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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. Our subscription includes their full line of eBooks as well - digital versions of World Book's classic reference series.

EbscoHost provides online access to hundreds of full text periodicals, from entertainment to scholarly.



MoMA has their collection and their exhibitions from 1929 to present online.

The Vatican is working on a digitization project of their Library documents, mostly from the Middle Ages and Humanistic period. The database is searchable and added to regularly.



Use Iowa Locator or WorldCat to find books, CDs, DVDs and other items in libraries.

Downloadable audio and eBooks can be accessed at Bridges* and hoopla*.



Use HealthInfoIowa to start your search for health information



Looking to manage your investments? Use Value Line for your research!



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



Freegal* comprises the Sony music catalog. You can download up to 5 songs per week, and they're yours to keep.

hoopla* has digital music that can be borrowed for a week from a wide catalog of publishers.


Online Learning/Courses

Learning Express offers practice tests, tutorials, career information and more on a huge range of topics, including computers.


*database available to Altoona and rural Polk cardholders


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.



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