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Free Tools and Other Resources

The World Wide Web is home to a wide world of tools that can make librarians' jobs easier. Use the filters below to find free tools to aid in collection development, marketing, and more!

NOTE: The information provided here is for the convenience of IHLS members. New tools and additional resources are added periodically.

Try-It! Illinois

Beginning in 2001, the Illinois State Library in collaboration with a long list of e-resource providers launched Try-It! Illinois, an extensive database trial for Illinois libraries. Since then,…


Udacity is geared towards those seeking out nanodegrees, however, they have numerous free courses which the link is directed to. The courses are generally in the engineering and technology arenas… uses technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy.

Wayback Machine

The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet created by the Internet Archive. The service enables users to see archived versions of web…


WebJunction builds the knowledge, skills and confidence of library staff to power strong libraries that are the heart of vibrant communities. A program of OCLC Research, WebJunction is free and…

What's Next: Books in Series Database of Kent District Library

The Kent District Library, in Kent County, Michigan, created the What's Next®: Books in Series Database of Kent District Library to help search series fiction. They define a series as two or…


Find what you want in a library near you with WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive database of information about library collections. WorldCat is a union catalog that itemizes the collections…