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Resources for Seniors

These are information resources that the Library has subscribed to for our patrons. You will need your Library card to use most of them.

Name Description Use At Home?
Ancestry (Library Edition)ancestry

Genealogy database which includes census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, maps, the Social Security Death Index, WWI Draft Card images, and more.

Chicago Tribunetribune-logo

Search for articles from the Chicago Tribune from 1985 to the present.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archivetribune-logo

Complete page images of the Chicago Tribune dating back to the first issue in 1849.

Financial Ratings Series/Medicare Database

This Financial Ratings Series combines Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings in a single source for financial strength ratings and financial planning tools covering Insurance, Banks, Credit Unions, Mutual Funds and Stocks. A Medigap/Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan buyers guide recommends companies and gives prices customized to the age and place of residence of the person entering the data.


Instant access to the most popular magazines. With Flipster, it's simple to select your favorite digital magazines from the newsstand and start reading on your computer or mobile device.

Fold3 Library Edition

Features US military records including original historical documents, newspapers, images, city directories, naturalization documents, personal histories, and more.

Gale Courses

Gale Courses offers a wide range of free instructor-led courses. Classes run for six weeks on a variety of topics including technology, health-care training, business/accounting, personal development, law, test prep, and more. Some classes can lead to certification. Niles Library cardholders only.

Heritage Quest

Genealogy database from ProQuest which includes the US Census 1790-1940, page images of family and local history books, and the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files.


Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, and eaudiobooks, 24/7 with your Niles library card. No waiting. No late fees. No ads. 10 downloads a month.


Index of medical research articles from 1965 through the present. Includes extensive abstracts and selected full text. Inquire at the Adult Services desk about locating articles identified by this database.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Search by individual mutual fund or stock or create your own real or imaginary portfolio and find out how the individual securities work together as a portfolio. Identify individual stocks or mutual funds that meet particular investment criteria by using the Morningstar screeners.

Niche AcademyNiche Academy Logo

Niche Academy provides tutorials for common services like Facebook, Gmail, and Snapchat. Tutorials include instructional videos that may be viewed from your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone as well as printable, step-by-step guides.

Niles Bugle

Coverage: 1957-2007.

Niles Herald-Spectator

Coverage: 2008-2012.

Salem Health Library

The Salem Health Library includes Magill’s Medical Guide (a general medical resource), Cancer (covers more than 800 topics on the subject of cancer) and Genetics & Inherited Conditions (essays written for non-specialists on diseases, biology, techniques, methodologies, genetic engineering, biotechnology, ethics and social issues.

Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is the premiere financial newspaper in the world. This well-indexed database includes complete articles from the present to 1984.

World News Digest

This Facts on File is an archival record of domestic and international news  that is updated weekly and contains more than 1 million internal hyperlinks and convenient new features such as tabbed search results. It covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940.


Questions about Retirement & Health Insurance Options?

cje senior counseling

Take advantage of a free 1-hour private session with a Resource Specialist from CJE SeniorLife, trained to counsel adults age 60 and over, their families and caregivers.

Counseling Topics:

  • selection of appropriate retirement benefits
  • picking the right health insurance and Medicare programs
  • determining housing needs
  • identifying supportive resources
  • and much more!

To set up an appointment, please call Ms. K. Gaeding at 773-508-1054. Sessions are held twice a month on Thursday afternoons at the Library.

Computer and Internet Basics

Use LearningExpress for free interactive tutorial courses to familiarize yourself with using a computer and the Internet.