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Chicago Defender

Search (full-text articles): historical (1999-2019)

Chicago Sun-Times

As of Monday, November 20: Digital scan print editions of the Chicago Sun-Times will no longer be available in PressReader. You still will be able to search full-text articles via NewsBank. Daily editions of the print newspaper will return to the Main Library in January 2024.

Browse (digital scan of print issue): Current (March 2006-present), Sunday edition (October 2018-present)
Search (full-text articles): current full-text articles (1986-present)

Chicago Tribune

Browse (digital scan of print issue): current (last 3 issues) & Sunday edition (July 2018-present)
Search (full-text articles): current (1985-present), online edition (2017-present) & historical (1849-1997)

Christian Science Monitor

Browse (digital scan of print issue): current (October 2003-present)
Search (full-text articles): current (1980-present)

Consumer Health Complete

Content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

Consumer Reports

Ratings, reviews, recommendations, and buying advice from the source that buyers trust.

Consumers’ Checkbook

Ratings on Chicago-area service providers, such as auto repair shops, plumbers, dentists, banks, and insurance companies.

Crain’s Chicago Business

Search (full-text articles): current (1996-present)


An inspirational resource for DIY, crafters, and makers with more than 1,000 award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

  • Get step-by-step instructions on how to set up an account (first-time users must create an account through the Oak Park Public Library Creativebug portal):
  • Download the free app available for iOS () and Android ().


Cultural information on the countries of the world, includes a States Edition with U.S. state facts.

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