The majority of our databases can be used from your home computer if you have a Rockford Public Library card.
Databases that require a library card number.
Databases ONLY available for use at the library.
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.
Books & Music
Freegal offers music for free download. RPL cardholders can download up to 3 individual songs per week. Files are downloaded in an MP3 format and can then be played, transferred or burned onto a CD. The site contains thousands of artists, tens of thousands of albums and hundreds of thousands of songs, all owned by Sony Music Entertainment.
Formerly Illinet, this catalog allows users to search for books from higher educational institutions throughout Illinois.
Gale Literature Criticism Online
Print material delivered in a digital format! Dig deeper into literature criticism with the largest, most extensive compilation of literary commentary available with tens of thousands of hard-to-find essays at your fingertips.
Literature Resource Center
Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline.
Search for books and other materials at the Rockford Public Library using our online catalog, MAX. With your library card number and PIN (password), you can login to your personal account to place holds and renew items.
Search for items held by libraries near Rockford (including Cherry Valley Public Library, Ida Public Library, and the North Suburban Library District) using the NIC Catalog.
Find a good book to read! NoveList lets you search for fiction by title, author, plot, genre or subject. Retrieve author read-alikes, book recommendations, book lists, and book discussion guides.
Novelist K-8 works just like NoveList, but is geared towards kids in kindergarten through 8th grade.
OverDrive eBooks is a downloadable audio and digital book service available to all RPL cardholders. You can download bestselling audio books and other digital content directly from RPL’s website. Just install the free reader software and then use your library card number to access all your favorite titles.
Gale Something About the Author Online
Print material delivered in a digital format! This resource examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults.
Statewide Illinois Library Catalog
A catalog that allows users to search libraries throughout the entire state of Illinois. *Login using your library card number, then select this catalog from the drop-down list.
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love.
TumbleBookCloud Junior is our collection of early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audio books and new National Geographic videos - many of which are paired with our e-books - TumbleBookLibrary - "e-books for e-kids," TumbleBookCloud - "Read, Watch, Learn."
An extensive online catalog of books, audiovisual items, Internet resources, and other materials held by libraries worldwide.
Overdrive Kids eBooks
Just as the children’s section of the physical branch is creatively sectioned off, we added the digital version! Kids now have a safe environment to browse the virtual branch of the library. Visit Rockford’s Kids e-Reading Room today.