AV Department Phone: 217-477-5224
The Audiovisual area houses the library’s nonprint materials (audiobooks, DVDs, Blu-rays, music CDs, and selected videocassettes) and also offers a collection of downloadable & streaming media.
New to the Collection
If prompted for an ID or Password, enter your library card barcode.
(For licensing reasons, most of these databases are available only to DPL patrons)
- Gale Courses — Instructor-led online courses in a wide variety of topics, free to DPL cardholders. Learn more. Video tutorial.
- hoopla Digital — Thousands of ebooks, comics, movies, music, and audiobooks playable on computers and mobile devices. To log in, enter your Danville Public Library card barcode number and PIN (for licensing reasons, access is limited to DPL cardholders). Details and Help. Video tutorial.
- Mango Languages — an online system for learning languages; offering 36 languages, including English as a Second Language options. To log in, enter your Danville Public Library card barcode number (for licensing reasons, access is limited to DPL cardholders). Video tutorial.
- OverDrive — Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and videos available free to patrons of Danville Public Library (and other local libraries). For assistance getting started, see the Help Section. Also see the various Help Videos we’ve created for setting up your device. When signing in to the database, select “Illinois Heartland Library System” as your library; enter your full library card barcode number; and enter the last 4 digits of your phone number as the PIN number.
- AudioFile Magazine — Devoted exclusively to audiobooks.
- Audio Publishers Association — Resources for listeners and industry professionals.
- Librivox — Free downloadable audiobooks of works in the public domain.
- Podcast Alley — Large directory of podcasts.
- Sound Learning Literacy Toolkit — using audiobooks in the classroom.
Film & Video Links
- American Archive Pilot Project — Online collection of video and audio content from the archives of local PBS affiliate WILL.
- American Memory Online Films — View early motion pictures online. Part of the Library of Congress Motion Picture and Television Reading Room.
- British Pathe — 90,000 historic clips from the famous English film company, a leading producer of documentaries and newsreels in the 20th century.
- Described and Captioned Media Program — Government program providing free loans of “open captioned” videos to deaf and hard of hearing persons, teachers, parents, and others.
- Ebertfest — Held every April at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, it’s the coolest Illinois film event outside of Chicago.
- Educational Media Reviews Online — Video, DVD, and CD-ROM reviews on materials from major educational and documentary distributors.
- Facets — Huge selection of independent, foreign, and alternative cinema. Rentals by mail.
- Internet Movie Database — One of the most comprehensive film sites on the Net.
- KIDS FIRST! — From the The Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, reviews of children’s films, videos, DVDs, audio recordings, TV programs and CD-ROMs.
- Media Resources Center, UC-Berkeley — Extensive film & videographies, links.
- Metacritic— Excellent source of current popular film and video reviews from the country’s leading critics.
- Motion Picture Association of America — Information about the voluntary ratings system plus a searchable ratings database.
- Movies Unlimited — The largest distributor of home video.
- National Board of Review — One of the nation’s oldest film advocacy organizations, it is perhaps best known for its ranking of the year’s best films.
- Screen It! — Movie reviews to help parents decide what is appropriate for their kids.
- Sight & Sound Top Ten Films of All Time — We’re awash in “Best” lists, but here’s one worth noting. Since 1952, the esteemed British film journal Sight & Sound has polled the world’s leading film critics every ten years for their picks.
- Video Librarian Online — The best source for reviews of non-fiction video.
- Film and Media Round Table — The Film and Media Round Table (FMRT), formerly known as the Video Round Table, provides leadership within the American Library Association (ALA) on all issues related to video collections, programs, and services in libraries.
- WILL TV — Online (streaming) programs from PBS.
- All-Music Guide — Reviews, discographies, artist profiles, links.
- CD Hotlist — Reviews aimed at librarians.
- Classical Music Navigator — A good introduction to the often overwhelming world of classical music.
- Gospel Music Association — Dove Award winners and nominees.
- Lyrics World — Search engine for lyrics.
- Metacritic — Excellent source of current music reviews from the country’s leading critics.
- Music Library Association — Devoted to music librarianship and to all aspects of music materials in libraries.
- 111 Greatest (Anglo-American) Folk Music Artists
- Pandora — Find music to suit your tastes.
- Podcast Alley — Large directory of podcasts.
- Recorded Sound Reference Center — Provides access to the commercial and archival audio holdings of the Library of Congress.
- WILL-TV and Radio Homepage — Public TV and radio in Central Illinois.