Research & Learn

Featured Resources

Beanstack
Hoopla
Inspire
Kanopy
Libby
Little Pim
Mango Languages
The Athletic
World Book

Resources by Category

1. Automotive & Hobby
Comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information. Includes repair information, technical bulletins, wiring diagrams, and specifications for car and trucks.
Thousands of year, make and model combinations covering vehicles of the past 30 years.
Fine tune your craft— or start a new one Craftsy includes more than 140 hours of step-by-step video instruction on a variety of creative crafts like baking, cake decorating, knitting, quilting, sewing, and more.
Practice tests for the learner’s permit test, driver’s license test and the senior citizens’ refresher test.
Great Courses — the leading global media brand for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. This collection includes more than 250 courses, led by the world’s top experts, covering a broad range of subjects, such as science, mathematics, philosophy, history, literature, fine arts and music, travel, business, and personal development.
Research and discover the value of your antiques.
Activate your free access to The Athletic - In-depth, personalized sports journalism.
Universal Class is the premier service for both continuing education and learning for fun. Choose from over 500 courses ranging from accounting and dog training to web development. Classes are self-paced and instructor led, with certified instructors available to answer questions and assess your performance. Universal Class must be accessed from in the Libby app. Click to see step-by-step instructions.
2. Business, Legal & Finance
Candid is a nonprofit that helps other nonprofits serve their communities.
An organization that works with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace.
Powerful new tools to protect your finances, invest wisely, grow your wealth, and learn more about your finances.
Legal forms for a variety of issues and needs!
How-to training on hundreds of common software applications and devices, including Microsoft office, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Docs, and more.
Resume help, Career guides, Live job interviewing coaches, and more.
Legal forms for business, contracts, landlord/tenant disputes, and divorce.
Create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people!
Utilize Value Line Library’s resources to help you start investing smarter today.
Good news travels fast! Get the latest coverage of business, politics, entertainment, sports and more with complimentary access to WSJ.com, The Wall Street Journal’s online news source on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Westlaw Patron Access is an online legal research service designed especially for patron use. Information includes primary materials from federal and state courts, legal forms, 24-hour help hotline, and more. *Limited to 3 users at a time. This resource can only be accessed from within library branches.*
3. History & Genealogy
Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture.
For genealogists of all experience levels; includes several hundred online databases.
Search over 10 billion genealogical records and discover your family history.
Fold3 Library Edition provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.
An essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s.
The Internet Archives hosts some of Porter County Public Library System’s genealogical digital content. View select yearbook collections from Porter County, Indiana, various contracts, books, and other items of historical significance.
Search newspapers for historical and genealogical information.
4. Lifelong Learning
Fine tune your craft— or start a new one Craftsy includes more than 140 hours of step-by-step video instruction on a variety of creative crafts like baking, cake decorating, knitting, quilting, sewing, and more.
Great Courses — the leading global media brand for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. This collection includes more than 250 courses, led by the world’s top experts, covering a broad range of subjects, such as science, mathematics, philosophy, history, literature, fine arts and music, travel, business, and personal development.
How-to training on hundreds of common software applications and devices, including Microsoft office, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Docs, and more.
Learn one of these 70 languages with this simple language and culture learning tool.
Universal Class is the premier service for both continuing education and learning for fun. Choose from over 500 courses ranging from accounting and dog training to web development. Classes are self-paced and instructor led, with certified instructors available to answer questions and assess your performance. Universal Class must be accessed from in the Libby app. Click to see step-by-step instructions.
5. Read, Watch, & Listen
Through Beanstack, the library offers reading challenges such as our Summer Reading Program and 1000 Books before Kindergarten. Readers can participate through the easy-to-use app or website.
Watch beautiful classical music, operas, and ballets from around the world, anywhere, anytime. Delight in masterful performances on your favorite devices.
Instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.
Stream classic and contemporary features, award-winning shorts, film festival favorites and documentaries from around the world. Explore thought-provoking, well-known and undiscovered content. IndieFlix works directly with young up-and-coming filmmakers from all walks of life to seasoned professionals paying them for every minute watched.
Kanopy is the best video streaming service for quality, thoughtful entertainment. Find movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films and educational videos that inspire, enrich and entertain. We partner with public libraries to bring you an ad-free experience that can be enjoyed on your TV, mobile phones, tablets and online.
Libby is a free app where you can borrow ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines from your public library. You can stream titles with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere. All you need to get started is a library card.
Articles and news on World, Business, Food, Tech, Sports, Arts, Politics, and much more.
Access ready-to-use tutorials for common library services such as Beanstack, Hoopla, and Libby.
NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers' advisory resource for fiction and nonfiction. With an intuitive interface and extensive proprietary content, NoveList Plus answers the question: What should I read next?
Are you ready to take your library with you wherever you go? Now you can!
Stream the world's largest collection of on-demand full-length music performances, concert films, and music documentaries. Qello Concerts transforms your connected devices into the ultimate live music concert film experience. Give your favorite headliners a standing ovation from the best seat in the house anywhere, anytime!
Activate your free access to The Athletic - In-depth, personalized sports journalism.
Children's books on the go!
6. Students & Learning
Browse the world’s most comprehensive source of country and cultural information with interactive maps.
Through Beanstack, the library offers reading challenges such as our Summer Reading Program and 1000 Books before Kindergarten. Readers can participate through the easy-to-use app or website.
Practice tests for the learner’s permit test, driver’s license test and the senior citizens’ refresher test.
