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Below is a list of our subscription databases. To access these from home, click on "Go to this resource" and enter your Highland Park Library card number, without spaces, when prompted.

Problems? Call the Reference Desk at 847-681-7031, or email us at hppla@hplibrary.org.

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"The Fine Art Search Engine."  A comprehensive database of more than 6,500 different artists represented by 19,000 links directly to an estimated 75,000 works at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources.  Search by artist, artwork or museum, or browse artists by movement, medium, subject, nationality or name.


High-quality art images from leading museums around the world, all rights cleared for educational use. Sound, video, and notes are also included in many cases. Images include photographs, costumes, paintings, posters, sculpture, jewelry, prints, and more.


The American Presidency Project

Documents (including audio and video links) relating to the American presidency.

Books and Literature

Bloom's Literary Reference Online

Hundreds of Bloom's essays, which examine the lives and works of great writers throughout history and the world. This database also contains an archive of more than 38,000 characters, as well as extensive entries on literary topics, themes, movements, and genres.

Literature Resource Center

Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline... covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.

NoveList Plus

Use this readers' advisory tool to find a good book by topic, authors similar to your favorites, and book discussion guides. Also includes Novelist K-8.


Brainfuse HelpNow

Live tutoring, virtual study rooms, diagnostic test center and more. Tutors are available every day from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM CST.

Free Learning Tools - Varsity Tutors

Free online practice for standardized tests such as Common Core, GED, AP, ACT, SAT, LSAT, MCAT and more.


Cloud Library

Cloud Library is a new way Highland Park Public Library cardholders can checkout eBooks.   Now you can check out a book on an iPad, take notes while reading on a PC, and finish the book on an Android phone or Nook HD. 


HOOPLA is an online service for Highland Park patrons that allows you to check out a selection of digital music, movies, and audio books.