Books & Reading


  • Literary Reference Center

    Thousands of plot summaries, author biographies, essays of literary criticism, short stories, poetry and author interviews.

  • NoveList K-8 Plus

    Geared specifically for teens and the K-8 age group, young readers can search for a good book, find read-alikes, author biographies and reliable recommendations for both fiction and non-fiction titles.

  • NoveList Plus

    Search for a good book by plot summary, author, title or subject. Find read-alikes, reviews, author biographies and reliable recommendations.

  • Primary Search

    Articles, many with reading level ratings (lexiles), from popular elementary school magazines covering a broad range of subjects.


  • Amazon

    The online retail giant features lists, reviews, and book shopping for both print and digital formats.

  • Goodreads

    Track and rate what you are reading, see what others are recommending, and learn about authors.


    Searchable catalog of 86 member Illinois college and university libraries.

  • New York Times Book Review

    Bestseller lists, book reviews, book buzz and more from the venerable newspaper.

  • Project Guternberg

    Free ebooks, primarily classics, from the public domain.

  • Reading Group Guides

    Help and guidance for your book discussion group. Discover lists of discussion-worthy titles, discussion questions, author biographies, and more.

  • WorldCat

    WorldCat lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.