e-BOOKS & Audiobooks
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. OverDrive are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 40,000 libraries and schools in 70 countries.
eRead Illinois is expanding e-book access across Illinois, providing training to increase expertise on e-books and exploring further opportunities for increasing access to e-books through collaboration with Illinois authors, libraries, publishers, and other organizations.
Enjoy digital books, images, videos and more from libraries, artists, authors and others from your community and around the world. No library card needed. Accessible from any location in Illinois.
Fun and attractions
Explore More Illinois is a free service provided by your library that provides instant online access to free and discounted tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theaters, and other fun and local cultural venues. Log in using your full Plano Library card number and PIN (the last four digits of your card number, unless you have changed it). This service can be accessed without needing to visit the library in person.
Use your Plano Library card to receive admission or a special discount at participating cultural destinations, including Air Classic Museum, Brookfield Zoo, Cantigny Park, Chicago Botanic Garden, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Naper Settlement, and more. Available to Plano Library cardholders in good standing. Passes cannot be reserved or checked out online or by phone. You must visit the Plano Library in person to get a pass. The library has a limited number of passes for each destination. There is a limit of one pass per family per week.
Search by surname, location, or record type. Contains more than 1.2 billion records in more than 3,000 databases, including the U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1930, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, and much more. This database is accessible only within the library.
Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images.
HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more. Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. With more than 4.4 billion records, it delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
research and newspapers
Explore and stay informed on local, national and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from around the world to around the corner.
Don’t have a subscription to the Beacon News? No problem! View today’s full-color newspaper every day for free. Explore Aurora area history through local news, events and people with the Beacon News Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online.
Explore Chicago history through local news, events and people with the Chicago Sun-Times Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online.
Explore national content and history through local news, events and people with USA TODAY Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online.