Reference & Research

The Reference staff will gladly assist you with research projects, finding answers to questions, locating books and materials, using  electronic resources including the Internet, request materials using our inter-library loans programs, and any other information needed.
Reference service is provided in-person, telephone, or via e-mail at

Please call 708-458-2880 ext. 105 for Reference.
Upcoming Voting Dates and Details
Good afternoon,
With Election Day just around the corner, this e-mail is to remind you of upcoming voting dates and details.

First, voters may cast their ballots early beginning October 24. That is the date to begin an early voting campaign. Suburban Cook County Early Voting sites have been expanded from 43 to 52. To accommodate the anticipated high demand, each site will also have more equipment and staff.

Grace Period registration and voting extends the registration period by allowing unregistered voters to register and vote until Monday, November 7.  Grace period begins Oct. 12 at our downtown office and at our five suburban offices. Individuals wishing to vote during the grace period must bring two pieces of identification to register. One of these two forms of ID must list the voter's current address.  

Early Voting and Grace Period voting hours and locations can be found here.

Any registered suburban Cook County voter may also request a mail ballot. Applying to vote by mail online can take less than a minute. More information on voting by mail can be found here.

Please continue to check our website at: for continuous updates.

David Orr 
Cook County Clerk

llinois License Plate Renewal Information

Illinois license plate renewal reminders are no longer being mailed.
For more information and to renew, please click the links below.
You will need your Registration ID and PIN located on your current
registration card.

License Plate Renewal

To set up an e-mail reminder:

Paperless Licence Renewal Notices
Vehicle Emissions Test Notices
Click link below for more information

Test Notices FAQ

Illinois EPA resumed mailing vehicle emissions test notices beginning April 6, 2016. Test notices will be retroactive to the first motorists that did not receive a test notice (vehicle owners whose license plates expired at the end of March 2016). Motorists who have completed testing requirements will not receive one of the new test notices.
**Effective April 2016, vehicle emissions test notices will be mailed on a postcard size form.
As a result, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced his office will resume regular vehicle registration procedures effective June 1, 2016. At that time, motorists subject to vehicle emissions testing will once again be required to comply with testing requirements prior to renewing their license plates.

Research Links
Access to Care
Basic Computer Skills
Bump Builder - Adult Swim
City of Chicago
Credo Reference
Crisis Prevention Institute
Cyberbullying: Facts About Cyberbullying

Free Online Computer Training
Fantastic Fiction
GoodCall Scholarships
ICv2: The Business of Geek Culture
Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois State Police Firearms Services Bureau
MoneyGeek Cost of Living Calculator
Rental Help in Illinois - HUD
The Independent Student's Guide to Healthcare
provided by:

The Independent Student's Guide to Healthcare offers valuable information for students living independently for the first time and for recent grads entering the workforce.

Taking responsibility for healthcare is a daunting but necessary step for young adults. The task is even more intimidating for the 18% of young adults who aren't able to rely on their parents for health insurance. Our guide breaks down the vast amount of information into easily digestible sections to help young adults find affordable health insurance and get the care they need. The sections include:

  • Student coverage basics
  • Plans for recent grads and special-status students
  • Strategies for managing health expenses
  • Additional resources

The complete guide can be found here:


Patrons who do not have a library card can purchase a Guest Pass for $2.00 for two hours of computer time per day.  Guest Passes are available at the Circulation Desk.          


Bridgeview Public Library has 2 Copy Machines available for public use.  Color copies are 50 cents each.  Black & White copies are 20 cents each.


Bridgeview Public Library has a scanner available for public use.  You may scan items to an e-mail, a flash drive, a smart phone or tablet, or a Google Drive.  There is no cost to use the scanner.  For more information please stop by the Reference Desk.