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.


Career High School Online
Career Online High School is an online high school diploma and career certification program available through the Rockford Public Library. This program offers scholarships to a limited number of qualified students. For more information, go to and click on the "Career High School Online" banner to download the PDF.
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.
DMV Practice Tests Illinois & Wisconsin
Free Illinois and Wisconsin Driver Education program that provides practice tests for cars, motorcycles, and CDL. The site also includes three drivers manuals for cars and motorcycles, an FAQ section and detailed answers to 100 DMV questions.
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.
Requires a library card
Explora offers students and teachers a simple search that delivers relevant full-text articles, essays, and primary source documents. Other features include easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic, topic overviews, Associated Press videos, text-to-speech for HTML articles, reading level indicators, and an English Curriculum Standards Module to help educators find material that meets Common Core and state-specific curriculum standards.
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
Includes citations, abstracts, and full-text articles from the most popular journals and magazines for teachers and administrators.
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.
Universal Class
Requires a library card
Learn something new today! Over 500 online continuing education courses are available here.
Eyewitness Books (Credo)
Requires a library card
Access to hundreds of in-depth subject encyclopedias and handbooks covering every major subject from Accounting to Art History and Shakespeare to Einstein
Scholastic GO!
Requires a library card
America the Beautiful is an excellent resource for students in grade 4 and above. This is an unrivaled, fact-filled, interest-driven research tool for learning more on the United States, noted Americans and U.S. history. It also offers detailed articles, interactive maps, and other media which introduce students to our nation’s presidents, cities, and natural wonders—all the things that make our country unique.