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A complete list of online resources and services.



Search Businesses, People, Mailing Lists and Sales Leads, Jobs, and more.
AtoZdatabases is the premier Reference, Research, Marketing, Mailing Lists/Sales Leads, and Job-Search Database. The database includes 30 million business & executive profiles, over 240 million residents with interests, hobbies and lifestyles information, over 7 million real-time job listings, 2 Million new businesses, over 12 million healthcare professionals, over 12 million new movers, 2 million new homeowners, and much more. The databases are ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, background searches, finding friends, relatives and a whole lot of other possibilities.

AtoZ World Food

Explore Recipes & Food Culture by Country! This site offers authentic recipes and ingredients from around the word, as well as a culinary reference guide.


Books & Authors

Use this tool to search for new things to read. Browse by title, author, or genre.

        • Take advantage of the unique “Who? What? When? Where?” feature to pinpoint the type of books you like to read.
        • Sign up for a free account and build your own reading lists including writing reviews.
        • Access dozens of reading lists including award winners and librarian favorites.

Log in using your Grimes Library card number.


This resource offers a variety of tools for job seekers, students, professionals, and more:

        • Live job, resume, and interview coaching
        • Resume lab and access to eParachute
        • Live assistance for veterans and their families to locate benefits, employment transition assistance and community resources.
        • Live tutors for students and adults
        • College and career test preparation including practice tests
        • Skill building lessons including core academics
        • Online computer software classes

Log in using your Grimes Library card number.

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 up to two weeks anytime, anywhere using your PC, Smartphone, or Tablet.

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

Business Insights

Use this resource to view and compare financial reports and other information of publicly traded companies and industries in the USA.

Log in using your Grimes Library card number.


Chilton’s Auto Repair

Look up detailed information for auto repair and maintenance. Search by year, make, and model.

Log in using your Grimes Library card number.

Core Collection (H. W. Wilson)

This database is a reliable guide to building and maintaining a well-rounded collection of the most highly recommended reference, non-fiction and fiction books. Access is available inside the library, or contact the library director for username and password.

Children’s Core Collection

Fiction Core Collection

Graphic Novels Core Collection

Middle and Junior High Core Collection

Nonfiction Core Collection

Senior High Core Collection

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.


Get instant access to thousands of art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Create an account with your library card number.

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Gale Pages

Over 300 million articles from periodicals, scholarly journals, newspapers, and reference content covering topics such as cooking, gardening, home improvement, tourism, academic subjects, and more. Additional resources include:

        • Kids InfoBits – research for elementary ages.
        • Informe – research in Spanish.
        • Health and Wellness Resource Center
        • Chilton’s Auto Repair
        • Business Insights

Log in using your Grimes Library card number.


Health and Wellness Resource Center

Health-focused magazines, reference, video, and more.

View research related to diseases and conditions, diagnostics and test, treatments and therapies, and drugs.


Instantly borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies, and comics with no holds, and no waiting! 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.

Hoopla is available for residents of Grimes and rural Polk County. Log in using your Grimes Library card number.



Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

Residents of Grimes and rural Polk County can stream up to 3 videos per month.

Kids InfoBits

Learn about animals, plants, music science, sports, and more. This resource is great for elementary aged kids!

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Online Catalog

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


Popular Magazines

No limit on the number of magazines you can download! View over 100 different magazine subscriptions!

Available to Grimes residents and residents of rural Polk county only. Use your Grimes Library card to log in.

Project Gutenberg

Over 50,000 free eBooks available for download. No library card required!

Purdue University Online Writing Lab

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

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Small Business Collection

Full-text insights, tips and strategies for students and entrepreneurs.


Transparent Language Learning

Learn a new language! Dozens of modern languages available.

Sign up for an account with Transparent using your Grimes Library card number.


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.

To assist us during this time, Tumblebooks is offering all of their databases for free.

TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Your patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads.
Books are available instantly.


– K-6 math ebook database


– gr 7-12 ebook database


– a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!


– all ages audio book database


U.S. History Collection

Robust coverage for both novice historians and advanced researchers.


Vocations & Careers Collection

Articles on job searching, building a career, and more

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World Cat

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

World Book

Includes World Book Encyclopedia information for all ages:

World Book Mobile

World Book Kids

World Book Student

World Book Advanced

Early World of Learning


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