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Location & Hours
125 S. Municipal Drive
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
(630) 466-4686
eMail the Reference Desk
Mon - Thur:10a - 8p
Sat:10a - 4p
Sun:2p - 6p

Research Center

With your Sugar Grove Public Library card, you have access to these databases 24-7. 

Search multiple databases with Explora 


Explora for Public Libraries

Explora offers a more modern and efficient search experience across all devices with powerful filters for narrowing search results from multiple databases, including Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Newspaper Source Plus, and Primary Search. Click to view a video about Explora.


Explora for Elementary Schools

Explora offers a more modern and efficient search experience across all devices with powerful filters for narrowing search results from multiple databases. Click to learn more about using Explora for Elementary Schools.


Explora for Middle Schools

Explora offers a more modern and efficient search experience across all devices with powerful filters for narrowing search results from multiple databases. Click to view information about using Explora for Middle Schools.

Popular Databases Ancestry

This database is only accessible from Library computers or while connected to library Wi-Fi. There is no remote access for this database. 

Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more from countries all over the world.

For information on the Sugar Grove Historical Society, genealogy, and open access databases to help you with your research. Please view this document to access links, or print for your reference. 


FamilySearch adds over 300 million free genealogical records and images online yearly from all over the world and manages the famous FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land and court records from more than 130 countries to help you discover and make family connections. You will need to create and use a personal free FamilySearch account to login and view all the records available to an affiliate library at

consumer reports imageConsumer Reports

Buying advice, product ratings, reviews, recommendations, money-saving advice and tips, and videos for products including appliances, electronics, food, and more.


Learn to knit, sew, crochet, paint, and much more with Creativebug's online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. 

driving testsDriving Tests

Driving Tests provides patrons with unlimited access to official state driver's manuals, online practice tests for car, motorcycle and commercial driver's license (CDL), an exam simulator, and a DMV - related FAQ. Patrons can access Driving Tests to start preparing for their DMV knowledge exam by visiting . The program is designed to help aspiring as well as more experienced drivers (teenagers, newcomers, renewal applicants or senior citizens). Tests can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. For the Illinois Rules of the Road and other state information online, visit

BiblioBoard Library 

BiblioBoard Library is an easy-to-use mobile and web platform that offers full-length eBooks, a historical database, unique local collections, and more. Access BiblioBoard Library in your preferred browser, tablet, or mobile device with no login or library card number required. All content on BiblioBoard Library is also available with no holds, waits, or checkouts, making it perfect for classroom use, book clubs, and community reads. 

 Museum Passes

Museum Adventure PassMuseum Adventure Pass

Use your library card to checkout passes for free admission or a special discount at participating Chicago area cultural destinations. This includes the popular Brookfield Zoo! Request a pass by clicking here.  Passes are now available to request online, and we will email you the pass within 1-2 business days. Once issued, passes are good for 7 days. Only one pass can be issued to a family at a time. For a full list of museums and how the Museum Adventure Program works, click here. 


Explore More Illinois is a cultural pass program that allows Illinois public library cardholders to get offers from museums, park districts, historical societies, performing and visual arts centers, and other attractions. Explore More Illinois is free and can be accessed 24/7 from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. 

Log in with your library card credentials and browse for passes by date or attractions. Make your reservation and print or download your pass shortly before your visit. You can have two active reservations per library card. Please cancel your reservation(s) if unable to attend, otherwise the reservation will count as being used. Remember that once you print or download your pass you cannot cancel your reservation.

 EBSCO Databases

auto repair sourceAuto Repair Source

Offers a wealth of information to help you diagnose, repair, and maintain cars and vehicles. Includes service and repair procedures, diagrams, recall information, specifications, labor estimates, and parts pricing.


consumer health completeConsumer Health Complete

Full-text articles to support research in aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, and nutrition. Includes teen health topics for teens and parents.


consumer reports imageConsumer Reports

Buying advice, product ratings, reviews, recommendations, money-saving advice and tips, and videos for products including appliances, electronics, food, and more.


history reference centerHistory Reference Center

Full-text articles to support research in history and genealogy and lesson plans to support student learning.


home improvement

Home Improvement Reference Center

Looking to install a new door, fix a leaky faucet, or spruce up your garden? You’ve come to the right place! Our library provides free access to Home Improvement Reference Center, a database from EBSCO containing thousands of articles from leading home improvement magazines and reference books, plus a collection of home repair images not found anywhere else online. 

legal info reference centerLegal Information Reference Center

Resources to assist you in legal matters of all kinds, including business law, financial planning, family law, property and real estate, and rights and disputes. Includes full text reference books from Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.


free legal answers help deskLegal Answers Help Desk

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice, the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, and the Public Interest Law Initiative provide the first-ever legal help desk for civil appeals in Illinois, Free Legal Answers for Civil Appeals. This virtual help desk will be staffed by attorneys with appellate experience and it will present an opportunity for litigants to ask questions of a lawyer about their civil appeal. 


literary reference centerLiterary Reference Center

Novels, short stories, poems, plot summaries and synopses, and literary criticism. Research guides, lesson plans, and citation tools support student learning.


Newspaper Source Plus

A full-text digital collection of the world's major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers and newswires and offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources. 


novelist k-8 plusNoveList K-8 Plus

Reading recommendations for kids' fiction and nonfiction that you can search by Lexile, subject, and grade level.


novelist plusNoveList Plus

A popular and extensive tool for reading recommendations for fiction and non-fiction. Includes audiobook recommendations.


points of viewPoints of View Reference Center

Resources for students to understand issues, develop criticial thinking skills, and develop persuasive arguments. Includes essays, overviews, articles, and transcripts on, citizens' rights, earth and environmental issues, global issues, health and medicine, and media and communications.

science reference centerScience Reference Center

Full-text articles to support research in applied sciences, biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and energy. Includes the Science Image Collection, a database of high-quality science images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA, and Nature Picture Library.


small businessSmall Business Reference Center

Full-text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. Includes business videos, a help and advice section, and details on how to create business plans.


Resources Beyond our Databases:

oclc worldcat

Worldcat OCLC

This is the world's largest library catalog. If you can't locate an item in our local SWAN catalog, use Worldcat to search for an item. If you would like us to request the item, please fill out this form and we will place the request for you. 

Waubonsee Community College logo Waubonsee Community College Database Access

Community members residing in College District 516 may apply for a Community Borrower Card. More information can be found here.

For in-depth research needs, Waubonsee Community College Library's three locations (Sugar Grove, Downtown, Fox Valley) offer guest computers onsite that provide access to their extensive databases. A complete list of their online databases can be found here. A community borrower card will not be needed at the guest computers on campus. For hours, locations, and more, please click here.

Medline Plus   
MedlinePlus is an online health information resource for patients and their families and friends. It is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).