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.


Acorn TV
World-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond through a streaming video service to any web-connected device.

Census records, Social Security Index, and birth, marriage, death records. Ancestry is available at home with your library card until April 30.

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.


Free online resources for job seekers, veterans, and their families.


Download eBooks and audiobooks for free.

Chilton Library

Repair and maintenance information for most domestic and imported vehicles.

Consumer Reports

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

Credo Reference

Credo is an easy-to-use tool for research, homework, and other reference needs. Gather background information on your topic from over one thousand full-text encyclopedias and subject handbooks, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.


Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Foundation Directory Online
Foundation Directory Online is a research tool to help nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects. Online available in the library.

Great Courses
Unlimited access to the world’s most engaging professors enabling patrons to delve into an immersive learning experience, covering a wide variety of subjects.

Heritage Quest

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

Hoopla Digital

Check out TV shows, movies, music albums, comics, eBooks, and eAudio and download or stream them on computers, phones, and tablets.

Indie Flix
Movies and Classic TV. Streaming video with unlimited access to thousands of titles.

Learning Express

Test preparation and practice exams for GED, ACT, AP tests. Also, career information, computer skills instruction, and more!

The New York Times

Get free access to the New York Times online through the library. Unlimited access when connected to our wireless network.

Niche Academy
Free tutorials that explain how to use library e-Resources like eBooks, research databases, and language learning tools.

NoveList Plus

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


Libros electrónicos en español.

RB Digital (formerly Zinio)

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

Reference USA

Residential and business addresses and phone numbers.

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.

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.

The Washington Post
Get free access to the Washington Post online through the library. Unlimited access when connected to our wireless network.


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