Books… And Beyond

When it comes to libraries, books are just the beginning.

Peoria Public Library
The resources for learning at the Peoria Public Library are plentiful.

When it comes to libraries, books are just the beginning. Whether you need a practice test for the SAT or a place to study for it, a free museum pass or movie, help tracing your family tree or a computer so you can do it yourself, Peoria Public Library has the resources and trained staff to help.

On average, 1,800 people visited a Peoria Public Library location each day in 2018, utilizing its peer-reviewed databases, free wi-fi, public computers, meeting spaces and special programs (and, of course, borrowing nearly 950,000 items). Below are a few lesser-known resources available with your Peoria Public Library card:

  • Brainfuse HelpNow: Live tutoring assistance, study guides and practice tests for standardized tests (SAT, ACT, GED and more), a foreign language lab and a writing lab.
  • Testing and Education Reference Center: Online tool for standardized test preparation, researching college programs, finding tuition assistance and career advice. 
  • ABC-CLIO: A multidisciplinary resource with more than 140,000 source materials across numerous subject areas—from world history to geography to pop culture.
  • Kanopy: A free streaming service of more than 30,000 films, from documentaries and instructional lessons to classics and comedies. 
  • Newspapers: Browse local news or access more than 300 U.S. and international news sources, including the New York Times and Times of London.
  • Genealogy and Local History: A multitude of local history articles and artifacts supplemented by online genealogical research databases, with more than 4.4 billion records from around the world.

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