Research & Computers
A librarian is on duty at the Information Desk during all of the library’s open hours. Reference librarians are happy to answer questions in person, by phone at
641-754-5738 extension 2, through our Contact Us form, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marshalltown Public Library has subscribed to these great databases for you to use in the library or at home! Due to contractual restrictions, these resources are limited to
Marshalltown Public Library card holders.
Call or visit the library for help logging in.
Magazine, journal, and newspaper articles. Also in Español. Title list.
Fun, informational database especially for kids.
Fun, informational database especially for kids grades K-8.
Student Research Center
Research database for grades 6-12.
Census records, Social Security Index, and birth, marriage, death records. Only available in the library.
Auto Repair Reference Center
Repair and maintenance for most domestic and imported vehicles.
Biography in Context
Biographies of over 500,000 current and historic people worldwide.
One-stop-shop for organizations seeking grant funds.
Only available in the library. Ask staff to log you in at the Research Station.
Download three songs per week for free from the library! Choose from over 7 million songs--just log in with your library card number!
Some Census records, family histories, and more. At home or the library.
Test preparation and practice exams for GED, ACT, careers, and more.
Register for free with your library card number as your username.
Learn one of dozens of foreign languages, or get targeted ESL training!
Log in with your library card number to create a free account.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Access investment data in the library or at home.
National Geographic Kids
Learn about the world around you! Log in with your library card number.
Book suggestions and information for readers of all ages.
Residential and business addresses and phone numbers.
Download eBooks and audiobooks for free. Who's eligible?
Digital magazines to read on your computer or device.
We also suggest the following free and reliable sites for health information:
Health Info Iowa, WebMD, and MedlinePlus
Marshalltown Public Library maintains a collection of local and family history as well as local newspaper archives on microfilm. Our library holds copies of the Marshall County Census beginning in 1850 and Marshall County cemetery records. The library has microfilm readers and reader/printers.
A volunteer genealogist assists people visiting the library at no charge. Phone (641-754-5738), mail (105 West Boone Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158), and e-mail research requests are billed at $15.00 per hour plus minimal charges for copying and postage.
The Marshalltown Public Library has purchased access to both HeritageQuest and Ancestry databases for our library card holders:
Are you AT THE LIBRARY? Click here for Heritage Quest Online.
Click here for Ancestry Library.
Are you AT HOME? Click here to enter Heritage Quest Online.
Ancestry Library cannot be accessed from home at this time.
Marshalltown Public Library offers 29 free Internet stations, available on a first-come first-served basis. There are twenty internet stations in the Reference area and six in the Youth department that may be used for up to 75 minutes per day. Three 15-minute Internet stations are available in Reference. Internet use is limited to 75 minutes per day.
Free wireless Internet service in the library is donated by Mediacom.
Two stations are available with Microsoft Office for word processing and desktop publishing. These computers are available on a first-come first-served basis.
Ask about using our Research Station to access the library's databases.