What are you looking for?

This is a great place to start your search for information

Even librarians use Google and Wikipedia from time to time, but we always look to trustworthy sources to back up the information we find. Try one of the databases!


  • Use World Book Online for information on a wide variety of topics
  • Learning Express offers practice tests, tutorials, career information and more on a huge range of topics, including computers.
  • EbscoHost provides online access to hundreds of full text periodicals, from entertainment to scholarly.
  • Use Iowa Locator or WorldCat to find books, CDs, DVDs and other items in libraries
  • Use HealthInfoIowa to start your search for health information
  • Looking to manage your investments? Use Value Line for your research!




World Book Web


World Book resources, including a Spanish encyclopedia, online reference and info databases, mobile and kids' resources, are available with one click from a library computer, or available from everywhere by clicking on the World Book Web link and entering your Altoona Public Library barcode number.



The subject guides give you a great place to find information on travel, sports, consumer goods and more.


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


Use the links at the left to find the information you need.


"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it." -Samuel Johnson