Online Research: Do-It-Yourself

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.

Crafting Resources:

  • Art and Crafts Shows Net  Search for an arts/crafts show, festival, or fair by dates, city, state, or region.
  • Crafting with your kids A directory of more than 500 kids arts and crafts activities, by type of activity. Find kids painting ideas, drawing activities, sculpture projects, collage activities, and more!
  • Crochet Guild of America  Dedicated to the art of crocheting.
  • Fave Crafts  Free craft projects, home decor ideas, and DIY tips. New projects and tips added every day.
  • Free Patterns  Free online patterns for your projects.
  • Jo-Ann Project Archive Library of projects for knitters, quilters, crafters, and more.
  • Michaels, the Arts & Crafts Store Floral and handcrafted project ideas.
  • Pinterest  Arts and crafts inspiration! Organize your project ideas and get fresh inspiration.
  •  Quilting information for the novice, expert, and all those in between.
  • WoolWorks  Projects for hand-knitters.

Home Resources:

  • Better Homes and Gardens  An online companion to the magazine.
  • Handyman USA  Tips, articles, and an “ask an expert” feature.
  • HGTV  Official site of the cable television network.
  • Martha Stewart Home  Tips, techniques, and inspiration for home keeping.
  • This Old House  Official site for the television program.
  • Rachael Ray Rachael’s official website and home to more than 5,000 of her recipes, and more.
  • DIY Network Shows, how-to’s, sweepstakes, videos, and more from the Do-It-Yourself Network.

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