Electronic Resources

Below is a list of online databases available for research/instruction. If you have questions about the databases, contact the Library at director@rochesterlibrary.org. Please note some databases are accessible only at the Rochester Library.

E-Books and Magazines

To use most of these E-Book resources, you will need your Library Card barcode as well as your pin number. If you do not know your pin number, please contact the Library.

3M Cloud Library

The 3M Cloud Library, offered to Rochester Patrons through the Illinois Heartland Library Consortium, features dozen of recent book and audiobook titles. There are 3M Cloud Library apps available for Android devices, iPads and iPhones, Nooks, and Kindle Fire, as well as for PC and Mac computers.

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 Library on the Go

Library on the Go offers E-books and audiobooks, as well as music and videos for certain devices.

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 OneClick Digital

OneClick Digital offers digital audiobooks of both recent and classic titles.


Zinio E-Magazines

Through Zinio, you can check out digital copies of many popular magazine titles, including Cosmopolitan, Taste of Home, Rolling Stone, and more. This service is offered free through the Library, and there are no time limits for reading the magazines you check out–so you can keep the magazines you download for as long as you like!


Genealogical and Historical Resources


Ancestry Library provides access to information from sources such as censuses, immigration and military records, family histories, court and legal documents, photos, and maps.
(In-house only)


HeritageQuest Geneology Online

Genealogical and ancestry search tools including searches from census and war records, as well as access to an index of over 1.9 million genealogy and local history articles.


HistoryPin is a digital archive of historical photos and other content. Through HistoryPin, users can see old photos that have been “pinned” to Google Maps and do side-by-side comparisons of historical photos and their present-day locations. The Library’s HistoryPin collection showcases Rochester history, and we encourage patrons to contribute to the project.

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Government, Business, and Education Resources

Digital Learn

If you are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, Digital Learn has the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

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OCLC FirstSearch provides access to academic article abstracts and allows you to search for items in libraries across the country.

 IRS Tax Guide 

Form 1040A, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (PDF)
Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals (PDF)
Form 1040EZ, Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers With No Dependents (PDF)

Resources for:

Job Seeking:
Offered through the Illinois Department of Job Security

Employment and Small Business Skill-Building:
Offered through the Springfield SCORE Association

Professional Certification:
Offered through Illinois workNet

Business development:
Offered through LLCC’s Business Training Center

Online career testing:
Offered through the Sangamon County Department of Community Resources