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Online Resources

Databases, websites, programs, + more


The Kankakee County Legal Self-Help Center provides legal information to Kankakee County residents about their legal rights and responsibilities, instructions on how to handle common legal problems, assistance with some legal documents and forms, and referrals to free and low-cost legal services.

Kankakee County Clerk's Office - vital records, tax information, population information, genealogy records, passports, elections, forms


The Office of the Illinois Secretary of State - listings of Illinois State archives and databases

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The Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society, serving the Kankakee County area and sharing information including cemetery records and listings, obituary indexes, county birth and death records, township maps and information, and more

Use your library card to receive admission or a special discount at participating Chicago area cultural destinations!


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. 


Watch over 30000 documentaries, classics, indie films, and kids programming. Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform that allows you to watch on your desktop, mobile device, or with a roku. All you need is your Kankakee Public Library card.


The Daily Journal provided copyright clearance for the Kankakee Public Library to digitize the microfilm archive of The Daily Journal for the purpose of making it available online to the general public free of charge. Olivet Nazarene University and Benner Library host the archive online.

Copyright clearance covers July 1854 through one year before the current date. Only the years 1854-2014 have been digitized from microfilm. As time permits, these files are manually combined into issues and added.


HeritageQuest Online provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.


ProQuest African American Heritage is a groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research.


Bendable is a free learning platform that allows residents of all ages to acquire new knowledge and skills through online courses, in-person events, and other learning resources.

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