Research & Learn

Local Resources for English as Second Language Speakers

Check out these opportunities to improve your English speaking skills.

Improve Your Tech Skills with CPL

Not sure where to begin? We have plenty of resources to help. Follow these tips to get started.

Databases & Online Resources FAQs

  • Your default PIN is the 8-digit birthdate (MMDDYYYY) associated with your account. For example, if your birthday is May 15, 1991, your PIN is 05151991. 

    Once you log into your account, you can change your PIN to a number of your choice. Your PIN must be at least 7 digits and no longer than 13 digits, and can only be numbers.

  • If you are logging in with your barcode number, please check to make sure that the number from the back of your library card is correctly entered with no spaces. 

    If you have recently received a new library card you will need to use the barcode number on that card.  Your old barcode number might be saved in your browser so try typing in the new number - don't rely on the number that your browser might have saved.

    If you think your PIN is at fault you can click the “Forgot your PIN?” link on the Log In page to see reset options.

    Still having trouble?  Stop by the Check Out Desk or call us at 734-397-0999 and we’re happy to help troubleshoot.

  • For homework and study assistance for all ages, the library offers HelpNow through Brainfuse, a live, online tutoring service accessible with a CPL library card. For further homework or skill-building assistance, explore our Research and Learn page.

    For one-on-one tutoring in-person, you can frequently find tutors who advertise on our lobby bulletin board. Canton Public Library does not endorse or track these tutors. You are welcome to meet with your tutor in the library.

    National Honor Society Tutors are typically available in the library on a seasonal basis. Check our Program page for current information. If no sessions are listed, this is not currently being offered.

  • Databases and online resources can be found on the Research & Learn page. The dark grey section partway down the page has a link to an A-Z listing of all databases and online resources available to you through CPL, as well as links to groups of resources for particular areas of interest.

  • No. OverDrive and Hoopla both automatically delete items when the lending period ends. You can also delete them early if you choose. Kanopy content is streamed to your device over an internet connection - never downloaded.

Featured Online Resources

Gale Courses

Online courses for general users, students and professionals; includes test preparation and professional certificate courses.

Investing Center

Investing Center provides data on over 14,500 stocks, 24,800 mutual funds, 1,500 exchange-traded funds, and 700 closed end funds.


Creativebug has thousands of award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

HelpNow by Brainfuse

HelpNow by Brainfuse is a tutoring, homework help and studying service for patrons of all ages.

Using Online Resources

Learn about Investing

From budgets and personal finance to investing, the library has resources to help you learn more about your money and your goals.

Trace Your Family Tree

If you're interested in researching your family history, try these online resources to begin your search.

Learn English Online

Our online language learning resources can help you learn English and many other languages.

Improve Your Computer Skills

These resources allow you to choose what to focus on and learn at your own pace. Use one, or all, and become a technology pro in no time.

Get access to all of the great resources that the library has to offer!

For Kids

Check out the great online resources that the library has available for the younger members of the family.

For Teens

Check out the great online resources that the library has available for teens.

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