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Online Resources

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.

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Gale Power Search
Magazine, journal, and newspaper articles. Search millions of full-text articles and download them in HTML or PDF format.

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Kid’s Info Bits

Fun, informational database for elementary school students. This provides visual, age-appropriate information about current events, science, history and more!

Research in Context

Magazine and newspaper articles, videos, and more for middle school students.

InfoTrac Student Edition

Magazine and newspaper articles, videos, and more for high school students.

Census records, Social Security Index, and birth, marriage, death records. Only available in the library.

Books and Authors

Book recommendations for readers of all ages! Try out their Who? What? Where? When? tool to find books that fit your interests.

Chilton Library

Repair and maintenance information for most domestic and imported vehicles. Includes online ASE quizzes for some of the most popular exams.

Heritage Quest

Some Census records, family histories, and more. Can be used at home or at the library.


The New York Times

Get free access to the New York Times online through the library.


Libros electrónicos en español.

RB Digital (formerly Zinio)

Digital magazines to read on your computer or device. Choose from over 90 digital magazines–check them out and keep them forever!

Transparent Language Online

Learn a new language using Transparent Language! Choose from over 100 languages to learn or 25 different English as a Second Language courses. Register online with a user name and password.

Auto Repair Reference Center

Repair and maintenance information for most domestic and imported vehicles. Includes Auto IQ (videos and animated diagrams).


Download eBooks and audiobooks for free.

Consumer Reports

Find product ratings and reviews for appliances, cars, and more from the trusted reviewers at Consumer Reports.

Learning Express

Test preparation and practice exams for GED, ACT, AP tests. Also, career information, computer skills instruction, and more! Register for free with your email address, password, and name.

NoveList Plus

Book suggestions and information for readers of all ages. Recommendations for fiction, nonfiction and audiobooks!

Reference USA

Residential and business addresses and phone numbers.

Tumble Book Library

Tumble Book Library is a collection of e-books for children, including animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, playlists, books in French and Spanish, graphic novels and math stories.

Gale Pages Resource

Want more specialized information? Check out all of our specialized research collections available through Gale. This link is a list of research collections which have information about hobbies like gardening and home improvement, more specialized academic collections on history, agriculture, psychology, and more!

We also suggest the following free and reliable sites for health information:
Health Info Iowa, WebMD, and MedlinePlus