Online Research: College and Education

The Bensenville Community Public Library subscribes to a variety of online research products and databases that offer up-to-date, reliable information on a wide range of topics, including: genealogy, business, history, homework help, auto repairs, and more.


All of our searchable resources are available for use in the library or from home. Hover over the images below to see a description about each database. You may also narrow or filter your search by clicking on our list of research subjects. 


For some resources, you may be asked to enter the 14-digit barcode (starting with 21437…) on the back of your Bensenville Community Public Library card, along with your PIN number. Need help? Please call us at (630) 766-4642. Also, please note that we do not accept submissions for inclusion into our online resources collections.

More Resources:

  • College Board Not-for-profit organization representing over 6000 of the world’s leading colleges, schools, and other educational organizations.
  • Embark Features include: school matcher, graduate school information, and an online recruitment application.
  • Peterson’s  Online companion to the popular college guide. Nice variety of available resources.
  • (Colleges)  Includes information and rankings from the annual listing of schools.
  • Campus Tours  Take a virtual tour of the college you are interested in attending.
  • College Answer  Free financial aid service offered by Sallie Mae. The database includes thousands of private scholarships, grants, tuition waivers, internships, and fellowships.
  • FAFSA Application  Get a copy of the FAFSA or fill it out online.
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission Outreach Activities Calendar  ISAC’s outreach efforts help families navigate the steps of the college admission and financial aid processes.
  • Affordable Colleges Online  This directory of online colleges in the U.S. compares thousands of online colleges and programs.

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