Field Trips

Introduce your students to the resources available to them at the library. We can work with you to tailor a field trip that meets your students’ needs. Options include an orientation tour of the library and its catalog, story telling or a book talk. Please call at least 4 weeks in advance to arrange the type of program, date and time.

Reference Service

Reference Service is available during regular library hours to help you and/or your students identify appropriate materials and resources. Through the availability of inter-library loans, our collection extends beyond the building walls. Students have access to EBSCO, a database of over 750 periodicals. In addition, library staff can help students find authoritative websites for their research.

School Visits

We can bring the library to you! Nippersink Public Library staff are available to visit your classroom for storytelling or book talks. We can also coordinate the theme to support your curriculum. Please call at least 4 weeks in advance to arrange the type of program, date and time.

Reciprocal Borrowing Privileges for Teachers

If you live outside of the Nippersink Library District, but have a card from your home library, within Illinois, you may borrow materials from our library. However interlibrary loan requests must be handled through either your home or school library. If you do not live within an Illinois library district, you should contact your school librarian for assistance.

Assignment Alert


Assignment Alert is a cooperative program with your school librarian that is designed to assure fair distribution of materials for multi-class, large-scale assignments.


When we receive an Assignment Alert, we may take any of these steps:


· Allow students to check-out only two books on that subject;


· Make project materials available in a centralized display area or create a call number list.


· Put project material on a reserve shelf for in-library use only.


Most library materials may be borrowed for three weeks and renewed once, if they are not on hold for another patron.


Encourage students to request information early so that if the material is not in our collection, it can be obtained through inter-library loan.


Two weeks advance notice is preferred, whenever possible.


Completed forms can be faxed to us at 815-678-4484 or submitted to your school librarian. Email us at nippersink@nippersinklibrary.org for more information.


Assignment Alert Form

Online Databases

Note: All links will open to a new window to allow you to refer to this page for login information.
Library card number will be needed.

A to Z, Maps Online
This is one of the world's largest online collections of maps (over 100,000) including “modern maps,” "antique maps," “Holy Land maps,” USGS topographic maps of the U.S. states, and many more.
A to Z, the USA
Find general information about the states and territories of the United States including tourist and travel highlights, history, business, and economic information.
A to Z, World Travel
Find data for more than 200 world cities, frequent travel and business destinations. Includes business, economic, travel, and tourist information as well as local history and news summaries.
A to Z, Food America
With thousands of recipes, hundreds of fascinating culture and ingredient articles, and essential culinary resources, Food America brings United States cuisines to you!
A to Z, World Food
With thousands of global recipes, hundreds of fascinating culture and ingredient articles, and essential culinary resources, AtoZ World Food brings international cuisines to you, from Albanian byrek to Zimbabwean matemba!
Auto Repair Reference Center
Contains repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles.
Consumer Reports
Looking to make a purchase? Use the Library’s subscription to Consumer Reports to get ratings, reviews, comparisons, and more from a trusted source.
Provides full text for more than 1,050 general reference publications with coverage dating as far back as 1984.
Heritage Hub
Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. Access is available 24/7.
Heritage Quest
Research materials for tracing family history & American culture.
Hoopla allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV!
Legal Forms
Thousands of legal forms available with more forms being added daily. Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.
Mango Languages’ PhD-created and linguist-approved software teaches real conversations in over 70 languages and makes it fun; no snoozefests here.
Newsbank Explore and stay informed on local, national and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from around the world to around the corner.
Northwest Herald
Its diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos.
Libby, by Overdrive
Borrow and download eBooks, eAudiobooks and eVideos from your library.
Gale presents: Peterson's Test Prep is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.
TumbleBook are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games.