Electronic Resources



Our Writers Group has morphed over the last couple of years going from a monthly meeting to creating  a monthly writers station and collection of the stories without the monthly meeting.  With the approval of the authors,….the binder of stories is now going online! Click on the image above to visit our Writer’s Station blog, which contains completed submissions, monthly writing prompts, and more!

OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service

If you are trying to find an item that is unavailable through the Rochester Public Library or Illinois Heartland Library system, you can use OCLC WorldCat to locate and request out-of-system items. In order to use this service you will need your library card barcode. Please contact the Library for assistance or with any questions.


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.

Wireless Printing


Now you can print directly to the Library’s printer from your laptop or mobile device! Click on the image above, then follow these instructions:

1. If you are not logged in to your Google account, you will be prompted to log-in. If you do not have a Google account, you will need to create one in order to use our wireless printing.

2. After logging in, you will be prompted to add the printer RochesterWirelessPrinter to your Chrome account. Click the Add Printer button.

3. When you are ready to print something, you will need to save the file to your Google Drive, OR open up the webpage/file you want to print in Google Chrome. Make sure you are logged in to your Google account.

4. Click on the Chrome menu button near the upper-right corner of the screen.
(Looks like this:  settingsbutton ). Select “Print” from the drop-down menu.

5. In the window that pops up, click the “Change” button underneath the Printer destination. A new window should appear asking you to select a printer destination. Near the bottom of the window, select RochesterWirelessPrinter.

6. Modify the print settings for your document (color/black and white, number of pages to print, number of copies to print, double-sided, etc) as needed, then hit “Print”.

7. Your document should now successfully print to the Library’s printer!

E-Books and Magazines

If you are having trouble using one of our E-Book resources, or run into unexpected problems, this troubleshooting guide may help you figure out how to solve your issue. If you need additional assistance, please contact Sara K at the Library (sara.k@rochesterlibrary.org).

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.

Interested in checking out e-books, but not sure what device is for you? Why not borrow one of the E-Readers the Library has available for checkout at the Circulation Desk? See our e-Readers here!

Cloud Library

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



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


How-to Instructions for getting Overdrive books for different devices:
Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD
Other Kindle readers
NOOK Tablet (NOOK HD/NOOK HD+, Nook Color)
Other NOOK e-readers
iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch)
Android Devices

Mac computers
Windows computers (Windows 8 tutorial here)
Sony Reader


Overdrive also offers a new app called, Libby. It is completely integrated for every device and very user friendly!


 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!


Book Recommendation Tools

Are you looking for your next book but don’t have any titles in mind? Why not try one of these book recommendation totals to find your next favorite read?


Goodreads is a multi-purpose social media network designed for readers that lets you connect to your favorite authors and other readers who share your taste in books. Use it to keep track of the books you’ve read and those you’d like to read, to get recommendations based on the books you already like, and even enter giveaways to win free books! Be sure to join the Rochester Public Library’s Goodreads group, Rochester Reads!

(Did you know you can go straight to our card catalog to request books you find through Goodreads? Find out how here!)



WhichBook is a fun book recommendation tool that lets you search for books that have certain qualities, like whether they are unusual, optimistic, long, or funny. Use the sliders on the website to select how much of a characteristic you would like a book to have (EX: a book that’s very sad vs a book that’s only slightly sad). You can also customize your search to find books set in specific locations and/or that have specific character types.

(Note: Because the site is linked to the British library system, the “borrow” link on the website will not work for our library system. If you find a book you like, you are more than welcome to search for it in our card catalog, or to ask Library staff to request it for you).


Stop, You’re Killing Me!

Stop, You’re Killing Me is a massive online database designed for readers who love mysteries, thrillers, and other types of suspense novels.  Use it to find award-winning mystery books, search for books set in particular time periods, or to find a particular genre of suspense books (like paranormal, humorous mysteries, or mysteries inspired by Sherlock Holmes).



Online database of over 5,000 historical fiction titles organized by period, region, and author. Also includes a separate section dedicated to YA historical fiction.

Book Recommendation Lists

The Guardian “Top 10 Books about…” lists:
Each week, the Guardian publishes a list of their top 10 book recommendations on different subjects/from different genres. Past topics include “Top 10 books about Italy”, “Top 10 Novels about civil wars”, and “Top 10 literary frenemies”.

Time Magazine’s “100 Best Books of All TIME”

List Challenges’ “50 Books to Read Before You Die”

Goodreads ListopiaAnother feature of Goodreads is their book lists service, which lets users create lists of books about specific topics/genres, like “Best contemporary romance novels” or “Espionage“. There are lists of books for nearly every conceivable topic and reading taste, so if you’re looking for something specific this is a good place to start.

Award-Winning Books

The National Book Award
Each November, the National Book Award is presented in four categories: Fiction (including short story collections); Nonfiction; Poetry; and Young People’s Literature.

The National Book Foundation also presents two Lifetime Achievement awards each year: The Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (to recognize someone who “has enriched [American] literary heritage over a life of service”) and the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service (to recognize “an individual for outstanding service to the American literary community, whose life and work…expand the audience for literature and…enhance the cultural value of literature in America.”)

2015 National Book Award Winners

Fiction: Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
PoetryVoyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis
Medal for Distinguished Contrib. to American Letters: Don DeLillo
Non-FictionBetween the World and Me  by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Young People’s LiteratureChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Literarian Award: James Patterson

Pulitzer Prize:
Since 1917, the Pulitzer Prize has been awarded each May in several categories, including Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography, History, and Poetry.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Fiction: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Biography: The Pope and Mussolini by David Kertzer



Poetry: Digest by Gregory Pardlo




Non-Fiction: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

History: Encounters at the Heart of the World by Elizabeth A. Fenn


Genealogical and Historical Resources

Starting in August the Library will no longer be offering the genealogical databases Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest for patron use. In lieu of these services, to assist patrons interested in doing genealogical research the Library has created a guide to different local history and genealogy resources in the Springfield area. The guide also contains information on free online genealogy databases, and will be available in the Library as well as on our website (rochesterlibrary.org/electronic-resources). Please contact the Library if you have any questions.

Genealogical Resource Guide


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.

See what We've pinned on Historypin

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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DMV Practice Tests

180-100 (1)


 IRS Tax Guide 

MyTax Illinois

Form 1040, 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)

My Social Security

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