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SHARE -- Catalog of Illinois Heartland Library System, which includes Danville Public Library.  You can search the catalog, access your patron account, and reserve and renew most items.


  • FirstSearch -- 15 databases (descriptions).  All require an authorization code and password; call the Reference Dept. at (217) 477-5228 to obtain these (must be Illinois resident).
  • I-Share (formerly Illinet Online) -- Union catalog of 65 academic and research libraries in Illinois.
  • SILC (Statewide Illinois Library Catalog) -- Integrates WorldCat (below) and the Illinois Library Systems' catalogs, to provide both shelf status and interlibrary loan capabilities in a single searchable interface [more info].
  • WorldCat -- The world's largest library catalog.


If prompted for an ID or Password, enter your library card barcode.
(For licensing reasons, most of these databases are available only to DPL patrons)

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  • FirstSearch -- 15 databases (descriptions).  All require an authorization code and password; call the Reference Dept. at (217) 477-5228 to obtain these (must be Illinois resident).
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library -- large collection of reference e-books covering multiple topics and disciplines.
  • Reference USA -- Detailed listing of 10.5 million businesses with the ability to search by company name, type of business, geography, business size and more.



  • BookFLIX -- online literacy resource presenting classic video storybooks to build a love of reading and learning (requires your Danville Public Library card barcode to use).
  • Kids InfoBits -- Hundreds of topics for both fun and education.




GENEALOGY (more links available here):

  • HeritageQuest Online -- Census data, family records, and local histories.  To use from outside the library, click here (library card barcode required).
  • Pape Mortuary Database -- over 275,000 records collected and constantly updated by a longtime Danville firm.


  • Illinois Public Records -- a wide variety of public records; other states are also available.
  • MyGovernment -- Locate, research and contact your elected officials (federal, state and local) with the same information used by professional lobbyists.




  • Books and Authors -- Need help deciding what to read next?  Try this site.
  • LifeQuotes -- 36,000 quotations from over 6,000 famous people, searchable by author and topic.


  • New Commercial-News -- Danville newspaper with coverage 2007-present.
  • New News-Gazette -- Champaign-Urbana/Danville newspaper with coverage 1997-present.
  • New NewsBank -- Search thousands of newspapers from around the country.
  • Infotrac Newstand -- Millions of articles from more than 1,000 newspapers.
  • Wilson OmniFile -- Full-text academic journals and popular magazines, plus indexes, for over 1,600 publications (DPL library card barcode required for access).



Not all databases are shown below.  For a complete list of databases and descriptions, click the "View by Name (A-Z)" or "View by Category" tabs above.

A to Z Maps Online BookFLIX Books & Authors
Chilton Auto Repair Manuals Commercial-News Facts on File: Issues & Controversies
Facts on File: Worlds News Digest FirstSearch Gale Virtual Reference Library
Global Road Warrior Health & Wellness Resource Center Heritage Quest Online
hoopla movies, music, audibooks InfoTrac Newsstand Kids InfoBits
Legal Forms Mango Languages Media Mall
Morningstar Investment Research Center Music Online My Government
NewsBank News-Gazette PriceIt! Antiques & Collectibles
Salem Health Rosen Teen Health & Wellness Testing & Education Reference Center
Wilson OmniFile    


E-Collections: Downloadable & Streaming Media

  • hoopla Digital -- Thousands of streaming movies, music, and audiobooks playable on computers and mobile devices.  To log in, enter your Danville Public Library card barcode number and PIN (for licensing reasons, access is limited to DPL cardholders).  Details and Help.
  • Mango Languages -- an online system for learning languages; offering 36 languages, including English as a Second Language options.  To log in, enter your Danville Public Library card barcode number (for licensing reasons, access is limited to DPL cardholders).
  • Music Online -- 600,000+ tracks of streaming music, available free to Danville Public Library patrons for home listening.  Collections include American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, and Smithsonian Global Sound.  To log in, select "Danville Public Library" under "Library Credentials" and enter your full library barcode in the box labeled "Library card number."  [Help]
  • My Media Mall -- A collection of downloadable Audiobooks, eBooks, and Videos available free to patrons of Danville Public Library (and other local libraries).  For assistance getting started, see the Help Section.  For Nook users, watch our Video on setting up and registering your Nook.  When signing in to the database, select "Illinois Heartland Library System" as your library; enter your full library card barcode number; and enter the last 4 digits of your phone number as the PIN number.