Have you tried Universal Class?

One of our newer online resources is Universal Class, which offers over 500 online continuing education classes.  The classes meet online, at your convenience, with a real instructor.  Classes cover a wide varierty of subjects: computers, business, arts & photography, crafts, GED prep, health & medicine, writing help, homeschooling, and more!

Classes are available in a diverse range of subjects including computers, business, home & garden, health and medicine, hobbies, and more.  View a listing of class topics.

Get Started!

Step 1: Go to the sign up page to create your account with your user name and password.

Step 2: Go to http://highlandparkil.universalclass.com  to enroll in your class and start learning!

• You are welcome to enroll in up to 5 courses.

• You have up to 6 months to finish each course

• You have access to your course 24/7 via the Internet.

• Attend class and do assignments on your schedule.

• Each course has a real instructor who you may communicate with using e-mail.

note: These are non-credit courses and are provided for your personal enrichment. These courses are not intended to be a substitute for any state, government, licensing, or educational requirements.


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RAILS - Our New Library System!

You may recall that last year the North Suburban Library System (NSLS), of which Highland Park is a member,  was nearly shut down by the lack of state funding. Everything but the most essential services - notably, interlibrary loan - was cut.

Other library systems in Illinois, facing the same budgetary issues, pooled resources with NSLS on July 1st to create RAILS: the Reaching Across Illinois Library System.  Composed of the now-defunct Alliance Library System (ALS), DuPage Library System (DLS), Metropolitan Library System (MLS), North Suburban Library System (NSLS), and Prairie Area Library System (PALS), RAILS now serves more than 3,700 libraries over 27,000 square miles.

How does this affect you?  Service levels will remain the same as before July 1st, so there is no service interruption!  You can read more about RAILS on their website.

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Looking for our databases?

You may have noticed our site is looking just a tad bit different lately (see our announcement), and perhaps you're wondering where you can find all your favorite databases, like Lexis Nexis, Reference USA, and Consumer Reports.  Look no further than the "Online Resources" link on the left side of the screen, under "Quick Links".  You also can find a link to our online resources under the "Research" tab at the top of the page.  Questions?  Call us at the Reference Desk at 847-781-7031, or instant message us using the Ask Us widget on the left side of the screen.

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Job Hunting Resources

We've collected a number of online resources for job hunters in our Job Hunting guide.  You'll find links to recommended sites on resumes and cover letters, interviewing, salary information, career guides, and more.

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Finding Consumer Information

Looking to buy a new dishwasher?  Want to find out which mp3 player you should purchase?  We have a few suggestions on where to find consumer information.

  1. We have Consumer Reports available in print and online.  Both are available for in-library use only, so stop by the Reference Desk and we can direct you to them or set you up on our database computer.
  2. Looking for free consumer sites?  ConsumerSearch.com is an excellent source.  They aggregate reviews, analyze them, and then put the results in an easy-to-use package.
  3. ConsumerReview.com provides reviews by users just like you.
  4. ConsumerWorld is another free resource providing non-commercial guides to consumer resources and products.
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