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All resources are available for use within the Library. Resources marked with require a Resident* Library Card.

*Resident areas include Iowa City, Hills, University Heights, Lone Tree, and rural Johnson County.

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Licensing background and disciplinary information of physicians and other health care practitioners.

News content from Iowa newspapers including Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and the Quad-City Times as well as national sources including many major metro newspapers and news magazines such as St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Kansas City Star.

Data and statistics about more than 7,000 hospitals nationwide.

Collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices from around the United States published since 1980 (exact dates covered vary by newspaper).

Search the US Federal Census from 1790 to 1940 as well as immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records. Explore city directories, the Social Security Death Index, and more. Remote access will be available through December 31, 2021.

A FirstSearch Index to journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture.

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Adults receive live online help from trained adult education specialists in areas such as resume and cover letter writing assistance, MS Office skill-building, core subject education in math, science, social studies, and English/language arts, in both English or Spanish. The Adult Learning Center also provides US Citizenship testing, and high school equivalency testing.

HelpNow is a unique tutoring, homework help, skills building, and studying suite designed to assist patrons of all ages succeed. Live online help from tutors. Tutoría en español.

JobNow provides live online assistance and powerful tools for job seekers such as live interview coaching, resume lab, and other career resources. VetNow supports veterans and their families with navigating the VA bureaucracy, providing academic tutoring, and employment transition assistance.

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The Chicago Tribune keeps readers informed of the latest news from the Chicago area, the nation and the world every day. Coverage from 1985 - current via ProQuest.

Reviews, ratings, recommendations, video clips and buying advice for thousands of products and services. Also includes health content from Consumer Reports Online Health.

Job opportunities in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area.

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Unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes for people at all skill levels.

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The largest circulation newspaper in the state of Iowa. Coverage from 1999 - present via ProQuest.

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FamilySearch's mission is to help people connect with their ancestors through easy access to historical records, it has the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world.​

Stream or download popular magazines like The Atlantic, People, and Entertainment Weekly.

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Research tool to help libraries and nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects. This tool includes grantmaker profiles that provide a powerful summary overview of the funder's work along with all the pertinent details fundraisers need to find and approach great prospects.

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Search or browse full image views of the Cedar Rapids Gazette from 1932 to 2021 via NewspaperArchive.

News coverage for Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and 24 counties in Eastern Iowa from 1992 to present via America's News.

Search the archives of the Gazette newspapers from 1857-2010.

U.S. government publications of all types (including monographs, journals, bulletins, annual reports, technical reports, congressional materials, etc.) and all formats (paper, microfiche, and electronic) with links to full-text when available.

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A source for U.S. census records, books, periodicals, Revolutionary War service records, and Freedman's Bank deposit or records.

NEW! This archive covers historical newspapers in the Iowa City area from 1840 to 1929, previously only available within the library on microfilm. Titles include the Iowa City Daily Press, the Iowa City Republican, and the Iowa City Press Citizen. Visit the resource for a full list of searchable titles.

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Iowa City's local newspaper with coverage from Sep 15, 1999 until present via ProQuest.

Research and access Iowa court records. Information, including case titles and filings, case disposition, child support payments, fine payments and criminal charges, is free of charge. Individuals may also pay a monthly registration fee of $25 to gain access to advanced search tools and additional information, including case schedules, lien index, judgment index, exhibit lists, service returns and bonds.

Legal information for low-income Iowan, including answers to questions about legal rights and forms.

Comprehensive site of Iowa legislative and legal resources.

Find books and other resources in Iowa libraries.

Largest listing of jobs in Iowa

Full-text access to Irving Weber's 850 Iowa City Press Citizen articles on Iowa City and Johnson County history.

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Stream over 26,000 films and documentaries to your TV, device, or computer.

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Interactive online learning platform featuring practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, high school equivalency exam preparation (HiSET in Iowa), and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math, for all ages.. The Learning Express Library also includes Popular Software Tutorials and Basic Computer Instruction.

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app by OverDrive. You can also send and read your borrowed ebooks to a Kindle ereader.

Over 16,000 skill-building video tutorials in seven languages across business, creative, and technical categories. Use it in a browser or get the free app with this Library ID: iowacitypubliclibrary.

Index to information in local newspapers and magazines such as Press-Citizen and The Daily Iowan. Press-Citizen indexed from 1961 to current.

The Los Angeles Times is one of the largest metropolitan newspapers in the U.S. Coverage back to 1985 via ProQuest.

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Lessons in 70-plus languages, including English. Includes specialty courses, such as medical Spanish, and full-length theatrical movies with subtitles and enhanced instruction. Download the Mango Languages app to use on mobile devices.

A FirstSearch resource. Index to periodical articles covering biomedical research and the clinical sciences including nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, allied health, and pre-clinical sciences.

Information about diseases, conditions and wellness issues from the National Institutes of Health.

Investment analysis and ratings for stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and markets.Please note that electronic use is limited to one user at a time.

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Search the National Archives for genealogy resources by topic or type of record.

Get free and full access to The New York Times anytime, anywhere from the New York Times website.

Full-text articles from 1980 to the present from the country’s newspaper of record via ProQuest. For some coverage from 1857 to 1919 use NewspaperArchive.

Historical newspaper database online, contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1607 to present.

Recommendations and reviews for adult and teen fiction and nonfiction based on your favorite titles, authors, and genres.

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Stream or download our collection of ebooks and audiobooks from OverDrive to your device or computer.

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Indexing and full-text access to newspapers from across the nation including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times as well as Iowa newspapers the Iowa City Press Citizen and the Des Moines Register.

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Digital Sanborn Maps provide digital access to 1450 large - scale maps of 329 Iowa towns and cities. Sanborn Fire Maps were initially created to estimate fire insurance risks. The company's maps are frequently used for historical research, and for preservation and restoration efforts. Iowa City fire maps in this collection are for the following dates: September 1883, July 1888, April 1892, June 1899, April 1906, January 1912, July 1920, February 1926, and February 1933 through April 1946.

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Index to anyone who has been reported dead to the Social Security Administration from 1962 onwards or who had died prior to 1962 but still had active Social Security accounts in 1962.

The largest newspaper in Minnesota. Coverage from 1986 - present via ProQuest.

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The latest information on stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertible securities. View, print, and download research reports from the various Value Line publications.

Where to find birth, death, marriage and divorce records from all 50 states and territories.

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Daily newspaper published by the Dow Jones & Company that focuses on business and financial news. Coverage from 1984 - present via ProQuest.

Free 3-day access to The Wall Street Journal website. Simply click the link and create an account, come back to this link to renew your subscription.

The Washington Post is well known for not only in-depth news and analysis of American politics but also insightful coverage of national and international trends and events. Coverage back to 1987 via ProQuest.

Free 7-day digital access to The Washington Post website. Simply click the link and create an account, come back to this link to renew your subscription.

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