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Welcome to Forefront's Library: Home

The Library is not open for in-person visits but you can still access many of our guides and reach our team via email.

Check out an eBook!

Forefront members, take a look at our new ebooks database! Contact the Library for log in details.


The Forefront Library is open to the public as well as members.  Stop by and visit us.


Foundation Directory Access

If you are affiliated with a current Forefront member organization, please email any research request to and the Library Team will respond.

For the general nonprofit public, you may send in one Foundation Directory information request per week. Please see this form for details.  

If you have any questions, please set up an appointment to chat! Buttons to do so are on the right side of this page.

Search Databases

Browse the list below or see details about all databases here

Search for Books

Clicking "Go" will redirect you to the Library's catalog page.

Schedule an Appointment!

Attention: Appointments are not available at this time. We hope to be able to chat with you soon. Thank you for your patience.

Forefront Members and Non-Members can chat with the Library Team about our resources and services. Select the appropriate button below to choose a time from our calendar.

Please note that all appointments will take place in Zoom.

Informational Subject Guides

Browse or search the Library's topic specific web guides. If you belong to a member network and need a password, please speak to a librarian.

Read the Newsletter

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Get help from the Librarians!

 For member reference services:
  For general questions:     
 Call a Librarian: 312-578-0175     
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