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Research & Learn

The Reference Department serves patrons from 6th grade through adult in person, by telephone, email and instant messaging using a wide variety of print and online resources. These resources include a reference book collection and over 70,000 non-fiction titles. 

Through Interlibrary Loan, we can also obtain items held by other libraries. Patrons also have access to over 300 magazine and newspaper subscriptions in addition to over 50 databases. Most of the databases are available to Park Ridge Public Library cardholders from home. We also have 21 public computers with access to our databases, the internet and various software programs including Word 2010, Excel 2010 and PowerPoint 2010.

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Nonfiction Titles

If you are interested in any of these new titles, give us a call at 847-720-3230. We'd be happy to help!

The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution
An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic
The Best of Us
Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier's Story
Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis
Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women's Right to Vote
The Chicago Food Encyclopedia
The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History
Stephen Colbert's Midnight Confessions
Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process
Let Dogs Be Dogs: Understanding Canine Nature and Mastering the Art of Living with Your Dog
Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World
A Murder in Music City: Corruption, Scandal, and the Framing of an Innocent Man
Asia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century
It Takes Two: Our Story
The World of James Bond