Great Courses — the leading global media brand for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. This collection includes more than 250 courses, led by the world’s top experts, covering a broad range of subjects, such as science, mathematics, philosophy, history, literature, fine arts and music, travel, business, and personal development.
Live Tutoring, Test Prep, Writing Assistance, and more. Free online training for patrons of all ages.
How-to training on hundreds of common software applications and devices, including Microsoft office, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Docs, and more.
Browse Indiana’s Virtual Online Library of academic databases and other information resources.
Resume help, Career guides, Live job interviewing coaches, and more.
Little Pim is Mango Languages' newest offering, geared towards helping littles learn new languages quick and easy.
Learn one of these 70 languages with this simple language and culture learning tool.
Universal Class is the premier service for both continuing education and learning for fun. Choose from over 500 courses ranging from accounting and dog training to web development. Classes are self-paced and instructor led, with certified instructors available to answer questions and assess your performance. Universal Class must be accessed from in the Libby app. Click to see step-by-step instructions.
World Book Online is an engaging, verified, and trustworthy digital resource for grades pre-K through high school.
7. All Digital Resources
Browse the world’s most comprehensive source of country and cultural information with interactive maps.
Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture.
Comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information. Includes repair information, technical bulletins, wiring diagrams, and specifications for car and trucks.
For genealogists of all experience levels; includes several hundred online databases.
Search over 10 billion genealogical records and discover your family history.
Through Beanstack, the library offers reading challenges such as our Summer Reading Program and 1000 Books before Kindergarten. Readers can participate through the easy-to-use app or website.
Candid is a nonprofit that helps other nonprofits serve their communities.
Thousands of year, make and model combinations covering vehicles of the past 30 years.
Watch beautiful classical music, operas, and ballets from around the world, anywhere, anytime. Delight in masterful performances on your favorite devices.
An organization that works with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace.
Fine tune your craft— or start a new one Craftsy includes more than 140 hours of step-by-step video instruction on a variety of creative crafts like baking, cake decorating, knitting, quilting, sewing, and more.
Practice tests for the learner’s permit test, driver’s license test and the senior citizens’ refresher test.
Powerful new tools to protect your finances, invest wisely, grow your wealth, and learn more about your finances.
Fold3 Library Edition provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.
Legal forms for a variety of issues and needs!
Great Courses — the leading global media brand for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. This collection includes more than 250 courses, led by the world’s top experts, covering a broad range of subjects, such as science, mathematics, philosophy, history, literature, fine arts and music, travel, business, and personal development.
Live Tutoring, Test Prep, Writing Assistance, and more. Free online training for patrons of all ages.
An essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s.
Instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.
Stream classic and contemporary features, award-winning shorts, film festival favorites and documentaries from around the world. Explore thought-provoking, well-known and undiscovered content. IndieFlix works directly with young up-and-coming filmmakers from all walks of life to seasoned professionals paying them for every minute watched.
How-to training on hundreds of common software applications and devices, including Microsoft office, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Docs, and more.
Browse Indiana’s Virtual Online Library of academic databases and other information resources.
The Internet Archives hosts some of Porter County Public Library System’s genealogical digital content. View select yearbook collections from Porter County, Indiana, various contracts, books, and other items of historical significance.
Resume help, Career guides, Live job interviewing coaches, and more.
Kanopy is the best video streaming service for quality, thoughtful entertainment. Find movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films and educational videos that inspire, enrich and entertain. We partner with public libraries to bring you an ad-free experience that can be enjoyed on your TV, mobile phones, tablets and online.
Libby is a free app where you can borrow ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines from your public library. You can stream titles with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere. All you need to get started is a library card.
Learn one of these 70 languages with this simple language and culture learning tool.
Articles and news on World, Business, Food, Tech, Sports, Arts, Politics, and much more.
Search newspapers for historical and genealogical information.
Access ready-to-use tutorials for common library services such as Beanstack, Hoopla, and Libby.
NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers' advisory resource for fiction and nonfiction. With an intuitive interface and extensive proprietary content, NoveList Plus answers the question: What should I read next?
Legal forms for business, contracts, landlord/tenant disputes, and divorce.
Are you ready to take your library with you wherever you go? Now you can!
Research and discover the value of your antiques.
Stream the world's largest collection of on-demand full-length music performances, concert films, and music documentaries. Qello Concerts transforms your connected devices into the ultimate live music concert film experience. Give your favorite headliners a standing ovation from the best seat in the house anywhere, anytime!
Create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people!
Activate your free access to The Athletic - In-depth, personalized sports journalism.
Children's books on the go!
Universal Class is the premier service for both continuing education and learning for fun. Choose from over 500 courses ranging from accounting and dog training to web development. Classes are self-paced and instructor led, with certified instructors available to answer questions and assess your performance. Universal Class must be accessed from in the Libby app. Click to see step-by-step instructions.
Utilize Value Line Library’s resources to help you start investing smarter today.
Good news travels fast! Get the latest coverage of business, politics, entertainment, sports and more with complimentary access to WSJ.com, The Wall Street Journal’s online news source on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Westlaw Patron Access is an online legal research service designed especially for patron use. Information includes primary materials from federal and state courts, legal forms, 24-hour help hotline, and more. *Limited to 3 users at a time. This resource can only be accessed from within library branches.*
World Book Online is an engaging, verified, and trustworthy digital resource for grades pre-K through high school.