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Gale offers 24/7 access to
everyday research, car repair,
health information, small
business resources,
K–12 homework help,
readers’ advisory,
gardening, history,
home improvement,
and more. 

Chilton Library,
Kids InfoBits,
and Books and Authors
are among the databases
offered through Gale.

A premier resource for all your
language-learning needs.
Enjoy unlimited access to
courses designed to build
listening, speaking,
reading, and writing skills
for more than
100 languages. 

To begin learning a new language,
or brushing up on your skills,
use your library card
to create an online
account here.  When
signing up for the first time,
go to the sign up tab.

Credo is an easy-to-use tool for
starting research.
Gather background information
on your topic
from hundreds of full-text encyclopedias,
dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and
subject-specific titles, as well
as 500,000+ images
and audio files and over 1,000 videos.

Still not finding what you need? We've compiled a list of other resources that may help you in your quest for information.


Iowa Publications Online can help you dig deep into all things Iowa.

Iowa Maps Digital Collection offers access to county land ownership atlases and other history. Integrated access to the 9,000+ map items in the Iowa Digital Library is available through this website.

For genealogy searches, try:

  • Ellis Island Foundation - Free searches to find information on immigrant ancestors arriving through Ellis Island.
  • LDS Family Search - From the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the world's largest collection of free family history and family trees.
  • Find A Grave - Free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members.
  • Cyndi's List - A compilation of genealogy sites on the internet.
  • Castlegarden.org - Database of information on immigrants from 1830 through 1892.
  • Story County, Iowa GenWeb - Contains links to individual databases with Story County genealogy information.
  • Roland Record - Digital archives for the Roland Record newspaper, provided courtesy of the Roland Historical Society.
  • Roland Cemetery - Contains information about the local cemetery, as well as a map to help find specific graves. Information about the person buried in each plot and a picture of the gravestone is also included.

You can use the links at the right to find the information you need.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.