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Online Resources

The Aurora Public Library District subscribes to several online databases and resources. Everything is available to access from a Library Building. If you’re a member of the Library District, most are available from any internet connected computer using just your library card number.

Reading Resources

Indiana Digital Library

The Indiana Digital Library (IDL) – powered by Overdrive – is an the leading online service from which Library patrons can download audiobooks, ebooks and magazines for free.


NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 120,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles.

Novelist K-8

NoveList K-8, a fiction database, is designed with a bright, appealing layout, designed especially for elementary and middle schools. This resource contains enhanced subject access for over 60,000 fiction titles aimed at the K-8 population. Full-text reviews from sources like School Library Journal and Booklist are available for many titles.

Online Book Clubs

This book club allows you to sample the first three chapters of popular books through your email. Just select which topics you’re interested in and submit your email address. You’ll soon start receiving the samples.


eSequels is a website that contains information about series. Information is provided about characters, subjects, correct reading order and more. eSequels is the place to learn everything about your favorite book series.

New Book Alerts 

Find out what is new at your library and sign up to receive alerts when new titles arrive, links directly to the catalog so you can request a copy to be held for you.

Select Reads 

Discovering books that match your interests just got easier with SelectReads. Get monthly emails reading and recommendations customized to match your interests.

Author Check 

An easy way to track your favorite authors.  Receive email alerts when the library receives a new book by authors you’ve selected. A full database of authors and their books, that the library owns, including author profiles.

Niche Academy




In a world where questionable information is rampant, Britannica provides a product that inspires confidence, with content people can trust. They do this by collaborating with experts, scholars, educators, instructional designers, and user-experience specialists; by subjecting their work to rigorous editorial review; and by combining it all into learning products that are useful, reliable, and enjoyable.

World Book

Since 1917, World Book, Inc., has set the standard for providing accuracy, objectivity, and reliability in research materials for both children and adults. World Book presents a universe of information. From A to Z, the world of knowledge unfolds. World Book articles are written clearly. They’re concise and interesting…packed with facts instead of adjectives.

Educational Resources

AR Bookfinder

Information on all AR books.

AskRose Homework Help

Homework isn’t always easy. That’s why AskRose is here to help. It’s a free math and science tutoring service for Indiana and other students in grades 6-12. Available 7-10 pm on Sundays – Thursday during the months of August – May.

Live Homework Help is a one-on-one online tutoring service that connects kids to qualified tutors from any Internet-enabled computer. Kids, parents and teachers connect to online tutors seven days a week from Noon – Midnight (Eastern Time).


Local School Libraries

Aurora Elementary School

Dillsboro Elementary School

Manchester Elementary School

South Dearborn Middle School

South Dearborn High School

LearningExpress Library



A to Z in the USA

This database is the “go-to” resource for US state and territory information. Includes cultural, historical, and social topic reports with many modern and vintage maps, photos, & other images.  

A to Z World Travel

This database is the “go-to” resource for world travel information. Includes cultural, historical, and social topic reports with many modern and vintage maps, photos, & other images.

Auto Repair Source

The AutoMate database includes repair information supplied by the publisher of Chilton automotive books. It contains information on most manufacturers of domestic & imported vehicles.

Consumer Reports

This state-of-the-art website will help make all of your buying decisions smarter and easier – while helping you find the best prices anywhere.

Global Road Warrior

Information about every country in the world. Whether it’s political, geographical, social, or anything else you’ll find it here. helps students find money for college and learn about the entire financial aid process. This free search engine delivers targeted lists of scholarships for the investment of just a few minutes.

Health and Medical Resources

Not sure where to look for reliable consumer health information? Here is a list of health resources that you can trust.


Inspire is a collection of databases provided by the Indiana State Library.

Small Engine Repair

Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, Small Engine Repair Reference Center provides users with detailed, yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines.



Local History

The Library District has two locations where all the local history information is stored and available. The first is the Local History Library @ the Depot in Aurora. This branch houses all the Aurora and Southern Dearborn County information. View the location and hours information.

The second location is at the Dillsboro Public Library. Here you’ll find materials specifically about Dillsboro, Indiana. View the location and hours information.  **Currently available on library wifi only offers a wide and diverse variety of content allowing you to trace your family history and lineage. This includes the complete Federal Census from 1790 through 1930, an Immigration Collection, Court Records, Military Records through WWI, and other diverse family and local history records.

Due to licensing restrictions, access to is only available from Library owned computers.

Heritage Quest

Heritage Quest is a comprehensive source of American genealogical information. It includes the Census Records, but goes deeper into history with Revolutionary War Records and local history books not found in other resources. Also available are the FreedmanÂ’s Bank records and Persi, which is the most complete index of genealogy and local history periodicals. This is just a sample of whatÂ’s offered online.

Anyone with a valid library card can access Heritage Quest from any computer, not just at the library.

Newspaper Archive

Newspaper Archive provides searchable copies of historical newspapers from many Indiana towns.