books.

People who are unable to read standard print formats are eligible for the Talking Books program. Thousands of books and magazines on special cassettes or in Braille are available through this program. All books, catalogs, and equipment are provided free of charge to eligible residents. Visit the Talking Books and Braille Service at the State Library for more information on this program or to apply.

Test Proctoring

Students taking correspondence, distance education or professional development courses who need an exam proctored may contact John Strott at the Adult Reference Desk 847-223-5313 x200 to make arrangements.

Voter Registration

Lake County residents age 18 or older may register to vote up to 28 days prior to an election or beginning two days after election day. Two forms of identification are required; one must verify the voter’s legal address.

Acceptable identification:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Social Security card
  • Utility bill
  • Credit card or check cashing card
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage license
  • Employee or student ID card
  • Library card
  • Checkbook with pre-printed checks

Naturalized American citizens must provide the date of their naturalization and the state in which it took place.

Reader Resources

Looking for a good book to read? Our librarians are happy to offer readers of all ages reading suggestions based on your personal preferences. For more information see our Reader Resources page.

Book Discussions

The library has one evening adult book discussion every month on the third Thursday.  Teens have the opportunity to participate in a Thursday night book chat too.  The Youth Department has many book clubs for a wide range of ages and interests.  Please see our quarterly newsletter or calendar or specific departments for more information. The library also supports book clubs within the community by providing multiple copies of titles for their members. Click here for more information.


The library currently subscribes to more many periodicals, newspapers, journals, and magazines, covering a wide spectrum of interests. We also have eMagazines.


The library offers a couple of photocopier resources.