FREE DATABASES

The majority of our databases can be used from your home computer if you have a Rockford Public Library card.
Databases Key
Databases that require a library card number.
Databases Key
Databases ONLY available for use at the library.
Databases Key
Databases that can be accessed from home, but need authorization and a password. This is available by calling the Adult Services Department at (815) 965-7606, option 4.

Education

Daily Life through History
Requires a library card
Information about past eras for students and teachers; includes primary source documents, topic guides, maps, and a dictionary.
ERIC
Requires a library card
Over 1.1 million journal articles and reports in education. *Login using your library card number, then select this catalog from the drop-down list.
FAFSA
Obtain information about federal student aid and fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Pop Culture Universe
Requires a library card
An authoritative digital library of information on American and world popular culture, past and present.
Teacher Reference Center
Requires a library card
An authoritative digital library of information on American and world popular culture, past and present.
Testing and Education Reference Center
Requires a library card
Search for scholarships; access test preparation books; take practice tests for the GED and other exams; access information about colleges, graduate schools, and careers.
CQresearcher
Requires a library card
Congressional Quarterly’s online database offers in-depth and unbiased reporting of issues in the news. Find background information on timely topics and access older reports to track how debates have changed over time.
Kids Search
Requires a library card
Kids Search is designed especially for youth in grades K-8
Universal Class
Requires a library card
Learn something new today! Over 500 online continuing education courses are available here.