Powerful book-finding tools
Databases help you search for books at libraries across the country, help you find books that are similar to ones you already like, or find in-depth information about authors.
Use your library card number for access
We buy these powerful tools just for our patrons to use. That‘s why you‘ll need to enter your Champaign Public Library card to use these. If you don‘t have a library card, use these at the library.
WorldCat - a part of FirstSearch; search other libraries for books, movies, sound recordings, and websites. You can request books directly through WorldCat, for delivery and pickup at the Champaign Public Library. For access: Call 217/403.2070 for the authorization code.
Literature Resource Center - biographies, articles, overviews, and criticism of novelists, poets, journalists, and other writers. For access: Enter all 14 digits of your Champaign library card number.
NoveList Plus - Click for home use or in-library use
Get reading recommendations based on books that already appeal to you, fiction and nonfiction, for all ages. Also offers book discussion guides and thematic booklists. For access: For home use, enter all 14 digits of your Champaign library card number.
General Reference Center Gold - search magazines by author, title, or subject; many articles have complete text. For access: Enter all 14 digits of your Champaign library card number.