Reference and Research

      The Reference Librarians at Highland Park Public Library are happy to help you with any research project. We can:
      • Show you how to use electronic resources
      • Assist you in obtaining materials from other libraries
      • Guide you through the overwhelming sources of information on the Internet
      • Help you identify books and journals appropriate to your subject

      From the Reference Desk

      RAILS - Our New Library System!

      You may recall that last year the North Suburban Library System (NSLS), of which Highland Park is a member,  was nearly shut down by the lack of state funding. Everything but the most essential services - notably, interlibrary loan - was cut.

      Other library systems in Illinois, facing the same budgetary issues, pooled resources with NSLS on July 1st to create RAILS: the Reaching Across Illinois Library System.  Composed of the now-defunct Alliance Library System (ALS), DuPage Library System (DLS), Metropolitan Library System (MLS), North Suburban Library System (NSLS), and Prairie Area Library System (PALS), RAILS now serves more than 3,700 libraries over 27,000 square miles.

      How does this affect you?  Service levels will remain the same as before July 1st, so there is no service interruption!  You can read more about RAILS on their website.

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      Looking for our databases?

      You may have noticed our site is looking just a tad bit different lately (see our announcement), and perhaps you're wondering where you can find all your favorite databases, like Lexis Nexis, Reference USA, and Consumer Reports.  Look no further than the "Online Resources" link on the left side of the screen, under "Quick Links".  You also can find a link to our online resources under the "Research" tab at the top of the page.  Questions?  Call us at the Reference Desk at 847-781-7031, or instant message us using the Ask Us widget on the left side of the screen.

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