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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.

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

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



ReferenceUSA is the premier source of business and residential information for reference and research. ReferenceUSA offers the most up-to-date data available in the market. In fact, our business and consumer databases are continuously updated from more than 5,000 public sources. With our help, your patrons will be able to:

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Use HealthInfoIowa to start your search for health information


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. New - three hours of streaming per day!

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


Online Learning/Courses


*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.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.