The library always has a variety of online resources available to patrons, many of which are paid services accessible with a valid library card. However, we are fortunate that many vendors are offering their resources for free or free of copyright restrictions during this time. Thus, many of the resources below are easily accessible to everyone. For those that still need a valid library card, you can now register online or see our FAQs for info about reinstated cards. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-672-8017.
As you probably know, the Crete Public Library is part of the SWAN Library Services consortium and the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS). They are also trying to keep everyone up-to-date on free resources available to all libraries, so be sure to check their webpages for additional resources that we might have missed: SWAN Parent and Student Resources and RAILS (Free Educational Resources, Free and Discounted e-Content Resources, and Virtual Tours/Entertainment (note that some of these require the library to have an account).
Ancestry.com – Access to Ancestry.com is now available from your home for a limited time. You will need a Crete Public Library card to access the website. Thanks to Ancestry.com for allowing this temporary change in policy!
Ebooks & Audiobooks
Digital Library of Illinois (Overdrive) – With OverDrive, you can borrow and enjoy free ebooks, audiobooks, and more from the library’s online collection called Digital Library of Illinois. You can download ebooks and audiobooks straight to any smart device, including your desktop/laptop computer. Login with your Crete Public Library card and your 4 digit PIN.
Axis360/eRead Illinois (Powered by Baker & Taylor) – Axis360 gives you access to more than 10,000 titles, many of which are unavailable elsewhere and/or are available sooner than you might find from other services. You can download ebooks and audiobooks straight to any smart device, including your desktop/laptop computer.
Biblioboard : Digital books, images, videos and more from libraries, artists, authors and others from your community and around the world.
AudioBookCloud – All ages audio book database. *Does not require a library card.
RomanceBookCloud – A huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd! *Does not require a library card.
TumbleBookLibrary – K-6 children’s ebook database.
TumbleMath – K-6 math ebook database.
TeenBookCloud – gr 7-12 ebook database.
Scholastic Learn at Home Virtual Learning Hub – Scholastic Learn at Home is a free website that provides PreK-9+ students with 20 days’ worth of exciting learning journeys carefully created by our editors spanning the content areas, to keep students academically active during school closures. The site also provides free access to a variety of award-winning digital programs. No registration or rostering required.
Scholastic Classroom Magazines –The Scholastic Magazine editors created Teaching the Coronavirus, a collection of free resources designed to help teachers ease students’ fears and inform them with age-appropriate information.
BookFlix (PreK-3) – BookFlix provides a fun way for early readers to engage with delightful stories and interesting nonfiction ebooks.
Watch & Learn Library (Prek – 3) – Watch & Learn Library builds learning excitement with real-world videos in English and Spanish.
TrueFlix (Grades 3+) – TrueFlix helps students build science and social studies knowledge in an engaging way.
ScienceFlix (Grades 5+) – ScienceFlix gets students excited about all sciences with exciting articles, videos, and projects.
Digital Movies/Documentaries/TV Shows
Kanopy – The library is proud to offer a new way to enjoy FREE movies, documentaries, and TV shows. With Kanopy, Crete Public Library cardholders can stream digital movies to any smart device. Many thanks to Kanopy for making Kanopy Kids offerings free to us during this time.