217-477-5228 | FAX 217-477-5230
Mail queries: 319 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61832
Email queries: Reference_Desk@danvillepubliclibrary.org
Robert A. Hinton, Director of Adult Services
Located on the second floor, Adult Services offers the following services:
- Public access computers for adults, ages 18 and up, and wireless Internet
- Genealogy/local history reference and research assistance
- Programs – Coffee Time, Genealogy Club, Computer Basics
- Reference and readers’ advisory assistance from library staff
Public Access Computers and Wireless Internet
The Adult Services Department has 12 public-access Internet computers installed with popular software applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.):
- Ten computers are available for 1-hour sessions (limit of two sessions per day).
- Two “express” computers are available for 15-minute sessions.
Users must have a valid library card from Danville Public Library or another area public library. Users sign in at the Internet kiosk located across from the Adult Services Desk and are limited to two 1-hour sessions per day.
For those traveling through town who do not have a valid library card, the library can issue a day pass, up to a limit of 3 passes total. The library sells flash drives for patrons who wish to save their work.
The library also offers free wireless Internet access to people with laptops, tablets, phones, or other devices that access the Internet.
Learn Computer Skills
If you need help using computers, the library has several resources:
- Sign up for one of our free in-person classes. Each month we offer Basic Skills classes for beginners and Introductions to Microsoft applications.
- Visit DigitalLearn.org, a free website teaching 19 basic computer skills, including Using a PC, Intro to Email, Internet Privacy, Creating Resumes, Online Job Searching, Intro to Skype, and Intro to Facebook.
- For more advanced help, check out our database Gale Courses, which is free to anyone with a Danville Public Library card.
Equipment and Other Services Available for the Visually Impaired
The Closed-Circuit Television or CCTV, by TeleSensory, greatly enlarges printed matter and pictures, displaying them on a television screen. This machine aids patrons in reading newspapers, bills or photographs. This piece of equipment was given to the library in memory of Kent A. Eicher and is located in Adult Services, near the administration offices.
The Reading Edge or Kurzweil Reader allows users to scan up to 20 pages of text into the machine’s memory. A computer inside converts the scanned text into a spoken voice, which reads aloud to the user. It can scan columns, spell out words, and read at variable speeds. This piece of equipment came to the library through a generous grant from the Webster Foundation, and it also is located in Adult Services (it may be wheeled into study carrels for privacy).
Demonstrations of this equipment are available by stopping in at the Adult Services Department or by making an appointment by calling Adult Services at 217-477-5228.
- American Council of the Blind — job information, legislative action, sources for aids
- Described and Captioned Media Program — government program providing free loans of described and open captioned videos to persons with sensory disabilities, teachers, parents, and others. Over 7,000 educational and general-interest titles are available.
- Illinois Department of Human Services — information on IDHS services
- Macular Degeneration Foundation — information on a common vision problem
- Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center — free library service for anyone unable to read regular print because of a visual or physical disability. Books and magazines on tape and playback equipment; and also in Braille.
- National Federation of the Blind — links to other information sources
- National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) — free audiobook program sponsored by the Library of Congress
NOTE TO THOSE MAKING LINK REQUESTS: The library receives many requests to add links to this page and cannot accommodate them all. We add very few new sites. New links will appear within a few days of the initial request; please do not send follow-up emails.
Automotive | Business | College Scholarships & Financial Aid | Computers & Technology | Consumer | Conversion & Calculation | Dictionaries | Education | Environment & Natural History | Geography | Government | Health | Illinois Info | Income Tax | Job Info | Legal Info | Local Documents | Maps and Driving Directions | Out of Print Books | Personal Finance | Phone Directories | Senior Citizens | Sports | Travel | Zip Codes
- Kelley Blue Book — Trade-in values, buying and selling, and other car info.
- Autotropolis — Interactive tools to research cars.
- Morningstar Mutual Funds Online — Access requires ID and password; please call the Reference Dept. at (217) 477-5228 to obtain these.
College Scholarships & Financial Aid
- Affordable Schools Online
- College Board Online
- College Illinois! — Illinois’ prepaid tuition program.
- Finaid: The Financial Aid Information Page
- Peterson’s Education Center
- Sallie Mae
- TheSimpleDollar.com — Info about managing student loan debt and loan consolidation options.
- U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education
Computers & Technology
- The Better Business Bureau
- Citizens Utility Board
- Consumer Information
- Consumer World
- Federal Trade Commission
- Find How — The How To Search Engine.
- Food and Drug Administration
- National Foundation for Consumer Credit
- National Fraud Information Center
- Online Reputation Management — Ensure your online reputation is protected.
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- USDA Answers to Your Questions
Conversion & Calculation Sources
- Career Girls — Video-based career exploration tool for girls, with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers.
- CNN-fyi — News & info for students and teachers.
- The College Database
- Directory of Accredited Online Colleges
- Guide to Online Schools
Envirnoment, Science, & Natural History
- Environmental Protection Agency
- IL EPA Bureau of Water
- IL State Water Survey
- McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
- Nature Conservancy
Geography — U.S. Place Names
- USA.gov — Good first stop for U.S. government info.
- Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government — For ages 4 through high school.
- City of Danville
- Illinois Government Information
- Online Searches — Updated public records.
- RecordsBase — Public records & online genealogy resources.
- Social Security Online
- U.S. House of Representatives
- U.S. Senate
- U.S. Census Bureau
- U.S. Copyright Office
- U.S. Department of Treasury
- U.S. Government Publishing Office — Formerly Gov’t Printing Office.
- U.S. Small Business Administration
- Vermilion County Departments and Agencies
- Vermilion County Reference and Year Book (.pdf file)
- The White House
- AddictionResource.com — Raising awareness on the dangers of addiction.
- American Society of Addiction Medicine — Promotes drug abuse prevention and treatment.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Food and Drug Administration — Tips on buying medicines and medical products online.
- GetCoveredIllinois.gov — Illinois portal for coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
- Health on the Net Foundation
- iEmily.com — Health info for adolescent girls.
- Medical Library Association — Finding and evaluating health information on the Web.
- Medline Plus
- Merck Manual
- National Institutes of Health — Health topics A-Z.
- Salem Health — Online access to the Magill’s Medical Guide. To use from outside the library, click the “Remote Access Login” tab and enter your library card barcode.
- Illinois Issues In-Depth — Reporting and analysis from Illinois Public Radio.
- Vermilion County Reference and Year Book (.pdf file)
Income Taxes: Federal & State
- CareerOverview.com — Career information, job search, education and job descriptions.
- Glassdoor — Search jobs from over 20,000 job sites, newspapers and company career pages.
- Job Hunt
- LinkedIn Jobs
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Resume Guide — 250+ resume templates.
- Vermilion Advantage Jobs Board — Vermilion County’s resource for career and occupational opportunities, employer profiles and career information and K-16 education programs and partnerships in the area.
Local Documents on Display
Maps & Driving Direction
Out of Print Books
- Benefits Check Up
- Caring.com — Search for senior/assisted living by zip code or across Illinois.
- Eldercare Locator
- Family Caregiver Alliance
- Meals on Wheels
- National Council for Aging Care
- National Council on the Aging
- Senior Communities in Illinois