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Another question from last fall’s survey: Does the library have subscriptions to online encyclopedias, such as the Britannica?

We do have the Britannica and several others available on our web site. To access them, Click Research a Topic on our front page. On the Research a Topic page, you will see a tab for an A-Z list of all our databases, one for finding newspaper and magazine articles, and a third tab for online encyclopedias.

When you visit that page you will find links to Britannica and Britannica for Kids, as well as the Americana Encyclopedia, the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, the Oxford English Dictionary, and five different versions of the World Book for various audiences. Have your library card handy when you visit this page, because you will need to enter your card number to search the encyclopedias.

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If you typically visit our Cook Park location, have you tried picking up your Holds at our Drive-Up Window yet? If you are ready to try it, just remember that you must specify the Drive-Up Window as your pickup location when you place the Hold. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Choose “Drive-up Window at Cook Park” when placing your Hold.
  2. Wait to receive notice that your Hold is available for pickup.
  3. Drive up, present your library card, and pick up your Hold.

In the past we were unable to offer the Drive-Up Window as an option for Interlibrary Loan items, but we are pleased to announce that now you can choose from all four pickup options when placing an Interlibrary Loan request: Aspen Drive, Bookmobile, Cook Park Inside or Drive-Up Window.

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This week's question: How can I make a list in the catalog that won't disappear when I leave the page?

Each record in the catalog has an Add to Cart option. Use that to fill your cart with items you want to save, then click the My Cart link in the upper right corner.

You will see the items you have selected, which you can then Request (all at once if you like!), Remove from List, Save to List, or Email.

If you choose Save to List, you will be prompted to enter your library card number. You can either add the items to an existing list or create a new one. The next time you go to My Account and click on the My Lists button, your lists will all appear.

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How are you coming with your income taxes? Need some forms, instructions or publications? Here are some options for you:

All federal tax forms, instructions and publications are available free on the IRS web site. As long as you have Adobe Reader installed, all forms can be printed and some can even be completed online and then printed with your information. You can also learn about e-filing options on the IRS site.

With the Adobe Reader installed, you can also access and print Illinois State Tax Forms and publications. Need forms from other states? will get you to those.


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The General Primary Election in Illinois will be held Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Not sure if you are registered to vote? Go to Lake County's Voter Power page, enter your name, address and date of birth to find out. If you are registered, you will find out the location of your voting place, what will be on your ballot, and information about the voting by mail option. Want to find out about voting early? See the Voting Options page.

If you've moved within Lake County since you registered, update your information by mailing your name, old and new address, date of birth and signature toWillard Helander, Lake County Clerk,18 North County Street, Room 101, Waukegan, Illinois 60085. If you have moved into Lake County since you registered, you will need to re-register with your new address. You must also re-register if you have changed your name.

You can register at the Reference Desk at either the Cook Park or Aspen Drive Library through Tuesday, February 21. Bring two forms of ID with you. One must show your current address and could be a driver's license, a state ID, a utility bill addressed to you at your current address, or a personalized check. To be eligible to register, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old by the date of the election, and have lived in your voting precinct for at least 30 days by the date of the election. If you miss the registration deadline, there is a grace period during which you can register and vote at the County Courthouse in Waukegan.