Research Databases

Accelerated Reader Book List

Our library collection contains many books listed in Accelerated Reader. We’ve compiled a list of all AR books that are available in our library, along with their level, point value, and a hyperlink to the item in our catalog! The AR list pdf can be downloaded here. The AR list pdf for graphic novels can be downloaded here.

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition provides access to all resources available through and may be used from any library computer or from any personal device connected to the library’s wireless Internet.

Click Here to access Ancestry Library Edition from the Library computers or WiFi (This link will only work in the library)

Family Search

FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations.  For over 100 years, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing – free of charge – genealogical records and is now the largest genealogy organization in the world. Click Here to visit Family Search.

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection

This collection contains 129 newspaper titles, 150,215 issues comprising 1,560,385 pages and 6,887,660 articles including select editions of the Chillicothe Independent (1881-1885).  Since 2005, the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library at the University of Illinois has been developing unique digital newspaper content. The works collected here include digital facsimiles of newspapers and trade journals in a variety of fields. Users may search, browse, tag, and correct OCR text to improve searchability and access.  Click Here to visit IDNC

Illinois Digital Archives

The Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) was created in 2000 as a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois. You can find photographs, slides, glass negatives, oral histories, manuscripts, letters, federal government documents, postcards, maps, and much more.

IVC High School Yearbooks

Also available is an extensive collection of year books from the Chillicothe Township High School and Illinois Valley Central High School. Click Here to view our online Yearbook Archive.

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge. 

Digital Public Library of America 

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.

Europeana Collections

Europeana Collections provides access to over 50 million digitised items – books, music, artworks and more – with sophisticated search and filter tools to help you find what you’re looking for.   Our dedicated thematic collections on artfashionmusicphotography and World War I contain galleriesblogs and exhibitions to inform and inspire. 

Other Resources

Chillicothe Public Library is proud to house a selection of historical newspapers.

We have physical copies of the Chillicothe Enquirer (1922 – 1927).   Also the Chillicothe Times Bulletin (1922-1980).

The library also has the Chillicothe Times Bulletin on microfilm dating back more than 100 years.

Black Freedom Struggle

Black Freedom Struggle features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. A free resource, the website hopes that “by centering on the experiences and perspectives of African Americans, we hope this collection imbues the study of Black history with a deeper understanding of the humanity of people who have pursued the quest for freedom, and the significance of movements like Black Lives Matter.” Visit Black Freedom Struggle and find approximately 1,600 documents focused on Black Freedom.

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