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McHenry Public Library District, in partnership with the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, offers District residents 21 and older* the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online through Career Online High School. 

The library has purchased five scholarships for qualified adult learners who are looking to expand their career opportunities, prepare for workforce entry, and continue their education.

To be considered for the program, applicants need to successfully complete an online self-assessment and an in-person interview with the library's enrollment team.

If you are selected for the program, you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Take classes online
  • Have the flexibility to access classwork 24/7.
  • Be supported by certified instructors and an academic coach.
  • Earn an accredited high school diploma while preparing for a career in one of 8 high-demand, high-growth fields.
  • Graduate with the tools to advance in your profession or take the next step in your education.

Once enrolled in the program, Career Online High School pairs each student with an online academic coach, who provides the student with an individual career path, offers ongoing guidance, evaluates performance and connects the student with the resources needed to master the courses. Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program, but many complete it sooner, depending on how many previous credits they can have transferred.

Learn More

Call 815-385-0036 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and a member of our enrollment team will contact you. Or visit the Career Online High School website for more information. Here are some frequently asked questions. *Applicant must have a valid MPLD library card in good standing.

Individuos pueden obtener una tarjeta gratis de la biblioteca si proveeria identificación actual. 

Los niños menores de 18 años tambien pueden obtener una tarjeta, pero los padres necesitan estar presente para firmar y proveer identificación.


Se necesite dos formas de identificación:

1. Uno con su foto

  Aceptamos las siguentes formas de identificación:

    · Licencia de Conducir
    · Identificación del Sec. del Estado
    · Pasaporte
    · Tarjeta verde 
    · Matrícula Consular de Alta Seguridad (MCAS) 


2. Otro que prueba su residencia aquí en nuestro distrito de la biblioteca

Algo que tiene su nombre y su domicilio actual

Aceptamos las siguientes:

    · Chequera
    · Factura de la electricidad
    · Factura del gas
    · Factura del teléfono
    · Contrato de arrendamiento/Contrato de hipoteca
    · Tarjeta de seguro médico o auto


    Es una tasa de reemplazo de $2.00 si Ud. pierde su tarjeta.


There are currently no job openings.

Free Tax Help Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from AARP Volunteers! aarptax1 001

Trained volunteers from the AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program will be at the library from February 8 - April 14, 2016 to help taxpayers complete and file their taxes. 

The program offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers -- especially those 60 and older. Call 815-451-1578 (the local McHenry-area AARP line) to make an appointment. No walk-ins; phone appointments only. Library staff cannot make appointments for you -- use the number above to make an appointment or get more information. 

What to bring with you to your appointment: Click here for a list of documents you should bring with you to your appointment.

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hoopla is a digital media service available to McHenry Public Library cardholders. The free service gives you access to to borrow movies, television shows, audiobooks and full music albums.  You just need your McHenry Public Library card to get started.

Getting Started Guide & General Information 

General Help: Search all help topics 

hoopla apps: Apple Devices | Android Devices | KindleFire HDX Devices


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OnePlay for Libraries offers patrons a digital gaming service that enables them to instantly download and play unlimited Android and PC games for free. OnePlay for Libraries includes over 2,000 games (with more than 1,500+ PC titles and more than 500 Android titles) from over 75 different publishers.

As part of this service, new games are added daily, and users are not subject to holds or waiting. Patrons simply download games and play them offline on PCs, Android tablets and smartphones.

General Help: PC and Android