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.

Gale Pages

Database research 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. Hoopla is available for residents of Grimes and rural Polk County.

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.


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

Online Catalog

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

Popular Magazines

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

Learn a new language! Dozens of modern languages available.


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!


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World History Collection