Digital Services

AtoZ the USA

Need to do a state report? Want to print antique maps? Curious about the state insect of Iowa? AtoZ USA is a database that offers detailed information on all 50 states plus five territories and the District of Columbia. Learn about geography, government, history, society and culture, and much more when you log in with your library card.

AtoZ World Food

Explore Recipes & Food Culture by Country

Books & Authors

Business Insights

Chilton’s Auto Repair

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.

Freegal Music

Enjoy 5 free music downloads per week from Freegal Music.

All you need is a library card and a love of music!

Gale Pages

Gardening, Landscaping & Horticulture


Hoopla allows library card holders to instantly borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies, and comics with no holds, and no waiting! And there is no need to worry about late fees–your hoopla titles are automatically returned when they expire. Content can be streamed to computers, tablets or smartphones, and can be downloaded to mobile devices to allow for offline use anytime. You can checkout up to 3 items from hoopla each month.

Iowa Bridges with Overdrive Advantage

Your digital Library is part of your public library and has thousands of FREE eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks. Digital products are available to be checked out for two weeks anytime, anywhere using your PC, Smartphone, or Tablet.

GPL subscribes to Overdrive Advantage which helps ensure popular titles are always available to Grimes residents.

Kids InfoBits

Learning Express

LearningExpress Library 3.0 features over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks to help with job preparation, career advancement, college readiness, academic success, and skills mastery in math, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary.

Services include immediate scoring, & complete answer explanations for a variety of tests including ACT, ASVAB, Civil Service, Cosmetology, Real Estate, EMS, GED, GMAT, GRE, SAT, TPEFL, Citizenship, and more:  An entire segment of database dedicated to helping you get the job that’s right for you!  Enter your library card number as your “User Name” and a password of your choice to create an account.


Learn a new language with Mango!  Log in with your Grimes Public Library card (14 digits) and get started!  You can now learn in your car with Mango’s easy to use app!
Check it out today!

Online Catalog

Use our online catalog to find items, place reserves on items, renew items, and so much more!

Purdue University Online Writing Lab

A great resource for writing and editing papers, citing sources, and learning all about the essay writing process.

Small Business Collection

Transparent Language Learning


A fun collection of animated picture books for younger children that sing and talk.  TumbleBooks features interactive books that are read aloud to the child.

For older children, there are read-along books with narration and sentence highlighting.

U.S. History Collection

Vocations & Careers Collection

World Cat

The world’s largest online library catalog, find items available at libraries near you!


Sign up to receive a weekly email showing you the libraries newest books, magazines, movies, and music!

World History Collection


Free eMagazines available online through Zinio. Grimes cardholders can access multiple titles via computer or mobile devices simply by using your Grimes Public Library #.  To get started simply click on the Zinio logo.  Set up your own account and then browse through the different titles offered.  You will receive email notifying you of new issues.

Thank you for using our Zinio for Libraries eMagazine collection Grimes Public Library. Effective October 1, we are upgrading our collection and will have a new location for you to use to access the eMagazine collection,  When you checkout your first magazine from this new collection site you’ll need to do a one-time re-entry of your barcode and account information.  Your current Reading Collection account is unaffected by this upgrade and your previously checked out magazines will continue to be available to you.