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

      Have you tried Universal Class?

      One of our newer online resources is Universal Class, which offers over 500 online continuing education classes.  The classes meet online, at your convenience, with a real instructor.  Classes cover a wide varierty of subjects: computers, business, arts & photography, crafts, GED prep, health & medicine, writing help, homeschooling, and more!

      Classes are available in a diverse range of subjects including computers, business, home & garden, health and medicine, hobbies, and more.  View a listing of class topics.

      Get Started!

      Step 1: Go to the sign up page to create your account with your user name and password.

      Step 2: Go to  to enroll in your class and start learning!

      • You are welcome to enroll in up to 5 courses.

      • You have up to 6 months to finish each course

      • You have access to your course 24/7 via the Internet.

      • Attend class and do assignments on your schedule.

      • Each course has a real instructor who you may communicate with using e-mail.

      note: These are non-credit courses and are provided for your personal enrichment. These courses are not intended to be a substitute for any state, government, licensing, or educational requirements.


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      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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