Try-It! Illinois 2018 posterTry-It! Illinois is the annual statewide database trial sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library. It offers the staff and library users of more than 5,000 ILLINET member libraries the opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois. 

This year's trial includes many excellent resources, including African American History Online, Digital Sanborn Maps Geo Edition, Fold3 Library Edition, Historical newspapers from major cities (Chicago, New York & St. Louis), MyHeritage Library Edition, Library Edition, Service Newspapers of WWII, and Women’s Magazine Archive. A complete listing of available databases can be found on the Try-It! Illinois website.

And remember, Fold3, MyHeritage Library Edition, and many other resources are always available for you at The Urbana Free Library, free of charge.

Available October 1 – November 30, 2018, Try-It Illinois! is password restricted. Visit or call the Archives (217-367-4025) today to get your password.

-Sherrie B.
 Archives Librarian